International Schools in the United Kingdom

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in the United Kingdom with fee information. The list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school to prepare for the International Baccalaureate and other accreditation in the UK. Some schools may follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French or German education system (or even Japanese).

Education in United Kingdom

The English education system has an excellent reputation and parents send their children to schools in the UK from around the world. The system is overseen by the Department for Education and the Department for Business - Innovation and Skills. Local authorities (LAs) are responsible for implementing policy for public education and state schools at a regional level.

Education is mandatory from ages between 5 and 16 (raised to 18 in 2013 for 16-year-olds and 2015 for 17-year-olds). Under the National Curriculum, all pupils undergo National Curriculum Tests (NCTs) towards the ends of Key Stage 2 in the core subjects of Literacy, Numeracy and Science. Pupils normally take GCSE exams in the last two years of Key Stage 4, but may also choose to work towards the attainment of alternative qualifications, such as the GNVQ. The Sixth Form (sometimes referred to as Key Stage 5) describes the years 12 and 13 of the schooling system. This the final (optional) two years of secondary education, where students, usually sixteen to eighteen years of age, prepare for their A-level (or equivalent) examinations. Other qualifications and courses include Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) qualifications, the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Cambridge Pre-U.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in the UK. International schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, making for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam.

There is usually local population, as well as an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, France, or other school system. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.


  • Council of International Schools (CoIS) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
  • New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) is a regional accrediting association which establishes standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to doctoral.
  • European Council of International Schools (ECIS) is a collaborative network promoting the ideals and best practice of international education.

International Schools in England

International School in Bath

SABIS International School - UK (SIS-UK)
Address: Ashwicke Hall, Marshfield, Wiltshire SN14 8AG United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 891 841
Tuition Rates: £14,940 - 26,700 per year

An international, co-educational, day and boarding school. It is part of the SABIS network and has the SABIS Educational System.

International School in Cambridge

Cambridge International School (CIS)
Address: Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge B1 8DW
Tel: +44 1223 416938
Tuition Rates: £3,300 - 3,920 per term

English is the language if instruction at this international school for students from 3-16 years old. Students from junior to senior classes are prepared for the IGCSE exams.

International School in Devon

St. John's International School
Address: Broadway, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8RG, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1395 513984
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

St John's International School is a co-educational independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 2 -18. The school is part of the wider organisation of International Education Systems (IES).

International School in Dorset

Sherborne International School
Address: Newell Grange, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4EZ, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1935 814 743
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Sherborne International School educates girls and boys aged 8-17 from all over the world, preparing them for the best possible British education. A small school of 150 pupils, we have successfully placed thousands of former students at the UK’s elite boarding schools.

International School in East Sussex

Buckswood School
Address: Rye Road, Guestling, East Sussex TN35 4LT I England
Tel: +44 01424 813813
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An independent international British boarding school for boys and girls.

International School in Essex

Anglo European School (AES)
Address: Willow Green, Ingatestone, Essex, England, CM4 0DJ
Tel: +44 (0)1277 354018
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A co-educational international academy school that offers the IB diploma. Though instruction is in English, the study of a language other than English is compulsory.

International Schools in London

The American School in England
Address: Coldharbour Lane, TW20 8TE England
Tel: +44 1932 565252
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Also known as "TASIS England", this school was founded in 1976 in the village of Thorpe, Surrey, south west of London. The school consists of programs for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. There are approximately 750 students and 100 full-time faculty.

Southbank International School in London
Address: Southbank Hampstead, 16 Netherhall Gardens, London NW3 5TH; 36-38 Kensington Park Road, London W11 3BU; 63-65 Portland Place, London W1B 1QR
Tel: 44 (0)20 7243 3803
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An independent school with several locations in the City of Westminster, Kensington, this international school caters to 3 to 18 year olds. It is an International Baccalaureate World School, authorized to deliver all three of the IB Programmes.

International School of London : London
Address: 139 Gunnersbury Avenue London W3 8LG, United Kingdom
Address: Old Woking Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 8HY, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 8992 5823
Tuition Rates: £16,750 - 22,500 per year

Begun in 1972, this school was one of the first schools to offer the IB Diploma. Classes range from Early Childhood to Grade 12. The ISL Schools have campuses in Chiswick, West London; Working, Surrey; and Doha, Qatar.

Marymount International School of London
Address: George Road, Kingston Upon Thames KT2 7PE, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 8949 0571
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This catholic college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls offers schooling in grades 6 to 12. It serves students from over 50 different countries on a 7-acre campus.

Dwight School London (DSL)
Address: 6 Friern Barnet Lane, London N11 3LX
Tel: +44 20 8920 0600
Tuition Rates: £2,760 - 5,670 per year

Formerly known as Woodside Park International School and The North London International School, this leading international school provides the IB Program. The language of instruction is English and it introduces French language from the age f three and then adds Spanish in Year 7. A wide range of other languages are taught including: Japanese, Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, Urdu, Italian and German. At the end of Year 6, children complete a Primary Years Programme (PYP) Exhibition and they leave with a PYP Certificate. At the end of Year 11, students are assessed in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and they receive a Record of Attainment and an MYP Certificate. At the end of Year 13, students complete the IB Diploma in six subjects and would normally use their results to gain places at universities in the UK or world wide.

Hill House International Junior School
Address: Hans Place, London, UK SW1X 0EP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7584 1331
Tuition Rates: £9,600 - 12,900 per year

A family-run Swiss school that follows the National Curriculum of Britain in an international environment. Caters to children between 4 and 13 years old.

American School in London (ASL)
Address: One Waverley Place, London, NW8 0NP
Tel: +44 20 7449 1200
Tuition Rates: £21,050 - 24,550 per year

Kindergarten to grade 12, this school caters mostly to children of Americans and offers an American curriculum. Senior students may elect to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the SATs. The school does not offer the IB program or UK examinations.

North London Collegiate School (NLCS)
Address: Canons Dr, Edgware HA8 7RJ, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 8952 0912
Tuition Rates: £4,378 - 5,180 per term

Extremely high achieving academic atmosphere at this international school. The school provides the IB program to girls from reception age to assessment. NLCS is one of the most successful schools in the UK at the GCSE and A-Level, and is the top IB school worldwide

King's College Wimbledon
Address: Southside, Wimbledon Common, London SW19 4TT
Tel: +44 (20) 8255 5300
Tuition Rates: £4,840 - 6,070 per year

A top performing international school, King's College Wimbledon provides the IB program. In the Fourth Form (Year 9) pupils are offered the traditional range of academic subjects, but with substantial enrichment. All pupils study English, Mathematics, the three Sciences and French to GCSE or IGCSE.

Godolphin & Latymer School
Address: Iffley Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 0PG
Tel: +44 20 8741 1936
Tuition Rates: £5,545 per term

A popular girls day school with subjects covering English, English Literature, Mathematics, Triple Award Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian). Students are traditionally high performers in IB testing. Uniforms are required.

Royal College of St. Peter in Westminster
Address: Little Dean's Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3PF
Tel: +44 (0)20 7963 1000
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Better known as Westminster, this well-respected independent boarding and day school in Central London for boys with girls admitted into the sixth form. Each academic year, there are around 750 pupils in Westminster School, of whom about a quarter are boarders. Most boys come to the School at the age of 13 and qualify for entry either through the Common Entrance examination, at present taken in June each year, or through the Westminster scholarship examination, known as The Challenge, which is taken in May. Both boys and girls may enter the Sixth Form to study for their A-levels.

Address: Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2DX
Tel: +44 (0)1483 291500
Tuition Rates: £23,865 - 32,925 per year

A leading independent international school with boys admitted in Year 9, and a limited number of girls in the sixth form. Overseas students are admitted in years 9 and 12.

ACS International School
Address: Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1BL
Address: London Road (A30), Egham, Surrey, TW20 0HS, United Kingdom
Address: Hillingdon Court, 108 Vine Lane, Hillingdon, Middlesex, UB10 0BE, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1932 869755
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Three campuses around England make-up this school group with day and boarding options. This school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) and American curriculum with Early Childhood, Lower, Middle, and High School sections. The schools are accredited by the NEASC.

Hockerill Anglo-European College
Address: Dunmow Rd Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 5HX, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1279 658451
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An international boarding and day school that offers the International Baccalaureate (IB). The academic side of Hockerill is divided into four équipes, named after four pioneers in their own fields, and are also given a colour: Brunel (blue), da Vinci (red), Goethe (green) and Pascal (white).

ICS London
Early Years and Primary school: 7B Wyndham Place, London, W1H 1PN
Middle Years and Diploma school: 21 Star Street, London, W2 1QB
Tel: +44 20 72988800
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A small co-educational independent school for students aged 3 to 18. The International Community School is part of the Globeducate Group of Schools. The curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate Programmes: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, PYP for students aged 3 to 11 years, the Middle Years Programme, IBMYP for students aged 11 to 16 years and the Diploma Programme, IBDP for students aged 16 and over.

The King Fahad Academy
Address: Bromyard Avenue, London, W3 7HD
Tel: +44 (0) 208 743 0131
Tuition Rates: £2,000 - 4,000 per year

An independent International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and the only Islamic school in the UK authorized to offer the IBO programmes for students aged 3-19 years. It is approved by the CoIS and ECIS.

The Mill Hill School Foundation
Address: The Ridgeway, Mill Hill village, London, NW7 2RX
Tel: +44 (0)203 826 3355
Tuition Rates: Mill Hill School - Day including lunch £6,875.00, Weekly Boarding including meals £9,276.00 Boarding including all meals £10,964.00
The Mount, Mill Hill International - Day Fees per Term £7,933includes lunch, Boarding Fees per Term £13,183Full boarding, includes all meals, Weekly Boarding £11,206 Weekly Boarding including meals.

Mill Hill School welcome pupils from 3 to 18. At The Mount, Mill Hill International pupils from all over the world come together. It follows a British curriculum with GCSE, AS and A Levels.

International School in Liverpool

Broadgreen International School
Address: Queens Drive Liverpool L13 5UQ United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 151 228 6800
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This international school has a curriculum mixture with core subjects (English, Maths and Science) alongside Option Pathways. The school specializes in technology studies.

International Schools in Oxford

St. Clare's Oxford
Address: 139 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7AL
Tel: +44 1865 552031
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An international independent day and boarding school that provides International Baccalaureate Diploma programmes. In 2012, a total of 99% passed the IB Diploma. Over 40 different nationalities are represented of which about 15% are from Britain.

Europa School UK
Tel: +44 1235 524060
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A curriculum to provide multi cultural, multilingual, European education for students from 4-19 years. All Primary School pupils, from entry into the school, learn and are taught through two languages, with half the week spent in English and the other half in either French or German.

International Schools in Worcestershire

King's College Saint Michaels
Address: Oldwood Road, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire. WR15 8PH UK
Tel: +44 1584 811300
Tuition Rates: £25,995 per year

King's College Saint Michaels is an Independent boarding school offering the British secondary school education system for 13 to 19 year olds. Their campus is located in the Heart of England with residences in either single or twin rooms (en-suites available).

French International Schools in England

For French International School Listings, go to the full article on "French International Schools in the UK".

German International Schools in England

Deutsche Schule London
Address: Douglas House, Petersham Road, Richmond / Surrey, TW10 7AH
Tel: +44 (0)-20-89402510
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This is a German international school that offers instruction in German in English.

Judith Kerr Primary School
Address: 62-68 Half Moon Lane, London SE24 9JE
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An all-ability, non-denominational, bilingual primary school teaching children aged 4 to 11. Instruction is in English and German. It is operated by CfBT Schools Trust under contract with the Secretary of State for Education.

Japanese International School in England

The Japanese School
Address: 87 Creffield Rd London W3 9PU, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 8993 7145
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Japanese language and curriculum at this international school in London. This educational facility is approved by the UK and Japan.

International Schools in Scotland

International School in Aberdeen

International School of Aberdeen (ISA)
Address: Pitfodels House, N Deeside Rd, Aberdeen AB15 9PN, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1224 730300
Tuition Rates: £9,020 - 19,820 per year

ISA provides co-ed students with a comprehensive university preparatory education utilising best practices in education. The school is organized into three sections: Elementary (Pre-school—grade 5), Middle School (grades 6—8) and High School (grades 9—12). There is a boarding option for grades 8-12. The International Baccalaureate (IB) programme is offered. English as an Additional Language (EAL) is available for students needing support with English.

International Schools in Edinburgh

Fettes College
Address: Carrington Road, Edinburgh EH4 1QX, Scotland, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)131 332 2281
Tuition Rates: £4,330 - 9,370 per term

Fettes College is a leading co-educational boarding and day school for children aged 7-18. College preparatory curriculum includes the IB program and A levels.

International Schools in Glasgow

Shawlands Academy
Address: 31 Moss-Side Rd, Glasgow, G41 3TR
Tel: +44 141 582 0210
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school is developing into Glasgow's International School for students from 3 to 18. It offers a wide range of modern, European and Asian Languages.

The International Summer School of Scotland (ISSOS)
Address: 69 St Vincent Street
Glasgow G2 5TF Scotland United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0) 3300 777 247
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The exclusive ISSOS summer program offers high school students from all over the world (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in one of two amazing, historic and picturesque university towns of St Andrews and Cambridge. Unlike other summer schools, only 10 percent of students from any single nationality.

International Schools in St. Andrews

St. Leonards School
Address: The Pends, Saint Andrews, Fife KY16 9QJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1334 472126
Tuition Rates: £8,589 - 28,200 per year

The School provides boarding and day education for boys and girls aged 5 -19. Curriculum is based around the International Baccalaureate and it is the only school in Scotland to have an all-IB Sixth Form.

French International School in Scotland

For French International School Listings, go to the full article on "French International Schools in the UK".

German International School in Scotlandd

Bishopbriggs Academy
Address: Wester Cleddens Road, Bishopbriggs, G64 1HZ
Tel: +44 141 955 2351
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Bishopbriggs Academy has been the German Partnerschool in Scotland as part of the German government initiative "Schulen: Partner der Zukunft".

International School in Wales

International School in Cardiff

UWC Atlantic College
Address: St Donat's Castle, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan CF61 1WF UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1446 799000
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A founding college of a global education movement, this is an international residential school based in the UK. Students range from ages 16 - 18, offers the International Baccalaureate curriculum, and emphasizes community service at its core.