Citrus School Search
UK Schools Search
One of the biggest concerns that parents have is finding the right school for their children and securing a school place when you are not in the UK can prove difficult especially if you do not have a good grasp of the British educational system.
Citrus Relocation has over 12 years’ experience of helping parents find the best possible schools. We provide nursery and school search support to our clients whether in the state or independent sector.
Independent Schools Search
This is often referred to as independent education or public schooling and these are fee paying schools. They are governed by an elected board of governors and independent of many of the regulations & conditions that apply to state funded schools. For example, students do not have to follow the National Curriculum.
Most of the larger independent schools offer boarding facilities although many are now predominantly day schools; by contrast there are only a few dozen state boarding schools.
These schools often have more freedom over their pupils teaching programme. One of the other main differences is that independent schools tend to have smaller classrooms, on average 12 students per class, compared to over double this number in a typical state school.
Independent schools are free to select their pupils. The principal forms of selection are financial, in that the student’s family must be able to pay the school fees. Many administer their own entrance exams and some also require that the prospective student undergo an interview. Depending on the school, credit may also be given for musical, sporting or other talent.
Independent school fees average day school fees are now around £13,000 per year and for boarding students fees cost an average of £30,500 a year. There are additional costs for uniform, equipment, transport and extra-curricular facilities.
State schooling is provided to students between the ages of 4 and 16 without charge as it is financially supported by the government. All schools follow a very similar curriculum which is approved and monitored by Ofsted, a non-ministerial government run regulator of children’s education.
Citrus Educational Services Process
Following an initial discussion suitable school options would be identified and we check availability of places and arrange meetings at the appropriate schools. Our UK school service includes:
• Explanation of the UK education system
• Identifying individual children’s needs
• Provide a written report on available education options and appropriate schools
• Arrange appointments for you to visit schools, assisting with questions which should be asked at those visits
• Accompany you to school visits if required
• Assist with the subsequent selection of an appropriate school and the application process for a place