Since the 1880s, Broomfield has been welcoming pupils from all over the world. As a school, we have a great deal of experience in helping families who are either coming to the UK permanently, or on assignment for a number of years. We work hard to make the transition to Broomfield and the British private education system as smooth and easy as possible, and have a programme which we can tailor to every family. Not all our international pupils arrive speaking good English, and we have an established network in place to support these children. Most parents are astonished by the ease and speed with which their children adapt to speaking English fluently.
We normally ask international families to visit us in person before offering a place at the school. We would like to see reports from previous schools, and ask the children to do some academic work (an academic assessment for older children) to assess their educational level, and to advise on which areas we need to work together with parents to improve and develop.
We are also often able to introduce prospective new families to current or past Broomfield parents of the same nationality, who can advise on life at our school and in Kew. We also have close connections with the local estate agents (Real Estate agents) and can put you in contact with them if you wish. Once in London, invitations are often issued by established families for Thanksgiving, Diwali and ANZAC Day amongst a whole host of other cultural events and holidays.
Education in the UK is divided into primary, secondary, further and higher education. Statutory schooling ages are between 5 to 16 years. Children are legally required to start attending school at the start of the term after their fifth birthday, but most privately educated children start school in Pre-Kindergarten or Nursery at 3 years old.
Schools which charge fees in the UK can be called ‘independent’, ‘private’ or ‘public’. Broomfield is referred to as a “private school”. Primary education begins when children are 4 to 7 years of age. Secondary education in the UK normally starts for most students at the age of 11 years old and generally refers to the years of formal education leading up to the legal school leaving age of 16.
The ages of UK children going into schools are calculated on their age at 1st September, as this is the start of the UK academic school year and runs through to 31st August in the following year. The school years are as follows:
Term dates for private schools are set by the individual school. There are three terms in a school year. Half way through each term there is a holiday of one week called half term. There are longer holidays at Christmas (around 3 weeks), Easter (around 4 weeks) and during the summer (around 8 weeks).
Broomfield runs holiday camps for our pupils for two weeks in the Easter Holidays and two weeks in the Summer holidays.
Further details of these camps can be found here