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Are private schools better than state schools in London?

London schools – there are over 600 – vary tremendously in terms of the standard of education and the quality of the facilities they offer.

The majority of children in London attend State Schools within the Borough in which they live, and competition for the outstanding schools can be intense.

It is common for families to move house to ensure that they live close enough to a school to gain a place.

Overall, it is considered that private schools in London (also called Independent Schools) offer higher academic standards, better facilities and a greater choice of extracurricular activities.

However, this comes at a price, with fees generally ranging between £18’000 and £30’000 per child per school year. In comparison, a state school is totally free.

Lastly, it is important to know that there are excellent State Schools in London. Many of the families we have helped move to London with children in the state system are very happy with their children’s school and education.

So if you are a family with several children, some thinking and budgeting will definitely be needed before deciding between a state school and a private school.

For more information, you can download our free Guide to Schools in London, and read more information about the school system and school applications in London.

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