It has long been proven that a foreign private boardinghouse, especially British (English) schools, is a direct road to a prestigious college or university, a voucher to a successful career in an international company and a prestigious position. Many parents from Russia and the CIS countries are eager to send their children to study abroad, but there is a question of choice. How not to be mistaken and choose a really worthy educational institution, knowingly spend money and time, not to think afterwards about the transfer of the child?
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST SCHOOL?
There are about 2500 private schools in Great Britain alone, and they all differ from each other. Private English schools , as a rule, are very welcoming to foreign students, including places for Russian students - you can only choose. For the British, of course, this choice is much simpler: when there were no specialized ratings and competitions inuniversities , knowledge of prestige, reputation, level of educational institutions passed between people, often many generations of one family studied at the same school. The British historically love the old, order, traditions and continuity, they are strongly attached to their culture. Usually it was chosen either the already familiar educational institution, or simply the best option, if family members suddenly became rich or entered into a successful marriage. Until now, many prestigious British schools retain their almost untouchable status - institutions such asEaton , Rugby School , Harrow and Winchester do not need additional advertising. Training here gives a chance to get into the business and political elite of the country and the world, to enjoy the privileges of the alumni club - and no one at all worries about what place in the overall ratings they occupy.
But more and more students are choosing closed English schools that focus on modern methods and technologies, focus on academic training and, in connection with this, stand at the top of the national rating. In general, as practice shows, you can safely apply to an institution that is in the TOP-400 in the UK - this will be a fairly good choice.
WHAT QUESTIONS DO I NEED TO SOLVE?
1) Joint or Separate Training?
Separate learning traditions live in the UK for many Centuries: first the best, elite British schools were meant for boys, then there were purely women's boarding houses, and only in the XX century they could start the unification. Until now, according to statistics, "same-sex" schools occupy high places in profile rankings, students show high academic results: the adherents of the traditional method believe this is evidence that children are less distracted from school, more focused on class. Supporters of joint education rightly argue that in the modern world gender differences (especially in business and career) no longer play a big role, therefore it is necessary to start learning to communicate with the opposite sex from a young age.
There are educational institutions for girls who admit young men to lower classes, as well as male closed boarding schools, in which girls can study in high school.
2) Types of schools - what are they?
There are several types of schools in the UK - apart from the traditional division (private-public, joint-separate education, boarding houses and day schools), there are special categories among them.
The best British schools are of the selective type Schools - they are often called "elected" or even "creamy". Their students take first place in the examinations, demonstrate outstanding academic success, which leads to very high positions in the national ratings. The advantages of such institutions are obvious, and the shortcomings include an unusually high competition for each place: to study here, the entrant not only has to undergo testing and interviews, but also to show the level of mental development is much higher than the average. Note that the entrance examinations (their subject matter, intensity, complexity) private English schools set exclusively at their own discretion.
Not such "finicky" institutions call comprehensive schools: students can study at any level of knowledge, gradually progressing and developing their abilities. A separate plus - as a rule, here provides for a special language course for foreign boarders (EFL, English as a Foreign Language). Usually it lasts 1-3 months, but it can be extended until the student's language level allows him to fully study in a general class. Some prestigious British schools even make up an individual schedule for foreigners - it includes a minimum number of basic academic subjects and a large number of intensive English lessons.
3) Is internationality a plus or a minus?
As a rule, we recommend choosing educational institutions with a minimum of Russian students: in such a situation, the pupil will quickly overcome the emotional and language barrier, will progress faster in learning English. In addition, it will help him prepare for studying abroad at a college or university, where the student body is always multinational. On the other hand, it will be a plus if the institution provides for a small number of places for Russian schoolchildren: so the child will not feel lonely, divorced from home.
4) What are the introductory tests to prepare?
As mentioned, the best British schools establish entrance tests at their discretion, but usually it is necessarily testing in mathematics and English. Some exams can be taken not in the school itself, but in an accredited center - be sure to check with the manager. Some of the difficulties encountered with admission are traditionally associated with the difference in curricula in Russia and the United Kingdom, especially the differences are noticeable in the field of physics, chemistry and biology. In the UK, the course of natural sciences starts at the age of 8 years - a minimum of formulas, a maximum of practical and laboratory work.
5) Features and stages of admission
In order to choose the best option, we recommend that you pay attention not only to academic and infrastructure indicators, but And the level of control over children, household comfort, the availability of a psychologist and educators in the institution - in short, everything that will make the child's education safe and comfortable.
Study tours and excursions along campuses are also offered, open house days are always held, during which it is possible to communicate with educators, director and administrative personnel (and many elite schools require personal attendance at the time of enrollment - without fail). If necessary, a transfer (one or both sides), services of a conductor and an interpreter are organized.
Be prepared for the child to be enrolled in grade 1 below and learn the first year with children who are younger than him. This, again, is due to the difference in curricula and plans, and is also used for the adaptation of a foreign student, for the intensive study of the English language. With sufficient diligence and achievement, the student quickly moves to the general class for British children, with poor results, laziness and bad behavior - sanctions are imposed on him up to the exclusion.