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21 best boarding schools in London

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Studying at boarding schools in London is the cherished dream of any foreign student. Over the several hundred years that have passed since the creation of the first educational institution in foggy Albion, Great Britain has managed to establish itself as a country with one of the most powerful educational systems in the world.

Graduates of London boarding schools are welcome students at any university in the world. At the same time, for those of them who graduated from a boarding school, the doors to the best universities in the world are open.

Best boarding schools in London form a whole educational system that focuses on the all-round development of each child. In addition to numerous academic disciplines, boarding schools in London focus on sports and the arts.

Admission to boarding schools in London

Most often, at best boarding schools in London schoolchildren receive secondary education from 11 or 13 years old. Many foreign students enter boarding schools at 11, 13-14 or 16 years. In general, studies in best boarding schools in London can be started from the age of 7, but many parents are worried about the separate living of children at such a young age.

For admission to boarding schools in London, you must confirm your academic and language knowledge and provide the following documents:

  • Extract of school grades for the past few years
  • Recommendation letters from teachers
  • Certificates of passing the international exam in English proficiency
  • Motivational essay
  • Copy of passport

In addition to these documents, future students need to fill out school registration forms and undergo an interview (in person or online).

Best boarding schools in London that are available for foreign students:

  • Westminster School (London, founded in 1179) is the oldest privileged boarding school for 750 students, at the end of 2019 it takes 1st place in the ranking according to the results of A-level and 3rd according to the results of GCSE (exams in elementary school). Offers a variety of educational programs and comfortable conditions for pupils (11 residences). Specialization - classical liberal arts education. Children of more than 30 nationalities study here.
  • Kensington Park School is a new private school in London, which began operations in 2017. The combination of traditional values ​​and innovative teaching methods has allowed the institution to gain recognition in the academic community. The goal of the school is to create the best conditions for realizing the potential, as well as developing the talents, ambitions and leadership qualities of each student.

Boys and girls 14-18 years old take the British GCSE and A-Level programs, studying compulsory and elective subjects: languages, business, drama, history, natural sciences, IT, mathematics, photography, politics, psychology, economics and many others. The boarding school in London also offers a special preparation course for admission to medical universities in the UK and the world.

The school is located in Kensington Gardens in the center of the UK capital. Nearby there are sports and cultural centers with which the educational institution has entered into partnership educational relations. What does it mean? Studying at this school in London involves attending extra-curricular activities in specialized centers, where there is everything you need to develop skills in sports, music, art, drama and expert coaches work. For example, sections at the Ethos Sports Center at Imperial College London are open to students, where a gym, a swimming pool, and a 9-meter-high climbing wall are equipped. Teenagers master the subtleties of fencing, horse riding, swimming under the guidance of professional trainers - Olympic champions.

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General statistics on education in the UK-ratings, specializations, universities

Top 9 best colleges in London 2021 rankings

1 Abbey DLD College London
2 MPW College London
3 Kensington Park School
4 CATS College London
5 Bellerbys College London
6 David Game College London
7 Cambridge Tutors College
8 Ealing Independent College
9 King’s College London

Top 33 best schools and colleges in and near London 2021

1 Abbey DLD College London
2 Sevenoaks School
3 Chelsea Independent College
4 ACS Cobham International School
5 MPW College London
6 Westminster School
7 Mill Hill School
8 St Pauls School London
9 Kensington Park School
10 Harrow School
11 CATS College London
12 David Game College London
13 Hurtwood House School
14 Brentwood Private School
15 Bellerbys College London
16 Caterham School
17 International Community School

TASIS the American International School in England

19 City of London Freemen’s School
20 Dulwich College
21 Ashbourne College
22 Epsom College
23 Royal Russell School
24 Rochester Independent College
25 Worth School
26 Felsted School
27 Queenswood private boarding school
28 LVS Ascot School
29 Eaton Square Private School London
30 Cambridge Tutors College
31 Marymount International School London
32 St Christopher School Letchworth
33 King Edward's Witley Private School

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

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1      North Broward Preparatory School
2 Phillips Academy Andover
3 The Storm King School New York
4 Red Bank Catholic High School
5 Windermere Preparatory School
6 Shattuck St Mary's School
7 Cheshire Academy
8 Cate School
9 Ross School
10 Deerfield Academy
11 The Village School
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13 Webb Schools
14 Kent School USA
15 The Winchendon School
16 Darlington School
17 Marian Catholic High School Amerigo Education
18 Grier School
19 The MacDuffie School
20 CATS Academy Boston
21 The Cambridge School of Weston
22 Milton Academy
23 Amerigo Education Napa Valley
24 American Hebrew Academy
25 Northfield Mount Hermon School

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American University Preparatory School Los Angeles

28 Webb Schools
29 Kent School USA
30 Groton School
31 Maine Central Institute
32 The Lawrenceville School
33 Grand River Academy Оhio
34 Saint John Paul II Academy
35 Chicago North Shore

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Best boarding schools in England - 2021 Smapse rankings

1 Cardiff Sixth Form College
2 Sevenoaks School
3 Queen Ethelburga's College
4 Brighton College

The National Mathematics and Science College NMSC

6 Concord College
7 Westbourne School
8 Wellington College
9 Rossall School
10 d'Overbroeck's College
11 Dulwich College
12 Fettes College
13 Stonar School
14 Wycliffe College
15 Lucton School
16 King's School Canterbury
17 ACS School Cobham
18 Hurtwood House
19 Uppingham School
20 Scarborough College
21 King's College St Michael’s
22 Mill Hill School
23 Windermere School
24 Clifton College
25 Badminton School
26 Oakham School
27 Oundle School
28 Stowe School
29 Cheltenham College
30 Bromsgrove School
31 Sidcot School
32 Prior Park College
33 Millfield School
34 Oswestry School
35 Caterham School
36 City of London Freemen’s School
37 Buckswood School
38 Brooke House College
39 Taunton School
40                   St Clare's Oxford
41 Repton School
42 Royal Russell School
43 King's Ely
44 Leys Cambridge
45 Leighton Park
46 Bedford School
47 Fyling Hall
48 Royal Hospital School
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Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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