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Chapter 1 : How to apply to a British school: An introduction

So how does one go about applying for a school?

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Once you have decided on your shortlist of schools, the first thing to do is familiarize yourself with their specific admissions processes. Request a prospectus, visit their website, and ask them any questions you may have.

Most schools require you to complete a registration before applying, and pay a non-refundable fee, which can be up to a few hundred pounds. While it is common for parents to apply for a number of schools, bear in mind that this can get quite expensive!

It is essential that you visit the schools in question before deciding to apply, but in some rare circumstances schools will demand registration fees before you visit.

Meanwhile, many competitive schools, specifically in the London area, require registration a few years before application.

Therefore, we advise to register and apply as early as possible to make sure you avoid disappointment.

What will be expected of my child?

As we’ve established, schools have different ways of admitting students.

These differences are usually dependent on how academic the school is, how much competition there is for places (often tied to location) and, inevitably, the age of the applicant.

Every school requires reports, a reference, and in most cases an interview with the child. Sometimes, they will also ask for an interview with the parents.

Meanwhile, entrance tests vary from basic assessments introduced at a young age to more complex and subject-specific examinations at Common Entrance level. In the following sections, we will explain how to apply at each school level, and how to help your child prepare for the applications.

In the following sections, we will explain how to apply at each school level, and how to help your child prepare for the applications…

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