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School Types

 

Preparatory Schools
Pupils aged between 7 and 13 years can attend their first boarding school, known as a preparatory or ‘prep’ school as the pupils are being prepared for senior school.

Senior Schools
Pupils generally transfer from a Prep School to a Senior School between the ages of 11 and 13 years, Senior schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have three main points of entry: age 11 (Year 7), age 13 (Year 9) and age 16 (Year 12).

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Independent Sixth-Form and Tutorial Colleges
The independent colleges accept students aged 16+ and, like school sixth forms, provide a bridge between school and university. Colleges vary greatly in their character.

Luckley House School boarding girls
science experiment with Bunsen Burner at Millfield School
boys hockey team at Kent College

 

International Study Centres
International students who are not ready to enter a mainstream boarding school can attend a course at an International Study Centre.

The State Boarding Schools
In the UK state education system, schools are maintained and funded by central government or by their local education authority. There are currently 37 state-maintained boarding schools

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