Moor Park has been welcoming a small number of overseas children for a number of years and all have enjoyed the experience. We only take a small number from any one country for a full year although some do stay for longer, particularly if transferring to British senior schools. We find that both overseas children and British children benefit from this arrangement enormously, not only in terms of language, but by experiencing other cultures and by developing lasting friendships. British independent education has an enviable international reputation and, as a leading UK Prep School, Moor Park is well placed to provide the very best education for each child, no matter what their country of origin.
We find it beneficial to have more than one child from the same country as they provide support for each other, particularly in the early stages, and therefore it is unlikely that your child will feel out of place. It helps to have a reasonable level of English before coming to Moor Park, although we do find that total immersion in the language soon enables them to be understood and feel part of the Moor Park community very quickly.
We follow the English National Curriculum but the children are usually in advance of this. All overseas children will follow this curriculum but will be given academic support to enable them to participate in these lessons. We also offer subjects outside the National Curriculum e.g. Latin and Personal & Social Health Education.
It may be possible for an overseas child to study for and participate in one of the nationally recognised Cambridge Exams (KET, PET, FCE). This must be arranged separately and will incur an additional charge.
We usually use Birmingham airport (& Heathrow if required) and transport can be arranged to and from the airport. The cost will be dependent on numbers and whether a minibus or taxi is used. It will be divided between the children and will be billed separately.
We have ‘leave weekends’ (Exeat) approximately every 3 weeks when overseas students may stay with English families who have children in the school. At half term and holidays, overseas pupils are expected to return home to their families or to a nominated Guardian if they are from outside of the European Union. Do speak to us if you live outside of the EU and need help arranging a Guardian service.