If you are an expat parent living or planning on living in Britain, then the question ‘what about schools?’ will be at the forefront of your thinking and planning. One of the many challenges I’ve found being an expat parent to school-age children has been learning the British school system, the terminology and being able to help my children with their homework – in many ways I’ve had to learn alongside them when it comes to their schooling.
International schools are mainly located in the London area and may have specific admissions policies and requirements. The costs per year can range between 16,000 and 35,000 GBP, and there are also additional cost options for lunches and transportation. If your child is bilingual or multilingual then an international school might be the ideal choice as there will be more emphasis on languages and English as an additional language in the curriculum, as opposed to a private or state run school. Equally, if you are planning to live in Britain for only a few years, then an international school might be the best choice because an international environment might help your child adjust both culturally and academically. International schools offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) which private and state-run schools do not. This is one of the benefits of an international school if you are planning to relocate to another country very soon after you’re in Britain. The ACS International Schools website states: Our International Baccalaureate and American curricula provide students with a high quality ‘portable’ education that will stand them in good stead whether they return home, move on to a new country, or stay in the UK.
Further reading:►United Kingdom expat guide