High Schools and Tutorial Colleges

The UK is the traditional home of boarding schools, and with over 2500 of them there is something for everyone from very small and homely affairs to huge ancient establishments. The UK is famous for its boarding schools and they draw students from around the world, therefore the top schools are very selective, seeking only the most academic students. For this reason, all schools will offer entrance tests which will cover English, Mathematics, Non Verbal Reasoning and increasingly, science tests. It is important to apply early for the leading schools as they fill up very quickly. Students should have an idea of the GCSEs and A levels that they would like to study and should be A / B candidates to have a good chance of getting into the top schools.


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  • Boarding schools

    Boarding schools will have some overseas students, but the majority will be British. Note – the age limit on students is 16 – 17 for A levels, each school differs and most schools expect students to complete their studies at 18.

  • Tutorial Colleges

    As well as boarding schools, there are also Tutorial Colleges that have been specially designed to cater for overseas students. The colleges will allow for more English tuition, but also have smaller class sizes. Tutorial colleges promote independent learning so students must learn to work by themselves. Tutorial colleges will teach GCSEs and A levels and there is no age limit.

  High Schools Tutorial Colleges
Students resource 80% - 90% students are British 90% of students are overseas students
Class student # Class student numbers are usually more than 20 Small classes, usually less than 10
Study Requirement Focus on physical and spiritual development Few focus on physical and spiritual development
Accommodation requirement Students need to stay in the hall of residence Students can choose the hall of residence or homestay
Features Focus on discipline and training: Students need to wear uniforms, have evening tutorials and go to bed at a certain hour every day. Not focus on discipline: Student needn't wear uniforms and should complete their assignments by themselves.
Examples Bromsgrove School
Monkton Combe School
Sidcot School
Bellerbys College
Stafford House
Cambridge Tutors College
Entry requirement More strict entry requirements: age and English proficiency limit Flexible entry requirement: no age and English proficiency limit

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