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Our UK partner schools/General information about UK state schools

Our partner schools are all situated in the area in which we ourselves are based: Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex. We know all of the schools we work with from personal visits and frequent communication. All of the schools have achieved grades of GOOD our OUTSTANDING in official inspections conducted by the inspection board OFSTED

We only work with State (government) schools. We do not place students in private schools. Placements in private schools are generally more expensive and accommodation is residential - we think that from a welfare point of view and for maximum English language improvement it's better to stay with a local host family.

State schools in the UK have a generally very good reputation for their teaching and welfare of students.

In recent years, different governments have invested enormous sums in the schools infrastructure – buildings, facilities, sports fields etc.

The school system

The school system works as follows:

Primary

Year

Age +/-

Reception (R)

5

1

6

2

7

3

8

4

9

5

10

6

11

We do not place students in Primary schools

Secondary

Year

Age +/-

Exam year

7

12


8

13


9

14


10

15


11

16

x

Sixth Form (sometimes part of the secondary school, sometimes a separate school)

Year

Age +/-

Exam year

12

17


13

18

x

Subjects

In secondary schools there is a wide curriculum, covering all the usual subjects:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Science
  • Modern Language(s)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Design and Technology

The exact curriculum and names for subjects can vary a little from school to school and County (region) to County.

In year 11, students take national GCSE qualifications in a wide range of subjects. Students interested in year 11 must enrol for the full year. We cannot accept one or two-term enrolments in this year.

In year 13, students take national “A” level qualifications in a smaller number of subjects. The grades they get in these examinations determine which University course they can attend, if they wish to go to University. In the past, only a small percentage of schools students continued to “tertiary” education (University) but in recent years this has risen to around 50%.

The school year/terms/holidays

The school year is divided into 3 terms:

Term name

Months

Weeks +/-

Holiday that follows term

Autumn

September to December

12

Christmas (2 weeks)

Spring

January to March/April (depends on how Easter falls)

12

Easter (2 weeks)

Summer

March/April to late July

12

Summer (6 weeks)

In the middle of each term, there is a one-week “half-term” holiday.

Private schools have different, shorter terms.

Uniforms

Most schools have uniforms. We will advise you on whether you will need to buy a uniform and where to get it. Uniforms generally cost around £200, although it is sometimes possible to buy items second-hand. If you would like (very!) detailed information on what parents spend on uniforms, you might like to read this government report of 2015: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploa...

Further information

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