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Riverston to move into Gulf

Press Release – October 14th, 2015


Riverston and Tarbia sign GCC Joint Venture

London-based education group Riverston and Dubai-based Tarbia (part of Daud Investments and the Belhasa Group) have signed a joint venture and licensing agreement to establish Riverston throughout the Gulf. The new company, Riverston Tarbia LLC, will operate multiple Riverston Children Centres and early intervention nurseries initially in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and thereafter in other GCC states; a specialist Riverston Training Academy; and, a number of new Riverston International Schools throughout the territory.

Riverston specialises in providing deliberately non-selective but high quality integrated and inclusive personalised education with a focus on students with special educational needs. Having recently appointed Jackie Harland, former CEO of the London Children’s Practice, and Richard Purchase, previously a main board director at Alpha Plus and following its recent acquisition of Beech Hall School in Macclesfield, Riverston is set to announce further international developments in the coming months.

Prof. Michael Lewis, Executive Chairman of the Riverston Group said, ‘I am delighted after considerable research into the Gulf education market over many years to have signed an agreement with Tarbia, part of two of the largest and most exciting business groups in the GCC. That they have chosen Riverston as their partners in their first venture into the GCC education market is testament to the excellence Riverston provides in the niche ‘non-selective’ marketplace. The success we have enjoyed in supporting UK students with mild/moderate special educational needs within a mainstream setting has been considerable, and to be able to take our proven model and open multiple facilities throughout the Gulf with such an enthusiastic local partner is hugely exciting’.

Sami Daud, Chairman of Tarbia commented,’ We have been looking to establish a new education vertical for some time and we are delighted to have signed an agreement with Riverston to take advantage of supply:demand imbalances in the Gulf education market. In particular we are keen to invest in providing better support for students with special educational needs and provide them with opportunities to maximise their unique potential and contribute to their local communities in a positive and tangible way. Riverston has proven success in this niche, and we are delighted to be working with them throughout the Gulf’.