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[British Boarding School] Complete Guide 2023

Many students and parents currently obtain educational information from the study abroad experiences of relatives and friends, as well as readily available information on the internet. However, everyone's situation is different, and the educational paths of others may not be applicable to each individual student. Amidst a wealth of information, it's not guaranteed that one can find information tailored to their own needs. This guide to education is written for parents who intend to have their children study in British boarding schools or private day schools over the course of three years. Through text, data, and images, parents can gain a comprehensive understanding of the schools' features and, from various perspectives, recognise both the strengths and weaknesses of the schools, ultimately finding the most suitable educational institution for their children. 1. Eight Key Factors for Selecting British Boarding Schools Condensing the school selection strategies of professional educational consultants, this guide helps parents start with these "eight" points to learn how to choose a suitable school for their children's enrollment. First Point: Entry Grade for British Boarding Secondary Schools Second Point: School Size Third Point: Proportion of International Students […]
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[#LINKEDUpeople: Student Interview #001 Isaac Ho, University of Bristol]

"By being goal-oriented and seizing the opportunity to pursue what interests you, enjoy life to the fullest."Isaac, who started studying at the University of Bristol last September, is currently enrolled in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) foundation programme, with a focus on mechanical engineering. "Studying the foundation programme in university allows me to concentrate on my desired subjects earlier than my peers, and I see it as an advantage."  Isaac had already developed an interest in engineering during middle school and was determined to pursue a career in this field. In order to adapt to university life a year earlier and focus on his major subjects, he decided to skip the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) and directly enrol in the University of Bristol's renowned engineering bridging programme. "Online classes don't feel too unfamiliar, and I even feel the teachers' extra care in one-on-one interactions." Due to the pandemic, Isaac mentioned that most classes were conducted online. The professors also arranged online group discussions and provided opportunities for walk-in sessions, aiming to provide a classroom-like experience. Even though it was online teaching, the teachers put […]
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[#LINKEDUpresents: Does the size of a British private boarding school affect a child's learning and growth?]

Last week, we discussed the "7 Rules for Choosing UK Boarding Schools," with the first consideration being the entry grade, which allows parents and schools to determine the most suitable educational path based on their child's age and learning goals. However, once the entry grade is decided, the size of the school comes into play. In parts of the world, where the population is dense and the schools are similar in size, the importance of school size in a child's education is often overlooked. However, in the UK, when children enrol in private boarding schools, the distinction between "large schools" and "small schools" often carries different implications. To differentiate between large and small schools, parents can start by looking at four aspects: class size, subject choices, integration, and extracurricular activities.  British schools have traditionally followed a small class teaching system, with class sizes typically ranging from 10 to 20 students. The class division system is designed to tailor teaching methods to students' individual abilities. Students are usually grouped into different "sets," with Set 1 consisting of the highest-performing students, Set 2 slightly below Set 1, and so on. […]
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[#LINKEDUpresents: "7 Rules for Choosing UK Boarding Schools"—Does the proportion of boarding students reflect different campus cultures?]

Boarding life is an essential part of the British private school experience and a way for Hong Kong parents to encourage their children to learn independence and engage in communal living with students from diverse backgrounds. Most international students studying in the UK choose to reside in the boarding facilities provided by the schools, while local students may or may not opt to stay on campus. As a private boarding school that accepts both local and international students, the overall proportion of boarding students in the institution also plays a significant role in parents' school selection process. Previously, we discussed the proportion of international students by dividing it as a percentage of the total student population. Similarly, the ratio of boarding students throughout the entire school can be simplified into three categories: predominantly day schools, semi-boarding schools, and full boarding schools. These classifications, unlike the previous categorization based on international boarding student percentages, offer a unique study abroad experience for students who are new to the UK. Predominantly day schools: Easier communication among boarding students  In this type of school, the primary intake consists of day students, and […]
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[#LINKEDUpresents: The 7 Rules for Choosing a British Boarding School - Admission Procedures, Assessment Methods, and Application Deadlines Parents Must Consider]

In our previous article, we discussed the four fundamental factors to consider when choosing a British boarding school. One of the most pressing concerns for parents is, naturally, the school's application deadline and the admissions process involved. Traditionally, each British boarding school has its own established set of admission procedures. However, the entrance assessment methods and exam content may vary slightly depending on the year of entry. Here, we will provide a general overview of the standard application procedures for British boarding schools. Once parents or students have selected their preferred school, they typically initiate initial contact with the school or have an education consultant represent them for an "initial consultation." After formally submitting the admission application, the students will undergo an entrance examination. Upon passing the entrance examination, the school will arrange for an in-person or video interview. After evaluating all test performances, if the school is satisfied with the overall performance of the applicant, they will issue an official acceptance letter to the parents. The entire selection process can take anywhere from two weeks to half a year, depending on the school's admission policy and timeline. […]
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[#LINKEDUpresents: Seven Key Factors Parents May Overlook When Choosing UK Boarding Schools—They Are All Gems!]

For most parents, browsing through the official websites of UK boarding schools not only provides accurate information about the school's curriculum, boarding and international student ratios, and extracurricular activities but also showcases the school's best and most genuine aspects to parents and students. Of course, a school's website consists of various pages, and parents often start by looking at "key sections" such as exam results, extracurricular activities, or dormitory introductions; these are undoubtedly the types of information parents want to know upfront when getting to know a school. However, the homepage of a school's website often contains seemingly inconspicuous but highly valuable information that can greatly assist parents in choosing a school. From the perspective of the school, the official website serves as a gateway to showcase the aspects that the school is most proud of and considers worthy of presenting to parents. Of course, parents need to strategically filter through a wealth of information. Here are a few absolute must-not-overlook pieces of information with significant reference value: School Video: We often refer to school videos as the "window" to the school's activities. They allow parents and students, […]
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[#LINKEDU presents Seven Rules for Choosing UK Boarding Schools: Does the Number of International Students Reflect the School's Educational Strategy?]

When Hong Kong parents consider sending their children to UK boarding schools, they often ask common questions such as, "Are there many international students in this school?" Undoubtedly, parents generally hope to send their children to the UK for the purpose of learning English and experiencing the local culture. It's worth noting that the ratio of international students in a UK boarding school reflects the school's educational and admission strategies. As we mentioned before, UK boarding schools generally categorise students into year groups based on their age and scale, as well as the academic and extracurricular activities offered by the school. For international students who are newcomers, the classmates around them are the community they live with under the same roof, and this has a significant impact on their ability to adapt to the new environment. The ratio of international students can also have a positive influence on students of different ages and personalities. This ratio can be divided into three categories: 0 - 15%|This usually refers to very traditional and historic UK boarding schools that strictly control the number of international students. Generally, in the same year […]
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[Field Study: Grasping the Latest Information on UK Education]

Whether it's for educational purposes or relocation, conducting a field study provides the most authentic insight into the local environment. As an educational consultant, visiting schools in person is one of my most important tasks. When educational consultants visit schools in person, they not only get to see the true nature of the institutions but also gain first-hand knowledge of the local changes. This allows them to provide reliable, comprehensive, and up-to-date information to parents and students. Vincent, an educational consultant, said, "During this trip to the UK, in addition to visiting schools, we will also continue to explore the facilities and cityscape of different towns after each busy day to gain a better understanding of the local life and culture." Vincent further stated that as the first inspection trip after the pandemic, he and his team visited over 10 cities in the UK and explored more than 10 private boarding schools within a span of five days. He said, "I also spent several days visiting some British universities, engaging in discussions with their admissions representatives, and exchanging opinions on students' subject preferences, admission requirements, teaching directions, campus […]
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[Boarding School Life in the UK: The Big Revelation]

What do students do every day in UK boarding schools? When it comes to UK boarding schools, the first thing that comes to mind is the boarding house, where students spend half of their time. Parents often ask me, "Zaki, do boys and girls in UK boarding schools live on the same floor? Isn't it dangerous when the lights go out at night?" There's no need to worry too much about this. Boys and girls live in separate dormitories, and they are prohibited from entering the dormitories of the opposite sex. However, I believe parents don't need to worry too much about their children interacting with people of the opposite sex. Proper socialisation helps children adapt to gender roles and prevents them from feeling shy when they go to university or enter the workforce. Now, let's get back to the topic. In the boarding house, the responsibility of taking care of students mainly falls on the housemaster or mistress. Their responsibilities are often greater than those of teachers. In addition to taking care of the students' daily lives and meals, they also play the roles of social workers […]
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[Choosing A-Level Subjects for Science Degrees in the UK]

When students study A-Levels in the UK, they typically choose to study 3 to 4 elective subjects. A-Level subjects are not categorised into arts, sciences, or commerce. However, UK universities usually require students to study specific combinations of A-Level subjects to qualify for admission to certain degree programmes. Since there are numerous possible combinations of A-Level subjects, this time we will focus on popular A-Level subject combinations for science degrees and introduce them to parents and students. Mathematics + Further Mathematics + Physics If mathematics is a student's strength, they can consider studying mathematics and further mathematics to demonstrate clear logical thinking skills. Adding physics to this combination shows that the student is closer to top universities and highly competitive programmes. With this combination, students can expand their options to various fields such as engineering, data sciences, actuarial studies, computer science, etc. For students who excel in mathematics, this combination is an excellent choice for securing admission to top-tier universities. Chemistry + Biology + Mathematics For students aspiring to study medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, or other competitive programmes, the above combination is a basic requirement. Most medical schools […]
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[UK Boarding Schools: Remember this "Quality Certification" when choosing a school—HMC]

Choosing a restaurant with a Michelin star, buying diamonds with GIA certification—these are criteria we consider for quality. Did you know that UK boarding schools have their own "diamond-level" certification? It's called the Headmasters' Conference (HMC). What is HMC? Let's go back over 200 years to Uppingham School, a private school in the UK. The then-headmaster, Edward Thring, proposed a groundbreaking idea in the education field. He wanted to bring together the headmasters of all the good schools in the UK to discuss educational philosophies and share the most effective teaching methods. This idea took hold and gave birth to the first Headmasters' Conference (HMC). The inaugural conference had 13 headmasters from prestigious boarding schools, such as Bromsgrove, Oakham, Repton, Sherborne, Tonbridge, and the host school, Uppingham. Since then, the annual HMC conferences have continued. Today, there are 296 member schools in HMC, where educators can exchange the latest educational perspectives and select the best practices. So why does HMC represent "quality"? Let's analyse it based on several key concerns for Hong Kong parents: Nurturing Excellence In terms of academic achievement, last year, over two-thirds of students studying […]
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[UK Boarding Schools: Exploring the Land, Sea, and Sky—Unleashing the True Spirit of British Boarding Schools]

In addition to academic subjects, students in UK boarding schools participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities almost every day. The purpose of these activities is to cultivate students' interests and equip them with essential life skills such as critical thinking, independence, and leadership. These skills are meant to be explored, experienced, and practised in the world beyond textbooks, and schools encourage students to find a balance between studying and relaxation. So, when the final bell rings and classes are over, can students rush to the big grass field to play basketball or football with their peers? No, coming all the way to the UK for education, it would be limited to just a "mundane" ball? UK boarding schools offer activities that go beyond what Hong Kong schools typically provide, spanning the realms of "land," "sea," and "sky." Let's start with the "sea"! Rossall School is recognised as one of the schools that offers a traditional British education. Situated on the picturesque coast of Lancashire, the school takes advantage of its geographic location to excel in diving activities. Rossall School has established a Scuba Dive Club for […]
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[UK Boarding and Private Day School Entrance Test—UKiset]

What is the UKiset entrance test? UKiset (UK Independent Schools' Entry Test) is a standardised entrance test designed for overseas students aged 9 to 18 applying to British independent boarding schools. It is not simply an academic exam but primarily aims to assess applicants' English proficiency and academic abilities, serving as a standardised evaluation of their learning preferences. Some boarding schools even consider UKiset scores as a basis for admission (known as "knocking on the door" admission), thereby exempting applicants from further entrance tests. Most British boarding schools consider UKiset as one of the reference indicators for admissions, such as: Abbotsholme SchoolIpswich SchoolAckworth SchoolJunior King's School, CanterburyACS International School CobhamKent College CanterburyAmpleforth CollegeKing’s College TauntonArdingly CollegeKingsley SchoolAshford SchoolLancing CollegeBadminton SchoolLangley SchoolBattle Abbey SchoolLeighton Park SchoolBede's Senior SchoolLeweston SchoolBedford SchoolLime House SchoolBellerbys CollegeLoretto SchoolBenenden SchoolLoughborough Grammar SchoolBerkhamsted SchoolMalvern St James Girls SchoolBethany SchoolMarlborough CollegeBishopstrow CollegeMarymount International SchoolBloxham SchoolMayfield SchoolBlundell's SchoolMerchiston Castle SchoolBootham SchoolMill Hill InternationalBosworth Independent CollegeMill Hill SchoolBournemouth Collegiate SchoolMillfield SchoolBox Hill SchoolMonkton Combe SchoolBradfield CollegeMonmouth School For BoysBrentwood SchoolMonmouth School For GirlsBrighton CollegeMoreton Hall SchoolBromsgrove SchoolMPWBrooke House CollegeNew Hall SchoolBruton School for GirlsNorwich SchoolBryanston SchoolOakham SchoolBurgess Hill […]
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[British Boarding Schools: Students Live as Protagonists of Harry Potter?!]

In the UK, from princes to middle-class civilians, once they reach the age of 13 and enter secondary school, they experience boarding school life. Many people may think that British private boarding schools are exclusive to the upper class, but that is no longer the case. As long as students are sufficiently talented and possess extraordinary qualities, schools will accept students from various backgrounds. When it comes to boarding schools, the first thing that comes to mind is often the movie "Harry Potter." Although there are over 500 boarding schools in the UK, the true "Harry Potter"-style "full boarding" schools are few and far between. Sedbergh School British full-boarding schools are those where all or the majority of students live on the school premises seven days a week, including local students. For example, renowned schools like Eton College and Harrow School have a 100% boarding population. Some boarding schools have also introduced flexible boarding options to adapt to social development, allowing local students to reside on campus from Monday to Friday and return home on weekends. However, the proportion of students in full boarding schools in the UK […]
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[Analysis of the British Education System: Is the IB Programme Suitable Only for Top Achievers?]

Whenever a student tells me that they are studying the IB programme, I can't help but want to give them a big hug and say, "You've worked hard all these years." In the 2018/19 academic year, I came into contact with hundreds of families inquiring about studying in the UK, and a portion of these parents expressed their desire to enrol their children in schools that offer the IB curriculum. These parents believe that the IB system is currently the most internationally recognised curriculum in the world and that it can cultivate students' comprehensive abilities. Of course, this is indeed an advantage of the IB programme. However, not all students are suitable for the IB curriculum, so how should parents consider and choose?Let's first understand what the IB programme is. The full name of the IB programme is the International Baccalaureate, which is widely adopted by international schools around the world, with nearly 5,000 certified IB schools worldwide. At the high school level, the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) consists of six subject groups and three core components. The six subject groups are: First Language Second Language Individuals and […]
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[UK Boarding School Rankings: Tips to Avoid School Ranking Traps]

Choosing an ideal UK boarding school for your children is undoubtedly a big challenge for parents. In casual conversations with other parents, you may have heard many of them say, "I want to find a boarding school in the UK that ranks in the top 50." or "How can I find schools ranked higher than 400 in the UK boarding school rankings?" However, with the various UK boarding school rankings available, it can be confusing to determine which one truly has reference value. 1. What are the UK boarding school rankings? There is no official UK government-generated ranking of boarding schools in the UK. The rankings mentioned by parents are generally the ones published by newspapers or authoritative organisations, such as The Telegraph and The Times. These rankings often use GCSE and A Level results published in August each year as the criteria. Since each organisation has its own statistical methods and limitations, the results of each ranking are not the same. Among the rankings that predominantly use academic performance as the criteria, I have chosen two commonly referenced UK boarding school ranking tables to analyse: #1 The […]
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"Choosing Boarding Schools in the UK: 7 Key Points"

Choosing a boarding school in the UK - Avoidance 1: Only relying on rankings and public exam results. Who says that the higher the ranking of a boarding school in the UK, the better the school? This is the most common misconception among Thai parents, but it is also the most forgivable mistake. We understand that parents want to choose a boarding school in the UK with excellent academic performance for their children, but blindly relying on the rankings often hinders the effectiveness of their child's development plan.After all, the education in boarding schools in the UK focuses not on imparting knowledge to students, but rather on guiding their own talents and promoting holistic development beyond academics. Relying solely on academic grades for rankings is definitely not a balanced measurement indicator. What is even more astonishing is that some boarding schools in the UK adopt a selective approach, meaning that if a student's GCSE grades are not satisfactory, they may be asked to leave. This practice indirectly boosts their average scores in the rankings. Therefore, when parents look at rankings, they should also carefully understand the reasons behind […]
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[2024 British Essentials for further study] Free download "2024 British Boarding School Blueprint: Monthly Preparation Guide"

LINKEDU has specially prepared a blueprint for parents "2024 British boarding school: monthly preparation guide" , so that you can clearly apply for the key timeline of boarding schools, and ensure that you will not miss any important steps! Our consultants have also shared more experience to pave the way of boarding school admissions.
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