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State schools vs. private schools: a detailed comparison

If you are hesitating between a state school and a private school, you can start your research with this in-depth comparison of state schools and private schools.

State schools

  • Also called: Government-funded schools
  • Applications: after arriving in the UK
  • Where to apply: With the local Borough
  • When to apply: You cannot apply in advance
  • No application fees
  • No tuition fees
  • Application deadlines: Reception deadline: 15/01 Year 7 deadline: October 31st
  • Applications outside of deadlines: In-year application possible
  • Response time for applications 3 days to 4 weeks
  • Great for primary schools
  • Great for mixed-gender education
  • Great for Special Education Needs

Private schools

  • Also called: Independent schools; Public schools
  • Applications: before arriving in the UK
  • Where to apply: With the school
  • When to apply: You can apply in advance
  • Application fees £100 - £300 per application
  • Tuition fees £18,000 to £40,000 per year per child
  • Application deadlines: Dependent on school
  • Applications outside of deadlines: In-year application possible
  • Response time for applications 3 days to 2 weeks
  • Great for secondary schools
  • Great for single-gender education
  • Great for extra-curricular activities
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