Usually the registration for exams is require in October before the set birthday for entry with examinations being sat in the following January. Some senior schools will allow the entry examinations to be taken overseas if they are assured that a child’s current school can provide a strict examination process. This does allow some flexibility and a child is able to work in a known environment. Most schools will however require pupils to be brought to the UK for testing.
Independent Schools are very much governed by ‘Achievement and attainment league table’ results and these are produced on their success rate at GCSE and A level. Results are published annually and are available to all. It is essential to understand that while some schools strive for 5 GCSE passes at grades A* - C; others have a pass rate of 75%+ of their pupils obtaining A* and A grade in all of their examinations, which for some may number 11 or 12.
Sport and other extra curriculum activities make a very important part of most top schools. Saturday mornings are usually a non-negotiable time for team sport fixtures, which all children that belong to a school team have to take part in. It is important that parents ensure that the school is aware of their child’s strengths, especially in areas such as music, drama, sport and other hobbies or interests; these are a considerable part of an established school ethos and play a vital part in a child’s development as a well-rounded student. Most established schools have Scholarships or Exhibitions within these areas as well as the academic fields.
Boarding British schools are traditionally a very popular choice amongst foreigners and British families. It is important to know that UK Border Agency requires that all children up to the age of 16, whose families live abroad, have a guardian resident in the UK who could be easily reached by the school. Weekly boarding is also on offer in some schools but it is essential to confirm that it means the whole weekend is free, or, only after school commitments have been honoured on the Saturday. (If a pupil is a member of the choir, for example, then their time is very much sought after for practice).
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Independent Senior or Secondary Schools
Most of Independent Senior Schools are by their very nature well established with a long history, some going back to the 6th century. The top schools will have entry points for girls at 11 years and boys at 13 years; then not again until the sixth form (or A-levels) commences at 16 years old. Although, occasionally there will be spaces due to family relocation they go fast and it is crucial to be checking for openings
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