The two largest co-educational independent schools in Aberdeen and Houston have partnered to offer families a smooth transition process when relocating to and from the cities.

Robert Gordon’s College and the British International School of Houston are working together to enhance the experiences shared by pupils, parents and staff. The schools are focusing on joint educational projects and professional learning for staff, in addition to helping with the admissions process for children moving between the two schools.

Simon Mills, Head of Robert Gordon’s College said: “Our schools share similar values and have a joint history of sharing many of the same families and pupils between our schools. Furthermore, we share the ambition and commitment to providing unique and meaningful educational programs that prepare students for further education and careers in the 21stcentury. It is a common goal to explore how we can collaborate to connect pupils and families internationally and help them with their educational transition when relocating between Aberdeen and Houston.”

The Bird family who relocated from Aberdeen to Houston explained: “Robert Gordon’s and the British International School of Houston both give the children a level of confidence and self belief that they don’t get at other schools. Transition into the school was easy; the boys were both given buddies when they came and that really helped them to settle.”

Andrew Derry, Principal of the British International School of Houston commented: “As the leading schools in our respective regions, I think we are uniquely positioned to not only help families during their transition, but also to share knowledge and learn from each other across the world. It is hugely beneficial to connect two schools who value tradition but also are forward-thinking and committed to preparing future-ready pupils who are resilient.”

In working together the schools share many values and world-class educational links including partnerships with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Bostonand STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) teaching approaches, as well as exceptional practice in performing arts, drama, dance, music and art.