International Schools in London

Thanks to the city's cosmopolitan nature, London has a broad range of good-quality international schools. The city has bilingual schools that teach in languages such as French and German, as well as English.

Although many expat families choose to make use of the free state education, or send their children to one of the excellent private schools in London, international schools are often the ideal choice for globally mobile families. International schools allow expat children to continue with a familiar education system and the maintenance of mother-tongue literacy skills. Many international schools provide language programmes aimed at maintaining home language proficiency or helping non-English-speaking children to adapt.

Expats will find that most international schools in London welcome children of all nationalities. Staff at the best international schools are highly qualified and well-equipped to serve the unique needs of the expat community.

Below is a list of some of the most prominent international schools in London.


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 groupwork, communication and independent field research. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 19

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: French and National Curriculum for England
Ages: 2 to 11

L'Ecole des Petits

This small school of just 130 pupils caters for English-speaking and French-speaking children and provides learning in both languages. The school welcomes pupils from all over the world. Set in a beautifully restored Victorian in Fulham, this unique school offers an exceptional standard of education. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French and National Curriculum for England
Ages: 3 to 6

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. There is a wide variety of extra-curricular activities offered including fencing, basketball, sewing, drama and more. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French
Ages: 3 to 11

International Community School

Situated in the heart of London, the International Community School (ICS) boasts a diverse range of students from over 70 different countries. As a member of the global network of NACE schools, ICS is well-positioned to offer a truly international education. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate 
Ages: 3 to 18

International School of London

The International School of London strongly promotes mother-tongue literacy with home-language lessons two to three times a week. More than 20 languages are included in this programme. There is additional specialised support for students whose first language is not English. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18

Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle

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

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 3 to 18

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’. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American
Ages: 4 to 18

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. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: German Abitur and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 19

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 schools have special programmes that address issues associated with a highly mobile expat population. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate and American
Ages: 2 to 18

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