With independent schools in the UK being recognised by the OECD as some of the best in the world it’s no surprise that parents from around the world are interested in what independent UK schools can offer pupils. Attending a private school in the UK offers children a rigorous and thorough academic education with a wonderful range of extra curricular activities.
If your child is an EU citizen then they do not require a visa to study in the UK. However Non-EU students under the age of 18 who wish to study in the UK for up to 6 months would require a child visitor visa. Children from outside of Europe wishing to study for over 6 months will require a Tier 4 child Visa.
Any education provider in the UK wishing to sponsor students from outside Europe must be registered with UK visas and immigration under Tier 4 of the points-based system of immigration. There are around 650 ISC schools with the necessary licence. Parents should consider contacting the school directly or speak to one of the education agencies that help place students in schools to confirm they meet all the necessary criteria.
Boarding schools in the UK take the welfare of their international students very seriously. The majority of boarding schools and a range of day schools offer international students with parents abroad a place but insist they have a guardian. The guardian is generally expected to be older then 25 years of age and can be a friend or relative with a UK education that resides in the UK who will accept legal responsibility for the child. The guardian must provide the child with a place to live during the school holidays and periods of illness.
If the parents do not have a guardian schools generally refer parents to AEGIS where there is a full list of accredited guardianship organisations that promote the welfare of international students and carry out the proper legal checks on there offering of guardians and host family.
When choosing a UK private school you should be sure to meet the head of admissions to discuss their views of why the school is the right choice for you. Parents should also check the schools admission policy as they vary from school to school. Children are also expected to take part in an entrance exam or provide references. They are also expected to display evidence of English proficiency or a willingness to join a foundation course to bring their English up to standard.
Single Sex Or CoEd
When asking a group of parents what their views are on mixed or single sex education you are likely to hear strong arguments both for and against single sex education but should gender separation really be a deciding factor?
With more than 1,250 independent schools in the UK and 485 offering the opportunity to board there is a wide variety to choose from. Many are set in historic towns or can be found in the heart of beautiful English countryside. They offer a wide range of facilities and activities such as horse riding, sailing and golf. There are often also typically traditional sports such as football, rugby and cricket on offer. Classes are often small, allowing teachers the opportunity to offer one on one time with the students.
In some countries, particularly Asian, single sex education is thriving due to cultural and religious beliefs. With most educational experts agreeing that boys and girls have different learning needs. Most girls don’t like making mistakes and boys need assurance in different areas then girls. However statistics show no clear evidence suggesting that sexes perform better without the other there to distract them.
Choosing the right boarding school for your child can be a challenging experience with a wide variety of institutions available worldwide at varying prices. Students are given the opportunity to build lasting friendships, the opportunity to experience a new culture while gaining an excellent education. Analysing the last three years exam results can offer a valuable insight to the schools performance however it is also worth looking at softer issues valuable to making your child feel settled such as the quality of the school meals and activities made available at the weekend to boarders. It is also worth paying attention to things such the look and smell of the school. Do the other children seem happy or glum? Does the school offer an inviting environment?
In conclusion an UK private education can offer your child one of the best educations in the world as long as the necessary requirements are met. Private schools in the UK offer a wide range of activities, a chance to build lasting friendships and experience other cultures.