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Placing a Foreign Student in a UK School

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 16 Aug 2018 | 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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@Ni - the school will assess whether she needs to be put back a year and they will if needs be.
FayeV - 17-Aug-18 @ 10:13 AM
Hello Dear, We are (international) students parents ( in Manchester) looking to find place for our kids in private school ..any one can help me ?
Abdullah - 16-Aug-18 @ 10:12 PM
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Ni - 16-Aug-18 @ 5:45 PM
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Azzy - 15-Aug-18 @ 1:16 AM
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PRINCE - 7-Aug-18 @ 10:58 AM
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hundal - 29-Jul-18 @ 8:32 AM
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Salman - 22-Jul-18 @ 12:32 PM
My daughter is 16 and wants to learn in the UK.do I have to pay school fees if I am not a citizen
Tana - 19-Jul-18 @ 5:22 PM
HELLO I AM FROM INDIA AND COMPLETING MY 10TH STANDARD AND WANT TO STUDY IN UK SCHOOL AFTER 10.SO PLEASE GUIDE WHAT TO DO.
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Tima - 29-Jun-18 @ 8:25 PM
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Sayani - 24-Jun-18 @ 11:43 AM
Hello We are feom India..and are thinking to relocate to london for a long term perspective. We have our twin daughters studying here at present in 4th standard..i would like to know about how to select the kind of education for them.. we are very much confused about the education there in theUK and about how to fit our children into education stream.Pls help
Sayani - 24-Jun-18 @ 11:36 AM
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Mari - 15-Jun-18 @ 10:50 PM
Hi I'm looking for some guidance on bringing my nephew to complete the rest of his studies in Glasgow, He is from India and currently in 8th std he is 12 yrs old, He keeps saying he wants to move here n complete his schooling and then graduate also from UK , Can you advise what is the procedure,
Syd - 14-Jun-18 @ 12:04 AM
I shall be studied in uk in high school
Jassie - 7-Jun-18 @ 7:49 AM
Marie - Your Question:
Hi thereMy son will be moving to the United Kingdom in the month of August towards the end.He his currently doing his O levels in the middle east.Will he get into sixth form asap when he arrives there

Our Response:
You would have to contact schools admissions directly, here . Further education colleges may also be an option for you to consider. The site here may help you further also.
GetTheRightSchool - 31-May-18 @ 9:49 AM
Hi there My son will be moving to the United Kingdom in the month of August towards the end.He his currently doing his O levels in the middle east .Will he get into sixth form asap when he arrives there
Marie - 30-May-18 @ 12:59 PM
Hey My child is born in 2015 and we want him to get admitted to a school in UK.. which schools gets admission to international students and what is the age to get the child admitted. Thanks
fatz - 19-May-18 @ 1:27 AM
Anshi - Your Question:
Hello,I am from India and moving to London in mid July and only then I will be able to finalize a rented accommodation. My son was born on 10 Feb 2013 and as per my understanding he will be eligible for year 1 from September 2018. Will it be possible to apply in Late July/August for schools? Will there be seats available by that time? Would we have to apply in multiple schools at the same time or it would be one by one? What would be the process? Request you to kindly advise. Highly appreciate your help on this.

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GetTheRightSchool - 17-May-18 @ 11:33 AM
Hello, I am from India and moving to London in mid July and only then I will be able to finalize arented accommodation. My son was born on 10 Feb 2013 and as per my understanding he will be eligible for year 1 from September 2018. Will it be possible to apply in Late July/August for schools? Will there be seats available by that time? Would we have to apply in multiple schools at the same time or it would be one by one? What would be the process? Request you to kindly advise. Highly appreciate your help on this.
Anshi - 16-May-18 @ 6:28 PM
Sir, my age is 17 years 2months. He appeared in first year exam in Pakistan. I hope he obtain good marks in Ist year Fsc. In which class he can got admission in United Kingdom. Please guide me. Thanks
Chaudghary - 7-May-18 @ 9:53 PM
Hello,My son studies in class 8 in a very renowned school in delhi India and he would like to do his studies from 9th class in one of the best school in London what is the procedure ??
Nels - 7-May-18 @ 2:26 PM
Is it possible for me to enroll in a school at the UK at the age of 16? I want to study abroad while I'm still very young and learn about different culture and how life is outside of the country I lived my whole life in. Can I choose what school I enroll to? I would like to go alone; without my parents supervision and having my parents move with me as it could be a hassle to find a new suitable job for them there.
jenny - 7-May-18 @ 1:34 AM
I want to go to uk im in 11th class what should i do to go to uk any hint pls
Kamil - 3-May-18 @ 10:24 PM
We are looking into relocating to the UK, my children are 15 and 7. I understand the schooling for my 15 year old would do ish when he is 16 and then complete A-levels. How would o e bridge the gap from where he currently is? He is in Grade 9.
Jen - 2-May-18 @ 7:39 AM
@Syed - the school can help. But your kids will be behind still if English is not their first language until they get to grips with the language. I'd get some private lessons in France before they come to the UK to give them a head start.
Nev - 17-Apr-18 @ 2:25 PM
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