In the United Kingdom children start school from the age of 5. The majority of public schools encourage children to learn really well and do their best. Typically, every child throughout their preparatory schooling will learn English (Reading, Writing and Grammar), Mathematics, Sciences, Modern Foreign Languages, Latin, History, Geography, IT (computing), Religious Studies, The Arts, and Physical Education. Preparatory school education runs until child is 13 y.o. (Year 1 to 8).
At the end of year 8, all children will sit entrance exam to the senior school (boarding school) to start school at 13 y.o, year 9 (or 3rd form). After 1 year in boarding school, children will start studying GCSEs.
GCSEs (General Certificates in Secondary Education) are academic qualifications that students in the UK study, from the ages of fourteen until sixteen, from year 10 to year 11. They are equivalent to year 10 and year 11 of school in Russia. Compulsory subjects at GCSE are Math, English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, whilst optional subjects include classical and modern foreign languages (Latin, Ancient Greek, French, German, Russian and other languages), Art, Music, History, Geography, Religious education, Computer studies. A minimum of five GCSEs is typically required for university entry, however most UK schools will expect students to take between nine to eleven subjects.
In addition to great education, English boarding schools also are famous throughout the world in providing all round, varied education through additional activities, which are offered by the schools. The activities include the provision of high semi professional sport and music schools, very many clubs and societies to choose from, semi professional theater with high quality drama clubs. These clubs and societies will provide your child with a fantastic opportunity to be exposed to new ideas from an early age. Your child will develop interests outside of their classroom curriculum, which will help them mature into a well-rounded adult. Clubs and societies will also spark a lifelong passion in children for particular subjects and issues, which can later be paired with their “core” subjects of interest at GCSE and A Level to make for strong and distinctive applications to the best universities. For examples, singing at the choir at the school, together with studying GCSE and later A level music will allow your child to apply for choral scholarship to Oxford and Cambridge , which will greatly support your child’s application, who decide to study Law there.
Extracurricular activities also provide young people with a chance to discover how different people work together in teams and how good teams operate. By working with one another in putting together events ranging from concerts to charity runs, young people realize where their own strengths and weaknesses lie. One person may be a great entrepreneur, coming up with new ideas every minute, whilst another might be practical and able to execute those ideas effectively. Neither person is more important than the other. In fact, they are both necessary to one another in order to produce a successful end result. Extracurricular activities are an excellent way for students to learn about teamwork and where they fit in different teams.
Learning to be responsible is another crucial skills that are developed through after school’s activities. Whilst in charge of their own events and clubs, young people learn to be punctual, reliable, and perceptive of the needs of others. This makes them confident and comfortable in taking on new and more challenging responsibilities in the future and is an excellent foundation for university and professional life.
The Common Entrance exams are taken as part of the admissions process into highly rated schools; they are usually undertaken at the age of 11 and 13. The exams are done upon entering secondary school and although all the papers are the same, each school marks the papers independently and will have different marking standards. It is compulsory to undertake an exam in English, Mathematics and Science to apply to any secondary school. For many secondary schools; History, Geography, Religious Studies and at least one foreign language is also required.
The common entrance admission to many boarding schools is very competitive. Some parents reported in the past that there were 10 children for every school place, which is allocated for children from particular country. New World Education will prepare your child for Common Entrance exams.
In addition, New World Education staff has excellent, up-to-date knowledge of the latest reforms in British education, including how they impact GCSE students and changes in subject curriculums.
We also will encourage your children to apply to elite selective schools in the UK, where they will find environments that nurture them both academically and socially. We help students and their families throughout the entry process, from sending in the initial application forms to making the final selection amongst various school choices.
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