• Finding the right Boarding School

    How can we help?

    We offer independent and comparable profiles for many schools on the site, that specifically meet the needs of international pupils and you will find below the criteria we use to select the schools and universities we feature.
    We also offer a free consultancy service to parents to help find exactly the right match for your child. Each child is different and we will help review many schools & universities to make sure that those we present to you are objectively the best fit for your child. We will ask objective  questions to clarify the things that really matter to you and your child about their UK Education experience and then get to work!

    Our small team has many years of experience working in both UK and international education.

    Pat Moores BSc (Director and Co-Founder of UK Education Guide.)

    Pat has worked in international businesses at Manager and Director level for over 30 years. She has specialised in the Education market for the past 15 years. Her Education work has included working in UK schools alongside supporting various UK & US Universities in different consultancy capacities. Her work has included; major research projects for future course modelling for a US public college system, online masters programme development & marketing,  long term planning & research for the development of a new UK University, strategy development for a UK University. Pat is a frequent education blogger and champions the needs of international students and their families in the UK Education system. You can  find out more about the team behind UK Education Guide here


    Caroline Nixon also helps us as a Consultant at the key point of reviewing the short listed school selections for each family, once we have evaluated the priorities for each family. Your contact point is always with UK Education Guide and we pride ourselves on offering continuity of support to the families with whom we work.

    Caroline Nixon M.A. (Oxon.), M.Ed.
    Caroline has worked in international education for 30 years. Since becoming a self-employed consultant in 2015 she has worked on many successful projects, including helping UK schools to establish new overseas branches and creating academic courses in UK schools accepting international students. Before becoming a consultant, Caroline was Principal of Taunton School International, where she managed all aspects of academic and pastoral provision, as well as setting up a new school for international children aged 8-14. She was also responsible for the international marketing of Taunton School, which included the recruitment of 454 students each year. Caroline is currently General Secretary of BAISIS (British Association of Independent Schools with International Students) and a member of the advisory group to the British Government’s All Party Parliamentary Group on international education. She trains educational agents for the British Council and gives presentations on the UK education system all over the world.

    How have we selected the Boarding Schools featured on the site?

    There are over 1,000 Boarding schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Most have a specific focus on pupils that have English as a first language, already live in the UK and are familiar with the UK education system and British culture.

    We have therefore  pre-selected schools against the following criteria that reflect a significant focus on international students and an international approach to education & culture.

    Offer full time Boarding options-many schools not featured on the site recruit mainly ‘weekly’ boarders who go home at the weekends. For international students, this can mean that the school is quite empty at the weekend and this can be challenging socially for some pupils and make ‘settling in’ much harder.

    All offer a full range of dietary options for Boarding pupils: halal, kosher, vegetarian and vegan.

    Clearly offer a structured support programme to teach English as a second language, and offer an EAL (English as an additional language) department and/or have an International study centre. Some schools are of interest to international parents because they have low international student numbers, but this has to be balanced with a clear commitment to EAL, as this, in almost all cases, excect where English is a pupil’s first language, will be needed to ensure all international students achieve their academic potential


    To allow for reasonable fee comparison, we have focused on published, annual fees for senior school years, with a focus on Years 10-11, GCSE years, unless otherwise stated.

    Please note, whilst we have made every reasonable effort to make the fees fair and comparable, some schools do ask for additional payment for  ‘extras’ such as; music, sports tuition and  1:1 English language instruction, therefore, please do bear this in mind when you are put in contact with specific schools and ask for a complete breakdown of ‘reasonable’ costs that you might be expected to incur in an academic year.



    BAISISWe have also highlighted schools that are members of BAISIS on our site. BAISIS is the British Association of Independent Schools with International Students.

    Why are we particularly featuring BAISIS schools?

    Our site aim is to offer clear and objective information for international parents and prospective students about the UK education market. To support this aim we also highlight those organisations that champion quality standards within UK education.

    BAISIS is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to promote best practice in academic and pastoral provision for international students. It has a long term aim to introduce a quality standard for schools in the UK so parents can be assured that schools with this quality standard will offer the very best, consistent support for their children while they are studying in the UK.


    Have we missed a great school or college?

    If we have, please tell us, we are always happy to add new schools that are offering a great international student experience.

    What we can’t help with?

    We can support parents throughout the school search and application process and all aspects of enrolment, except Visa applications. This is a specialist area that can require expert legal support. We are happy to provide free introductions to legal firms in the UK that are registered and licensed by The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) or we can put you in touch with your local British Council office that will be able to assist you in finding high quality legal support in your own country.




    Excluded schools

    Sadly, there are a very few schools that have met our criteria for feature, but are not currently featured on the site. The reason for this is that they pass the enquiries we give them directly to Agents who sometimes do not confirm back to us that they have contacted you. We pride ourselves on making sure that every enquiry we receive gets a quick and complete response, when we cannot confirm this is happening we do withdraw the school/college from the site.


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