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Placing a Foreign Student in a UK School

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 25 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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We have already looked at how to place our children in schools abroad and how to help them fit in once they have made the transition to a foreign school but it is worth noting that the reverse can apply as foreign students are now becoming commonplace in our schools in the United Kingdom.

This can happen because a family has come to the United Kingdom in relation to employment or because they are wishing to seek Asylum in the United Kingdom. Whatever the case every child is entitled to an education and as such every attempt is made by the schooling system and the Local Education Authorities to make sure that places are available for any foreign student wishing to seek an education here.

Differences to be Aware of

For the most part the principle is the same for those families wishing to relocate to the United Kingdom as it would be for those families leaving the United Kingdom for foreign climbs. Although in saying that there are some noticeable differences.

The main difference being that we – in the United Kingdom – teach our children in English as our first language with foreign languages such as French German, Spanish and now in some schools Mandarin – bringing up the rear in language stakes. This, just as it is British children moving abroad – a stumbling block that needs to be overcome for any foreign student to gain a reasonable and satisfactory level of education.

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Just as with British children, it is important and a good investment of time, for a foreign family to visit and select a list of schools that would appeal to their individual child’s needs should that be a course of action open to them. Obviously if the family are seeking asylum in the United Kingdom then a visit before hand is a lot less likely and it can sometimes be a lottery in terms of finding a place for their children. Local Education Authorities will help with this as best they can in conjunction with the Foreign Office and British Consulate to their country of origin.

It is also worth noting that foreign students will fall under the same system of criteria as British children when it comes to the application process for a specific school. Their applications will be determined not so much on the merits of where they are from – in relation to country – but where they are living in relation to the distance from the schools of choice etc. This is the same for all children and indeed the same applies for any benefits that might be obtained; school meals, financial assistance for travel and uniforms etc.

If you are from a foreign country and wish to place your child or children in full time education in the United Kingdom it is worth noting that there may be – in some schools – a rudimentary series of aptitude tests that may need to be taken – in order to gauge the level of your child’s learning to date, especially if they have already been in education in your home country. This may also include a basic test as to how they cope with the English language that – as we have already discussed – is the first language in our schools.

Some schools do teach in other languages as a first choice language but these schools it is worth mentioning – have limited places available and normally have long waiting lists. This also applies to specific religion schools such as those that teach Hinduism and other religions practiced mainly abroad.

In conclusion it is not impossible to place your child in a United Kingdom school if you are from abroad but there are certain stumbling blocks that have to be overcome so if you are relocating to the United Kingdom from abroad and have the time to do so, it is a worthwhile endeavour to take the time to find out what your child’s best options are.

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Hi,can I please have information of how to put my sister in a UK school? She's Italian,13 years old and with a beginner level of English. Does she have to attend a course before integrate her in the normal school?Many Thanks
Rubolina - 25-Jun-17 @ 11:10 PM
Hi there I am an Indian and Currently I am working in Mali with UN as a PX manager I want my daughter to study in UK at present she is India with her mum She is 2 year old Please let me know the options How we can start her education in UK from beginning
Mantu - 24-Jun-17 @ 1:56 AM
Sir, i am a Sri Lankan and my son studied in Dubai from grade 1 to 11 British curriculum can you help me in finding school in Sheffield to finish his studies. thanks a lot
saibo - 20-Jun-17 @ 7:28 AM
Dear Principal, I am writing to apply for admission of my son in class Nine in your school for the next session starting from September 2017. My son Sium IBN Chowdhury has completed class Eight.My Daughter also studying in Newcastle University and my wife will be staying with my children as we live in Bangladesh. My son is a very bright student andvery active in other extra curricular activities. We being the parents of Sium consider that your school caters our son's requirements for a rightful education. We kindly request you to consider our request to admit him in to your renowned and esteemed school.Waiting for your reply. Regard Abdus Mahmud Dhaka,Bangladesh
Abdus - 8-Jun-17 @ 11:57 PM
My son is 15yrs old and conpleting year 9 in kenya..in uk his offered year 11 by schools. How can he do gcse in one year? Why this age rule?
Anar - 8-Jun-17 @ 9:54 PM
Hi, I will be moving to England for 3 months, but I would really like to go to school and don't miss time. Is there anything I can do?
luci.m - 2-Jun-17 @ 9:14 PM
Hi i m from India currently in 10th std...looking for addmission in 11thstd in london pls help with the process
Rahul - 25-May-17 @ 11:04 AM
hello, I am a 4.0 student from the US, and I'm looking to transfer to a school in the UK to have new experiences. I will be starting IB classes in my 1st year of high school, so will my IB classes transfer, and where should I go to school in the UK. Thank you for your time, and response.
ally - 22-May-17 @ 8:57 PM
Hello. I am from Bulgaria and currently living in London. I would like to take my brother in England so he can study and play football at the same time. He is 14 years old and his level of English is quite good. Can you please recommend me a good school or what are his options? Many Thanks
evie - 21-May-17 @ 9:15 PM
Syed ali imran - Your Question:
Hi I am belge national and moved to uk like 2 years back now my family will going to join me here. My daughters are french speaking I just want to know the procedure for school addmissions as they don't speaks English ; they are 8 and 5 years old.Thanks alot

Our Response:
The approach of teaching English to non-English speakers in school rests with each Local Education Authority.An English as an additional language (EAL) program has been piloted across parts of England; however, individual LEAs retain responsibility for teaching English to non-English speakers. You will also have to contact the LEA of the area in which you think you are moving to in order to find out its individual policy regarding this matter.
GetTheRightSchool - 17-May-17 @ 11:27 AM
Hi I am belge national and moved to uk like 2 years back now my family will going to join me here. My daughters are french speaking I just want to know the procedure for school addmissions as they don't speaks English ; they are 8 and 5 years old. Thanks alot
Syed ali imran - 16-May-17 @ 5:13 PM
We are German nationals with extended family in the UK.Our son is 17, speaks fluent English and he just finished his German Abitur (UK A level equivalent). He would like to continue studying in the UK. There's a possibility he might need to redo his A level if he does not meet the requirements offered for a place at university and if this is the case, he prefers repeating only year 13 in a British school starting September 2017.We need some tips on how to proceed and information on costs involved. Do we need to be residents as parents or is it sufficient for him to stay with his grandparents/Aunties/Uncles who are all British nationals?
JG - 16-May-17 @ 7:07 AM
Hello, my friend from Greece age 17 and in year 11 wants to come to england and learn he has passed a english test and everything. But the thing is he is in year 11 there and if he comes here he will be in college/sixth form or something else, because of the age difference can someone tell me what he should do? What school to attend? College or what?
Petko - 15-May-17 @ 10:28 PM
My name is maryam, I'm from Egypt, I'm 16 years old, I'm in the second year in the secondary school. And i hope that i can complete my education in such as a beautiful country It's just my dream I search for any school in the UK to apply in it So i just ask if you can help me. Thanks for your time ??
Reem - 1-May-17 @ 3:45 AM
Dassy baby - Your Question:
We currently live in Nigeria, my children are British ages 10 & 11 respectively dey currently school in Nigeria because their father worked there, I want them to come to London and. E in a state boarding school. I want to know the right school I should apply to, because of where they're coming from, in order for them to fit in. I want a school that can really relate with the children from abroad very well and the children will be comfortable with. Thanks

Our Response:
You can see more via the ISC list here. It will show you the paid schools in your vicinity.
GetTheRightSchool - 28-Apr-17 @ 12:31 PM
We currently live in Nigeria, my children are British ages 10 & 11 respectively dey currently school in Nigeria because their father worked there, I want them to come to London and. E in a state boarding school. I want to know the right school I should apply to, because of where they're coming from, in order for them to fit in. I want a school that can really relate with the children from abroad very well and the children will be comfortable with. Thanks
Dassy baby - 27-Apr-17 @ 8:23 PM
We are UK parents but moved to Germany 3 years ago. My daughter will start German school this September (a year early for German kids). She is 5. In England her peers are in reception and can read and write already. It looks like we may have to move back to UK in a year (so after her Year 1 here) but I'm worried this may mean she is behind the school system in UK in terms of what she can do. She is a fluent English and German speaker and bright. I have been trying to teach her to read English but not being a teacher it is difficult. I don't really want to uproot her now she's set to start the local school to change her to an International School as the move itself will be a challenge.Would it be usual for her to have to start a year below or at that age can they catch up quickly? She'll be 6 when we move.
worriedmum - 26-Apr-17 @ 7:45 AM
Hey, m a 15 years old girl and I'm deciding to shift to london.But I don't know in which standard will they promote me I mean do I have to repeat 8th standard there? Please lemme know !!
Karina - 24-Apr-17 @ 12:03 PM
I have a 15 year old daughter who is going to finish fifth grade. I know, she is really below level. Well actually five grades. Her weakness is Mathematics. We are moving to London this summer. I was hoping if she will be able to be accepted in a secondary day school in London,England in Year 7 as a 15-year old.(Being placed with 11-year old kids). So, can you please answer me whether if she starts at Year 7 and finish Year 11 at age 20 will they accept that? And then will she able to study for sixth-form education at age 21 and 22(when she finished Year 11)? And what is the age limit of finishing secondary school in London?
Rosie - 17-Apr-17 @ 7:40 PM
I have a 9 years old niece from nigerian who wants to study here in London.How can I go about it please.Her father resides in America so she has citizenship.Can you please advise please thank you
Jayn - 6-Apr-17 @ 10:25 PM
I would like to send my 10 years old boy to UK to continue his studies. His Uncle an Aunty and their families already migrated about 10 years ago in U.K. Now staying in Kent, deal. I would want my boy to study there with his niece and nephew. May i know the procedure to follow up? Thank you. Yogi
Yogi - 25-Mar-17 @ 4:00 AM
I am a citizen of UK. A friend of mine from India is very keen for his two sons to get educated in England.The boys are currentlyaged 12&14.They are studying in an English medium school and as I noticed they are good in studies. May I please know details of any boarding school where they could be admitted, of course subject to Governmental conditions being fulfilled and their educational levels are found suitable by the school here. Thank You .
Krish - 21-Mar-17 @ 2:14 PM
If spanish secondary school students (ages 14-16) want to reside in the UK for 9 months (one school year) do they need to be registered with the council or just registering in the school is enough. Do they need a tutor? If staying with a host family, do they need any special requirements?
Clara - 19-Mar-17 @ 10:30 PM
keoncu - Your Question:
My kid is 6 years old and I would like to come to UK for a month during summer period and send him to a class where he could socialize and improve his English skills.

Our Response:
You would have to apply for a visitor visa for you and your son. Please see link here. You would have to apply for a private course for your son.
GetTheRightSchool - 17-Mar-17 @ 2:21 PM
My kid is 6 years old and I would like to come to UK for a month during summer period and send him to a class where he could socialize and improve his English skills.
keoncu - 17-Mar-17 @ 11:22 AM
Hi,i am 13 years old and we are going to move to london with a tourist visa so can i attend public schools as i. free schools with a visa???
KD - 12-Mar-17 @ 5:24 PM
MSN - Your Question:
Hi I am planing to come to England within 4 months with my son 13 Years old and a daughter 17 years. What should I do make them join schools in london.

Our Response:
If you are applying for a state school place, please see gov.uk link here for more information.
GetTheRightSchool - 6-Mar-17 @ 2:52 PM
Hi I am planing to come to England within 4 months with my son 13 Years old and a daughter 17 years . What should I do make them join schools in london.
MSN - 6-Mar-17 @ 5:00 AM
Relocating to the UK can be a challenging time for both parents and children. Sometimes the main stream education system is not flexible enough to accommodate the personal circumstances of a family that is relocating. This is where international pathway providers play a role : some are very highly academic eg The National Mathematics and Science College based in Coventry, others are more generic but all cater for international students wishing to pursue their studies in the UK.
Ed.educate - 5-Mar-17 @ 9:19 PM
Hello, I'm from South Korea.My daughter is 11 years old. She is fluent in English.My sister lives in U.K. But she doesn't have citizenship. I'm planing to send my daughter to her . I need your advice. Is it possible for my daughter attend to public school. If not any advice for private schools? Thank you, Lily.
Lily - 28-Feb-17 @ 9:45 AM
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