Types of schools


There are several criteria according to which the private/independent schools may be classified.

Considering the academic admission requirements, there are:

  • Highly selective schools: are highly selective in terms of admission and, being smart and having the right budget is not enough. Students’ interests, potential, attitude, personality and how they fit into the school environment are also very important;
  • Selective schools: places are filling up quickly and, continuing the studies from one form to another is conditioned by academic results;
  • Non-selective schools: have lower entry requirements at entrance tests. Some of them use the entrance tests just to see in which class the student will be a better fit.

Based on gender:

  • Co-educational schools;
  • Single-sex schools, all-boys or all-girls schools;
  • Diamond schools (in the UK only), co-ed before Y7, single-sex Y7÷Y11, co-ed Y12+Y13.

Considering the school’s structure, style and educational approach, there are:

  • Traditional boarding schools;
  • College schools.


Life in a boarding school offers many benefits. Inside the campus, students have everything they need: classrooms, arts department, library, sports facilities, boarding houses, canteen, cafeteria, medical office, church, etc. Usually, in boarding schools students wear uniforms. In most cases, the schools are located outside the big cities.

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Most boarding schools take boarders from the age of 13 or 14, but there are also schools who accept younger international students. 

Boarders live in allocated boarding houses, within the school grounds. Each boarding house has a Housemaster, a Houseparent and a Tutor who cares for students wellbeing.

All meals are provided. The food is varied, but students should expect a different experience from what they are used to at home.

The uniform is mandatory. Some schools, replace it with a suit / business dress code in the last 2 years of high school.

Students have a timetable designed by the school, for the classroom and for sports activities, recreation, extra-curricular activities, independent study, clubs & societies. Following the school program, they enjoy a balanced life. The very structured program implemented in boarding schools helps students to become responsible, develop self-confidence, learn to manage their time effectively while they are enjoying the beauty of their age.

Boarding schools take sport seriously and have excellent sport facilities, on the school grounds: tennis courts, rugby and football fields, swimming pool, indoor sport centre, netball courts etc.


In a College type school the rules are more flexible, no uniform is required but there is a dress code, no church, students may call their teachers on their first name, and the students’ programme outside the classroom is not as rigurous as in a boarding school. The schools are located in cities like London, Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham.

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Most College schools take students from the age of 14, 15 or 16.

Student residence or host-families accommodation is offered. Students have permanent supervision from school’s staff, but they will also have enough freedom to go out with friends and colleagues. The accommodation may be in the school proximity or at 5-30 minutes distance. Students may walk or use the public transport from their accommodation to the school.

Some schools offer breakfast, other offer full board, while most College schools offer to their students the possibility of opting in or out of a meal plan. Accommodation has a practical kitchenette.

No uniform is required but there is a dress code.

After lessons, students who are 16 years old, decide what sports and activities they would like to join or not, and when they are doing their homework and individual study. That is why a certain maturity and a sense of well-developed responsability is needed. In a College school students need a proper management of their own resources and a balance between study time and socialization time.

Because the College schools’ area are limited, usually they don’t have their own sports facilities, but they subcontract sports grounds and swimming pools from other institutions in the proximity.