Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Cognita is a global K-12 schools platform (from kindergarten to the end of high school). Its global network includes 80 schools across 10 countries with more than 50,000 pupils.

* Sofina is represented in the decision making bodies of the company.



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Cognita is a global private schools group which owns and operates a diverse portfolio of 80 schools across developed and emerging markets. Operating some of the most prestigious schools in key markets, including Southbank International School in London, The British School of Barcelona in Spain, the Stamford American International School in Singapore and International School Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, Cognita currently educates more than 50,000 students in the UK, Spain, Switzerland, Singapore, Chile, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil, Hong Kong and India.

Cognita’s network of schools have a common focus on rigorous academic standards, strong character development and a global perspective. Each Cognita school has its own unique ethos, with curricula and programs tailored to the needs of the students and parents in the market it serves.

Investment history

United Kingdom | 2019

Sofina entered the cap table of Cognita through a capital increase and a secondary transaction. Following this transaction, Sofina became a minority shareholder in Cognita along with BDT Capital Partners, while the majority ownership remains with Jacobs Holdings.

Sofina is represented at the board of directors of Cognita.