In the context of international parents looking for a UK boarding school for their children, there are usually two main themes of concern to them – the curriculum being followed and the mix of international children in the school
The majority of UK private schools teach a UK curriculum – namely A Levels or Pre-u from 16 to 18 and GCSEs from 14 to 16 (except a large proportion of UK private schools teach the International version or IGCSE).
For parents preferring an international curriculum for their children, there are only a small number of choices.
There are about 80 UK private schools offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, but half of these do not offer boarding. Furthermore only 10 schools offer the IB MYP of which only 2 offer boarding. Nearly all of the MYP schools are day schools within the Greater London Area aimed at ex patriate families living and working in London.
The other main alternative is the American Advanced Placement Programme, offered by 3 American day schools in London, again aimed at expatriate workers in London.
International Mix of Pupils
All UK boarding schools have a mixture of different nationalities and most impose quotas by country, usually around 10%. The largest country boarders are China, followed by Russia, followed by Nigeria.
As a generalisation, most international parents tell us they would like to see a few boarders of the same nationality as their children for company BUT they definitely do not want the majority because they want their kids to learn English and experience British culture. There are a certain number of boarding schools where the proportion of Chinese boarders exceed 90%. We try to keep up to date with nationality mixes in order to find schools according to parent preferences.
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