Private School

Private School

What is a private school education?

In the United Kingdom, private schools (also known as independent schools) are fee-paying schools, independent of many of the regulations and conditions that apply to state-funded schools. There are around 2,600 independent schools in the UK, which educate around 615,000 children. In 2022, the average annual cost for private schooling was £20,480 for day school and £34,790 for boarding school.

Why choose UK for private education?

Independent schools in the UK are recognised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as being among the best in the world. Some independent schools are particularly historical, such as The King’s School, Canterbury (founded as part of the church in 597). There are various types of independent schools including selective and non-selective schools, single-sex or co-educational, with some of them offering the opportunity to board. It is not only the academic success but also the focus on traditional difficult subjects that attracts many parents to send their children to independent schools in the UK. There is also great focus on the development of the whole child through a range of co-curricular activities, either in sport, art, music or drama.

What are the Admissions Procedures?

Each private school in the UK sets its own admissions procedure and there is no standard model in applying to a UK private school. There are, however, a few common steps in the application procedure:

  • open event
  • registration
  • entrance exam and prep-schools
  • visa applications (see Child Student Visa)

If you need more information about private school admissions procedures, please Contact Us.

What we can help

Latta International has professional educational consultants for private education in the UK, offering you and your child the guidance and support you need. Our service includes:

  • discussing the interests and aims of your child, and what potential you would like them to discover 
  • providing advice on the most suitable private school placement
  • arranging and accompanying you to the Open Event or private school tour
  • assisting you to prepare for the private school application
  • helping your child to prepare for the Entrance Exam and prep-school
  • assisting your child and, if applicable, yourself with your visa applications

We highly suggest that you and your child come to the UK so that you can arrange to visit any schools that are of interest in order to get a better idea of how a typical school day is and the facilities on offer. To pay a visit to the UK, please check the Standard Visitor Visa page.

To give your case the best chance of success, get in touch

In order to give your visa the best chance of success, and to reduce your stress, please contact our immigration experts.

If you wish to speak directly with one of our immigration specialists to get advice about business and personal immigration, or education in the UK and other visa issues, then please contact our Glasgow Head Office on Phone T: +44 (0)141 212 3355 or request a call back by completing the Online Form. You can also email us at More information can be found from Contact Us.  

*Disclaimer: The above information is for general reference only. Specialist legal advice should be sought.

Latest update: August 2023

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