London school guide by Keystone Tutors
Introduction to the British education system
The British Education system can appear impossibly confusing to newcomers. Choosing appropriate schools, navigating their admissions processes and preparing for entrance exams are the main hurdles but education in the UK is still seen as the gold-standard across the world so understand it is worth the effort!
UK schools are distinctive in the strength of their commitment to extracurricular excellence and to pastoral care. We regularly hear it is this “holistic” approach that is so appreciated by families applying from overseas, and so hard to find elsewhere.
Advice to expatriate parents
Entry to London schools has become increasingly competitive over the last twenty years and can be a gruelling process. It is therefore important that parents only consider schools which are academically appropriate for their children.
Expatriate parents should consider how different schools might cater for their child’s specific strengths and weaknesses as well as their senior school or university plans. Parents should also consider each school’s general atmosphere, and try to get a sense of the approach of the teaching staff from a visit. Location is another important factor to take into account.
Unless your child is receiving relevant preparation at their current school, they are likely to require assistance prior to examination. This will largely involve developing exam technique and ironing out any gaps which have arisen from studying abroad. Keystone recommends an initial assessment to ascertain how much help is required and if necessary, we can recommend suitable tutors or appropriate revision courses. We have offices in both London and Singapore where assessments can take place and our tutors work online with students who are based outside the UK.