These are just a small selection of the schools and universities we have visited as part of our popular Schools Placement Service. If you are thinking about applying for a place for your child in a new school, we would be delighted to answer any questions you have about these, or other British schools. Please contact us here.
I was given a tour of Cheltenham Ladies College by the Assistant Head of Admissions, Fiona Weldin. The school is home to around 640 full time boarding girls, and 210 day girls. It offers GCSE, IB and A Level. The school is large and well funded, allowing it to provide excellent resources. However, because the girls are split into houses for accommodation, it has the friendly, welcoming feel of a much smaller school.
Clifton Lodge is a private preparatory school in Ealing, for boys and girls aged 3 to 13 years. The school is Christian but welcomes children from all faiths. Headmaster Floyd Steadman has been at Clifton Lodge for three terms. Previously he was Headmaster at Downsend School, and before that Salcombe Preparatory School. He has also been part of the Senior Team at Colet Court.
Emanuel focuses heavily on developing the whole child with emphasis on sports, entrepreneurship and involvement in the community. Chapel attendance is compulsory once a week. Some of Emanuel’s programmes are ground-breaking such as providing leadership courses to all students in years 9 to 12.
Felsted is one of the original English Public Schools, fast approaching 450 years of age. It is a co-ed boarding school and not at all stuffy. The school buildings are bright, airy and fantastically welcoming – with a Coffee Shop serving Costa Coffee and endless sports fields. It has the feeling of a campus, with happy energetic students running around in combat fatigues (Combined Cadet Force), sports kit and even a few carrying books.
Gatehouse is an East End London co-educational prep school for children aged 3-11 yrs. The school is a beautifully organized colourful, ‘maze’, with a cohort of just over 350 children. Mrs Canham, the Headmistress has been at the school for 8 years and was previously at Eaton House, Colfe’s and Ibstock place.
Hampton Court House School is an independent co-educational school neighbouring Hampton Court Palace in South-West London. The school currently only takes children aged 3 to 16, but plans to open a small and ‘academically elite’ sixth form in September 2015.
Knightsbridge School is located in the heart of Chelsea and caters to both the UK based and international local residents, providing a multicultural atmosphere with a very European feel. It starts at Nursery and goes up until Year 8, preparing the children for 8+, 11+ and Common Entrance along the way.
Marlborough is one of England’s oldest schools. The history of the school and its legacy will rub off on the children as they move through the school. The school motto ‘Deus Dat Incrementum God’ is at the root of ‘a sense of service’ and a ‘call to give back’ which is engendered in pupils. They are encouraged to take responsibility and are treated like ‘adults’ but forgiven like ‘children’.
Clare King, the Moat School’s young and dynamic Head, explained the school’s aims; to identify and nurture the extraordinary talents and creativity that dyslexic children often possess. The Moat tries to provide a safe and supportive learning environment in which these children can flourish, experience success and fulfil their potential.
More House is a small Roman Catholic school for girls aged 11-18, located on Pont Street in Knightsbridge. A caring and nurturing ethos ensures staff support and enable the girls to learn and develop to the best of their ability.
Moreton Hall is an independent boarding and day school for girls (11-18 yrs) with a mixed prep school (3-11 yrs). There is also an International Study Centre that prepares foreign students for entrance to UK senior schools. The school of 320 children is set in parkland close to the Roman towns of Chester and Shrewsbury.
Newton Prep is an independent co-educational prep school taking children from nursery to year 8. Situated in Battersea, the school is easily accessed from Central London. Headmistress Alison Fleming, who moved to Newton from Dulwich Prep in September 2013, hopes to balance high standards with fun activities and an atmosphere which stimulates imagination and a sense of adventure.
Situated five minutes from the city of Brighton and less than an hour from London by train, Roedean is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18. It is a truly international school with approximately 45% of its students coming from overseas, predominately China. Foreign students are made to feel at home and boarding offers them stability and consistency. This global outlook means British students experience different cultures and all students enjoy the benefits of being part of a diverse community. It also probably helps prepare children for the competitive international job-market.
St George’s is a girl’s boarding and day school (aged 11-18), situated just outside Ascot in Berkshire. The school has around 270 girls. Entrance is usually at 11+ and there are also places available at 13+ and 16+. The school is extremely well resourced in terms of art studios, theatres, science labs, computer rooms and a modern chapel, which can accommodate the entire school. The campus is large and very well equipped for such a small number of girls.
St Mary’s is a small school with a big reputation. The school facilities are first class, (recent additions include a new 400m all-weather running track) and academic results are very impressive (as is, importantly, the Value Added). However, the main thing that sets St. Mary’s apart from other excellent girls’ boarding schools is the fact that the cohort is exclusively (or at 97%, very nearly exclusively) Roman Catholic.
After the original January visit was cancelled by snow it was a great relief to finally arrive at Stowe School. The damp, misty weather did little to reduce the magnificence of the school’s remarkable grounds and buildings. The drive through the Capability Brown landscaped lawns and gardens, with follies on the horizon and smiling children riding horses creates a great first impression.
Winchester College was founded by William of Wykeham in 1382 as a school for 70 scholars from poor backgrounds. Wykeham was a self made man and his vision was to provide two Colleges, Winchester and New College Oxford, with the aim of educating men, ‘ dedicated to God and the public service’. The School has maintained this education in an unbroken span over 630 years.
Worth is a Catholic Co-Ed day and boarding school (ages 11-18) set in rolling Sussex countryside. The school is home to 455 boys, 119 girls and approximately 30 Benedictine monks.