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Boarding Schools

 

A public boarding school is an independent (non-government-run) school which has on-site accommodation known as boarding.  There are almost 500 boarding schools in the UK, including traditional schools with a long-standing history of academic excellence and non-traditional schools established more recently who have equally rigorous and successful teaching and results.   There are also religious and non-religious schools, single-sex and coeducational, campus non-campus schools, as well as day schools, preparatory schools, senior schools, sixth form colleges and private colleges.  

 

Most follow the UK Education system, offering internationally recognised curriculum and are subject to inspection by ISI, the Independent Schools Inspectorate. 

 

Academic Year

The academic year begins in September and ends in mid-July, following a three-term system with half-terms and national holidays such as Christmas and Easter providing regular breaks throughout the academic year.

 

Why the UK?

The UK’s long history of educational excellence, strong discipline, different teaching style, classroom etiquette and high academic results are just a few of the things that attract thousands of students from around the globe.

  

Preparatory School

 

Age Range             Year Group      Hong Kong Equivalent

 7 – 13 years           1 – 8                  Primary 1 – 6 and Form 1 - 2

 

A Preparatory school, also known in short as “Prep school” is a fee-charging independent primary school in the UK.  They educate and prepare students up to the age of eleven or thirteen for the Common Entrance Examination, which is used by independent secondary schools to select the best academically capable students for their programmes.  

 

Prep schools are inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), which is overseen by Ofsted (for the governments Department for Education).

 

Why choose a Prep School?

Prep schools provide education for years 1 – 8 which are ideal for parents who want their children to get a head start in the British education system.  In doing so, students benefit from the opportunity to develop their English language skills before reaching higher levels of study and, importantly, examinable years such as GCSE and A-Level.  They also have access to world-class facilities to nurture and develop their skills and practical experience whilst their brains are still absorbing information quickly and thirstily.  Nowadays, extra-curricular activities provider a wider, more rounded education and give students an opportunity to discover new interests, explore their passion and develop practical experience.

Students benefit from small class sizes and teacher to student ratios thus providing greater focus on the individual and support when needed.

 

Progression

Prep schools form part of a network of feeder schools who provide an array of options to progress onto some of the best secondary schools in the UK.  At the end of year 7, our education team, along with school staff, will be able to recommend suitable senior schools and begin preparing your application.  Our mentoring and tuition programmes are also well-aligned with the needs of prep school students to provide the best possible senior school options.

 

Senior School

 

Age Range                 Year Group        Hong Kong Equivalent

11 or 13 – 18 years.     7 or 9 - 13.        Form 3 - 7

 

*Some senior schools take students from year 1 (aged 7).

 

Senior schools in the UK usually provide education from Year 7 (F.1) to Year 13 (F.7) while a small number of them from Year 9 (F.3). Education system of the UK is similar to the old system of Hong Kong, both involve seven years of secondary education. GCSE and A-Level are two public examinations equivalent to HKCEE and HKALE respectively. When graduated from senior schools, admission to university will be based mainly on student’s public examination achievement and involvement in extra-curriculum activities.

 

A-level in the UK poses less restriction on subject choices when compared to HKALE, allowing students to do arts subjects alongside with science subjects. It’s not unusual to find students doing both arts and science subjects such as history, physics and economics at the same time. Counsellors and teachers in schools will help and advice when it comes the time when students make decision on subject combination, ensuring that students are choosing subjects that they are capable of and interested in studying.

 

  • Qualification(s) available

GCSE’s and A-Levels, BTECs and IB

 

  • School List/Search/Rankings

 

Include list of schools/rankings

 

  1. Admissions Requirements (what schools typically look for + any tests they need to take/lead up time to application etc) Guardian/homestay

 

  1. Progression

 

 

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Day Schools

 

  1. Overview of what they are:

 

  1. Available years for entrance (compared against HK system)

 

  1. Qualification(s) available

 

  1. School List/Search/Rankings

 

  1. Admissions Requirements (what schools typically look for + any tests they need to take/lead up time to application etc)  Guardian / homestay

 

  1. Progression

 

State Schools

 

  1. Overview of what they are:

 

  1. Available years for entrance (compared against HK system)

 

  1. School List/Search

 

  1. Admissions Requirements (nationality – passport requirements/what schools typically look for + any tests they need to take / lead up time to application etc) Guardian / homestay

 

  1. Qualification(s) available

 

  1. Progression

Private College 

 

  1. Overview of what they are:

 

  1. Available years for entrance (compared against HK system)

 

  1. School List/Search

 

  1. Admissions Requirements (nationality – passport requirements/what schools typically look for + any tests they need to take / lead up time to application etc) Guardian

 

  1. Qualification(s) available

 

  1. Progression

 

International Study Centres 

 

  1. Overview of what they are:

 

  1. Available years for entrance (compared against HK system)

 

  1. Provider List/Search

 

  1. Admissions Requirements (nationality – passport requirements/what schools typically look for + any tests they need to take / lead up time to application etc) Guardian

 

  1. Qualification(s) available

 

  1. Progression

 

 

Summer School 

 

  1. Overview of what they are:

 

  1. Age requirements

 

  1. Types of summer school

 

  1. Benefits of attending one

 

 

Short Courses 

 

  1. Overview of what they are:

 

  1. Available programmes

 

  1. Admissions Requirements (age requirements / visa requirements /lead up time to application etc)

 

  1. Added value (university application / skills / experience)