INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

Top education in Great Britain

In Great Britain, society has held a first-class education in high regard for centuries. The teachers often come from renowned universities like Oxford and Cambridge; after graduation, they do not primarily go into the industrial or commercial sectors, but primarily into the education sector, which is held in high regard in British society and comes with an excellent reputation.

In British day schools and boarding schools, highly motivated teachers and private tutors are available to their students all day to develop the students' talents. Clearly structured daily schedules don't leave any room for boredom in the afternoon, which is deemed a widespread problem in Germany. Every student can discover new interests and choose from a wide range of extracurricular activities.

The support of intellectual, creative and athletic potential is always framed professionally and leads to sophisticated displays and presentations, music and literature competitions and athletic events. Special value is placed on boys and girls learning to develop their own view of their abilities and talents and to organise themselves – with the support of their teachers, tutors and house parents.

A great emphasis on values

Class sizes of 5 to 15 students are typical and ensure a very personal learning atmosphere. School reports are written at 6-week intervals: aside from the Attainment Grades, which reflect the student's performance in each subject, the reports also feature the so-called Effort Grades, which delve into aspects such as single-mindedness, ambition, reliability and diligence. The school reports also include detailed comments by the personal tutors about the educational level achieved in comparison to others in the same age group as well as an evaluation by the housemistress or housemaster regarding the engagement of the child within the house and in extracurricular activities. Parents receive continuous information about the educational progress and social behaviour of their children and have an opportunity to discuss the development of their children with teachers and all others involved in the educational process at 6-week intervals.

British boarding schools have the courage to educate and to maintain values clearly. They provide clear positions and assume the responsibility of shaping children and adolescents. They expect their students to deal with different perspectives and beliefs and to adhere to rules. Emphasis is placed on values such as politeness, orderliness and reliability. Schools put a special value on respect – with regard to teachers and all other members of the school community.

Students from all continents

The school day begins with a religious or personal address, for which the students gather in the morning assembly between 8 and 9 o'clock. This assembly offers a reflective start to a varied day, featuring not only class times, but also homework times – the so-called prep-time – in the schedule, always with the pedagogical support of their teachers.

Every school year is divided into three terms; after six weeks, each term is interrupted by the so-called half term: this means that 6 weeks of intensive tuition time are followed by 2 weeks off, during which children can leave the school with homework and either visit friends in England or return to Germany. This rhythm allows parents to remain in good contact with their children despite living abroad – which is very important during adolescence. Not least because children, due to G8, now usually already start to study abroad in the 10th grade, an average of up to two years younger than before.

The students come from all 5 continents. This diversity forms intercultural skills at an early stage and systematically prepares all students for a future in an international job environment. The intense community in a boarding school results in friendships that will often last a lifetime. The alumni networks initiated by the school meet regularly to ensure that the contacts that have been established can easily continue.

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