All the information you need for your relocation to London: Renting in London, Schools in London, Practical Tips for Expats moving to London
The English education system can be a little tricky to understand for anyone new to the country. For example, when you hear someone talking about a public school, they’re actually referring to an independent private school – confusing right? So, if state schools are government-funded schools and public schools are private schools, what are grammar schools?
You’ve already chosen to study in the best city in the world – London has been ranked the number one student city on the planet for the second year running by leading global education network QS. Now it’s time to decide which of the capital’s first-class universities is right for you – the only problem is there are so many to choose from.
It doesn’t matter how much you love your job or how excited you are about calling London home; if your children are relocating with you, they will be your priority. Choosing a school that matches your family’s requirements will, therefore, be one of the most important decisions you make during your move. So, where should you focus this search to ensure you live within the catchment area of high-performing schools?
If you are looking to relocate to London for the September school start this year, you might be wondering: is it too late to apply for a school place? is it too early? When shall I apply for my children?
We had the pleasure of recently visiting the ACS Hillingdon, an international school offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum for pupils aged 4 to 18.
This school, located on the edge of London, but still inside the M25, offers a green setting worthy of the English countryside as we can imagine it from postcards.
For an expatriate’s children, relocating overseas is an equal dose of opportunity and upheaval. When it comes to starting a new school, the ideal scenario is clear: move during the summer holidays, giving the kids time to settle in before starting school at the beginning of the academic year. Unfortunately, relocations can’t always happen at the most convenient time for everyone involved. Thankfully, Simply London Relocation is on hand to help.
We are honoured to announce that Simply London will be using its Schools expertise and experience to assist the Baytree Centre with its “Into School” programme.
We always get many questions from parents about the timing and formalities to enrol their children in the London public/state primary schools system.
To help you organize your school registrations calendar, you will find a reminder of the fundamentals of the state schools system in London.
London’s primary schools are full – this is the reality. Even if the Brexit situation has eased the pressure ever so slightly, many parents see their first choice(s) for their children’s primary school turned down. Especially for parents relocating to London from abroad, the timing of the applications, and the necessity to show a proof of UK address at the time of the application make things even more difficult for them to obtain their preferred school(s).
When considering moving to London with very young children, it is inevitable that the question of childcare and which solutions are available in the UK will come up.
Simply London presents you with the different options to help you make the right choice.