About Us


We have been working with local and expat families worldwide for the past 25 years; to find the best school for their child to ensure that they develop and grow and achieve their potential academically in a safe secure environment. We have visited over 350 UK boarding schools and are able to recommend schools for you to consider and help you through the process.


Anderson Education is the trading name of Anderson Education Consultants Limited.

Sara Sparling


Sara Sparling, Director and Education Consultant, travels frequently to the Gulf countries and Africa to meet local and expat families considering a UK boarding school, summer or language programme. Her experience as a teacher, ex-pat wife, mother of three children and as a boarder herself, enables her to understand the needs and concerns of parents. Whilst in the UK Sara makes regular school visits to identify what is unique and special about each boarding school and ensure that Anderson Education has up to date knowledge and information.

Nikki Harlow


Nikki Harlow is an Education Consultant, who joined the Anderson Education team in 2015, she has a wide range of experience in education with extensive knowledge of working with children with Special Educational Needs. Nikki’s career has included working in schools and also as an events and exhibition manager. She has lived in the USA and the Middle East and her son attended a UK boarding school.

Sarah Harvey


Sarah Harvey is the GCC Marketing Representative for Anderson Education who has lived and worked in Dubai for over 20 years. She joined the Anderson team in 2014 and her career to date has included working in marketing and event management in the sports and leisure industry both in the UK and UAE. Sarah has a son who attended sixth form at a UK boarding school.

Melanie Hill


Melanie leads Anderson Education’s business development initiatives across the GCC including developing and executing a strategic marketing and communications campaign for Anderson Education’s events and directories in the region. Melanie’s career in professional development and learning spans two decades and four continents. She has successfully implemented lines of business and strategic initiatives in places like Hong Kong, India, UK and the United Arab Emirates. She has also been responsible for the design and execution of events across Australasia, Middle East & Africa and South America. Melanie holds a degree from the University of West England and has lived in the UK, Hong Kong, and currently resides in the U.A.E. Melanie has a daughter who attended sixth form at a UK boarding school.

Diane Weir


Diane Weir joined Anderson Education as the British Forces - Marketing and Education Consultant in 2020. As a Forces wife, mother of three sons at boarding school and knowledge of the independent education sector, Diane has a wealth of experience that is invaluable in this role. She works with schools to develop their Forces package, Diplomatic and Forces related associations and Forces families to find the right school for their child.

Who We Are


We are an independent education provider offering families FREE, impartial, help and guidance on UK Boarding Schools, Summer and Language programmes.

  • An expert team of knowledgeable Education Consultants with specialist skills in providing the best help and advice on every aspect of education.
  • We are an important student provider to UK schools, we have visited and work closely with over 350 boarding schools.
  • From our UK office we manage many enquiries each day from families worldwide.
  • Anderson Education has a team of dedicated people; experts in school application, entrance tests and interviews, curriculums, English language provision, Special Needs, visa application, Guardianship, boarding accommodation, airport transfer, Exeat & Half Term holidays and all school related concerns.
  • The UK office has 6 staff, the UAE office has 2 staff and we have a team of in-country representatives in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and we work closely with a specialist in Nigeria.
  • Sue Anderson the Founder of Anderson Education was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to education. She was presented with the award by the Prince of Wales during the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2013.
  • Anderson Education was established in 1999 and since that time we have placed over 2,000 students from 52 different countries worldwide.


What We Do


We provide families with FREE, impartial, help and guidance on UK Boarding Schools, Summer and Language programmes.

  • We support the families every step of the way through the process of selecting the best school for each child, arranging school visits, the application, entrance test and interview process, we are available at any time to answer your questions and concerns. This is a FREE service to families!
  • Having visited over 350 schools across the UK, identifying what is special and unique about each school and then matching that with the child and family’s needs is key to our success.
  • Through our close collaboration with the schools and organisations such as BBSW, COBIS, BSME, MEA, BBG we are able to keep up to date with the latest education developments.
  • Our aim is to help cut the amount of time the school search can take when looking for the best school for your child, our input of accurate up to date expertise is exceptional and efficient.
  • We draw on our extensive knowledge to provide the know-how and support to solve family concerns and in some cases most challenging problems.
  • We organize UK Boarding School Exhibitions in Dubai and Lagos each year, a Middle East Tour and print and distribute UK Boarding School Directories throughout the Middle East, Nigeria and British Forces worldwide.
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