Public Schools

Introduction to Public Schools

All parents want their children to gain the best education and school experience that they possibly can. As such they may want to send their children to some of the most renowned public schools in UK, famous for their deep history and consistent ability to provide its pupils with a first class education. Traditional public schools in the UK refer to older, more expensive and more exclusive independent schools. There are seven public schools in the Public Schools Act 1868 that have independence from direct jurisdiction from the Crown, the Church and the Government. These schools are:

  • Charterhouse School
  • Eton College
  • Harrow School
  • Rugby School
  • Shrewsbury School
  • Westminster School
  • Winchester College

Public School Admission Briefing

Public schools are independent schools which are privately funded from fees charged to the pupil’s parents. On average, a public school education can cost between £3,000 - £21,000 per year and up to £35,000 including boarding. 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).

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 that pupils enjoy and the extra focus on traditionally difficult subjects – maths, sciences and modern foreign languages – that many prestigious universities seek. Private schools can offer some 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 will normally have to sit entrance examinations and meet for an interview.

Entrance Examinations

For entry into selective independent schools, eligible and registered candidates are often required to sit entrance examinations. These often take the form of written examinations in Mathematics, English, the Sciences and Verbal Reasoning. Subject to the candidate’s performance at the assessment, their academic background (evidence provided in the form of school reports), references from previous schools and their performance at an interview, candidates may then be offered a place at the school. If applying for scholarships, separate exams may often be held before being awarded the scholarship.

If you are interested in applying for these schools, or for more information, please contact Christine Lee & Co. (Education) Ltd. at;

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