In Great Britain children start school the September after reaching the age of 4. The academic school year runs from September through to the following July. There are a number of names for the different stages of school for the differing age groups. The following will help you understand some of the differing school titles used in Great Britain
British Pre-Preparatory (Pre-Prep) School
A fee paying school for younger children aged between 4 and 8, which children will attend prior to Preparatory school.
British Preparatory (Prep) School
A fee paying school for children of the ages 8 to 13. They can be either Day schools, Boarding schools or a mix with an ability to Flexi Board. They are normally focused on preparing the Children for entry into British Senior Boarding Schools or other secondary Independent Schools. The curriculum is normally focused on preparing the children for the ISEB Common Entrance (CE) Exam paper which is taken when the children are in their final year of Preparatory School. This exam is, more often than not, an essential part of their entrance to Senior Boarding school
Preparing for Senior School
When your child is 9 or 10 years old parents must start to consider which Senior school you would like to consider, it is a highly competitive process
Careful selection and research is essential for the appropriate school and the successful entry for your child. Entry selection is focused on a combination of academic performance, sporting success, musicality, artistic & drama aptitude as well as your child’s attitude and personality. Often you are applying not only to the School, but also to a specific house within the school which may only have 10 places
If you are applying to a British Boarding School you need to know if the Boarding School offers Full Boarding ( 7 days a week) Weekly Boarding (5 or 6 days a week) or Flexible Boarding. Many British Boarding Schools do run Day places, but they are normally extremely limited in number and often require applications to be submitted a year earlier than boarding places
British Senior Independent Schools
A Fee paying Independent day or boarding school that will take children aged between 13 and 18. At 16 your child will sit a combination of G.C.S.E exams over a wide range of subjects. This will then influence a more refined selection that they will study between 16 & 18 which will be a combination of A-levels & As-level exams. There are a number of Senior Independent schools that have switched examination standard to the highly acclaimed International Baccalaureate exam.
British Public School
Contrary to the title, this term refers to the original most established independent schools in Great Britain, as opposed to State schools. This group covers some of the most internationally renowned schools that parents may be aware of including: Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Uppingham, Westminster, Wellington to name a few.
College and University
Attended by children aged 18+ ,they are a high level educational institution in which students study for degrees, postgraduate degrees and academic research