The Beaconhouse Group is involved in a range of education, infrastructure, and technology products. The following companies are part of the Group:
Beaconhouse School System
The Beaconhouse School System is the flagship educational institution of the Beaconhouse Group. It began as a small nursery in a private house in Lahore in 1975 and it is now the largest school system of its type in the world. Beaconhouse schools are present in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, the UAE, and the United Kingdom. The Beaconhouse School System now has over 227,000 students worldwide.
Established in 2002, The Educators is a franchise-based system of affiliated schools that caters to Pakistan’s growing middle class. With 358 schools and over 131,000 students, it has a vast reach. The Educators’ schools aim for a quality, standardised, learning experience for students at one third of the cost of the Beaconhouse School System schools. The franchise has also started branching outside Pakistan, starting in Saudi Arabia.
The Discovery Centre
The Discovery Centre was established in Karachi in January 2002. The Centre’s philosophy is to engage students in their project-based learning through integrated technologies such as digital filmmaking, computers, and the Internet. Initially offering only short courses and workshops, the Discovery Centre launched its SmartSchool three years later, catering to children from Class 1 to Class 8 in a full-time school environment. The Discovery Centre’s air-conditioned classrooms are equipped with computers, scanners and uninterrupted internet connectivity for a complete learning experience.
Beaconhouse National University
The Beaconhouse National University is a liberal arts university that opened in Lahore in 2003. This is a unique institution in Pakistan that aims to provide a thorough and rounded humanities, science and social science education at both graduate and post-graduate level.
The University is composed of the schools of Architecture and Design, Computer and Information Technology, Education, Liberal Arts, Media and Mass Communication, Social Sciences, and Visual Arts. Students can currently earn Bachelors and Masters degrees.
The establishment of TNS in Lahore in September 2007 was to a great extent influenced by the first-ever international conference on education in Pakistan, ‘Towards 2035: The School of Tomorrow’ hosted by the Beaconhouse Group in 2005. The conference addressed the changing role of education and the nature of schools over the next 30 years and beyond.
TNS was the first school in Pakistan to embrace the Reggio Emilia Approach based on the concept of ‘learning by doing,’ and is now the first school in Lahore to be accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. Project-based learning is the hallmark of the progressive educational experience at TNS, underpinning a unique and distinctive academic choice ranging from the Reggio Emilia Approach, through to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and Cambridge (UK) IGCSE. In due course, it also expects to offer the IB Diploma.
The overwhelming response to the original TNS branch has led to the establishment of a second cutting-edge campus in Lahore. All year levels from Nursery upwards will be available at this campus (TNS Defence), while the original TNS Gulberg will function in parallel as an Early Years and Lower Primary Campus (Nursery to Year 3).
Gymboree Play & Music
Beaconhouse is the only authorised franchise of Gymboree programmes in Pakistan and launched its first centre in Lahore in February 2011. Gymboree is the world leader in early childhood development and has a presence in 37 countries. Its programmes are also recognised for their unique approach to parent involvement which encourages participation in and understanding of each child's development.
A second centre opened in Defence in Lahore in January 2012 and further centres are expected to be launched across Pakistan.
Premier Trading Services (Pvt) Ltd
Premier Trading Services was established in 1995 and is the commercial wing of the group. The company is currently involved in a number of activities including the printing and supply of books, stationery and uniforms, and the management of school canteen services across Beaconhouse as well as the staff cafeteria at the Beaconhouse Head Office. It has recently launched a plant providing pure, safe and healthy drinking water at an affordable price.
Premier Trading Services has also entered into a joint venture partnership with DLC Worldwide, a UK-based education and training service provider. Premier DLC has instituted a unique, pioneering course in its ACCA+ certification which provides two highly sought-after and internationally accredited UK qualifications in one 2.5-year programme. ACCA+ graduates receive the prestigious IoSCM (Institute of Supply Chain Management) qualification along with the standard ACCA UK.
For those already in employment, Premier DLC also provides short courses which admit them to prestigious professional bodies as well as enhance their knowledge of the field. The executive education courses are designed to offer busy professionals the chance to gain condensed knowledge in specific fields and improve their routine and strategic decision-making.
Beaconhouse Estate was established in 2002 with the aim of providing affordable housing for the employees of the Beaconhouse Group and today majority of the owners of plots of land are existing staff or ex-employees. The Estate is spread over 137.5 acres in a rapidly expanding suburb of Lahore and offers all essential facilities and public amenities.