Cognita*

Cognita is a global K-12 schools platform (from kindergarten to high school).

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

Sector

Education

Indirect shareholding percentage

15.5%

Number of students

>58,000

Number of employees

10,000

Academic curricula

9

Number of countries

12

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Cognita is a global private schools group which owns and operates a diverse portfolio of 85 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 58,000 students in the UK, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Chile, Brazil, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, India and the UAE.

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