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Choosing a school
Choosing a School
Choosing the right school for your child is not easy. Important points for parents to consider when selecting a suitable school more »

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Scholarships and Bursaries
Scholarships and Bursaries
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Entrance Exams
Entrance Exams
11+, 13+ and 16+ advice and info more »


Exam Stress?
Exam Stress
Stress-busting advice for parents and pupils more »
International Students - Visa Requirements

Attending a Private boarding school in the UK is a great way for your child to learn English. Their free time is also a valuable chance to practice English whilst socialising with children from all over the world.

  • If your child is a citizen of an EU/EEA country, they do not require a visa to study in the UK.


  • Non-EU students who are under the age of 18 and want to study in the UK for upto 6 months will require a CHILD VISITOR VISA. If they wish to study for more than 6 months they require a TIER 4 (CHILD) VISA.


  • Non-EU students who are 18yrs and over and want to study in the UK for upto 6 months will require a STUDENT VISITOR VISA. If they wish to study for more than 6 months they require a TIER 4 (GENERAL) VISA.

    Many schools will assistant you in visa applications. For more information visit the UK Border Agency Website

A Schengen Visa is required for citizens of non-Schengen member countries to enter this Zone. For more information visit the Schengen Visa Info Website

Guardianship of International Students

  • The majority of UK boarding schools require parents of International students to appoint a UK-based guardian. Some overseas parents have friends or relatives in the UK who are happy to undertake this responsibility, others have no-one to help them.

  • There are many Guardianship companies available that provide students with a secure and caring environment during their stay in the UK.

  • The Guardian will accept legal responsibility for the child, and provides the child with a place to live during school holidays or periods of illness.

  • AEGIS is the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students. It brings together schools and guardianship organisations to promote the welfare of international students.

  • For more information about companies that provide Guardianship services please visit our Guardianship Page more »


Recommended Books

  • The Good Schools Guide
    The only publication that gives a completely independent and unbiased overview of the country's top state and private schools. Find out what schools want you to know, and importantly, what they don't!

  • Which School? 2017: A Guide to Independent Schools in the UK
    First published in 1924, 'Which School?' brings together information aimed at guiding parents and children through the process of choosing the right school. It contains a directory of more than 2000 British Independent Schools.

  • The Independent Schools Guide 2013
    Every parent wants their child to flourish throughout their education but few decisions are more difficult than choosing the right school. The Independent Schools Guide from Gabbitas Education has been informing parents in their independent school choices since 1924. The book includes an extensive reference section for over 2,000 schools.

  • Guide to Preparatory Schools 2016
    The 2016 edition of John Catt's Preparatory Schools provides parents seeking information, at a vital stage of their child's education, with basic facts about 1500 independent prep and junior schools in the UK. The guide has useful articles, including how to find the fees, the difference between prep and junior schools, the various educational organisations that encourage high standards in independent schools.

  • Primary School - A Parent's Guide
    This book provides a guide that will help parents choose a school, find their way through the admissions process, understand what their child is learning in school and how they can support them. It explains the puzzling acronyms like KS1, SATs and QCA. This book also guides parents through the National Curriculum, with a clear explanation of what children will cover in each subject area.

  • A Parents' and Teachers' Guide to Bilingualism
    The third edition of this book is a practical introduction for parents and teachers to bilingualism. Straightforward and realistic answers are given to a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions about bilingualism and bilingual education.

  • Which London School? & the South-East 2016/17 Independent Schools guide
    Everything you need to know about Independent schooling in London and the South-East. This guide to independent schooling in London provides up-to-date details of: Day, Boarding and Nursery Schools in London Day and Boarding Schools in Greater London and the surrounding area, including Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and West Berkshire International Schools Colleges of Further Education Plus: Information on exams, useful organisations and helpful articles.

Exam Revision Aids

  • Athey Educational
    Athey Educational publish practice tests for Grammar and Independent School selection. Their website provides advice and support for parents, and sample tests.

  • MW Educational
    MW Educational publish a variety of educational titles relevant to parents and teachers at independent schools including 11 Plus and SAT's practice papers as well as revision guides.

  • Learning Together
    The Learning Together books reflect the type of questions that are found in 11+ or 12+ examination papers and have been written to help prepare children who are going to sit selective entrance examinations to grammar schools or private schools.

  • Eleven Plus Advice
    This site contains a wealth of information on many aspects of the eleven plus exam and contains advice and support for parents of children who are about to sit their eleven plus test.

Helpful Links

  • Hypnotherapy Directory
    Exam Stress? Hypnotherapy can help by controlling nerves and negative emotions, meaning you can remain focused. A useful resource to help find a suitable hynotherapist in your area

  • Counselling Directory
    A useful resource for those looking for support or general advice about counselling.

  • Life Coach Directory
    A useful resource for those looking for support or general advice about life coaching.

  • Topmarks Education
    Topmarks is an index site listing many links to education-based web pages. This site provides an extensive online resource for both parents and teachers.

  • BBC Bitesize
    Comprehensive listings of great revision resources

  • GCSE Site
    This site includes GCSE answers, support for parents, students, teachers etc.

  • Childline - Beat Exam Stress
    Help and advice for students and parents on how to cope with exam stress