Study Abroad in England at School with English Students
There can be no better way to improve your ability to speak and
understand the English language than to study abroad in England
alongside English boys and girls. However life at school in England
may be rather different from that in your own country.
Standard of education
The school system in England is renowned worldwide for its
excellent academic standards. Barnes carefully selects suitable
schools for you to choose from to study abroad in England. We give
you a better opportunity to mix with English students in caring
environments where staff work really hard to integrate our overseas
Schools in England are noted for the high standard of pastoral
care that they provide for their students. No matter how large a
school might be, a student is always allocated a tutor to whom
he/she may refer when perhaps requiring advice or guidance.
Frequently after studying English in England many overseas
students make complimentary comments about the friendly, supportive
and enthusiastic attitude of the teachers. Students who have
struggled with the approach to education in their schools back home
have been known to be keen to study again.
Small class sizes
Students, beyond the obligatory age to study in England at 16,
also benefit from smaller class sizes since many students leave
school to go into employment or professional training allowing our
students to form really close relationships with their teachers
Extra curricular activities
Schools in England offer students the opportunity to participate
in activities outside of normal lesson times - an important
extension to the school day. These extra-curricular activities
include sports, music, creative, drama, debating society clubs, the
Duke of Edinburgh Award, trips and many more, allowing students to
achieve personal ambitions and form new friendships. Barnes also
helps students find activities outside of school where this is
Qualifications and year groups
In Secondary schools pupils in England follow an educational
programme preparing them for between nine and twelve GCSE's
(General Certificate of Secondary Education) at the age of 16.
Beyond this, in the Sixth Form there are two main options available
to students - A-Level (studied by the majority of students) and the
International Baccalaureate (IB).
A-level - students specialise in three to five
subjects which are studied in depth. A-levels are a two year study
course with exams at the end of the second year. During the first
year (Year 12 in England) some schools offer the AS-Level course
for some subjects allowing students to take an external exam - an
AS-level diploma has half the value of the full A-level. In the
second year of the course (year 13) students continue to study the
same subjects at A2 level and take exams at the end of the course
which, if passed successfully, permit admission to universities in
many countries around the world. All schools offer a wide range of
options from which to choose, normally including mathematics,
visual and performing arts, languages, history, law, literature,
philosophy, other humanities, sciences, geography, psychology,
product design, physical education, business studies, computer
science and many more.
International Baccalaureate (IB) - an
alternative two year course in Year 12 and 13. The choice of
subjects is often greater than in other countries with the three
higher subjects being studied in greater detail. Three further
subjects are chosen to study at standard level with Theory of
Knowledge (concepts discussed and debated) and CAS (all about
learning from experience) being taken by all students.
In England the school year begins in early September and ends in
June/July. The year is divided into three terms - September to
Christmas, January to Easter, and Easter to June/July.
Traditionally there is a two week holiday at Christmas and Easter
with a one week half term break each term, although some schools
have started to flex their holiday dates. The school day normally
begins at 9am and ends around 3:30pm. At the end of the day
students can normally participate in the extra-curricular clubs
until between 4pm and 5pm.
Some students feel that it is a good idea to practise their
English before beginning to study abroad in England at a school.
Much confidence can be gained by living with a family and attending
morning classes on a language course for students in England. If
you are interested in such a stay we can introduce you to a choice
of excellent language schools in England where it is possible to
follow a short course of study combined with enjoying a few
excursion and leisure activities. For students already 16 by
Christmas or Easter, an English language course can also be offered
in some of our state schools.