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:
We do not place students in Primary schools
Sixth Form (sometimes part of the secondary school, sometimes a separate school)
In secondary schools there is a wide curriculum, covering all the usual subjects:
- Modern Language(s)
- 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:
Holiday that follows term
September to December
Christmas (2 weeks)
January to March/April (depends on how Easter falls)
Easter (2 weeks)
March/April to late July
Summer (6 weeks)
In the middle of each term, there is a one-week “half-term” holiday.
Private schools have different, shorter terms.
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...
We can imagine you may have many more questions - this is a big decision! Just contact us: [email protected]