Leading Worldwide Learning

At Castlegate Education we are passionate about creating innovative International Education Engagement Strategies for top quality UK-based brands.


About Us

We help UK independent schools and education content providers to develop an international engagement strategy, through management of projects, to delivery and beyond - wherever in the world you may wish to deliver your unique proposition.

We have decades of experience in school management, staff training, education technology and global education, while our team also benefits from significant work in both charitable and corporate sectors. So, we are well placed to perform project management and individual consultancy projects.

Services we provide:

  • Overseas travel to scope new markets and build intelligence

  • Financial modelling for overseas ventures

  • Meetings and negotiation between UK providers and potential partners overseas

  • Project management services

  • Networking events and information webinars

  • Market Insight Reports



Our team has decades of experience in the UK; International; and Charity sectors, as well as corporate experience in retail; consultancy; finance; and market research.



Our value proposition is to save you the expense of hiring an in-house team for what can be quite long-term projects. We check in regularly with updates, giving you more freedom when considering the resource and time spent on a project, and whether or how to continue with it.



Our team is based across the world in the UK; Latin America; Mainland Europe; South East Asia; and New Zealand. We are able to source opportunities and develop links, as well as carry out specific market research, by having on the ground expertise in target markets, and coverage across multiple time zones. 

Our Team



Alex McGrath

Alex founded Castlegate Education in December 2020. He worked in UK independent schools for over 20 years as Headmaster of two HMC schools; led the British Council’s commercial school development programme in China; and was then promoted to Global Director of British Council Schools.


He led overseas projects in Korea; Dubai; China; Malaysia; Sri Lanka; and Russia; School Design projects in the UK, China, Malaysia and Portugal; led sell side on the sale of a UK prep school to an international group from Northern Europe; and devised an Edtech teacher training project in Sub-Saharan Africa for the Commonwealth Education Trust, later serving as a Trustee. 



Janet Wolpert
Research Lead

Based in Mexico City and Southern California, Janet is Head of Market Insight at Castlegate Education Limited.


Formerly head of Latin America at ISC Research, she provides market analysis for Castlegate’s clients in the LatAm region. 


Luisa Segura

Luisa graduated from the Universidad Anahuac Mexico Norte in 2021 and is

a researcher in the Latin American

team and interpreter. She is based in Mexico City.


Dr Alca Dokuzoglu - Ottewell

Dr Alca is based in Fethiye, Turkey. With a background in Higher Education research, Alca is also highly experienced as a careers and university entrance adviser within the UK independent schools sector.


She leads in Castlegate’s research and business development work in the Eastern Mediterranean.



Kevin Loft

Former Executive Principal of one of the leading GEMS schools in Dubai, UAE, and board member of the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize.


Kevin has experience of school leadership in New Zealand; the Middle East and the UK. Kevin’s experience of international inspections and contextualizing curriculum to a local context is extensive.


Stephen Ottewell

Stephen is a former Deputy Headmaster with experience both in the UK independent sector, and also setting up new schools in China, Malaysia and Turkey as part of the senior leadership team.


His eye for detail is brought to bear in preparing franchise documentation and contextualizing policies for UK schools in new territories.



Chris Day

Chris is Canadian, and the former COO of Dulwich College in Shanghai and Singapore.


He is an Education entrepreneur across K-12; Nursery; and vocational learning sectors, based in Vietnam, and advises on operational matters in APAC markets.


Kristen Smith
Strategic Director

In a  twenty year retail career, Kristen rose to Vice-President Brand Management at the Macy’s Merchandising Group, New York City.


She has travelled to over fifty countries and has worked for the American Eagle teaching franchise in Shanghai, China as well as developing the international marketing strategy for a leading UK home furnishings store. 

"Your truly collaborative approach immediately endeared you to our executive team. When seeking a consultant to assist our campaign to find success in overseas territories your unique experience ensured that you made a valuable, relevant and insightful contribution."

Wayne Taylor  CEO | Space Zero

Clients & Partners

We're extremely proud of the relationships that we've established, and maintained, with our esteemed clients and partners:

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