When you’re moving your family, finding the right school can be a major concern.
Making sure your child gets a place at your choice of British school can be complex and many parents suffer huge anxiety throughout the selection and application process.
Imperial & Legal team of experts will take pressure off you by arranging every aspect of school selection and application on your behalf.
How we work
- We will invite you for a meeting with our Imperial & Legal school expert to define your family criteria and wishes. We will explain the different options available to your family and recommend schools that suit your needs.
- After checking availability directly with schools or with local authorities we will provide you with inspection reports and with full details of the application process for these specific schools.
- Some of our clients are unable to visit the UK for open days and private visits. We often act as ‘stand-in’ parents at these events and provide a detailed report with recommendations.
- After we have helped you decide which schools to apply for, we ensure all the paperwork is completed and delivered on time.
- We follow-up with each school until the enrolment process is complete.
The education system in the United Kingdom
The schooling system is divided into four levels:
- Early years: Ages 3 to 4
- Primary education: Ages 4 to 11
- Secondary education: Ages 11 to 18
- Tertiary education: Ages 18+
State schools – are mainly government-funded schools, meaning that education is totally free. These schools have to follow the National Curriculum.
In the UK State Schools can be Faith schools (Roman Catholic, Church of England, Jewish, etc).
Independent schools – are privately run and will charge termly fees. They are commonly called public or private schools. Approximately 7% of school children in England attend independent schools. Some of these schools offer scholarships for those with particular skills or aptitudes, or grants to allow students from less wealthy backgrounds to attend. Independent schools do not have to follow the National Curriculum, and their teachers are not required or regulated by law to have official teaching qualifications.
International schools – are privately run and will charge quarterly fees. They offer the “International Baccalaureate” Program, from early years to the IB diploma. The IB program is the only worldwide education program that is universally recognised. It is ideal for children moving regularly between different countries, as the program that is taught is exactly the same, whatever the school or country. These schools have to be authorised by the IBO, the central IB organisation in order to teach the IB program.
To discuss your requirements, please contact our specialists or call us on +44 (0)203 490 41 21.