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Placing a Foreign Student in a UK School

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 3 Dec 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 everyone, I am from Egypt and I am living in Egypt. I have a boy two years and a girl four years. I wish to educate my children in the UK but I have no other reason for me to move to UK. Do you think it is possible for me to come to UK just for that reason. I can afford living without having to work. Can you please tell me what to do.Thanks .
Nino - 3-Dec-17 @ 2:00 PM
Please my baby will be 1 year in April but I will like her to start school in UK. her nursery to university level. How possible is it. And I will like to stay with her because its her early stage of life. Thanks
clare - 28-Nov-17 @ 10:22 AM
Deea - Your Question:
Good day, can you tell me what documents I need to transfer a student from Spain to the UK. Thank you.

Our Response:
You can see more via the British Council link here , which should help answer your question.
GetTheRightSchool - 6-Nov-17 @ 10:03 AM
Hi I'm from india having two kids at the age of 13, 8 and iam planning to do their further schooling in london so plz guide me .
uma - 6-Nov-17 @ 5:43 AM
Good day, can you tell me what documents I need to transfer a student from Spain to the UK. Thank you.
Deea - 5-Nov-17 @ 12:44 PM
I would like tosend my son to take education in UK and he can achievehis dream Thanks
John - 26-Oct-17 @ 8:36 AM
Hello. I am an eu citizen and have 4 girls (10,7,4,18 months) their english is very very basic. We will be moving to the u.k begining of april this year. What are your recomandations in general more specificlyfor a type of schooland howcan theyfit in with very little english. With whom can i acquire this information . Thank you
dafnalaron - 25-Oct-17 @ 8:36 PM
Hello . I am an eu citizen and have 4 kids (10,7,4,18 months) their english is very basic. I am going to move to the u.k in the middle of the school year . What are your recomandations for us. And who do i contact to get more information or to regesture. Thank you
dafnalaron - 25-Oct-17 @ 8:11 PM
Hey I'm a 14 year old from India I want to move to UK and work in others house doing the odd jobs and study in UK
Khakchang Tripura - 21-Oct-17 @ 5:26 PM
Hi i am saira and I am 14 years old and I am from pakistan I need a admission in right school plzz contact me I wish and my dream study visa in uk plzzzzzz
Mano - 8-Oct-17 @ 10:25 AM
Hi I am a British citizen and living in Manchester wants my nephew to study in uk high school,he lives in Pakistan please guide me will he be able to get admission in UK he is 17 years old. At the moment he is doing his GCSEs second year.
Non - 7-Oct-17 @ 6:07 PM
I wood love to school and work in UK.
Timz - 7-Oct-17 @ 1:43 PM
Bobby- Your Question:
Hi I'm Bulgarian and have 3 underage kids at the age of 16 , 15 and 9 and I wish to move them to London where they will stay with their senior brother who lives and works there. They speak fluent English. I need to know all the required documents and what time of the year they have to be there to enrol in the school programme. I would appreciate if detailed information is send to me.Thank you

Our Response:
You can see more via the gov.uk link here, which will help answer your question.
GetTheRightSchool - 25-Sep-17 @ 2:45 PM
Hi I'm Bulgarian and have 3 underage kids at the age of 16 , 15 and 9 and i wish to move them to London where they will stay with their senior brother who lives and works there. They speak fluent English. I need to know all the required documents and what time of the year they have to be there to enrol in the school programme. I would appreciate if detailed information is send to me .Thank you
Bobby - 23-Sep-17 @ 11:45 AM
Hi. I am a UK passport holder from Hong Kong. My spouse is a Chinese with a daughter aged 6 from her previous marriage. We decided to move to UK and stay. Is it possible for her daughter to study in UK schools for free?
mktong2002 - 17-Sep-17 @ 1:24 PM
Hello .me and my daughter are eu citizens We want to move in january to london uk and my 7year old daughter speaks fluently english .i am asking if it is possible for her to go to schoolwithout any trouble
da - 15-Sep-17 @ 10:11 PM
Hello, I am about to be 18, my father and I prefer me to finish High school in London. I only need one last year of high school and graduate. Is this possible ? Please I need your help. Thank you !
Souka - 25-Aug-17 @ 4:54 PM
Hello, mi brother is 16 year old is from France, he don't speak one word of English. My dad want him to finish school in London, do you think that will be possible and can you tell me what is the procedure
Stephi - 20-Aug-17 @ 12:13 PM
Respected sir/madam Hi, i am at present living in spain with my wife and 6 years old child who as spanish nationality and we have permanent residence of spain but indian passport. My child right now is studying in wingates british english private school. As we are looking to shift my child to uk state funded school bcoz here fees are very high and is it possible that my child who is having spanish passport can get admission in uk schools. If he get admission can only one of the parents can travel with child bcoz i have my permanent job here. Thankyou.
Ali - 14-Aug-17 @ 11:42 PM
Hi I've got a question regarding schooling for one of my friends who is 17 years old moving from hungary into this country (London) and due to Hungarians only gaining their GCSE's when they're 16 and 17 she doesn't know what step to take as she hasn't got any GCSE's to show up in college so I recommended for her to ask a high school near of maybe her going there for 1-2 years to get a GCSE and then she's able to request a place in college, I'd be greatful for any advice and help from anyone. Thankyou.
Lilla - 6-Aug-17 @ 1:01 AM
Hello, hope you can help please. My question is almost identical. Live in Australia currently although British ( my daughter has duel citizenship) she will be completing year 9 in December. Contemplating returning There are no GCSEs here. If we move to the UK can she access sixth form without them? Is it better for her to finish her year 10 over here anyway or get moving soonasap over there. Really need an answer to this at your earliest convenience. Thank youso much.
Motherland - 29-Jul-17 @ 12:29 AM
Helllo... my son is currently studying in Dubai ( grade 10 ) and I want him to continue his studies in the U.K. ( grade 11 ) but I am not sure about how the school system works in the U.K., will the schools accept him since he is applying for grade 11 plus he is in an American school so he is not familiar will GCSE exams. Thank you
Ahmad - 23-Jul-17 @ 12:38 PM
Hi. I'm currently studying in the Philippines, in Grade 11 (or Year 12) and I was wondering if it's possible to transfer to a school in the UK sometime around December. I'm a bit worried as I might be behind, considering that school there starts in September. Would I be accepted despite my late enrollment? I'm planning to complete at least one semester here (which ends in November) before I decide to study in London as I wish to finish my high school education there. My parents are worried that I may not be accepted and I'd end up having to skip a year. Is it also possible to start sixth form without having GCSEs? Pardon me as I'm a bit new about the way the system works there ^^
Ligh - 21-Jul-17 @ 3:17 AM
@vidhya - If you have a visa to bring you and your child to the UK, you will find all schools have an EAL (English as an additional language) provision for pupils. However, as in any learned subject this can take time as it can put students back in their educational levels while first and foremost try to get to grips with the language. If you want the best start for your child, then teaching them English prior to coming to the UK is your best option, so they don't find the transition too difficult. Tom
TDF80 - 11-Jul-17 @ 10:49 AM
Hi, my child was studying in India( primary school), but now our family went aboard(UK). I am so scared for my child because of studying. We decided our child study in UK. But what are the problems??. Specially for language. Can you please say any information??,
vidhya - 10-Jul-17 @ 10:57 AM
Hi my daughters aged 14 aged 10 attending gymnasium school in Germanyare getting good grades.Now we are planning to move to England but the problem is English language specially in mathematics.plz advise us how to get admission in state grammar school U.K.
Aali - 8-Jul-17 @ 6:57 AM
Vanessa - Your Question:
Hi I'm from Indonesian and will be working in the UK next mobth. I will bring my 15 yo son. He has conolwted his 10th grade in Indonesia. Should I bring his school report when he's applying school in UK? What are the requirements to get in public school? Thank you.

Our Response:
You can see all you need to know via the link here which is for fee-paying schools and here for non-fee paying schools. A school report is always helpful to have. However, much depends upon the school you choose to send your son to as all will have differing requirements.
GetTheRightSchool - 7-Jul-17 @ 1:38 PM
nanapoku - Your Question:
Hi, im a boy of 18 years and im writing to apply for high school in UK and I don't know how to go about it, so please can you assist me on how to go about it. im in spain and want to come and continue my education there.

Our Response:
Please see UCAS website here for further help and information.
GetTheRightSchool - 4-Jul-17 @ 10:18 AM
Hi, im a boy of 18 years and im writing to apply for high school in UK and i don't know how to go about it, so please can you assist me on how to go about it. im in spain and want to come and continue my education there.
nanapoku - 3-Jul-17 @ 10:59 AM
I am 14 and I want to study 8 grade in any forieng country plz do something.
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