Secondary education in schools in England

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Foreign students wishing to receive secondary education in England can be admitted to some schools at a fairly young age, starting from 8 years old, but most children come to the UK a little later. Some children who want to learn English as early as possible, integrate into the British education system and achieve the best results, enter schools from 11-12 years old. But the majority still begin to study at the age of 14-15, from the beginning of the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) course, which lasts 1-2 years. At the end of the program, those who passed exams in 5 subjects can continue their studies in the A-Level program. Within 2 years, schoolchildren will have to thoroughly study 3-4 subjects and pass exams, the results of which will be taken into account when applying to British universities.

The most prestigious schools are private boarding schools, many of which were founded 200-300 years ago. The names Eaton and Harrow, Winchester and Rugby are a symbol of the honor and glory of Britain. Many of their graduates are invited to study at Cambridge and Oxford.

Education system in boarding schools in the UK:

British model of secondary education:

The British model of education implies that from 11 to 18 years old (or from 13 to 18 years old), students study at the Secondary School (secondary school) At the same time, up to 14 years, they study a large set of standard school subjects. At the age of 14, a student selects 5-10 disciplines and begins to purposefully prepare for exams for a certificate of secondary education - General Certificate of Secondary Education, GCSE. At age 16, compulsory education ends, and a graduate of a private school in England can go to a vocational college. Those who are going to enter the university spend another two years at school - on the A-level or IB (International Baccalaureate) pre-university training program.

System "International Baccalaureate" (International Baccalaureate)

Some boarding schools operate on an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, after which former students can enroll in any university in the world.

Pupils of graduating classes study in depth those 4-5 disciplines in which they will specialize at the university. At the end of the training, graduates take A-level exams and are enrolled in the university. The level of education received by students in British private schools is unusually high: about 90% of graduates go to universities.

Tuition: Tuition at private schools varies from 21000 pounds / year to 40000 pounds / year with an average of about 28000-30000 pounds / year. This cost includes training in the main educational course, additional sections and circles, accommodation and meals. 

Payment system: Tuition at British schools is made every trimester. Money must be received by the school before the student arrives to study in the UK and before the start of the trimester.

Additional expenses This includes accommodation during the holidays, school trips, pocket money, the cost of travel to and from home, the cost of school uniforms and other items purchased by the student at the school, as well as additional English lessons.

Introductory requirements: depend on the specific school. The average entry requirements are as follows:

  • Knowledge of English
  • Entrance Exams in English and Math
  • Scorecard
  • Interview
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How to choose a school for your child: The general level of education received by students of private schools in the UK is very high, so the choice of an educational institution is usually made on the basis of the geographic location of the school, the cost of training, partnerships of the school with higher educational institutions. At the same time, the history, reputation and rating of the school also have a serious impact on the further admission of the child to the university and on the prestige of the education received. There are about 180 private schools in the UK. Detailed advice on choosing a school and full support upon admission can be obtained from the specialists of the Global Ambassador Center.

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