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Is it difficult for an ordinary child to study in a British major school?


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Is it difficult for an ordinary child to study in a British major school?


For many of our readers, it became clear that education abroad, study in the UK is not a cheap pleasure. However, parents who are not oligarchs are often ready to make serious sacrifices by sending their children to study at an English private school, but at the same time they are logically worried: will he be comfortable there? Wouldn't rich kids humiliate him, would he become a whipping boy / girl?

We spoke with parents whose children study in elite English schools, and asked them to talk about the order and relationships between children - it is quite possible that this article can calm your fears.

Are all Britons such stiff boarding school graduates?

One might get the feeling that English private schools are an elusive dream for Russians, but believe me: they are expensive for the British themselves! The cost of education in an elite private school in Great Britain will be at least twice as expensive as in a regular public school, and if you take boarding schools (that is, with accommodation), the gap will be even greater. According to statistics, only 6.5% of British citizens can afford to study for a fee - and most of them are not oligarchs: they have been saving money almost since the birth of a child.

Schools Help Successful Children

99% of private schools in Great Britain (and there are more than 3000 of them) accept students who cannot afford education. How do they do it? It's about scholarships and grants (scholarship) and financial aid (bursary).

If a private privileged institution sees that a child can glorify them for their achievements - in education, sports, creativity, increase the average mark of graduates in exams - they will gladly give him a subsidy. Independent school council (80% of private schools in the UK are members of the association), 7.7% of students received financial assistance in 2019, and its average amount was 10,000 pounds.

If, upon admission, the student demonstrates that he is ready to study, the school will ask his family for bank accounts and financial documents (certificates from a bank, rent or mortgage - in fact, everything that will give an idea of income and expenses). Only then, with the chairman of the selection committee, a conversation begins about the amount - what cost of study the family is ready to pull. So a “discount” (the same Bursary) of 20-50%, and sometimes even 100%, can be assigned if the child really claims to be gifted.

"He will be teased in the English cafeteria for free!"

Believe me, they won't.

  1. Yes, English society is still a rigidly class, capitalist system. However, only the high aristocracy (peers, hereditary earls and dukes) retain firm boundaries: for example, the British are not at all shy about their descent from the working class.
  2. Great Britain has an excellent system of social lifts, and education is almost the main one. Believe me, if a child received a good education at a prestigious school and university - no matter how, no matter what family - society will treat him with respect. Even, perhaps, more than if he was the offspring of an elite family: in Britain, perseverance, hard work, and determination are highly valued.
  3. The above principles have been in effect in the country for many centuries, the British really think this way, so they instill a similar attitude in their children. In Russia, there is a tendency to "poke noses" on people into their wealth, but they consider it indecent. Of course, one cannot do without arrogant goats, but mostly society is well-educated.
  4. The British still raise their children in strictness, sometimes in asceticism: you can often observe how children from extremely famous and wealthy families ride the subway and bike to study, dress in the mass market, and have a snack in ordinary fast food. Some of the parents we interviewed even reported surprising things: very rich classmates studied with their children, but they deliberately understated the wealth of their families and tried to join the "general economic" stream. Miracles, and more!
  5. The very fact of receiving the Bursary is not advertised in any way: the child does not sit at a separate desk, designated table in the dining room, etc. If he does not tell his friends himself, they will never know that he does not pay 100% of the tuition fees. But the scholarships received, especially in high school and universities, are even praised - this is evidence of the achievements, perseverance of a young man or girl, recognition of his talents.

Remember that children and adolescents feel false and false much better than adults - and they will choose their friends according to their spirit, character, soul, and not according to the size of their bank account.

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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