Our clients come from around the world and from a wide variety of backgrounds, but they have one thing in common – the desire to give their children stability and continuity in their schooling along with a high quality education in a positive environment that helps unlock their potential.
Demand is high for places in reputable British boarding schools, whether at Preparatory or Senior level, and we would recommend beginning the search for suitable schools one to two years in advance if possible.
There is a growing trend for many international students to begin their British Senior schooling at the age of thirteen, before progressing to GCSEs and then the Sixth Form. Some, however, prefer to come to the UK when they are older, starting with A Levels or the IB.
Other families opt for a much earlier start at a British boarding school, with their children joining at Preparatory (Prep) level, from the age of around eight years.
Of course some overseas students may prefer a shorter experience of life at a British boarding school before returning to their home country to complete their schooling. A number of schools in the UK will consider international students for a stay of one or two terms (three to six months), whilst others offer shorter language courses in the summer holidays. These shorter experiences can undoubtedly help to improve English language skills; increase self-confidence and offer an insight into British culture and the British way of life.
There’s just one catch – once they’ve started at a British school the majority of international students then wish to stay!
British Expats and Services Families
For British Expatriate families living abroad and British Armed Forces and Foreign Office families, whether in the UK or abroad, a boarding school in Britain can provide parents with educational continuity and stability for their children, particularly if faced with frequent moves, whether around the world or within the UK.
The need for this secure, stable learning environment tends to become most apparent at Senior level, in the latter school years leading up to GCSE and Sixth Form examinations.
Armed Forces and Foreign Office families are advised to contact the MOD-funded Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) to establish their entitlement to the Continuity of Education Allowance (Boarding) before starting the process of finding a UK boarding school.