International schools in UK

International schools in London

There are a number of international schools in LondonMany expat parents relocating to London choose to send their children to international schools, as it allows them to continue on the same education system that they were used to back home. International schools also address the important issue of the maintenance of mother tongue literacy skills. Most international schools also provide a strong ‘English as an Additional Language’ (EAL) programme for students.

In London, expats will find that international schools are fairly flexible and welcoming to children of all nationalities. In fact, many wealthy British families choose to send their children to an international school to expose them to a broader curriculum. Staff at the top international schools are well-equipped to serve the unique needs of the expat community.

Admission requirements vary from school to school. Some are based on entrance exams and others on previous school reports and satisfactory references.

Tuition fees can be as high as GBP 10, 000 per term, plus extra costs for school meals, uniforms and music lessons.

It is important that expat parents apply early to give their child the best possible chance of getting a place at the international school of their choice. Many of the top international schools are now finding it difficult to accommodate the growing number of new applicants. This is because London has grown in popularity as a destination for expats and it seems that expat families are staying in the UK longer.

Recommended international schools in London

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French, British

Ages: 3 to 6
This small school of just 130 pupils offers British or French streams as well as French, English or bilingual streams. Set in a beautifully restored Victorian in Fulham, this unique school offers an exceptional standard of education. Read more
Gender: Co-educational

Curriculum: French

Ages: 3 to 10
The sister school of L'Ecole des Petits, this school opened in 2005 to offer the French curriculum with English elements to its approximately 230 pupils. The school offers an outstanding, well-rounded education up to CM2. Read more

International Community School

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

Ages: 3 to 18

The International Community School is part of the SKOLA Group of Schools. It was first established in 1979. There are two different school sites, one close to Regent’s Park and another near Hyde Park. There are a diverse range of students attending ICS from over 45 different countries. ICS promotes a range of extra-curricular programmes to enhance the student’s learning experience.

International School of London

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

The International School of London (ISL) was founded in.1979 Its main campus is in Chiswick, West London, and there is a smaller campus in Surrey, The school strongly promotes mother tongue literacy. Non-English speaking students receive intensive English classes. The school has a number of sports and after-school clubs. They even offer door-to-door transportation for students living in central, west and south London.

Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French

Ages: 3 to18

Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle has been established for nearly 100 years. The main campus is based in South Kensington but they have other buildings in Ealing and Fulham. There is also a primary school, middle school and British section. It has been placed in the Top 50 schools in Britain. There is a strong emphasis on the performing arts and extra-curricular activities.

The American School in London

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American

Ages: 4 to18

This is a popular international school based in St John’s Wood. It is very difficult for non-US citizens to get into the school – 80 percent of students have at least one parent with a US passport. The school boasts top class facilities for sports and art. ASL strives to develop the intellect and character of each student by providing ‘an outstanding American education with a global perspective.’

The German School in London

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: German

Ages: 3 to 19

The German School was established in 1969 and is based in Richmond, Surrey. The school strives to ease the social integration of German students to the UK, while allowing them to maintain a connection to their language and culture. The school puts an emphasis on languages and offer classes in German, English, French, Latin and Spanish. There is also an extended school day which was introduced to improve the opportunity for students to get involved in extra-curricular activities such as arts, music, theatre and sport.

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