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Carfax Education launches second annual global private schools index in partnership with Spear’s Magazine

The Spear’s Schools Index launches its second annual index for 2021

15th September 2021; Oxford, UK: Carfax Education, the leading global education group, today announced the launch of the second annual Spear’s Schools Index, the only official international ranking of top private schools. In partnership with Spear’s, the award-winning magazine for high-net-worth individuals, Carfax Education has released its second global index, which lists the 100 very best private schools around the globe.

Categorised by region, prospective parents and pupils can now access a list of the top 100 schools for 20201, across the UK, Switzerland, Europe, USA, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia and the rest of the world, chosen by expert education consultants at Carfax Education and Spear’s.

As well as formal criteria such as academic results and preparation for university entry, schools are ranked on their unique ethos, their reputation both locally and internationally, and how adequately they prepare students for life beyond academia. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of curriculum and fees as well as practical information such as travel times to local airports.

Top schools listed for 2021 providing exceptional education for students include well-renowned British schools such as Rugby School and Wellington College, as well as those further afield, such as St George’s College in Argentina and The Scots College in Australia. New entries for this year include Brighton College, Amadeus School, Vienna and YK Pao School, China. Collated by Carfax Education experts on the ground across the world, the index is the most comprehensive global list available.

Fiona McKenzie, Head of Education, Carfax Education, said: “The Spear’s Schools Index lists schools that are either worth moving countries for, sending children far away for, or aiming to get into if living nearby.

“Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions a family will make for their child and that’s why we wanted to share our knowledge in an index that provides a trusted perspective on the very best schools around the world. The impact of a child’s educational experience goes far beyond academia alone, and for that reason we looked at each school’s unique ethos and how they prepare students for the future, when determining schools that made the cut.

“Carfax Education works with parents across the world to place their children in the very best schools and universities. With an unrivalled network of education specialists across the world, we are expertly placed to provide the knowledge and insight to select the top 100 private schools in the world.

“We know that finding the right school can be a daunting experience and our work is rooted in guiding parents through the complexities of the education landscape and demystifying the process, and this comprehensive list is a great start to assisting families through what can be a confusing time.”

Edwin Smith, Editor, Spear’s Magazine, said: “Last year, when we began work on the first Spear’s Schools Index in partnership with Carfax Education, we had no idea of the success it would become.

“The second edition of the index arrives at an interesting moment, with the impact of the pandemic still reverberating through the education sector. The way schools responded to the crisis has been taken into consideration in this year’s index as we wait to see how the longer-term consequences will impact education as we move into the next academic year and beyond.”

Lists in this year’s Spear’s Schools Index include:

  • Top 20 UK Senior Schools
  • Top 10 UK Prep Schools
  • Top 10 Switzerland
  • Top 10 Rest of Europe
  • Top 15 China & South East Asia
  • Top 10 USA
  • Top 10 Middle East
  • Top 15 Rest of the World

For more information and to view the Index visit

Carfax Education

Carfax Education is a leading global education group combining the best of tradition and innovation in education. We work with families to access an exceptional education for their children, from nursery through to university. Carfax Education group offers specialist support through Carfax Consultants, Carfax Tutors, and Carfax College and Carfax Online. Carfax Education has offices in London, Oxford, Monaco, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Singapore and Hong Kong. For more information visit


Spear’s is the multi-award-winning magazine and media brand for high-net-worth individuals (HNWs). Spear’s publishes indices of the leading advisers and service-providers to HNWs, covering wealth managers, private bankers, property advisers, reputation managers, divorce lawyers and many other specialist expert advisers. Spear’s indices and rankings are published at; Spear’s editorial content is published at

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