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Education is compulsory in the UK for children aged from 5 to 16.

If you bring dependants between these ages with you to the UK, you must arrange full-time education for them. There are state schools in every area, and there are also many private schools that accept international students up to the age of 18.

State schools
Most UK children attend free schools run by the state system. This means schools are maintained and funded by central government or their local education authority.

Independent schools
In the independent system, schools are not supported by the state, and parents will usually pay the fees. The UKs long-established and highly respected independent boarding schools welcome students from around the world.

There are three main types of independent boarding school for students aged 718 years. These are preparatory schools (sometimes called junior schools), senior schools (sometimes called secondary schools) and independent colleges (which are often referred to as tutorial or sixth-form colleges).

Boarding schools
These can be state-run (there are currently 35 boarding schools in the state sector in the UK), but the majority are independent.

Find out more from the UK Boarding Schools site.


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