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For families resident in the European Union or possessing EU passports, British state schools provide a popular and cost effective means of educating your children in the UK. (

The majority of schools are day schools but particularly useful are the 36 state boarding schools in the UK which provide for families who can demonstrate a boarding need. 

British schools - state boarding

Tuition at state boarding schools is free; day pupils do not incur any charges. If you opt for a boarding place then you will be expected to pay for room and board (roughly £9,000 per year at present significantly less than the price of boarding schools in the private sector).

Some of the state boarding schools are comprehensive with no selection on the basis of academic ability (though they may look at suitability to board) while others are extremely choosy. One such (reviewed by The Good Schools Guide) is the Hockerill Anglo-European School in Bishop's Stortford north of London, which specialises in languages and is a popular choice with youngsters from the continent. Hockerill was the first school in England to offer the International Baccalaureate and, although it attracts mainly British pupils, a good number are overseas boarders.

Hockerill currently receives five applications for every available place in the school.

British schools - state day

British SchoolsSome EU pupils come to the UK to study in 'normal' British state schools (no boarding facilities). German youngsters, in particular, have a tradition of studying for a spell in the UK. Some come for only six months or a year, but others find it easier and cheaper to complete a two-year A level course rather than slogging through the German system's three-year preparation for university entrance. Check with the German university you are hoping to attend to make sure they will accept A levels if you are thinking of following this route-not all do.

The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants can help you with your choice of school and advise you on the admissions process but they cannot guarantee you a place in a state school. We know of one trusted consultant who specialises in helping EU pupils to secure places as day pupils in British state schools and organises home-stay arrangements with local families. 

On this website we have primary schools for children aged 5 to 11 and secondary schools for those aged 11-18. There are though many variations including grammar schools, which have selective entry at age 11 and faith schools where followers of a particular faith may take priority when it comes to admissions.

The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants for overseas clients

We offer a range of services to suit all families. Whether you are relocating five children from overseas or whether your first child is as yet unborn we can help and support you in making the right choice for your children’s education.

Premier Service

For clients in a hurry or with more complex needs eg family relocation or several children who need different schools. This service can include research, accompanied school visits – or visits on behalf of clients – all liaison with schools etc. Read more about the Premier Service.

The London Service

This service is for families either located elsewhere in Britain or overseas who need help specifically in finding schools in a residential area they like in our busy capital city. Good London schools are greatly over-subscribed. Our education consultants know the best schools and the best ways to optimise your child’s chance of a place at one of these. Read more about The London School Service.

Global Premier Service

An exclusive service for modern international families. The Global Premier provides a complete service for those families in search of top UK boarding education for their children and who need guidance on every aspect of UK education: – how to prepare, assessment, English language advice and support, travel, accommodation, home language advice, accompanying on school visits etc. Read more about the Global Premier Service.

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