International Schools in London

As a result of London being such a cosmopolitan city, there are many international schools that have been established to cater for the needs of various expat groups. The admission requirements and application processes for international schools in London will differ considerably to those at British schools. It is best to approach the international school of one's choice directly to get more details on how to enrol a student. 

Many expat parents relocating to London choose to send their children to international schools, as it allows them to continue on the same education system that they were used to back home. International schools also address the important issue of the maintenance of mother tongue literacy skills. Most international schools also provide a strong ‘English as an Additional Language’ (EAL) programme for students.

In London, expats will find that international schools are fairly flexible and welcoming to children of all nationalities. In fact, many wealthy British families choose to send their children to an international school to expose them to a broader curriculum. Staff at the top international schools are well-equipped to serve the unique needs of the expat community.

Admission requirements vary from school to school. Some are based on entrance exams and others on previous school reports and satisfactory references.

Tuition fees can be extremely high, however, and generally do not include extra costs that may be associated with school meals, uniforms and extra-curricular activities.

It is important that expat parents apply early to give their child the best possible chance of getting a place at the international school of their choice. Many of the top international schools are now finding it difficult to accommodate the growing number of new applicants. This is because London has grown in popularity as a destination for expats and it seems that expat families are staying in the UK longer. 


International schools in London

Southbank International School

This is a very popular school among international expats that has three campuses in Hampstead, Kensington and Westminster. South Bank follows the IB Curriculum but they also employ an American learning style which is based on group work, communication and independent field research. Competition is fierce at Southbank and admission is based on previous school records and good references. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18
Website: www.southbank.org

La Petite Ecole Bilingue

This small, bilingual independent school has two campuses – one in Kentish Town and the other outside London in Oxford. La Petite Ecole Bilingue prides itself on its small class sizes and personalised teaching programmes which allow the students to progress according to their own individual rate of learning, not just based on their age. Classes take place in French and English. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 2 to 11
Website: www.petiteecolebilingue.free.fr

L'Ecole des Petits

This small school of just 130 pupils offers British or French streams as well as French, English or bilingual streams. Set in a beautifully restored Victorian in Fulham, this unique school offers an exceptional standard of education. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French, British
Ages: 3 to 6
Website: www.lecoledespetits.co.uk

L'Ecole de Battersea

The sister school of L'Ecole des Petits, this school opened in 2005 to offer the French curriculum with English elements to its approximately 230 pupils. The school offers an outstanding, well-rounded education. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French
Ages: 3 to 10
Website: www.lecoledespetits.co.uk

International Community School

First established in 1979, the International Community School boasts a diverse range of students from over 45 different countries. ICS promotes a range of extra-curricular programmes to enhance the student’s learning experience.

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate 
Ages: 3 to 18
Website: www.icschool.co.uk

International School of London

The International School of London was founded in 1972. The school strongly promotes mother-tongue literacy and non-English speaking students receive intensive English classes. The school has a number of sports and after-school clubs.

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18
Website: www.isllondon.org

Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle

Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle has been established for nearly 100 years and has been named as one of the top 50 schools in Britain. There is a strong emphasis on academics, the performing arts and extra-curricular activities.

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French
Ages: 3 to 18
Website: www.lyceefrancais.org.uk

The American School in London

This is a popular international school boasting top-class facilities for sports and art. ASL strives to develop the intellect and character of each student by providing ‘an outstanding American education with a global perspective.’

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American
Ages: 4 to 18
Website: www.asl.org

Deutsche Schule London

Deutsche Schule London strives to ease the social integration of German students to the UK, while allowing them to maintain a connection to their language and culture. There are ample opportunities for students to get involved in extra-curricular activities such as arts, music, theatre and sport. 

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: German​​​​​​​
Ages: 3 to 19
Website: www.dslondon.org.uk

ACS International School

ACS has three campuses which are all based just outside London. Each school has excellent facilities for sports and extra-curricular activities. There is an emphasis on interactive learning through the use of modern technology. ACS have special programmes that address issues associated with a highly mobile expat population.

Gender: Co-educational​​​​​​​
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate, American​​​​​​​
Ages: 2 to 18
Website: www.acs-schools.com​​​​​​​