British Independent Schools

Introduction to British Independent Schools

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Independent schools (also referred to as private or public schools) are privately funded from fees charged to pupil’s parents.  On average, a private education can cost between £3,000-£21,000 and up to £35,000 including boarding per year. Many independent schools offer scholarships and bursaries to students and are often charities, using profits to improve the school. Pupils attending independent schools do not have to follow the national curriculum. All private schools must be registered by the government and are inspected regularly. There are 2,500 independent schools in the UK, educating around 650,000 children and teenagers (6.5% of the total number of school pupils in the UK). 

Taught classes in independent schools are often smaller than in state schools (10-15 students) allowing for plenty of interaction between students and teachers. There are also a number of specialist schools that offer education for children with special needs, and those gifted in music and dance. 

Children from non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) countries are not permitted to study in state-funded schools in England. They are however, able to attend an independent (private) fee-paying school. Parents from all over the world are drawn by the academic success pupils enjoy and the focus on traditional difficult subjects such as maths, sciences and modern foreign languages that many prestigious universities seek. Private schools can offer the very best advice on applying to university, as well as outstanding careers advice.

Applications for private education are made directly to independent schools and not via a local authority.  Applicants will be required to pay a registration fee and applicants will normally have to sit entrance examinations and meet for an interview.


Independent School Profiles

Here you can find some information about some of the very best independent schools in the UK. If you would to apply to one of these schools or would like some more information, please contact Christine Lee & Co. (Education) Ltd by email or by telephone on +44 207 287 6233

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