Secondary education in the UK (part 2)

Features boarding school UK

Although all boarding schools  provide the conditions for residence during the school year, including holidays, the recent common practice among students live all week at school, leaving home for the weekend. Most independent schools accept international students on a full board. Total in boarding schools are learning about 100 thousand children aged 7 to 18 years, including most of those 17 thousand foreigners who are studying in British independent schools.

Most of the students live at school. One of the advantages of this practice is that the board provides a general education in a time when communication with the staff and teachers are not limited to the lesson. But the teachers and tutors do not replace parents, so communication with them via email, phone, fax, email is an important part of students’ lives. Modern communications allow them to stay in constant contact with the parents.

The institutional structure of any school – a group (“Houses”) led by the senior tutor (Housemaster or Housemistress). Younger students sleep in dormitories. Composition bedrooms sometimes forms on the “family principle” when the group included children of different ages, sometimes the whole group consists of the same age. Seniors have the right to “privacy” in separate rooms. Teachers and educators, on the one hand, strictly enforce the rules of hygiene, safety and discipline, on the other hand, encourage the manifestation of independence. Many schools allocated a space where children are allowed to go about their business. Class work consists of primarily social activities and entertainment events, which are organized within a group or between them. In addition, high school sports teams and community art lovers take part in competitions and contests between the schools.

Special Schools in UK

The most famous are church and school choirs, music, ballet, drama school. In most of these learning opportunities there are hostels. Many have extensive experience working with students from abroad. In addition, there is a network of schools for blind children and children with disabilities.

Semesters and study time at school

The school year begins in September and is divided into three terms, each lasting about 13 weeks. The winter semester runs from September until the Christmas holidays, which start around December 15. Spring – the first or second week of January to March, and the summer begins in April and ends in June and July. In some schools during the spring and summer vacations there are supplementary classes. In Scotland, the school year runs from mid-August until the end of June. At present school term dates are reviewed by the UK government. School day in most schools (kindergarten does not count), usually begins at 9 am and continues until 4 pm. Saturdays at some private schools offer sports activities.

Age requirements Admission to the British school

7 years is a lower age limit. From 7 years old children are accepted at most of the preparatory schools. If you decide to give your child a complete education in the UK, this is the age at which you can begin. Pass important exams at the age of 11, 12 and 13 years.

10-11 years. While most schools are trying to take students of all ages, do not think that the delivery is automatic. Selecting a school, contact the British Council in advance and consult on how best to prepare the child. It’s in his best interest. However, for most children entrance test – no contest “will-not-pass.” Typically, this is done to send a child to the respective class.

13 years. Entrance exam, which all children pass at the age of 13 is required for admission to secondary school. In most schools, it consists of texts in English, mathematics and science. Two or three years of trainingto get a good knowledge of the language. Education at the age of 13-16 years is very intense, and although special language courses will help students keep up with classmates, children, foreigners can still play compared to the other, most of them residents of the UK. In addition, you must pay attention to the significant differences in the curricula of UK education programs in other countries, and therefore the British Council encourages parents in advance to get all the necessary information.

If you start training at the age of 16, you can be set off grades received at home. Student takes a while to get used to the new program, a new environment, a new language and culture. The curriculum of the second year in 6th grade is hard enough to catch up.

Having a high school diploma, every student can be admitted to the college for high school students. Admission is based on the school report card, but independent boarding schools in the UK are showing the admission of foreign students more flexibility.