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Best international schools in London

A snapshot overview of schools in London and surrounding areas that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names. "Pending" means that we are planning to review that school.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.


ACS Cobham International School  

School developed curriculum /IGSCSEs/American High School Diploma/AP/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 1,350 pupils

One of four ACS International schools, three around London and one in Doha. Located in Surrey, close to London and offering the alternative of American or IB Diplomas. Over 70 IB graduates scored an average of 33 points, against the global figure of 30. High level of EAL support available. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Click here to read our full review of ACS Cobham International School.

ACS Egham International School  

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma/IB Careers; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 600 pupils

The only member of the ACS group of schools to offer the complete IB programme including the Careers Related option. The IB average score in 2019 was 35 points, a figure that the students consistently reach. Located opposite Windsor Great Park. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Click here to read our full review of ACS Cobham International School.

ACS Hillingdon International School 

School developed curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP/IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 570 pupils

The member of the ACS international schools located closest to central London. Non-selective and offering an American/British curriculum with the option of taking the IB Diploma. IB average results (32 points in 2019), slightly below the other ACS British schools. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Click here to read our full review of ACS Hillingdon International School.

College Francais Bilingue 

French curriculum/Brevet; ages 5-16; co-ed; day; state; 670 pupils

Bilingual school opened in 2011 for the increasing number of French nationals in London. Located in Camden with students moving on to French lycées either in London or overseas. A small number transfer into the English education system or the English section of the Lycée Charles de Gaulle.

Click here to read our full review of College Francais Bilingue.

Dwight School, London  

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 320 pupils

Founded in 1972, by the chancellor of Dwight School, New York and part of the global group of Dwight schools with other campuses in Seoul, Shanghai and Dubai. Offering the full IB programme except for the Careers Related option. Average points scored by IB graduates in 2019 was just over 33 against the global figure of 30.

Click here to read our full review of Dwight School, London.

Halcyon London International School 

MYP/IB Diploma; ages 11-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 180 pupils

Opened in 2013 in the heart of central London offering the IB Middle Years and Diploma programmes. Candidate for accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and one of only two schools in the city to be accredited by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).

Click here to read our full review of Halcyon London International School.

Hill House International School 

National Curriculum for England/Common Entrance; ages 4-13 ; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,000 pupils

Founded by Colonel Townend in 1951 and now owned by the Makarem family who also own the International School of London. Renowned locally in Chelsea (partly for its distinctive uniform) and also in Glion, Switzerland where the school has an overseas annexe.

Click here to read our full review of Hill House International School.

International School of London 

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 470 pupils

Founded in 1972 and now owned by the Makarem family (also owners of Hill House). One of the earliest schools in the UK to offer the IB Diploma and, currently, offers the programme from nursery upwards. Located on the edge of Gunnersbury Park in West London and accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Click here to read our full review of International School of London.

Lycée Charles de Gaulle  

French curriculum/Bac/(I)GCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 3,600 pupils

Huge French school, one of the largest, globally, under the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) banner. Established in 1915 on the Cromwell Road in Kensington, now with an additional site for primary classes in Fulham. Contains a “British Section” secondary school for students preparing for GCSEs and A-Levels.

Click here to read our full review of Lycée Charles de Gaulle.

Marymount International School (London)  

MYP/IB Diploma; ages 11-19; girls; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 260 pupils

Part of the network of global schools directed by the Catholic foundation of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. Opened in 1955 in Kingston, west of London. International school whose graduates move on to universities across the globe. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

Click here to read our full review of Marymount International School (London).

The American School in London 

American curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,350 pupils

Founded in 1951 and described as the ‘grande dame’ of international schools in London and sometimes as ‘little America’. An academically rigorous school whose graduates (not all with US passports) mainly move on to leading US universities. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

Click here to read our full review of The American School in London.


These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.


École André Malraux

French curriculum; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 250 pupils

One of four primary schools in London feeding into the Lycée Charles de Gaulle. Member of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE). Located in Ealing in West London in a converted old school with plenty of green space.

École Jacques Prévert

French curriculum; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 260 pupils

French junior school with noticeably low fees for the area. Member of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE). Founded in 1974 and located in Brook Green, a residential neighbourhood in West London.

École Jeannine Manuel

French curriculum/Bac/Brevet; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 500 pupils

Opened in 2015 as the sister school to the largest non-denominational, independent school in France. Emphasis on bilingualism with teaching 50/50 French and English in primary school with science taught in English in secondary and history and geography taught in both. Inspected by Ofsted and its French equivalent.

International Community School

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 200 pupils

Founded in 1979 and acquired by the international NACE Schools group (over 50 schools in Europe and India) in 2017. Teaches all levels of the International Baccalaureate programme. IB Diploma graduates have achieved a mean point score of 34 over the past four years, slightly underperforming in 2019, with an average of 33 points.

Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill

French curriculum/Bac/Brevet/OIB/IGCSEs//IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 880 pupils

New French school opened in 2015 and offering two distinct programmes. From year 7 the choice is either an English International Programme (open to English speakers) leading to an IB Diploma (authorised April 2019) or a traditional French path leading to the French Baccalaureate with the possibility of taking the Option Internationale du Bac.

Southbank International School

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned;

Founded in 1979, later becoming the first of Cognita’s international schools. Very high proportion of international families. Primary Years programme is taught at the Hampstead and Kensington campuses and the Middle Years and Diploma are available at the expanding Westminster campus near Regent’s Park. IB Diploma average scores are consistently impressive with the 2019 cohort achieving a mean points total of over 36.

TASIS - The American International School in England

American curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP/IB Diploma; ages 3-19; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 750 pupils

One of three TASIS schools, the others being in Switzerland and Puerto Rico, with a fourth due to open in Portugal in 2020. In 2019, the IB Diploma average score was 33 with nearly fifty per cent being bilingual diplomas. The international mix of graduates achieved entry to leading universities in the UK, US (including Ivies) and Europe. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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