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for impartial advice on the BEST UK SCHOOLS from Education Advisers Ltd

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Hurtwood House - a top co-ed boarding school

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Cardiff Sixth Form College - Top Independent School and Top 6th Form College

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Hurtwood House

Sevenoaks - a top IB School

Sevenoaks - a top IB School

Tonbridge School - a top boys' boarding school

Tonbridge School - a top boys' boarding school

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Brighton College - a top co-ed boarding school

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Woldingham School

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The Cheltenham Ladies' College - a top girls' boarding school

Stages & Types of Independent Education in the UK

At Education Advisers, we tend to categorise the various private schools by (a) age ranges, (b) curriculums offered, (c) day v boarding (d) nationalities catered for, (e ) faith schools, (f) sixth forms and (g) summer schools, all of which are described in detail in later sub sections.

Pre-prep School

Schools which take children up to age 7 are known as pre-preparatory schools. Ages under 4 are sometimes categorised as kindergarten or nursery. 3 is probably the most common starting age.

Preparatory School

After age 7 the prep stage covers up to either age 11 or 13

Senior School

This covers either age 11 or 13 up to 18. Those senior schools which start at 13 are often Public Schools or Heritage Schools but note there is no significant difference between the terms – private, independent and public

All through

This is simply a combination of Senior School with Prep and Pre-Prep

Curriculum

Differences in curriculum include the National Curriculum, the International Baccalaureate, Pre-U, Scottish Highers , BTECs and the American AP. Schools may offer one or more curriculums

Day or Boarding

Schools may cater for day pupils or boarding pupils or both

Nationalities

Most schools cater for British plus a wide range of nationalities, but there are some schools which are intentionally “International” or specific to a country’s nationals such as French.

Faith School

The largest percentage of religious faith schools are Church of England but there are schools catering for specific faiths, the next largest group being Roman Catholics.

Sixth forms

Most senior schools will have a sixth form catering for ages 16 to 18 but it is simply part of the same school. However there are also sixth form colleges for just those ages.

Summer schools

Most boarding schools use their campuses to run summer schools in July and August.

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