School open days: helping you make an informed choice

As the school open day season gets underway, we find out what’s happening in International Schools around the world and offer some tips on getting the most out of your visit.

School open days: visit some of the world’s top schools
School open days provide a unique opportunity to experience what life is like at a potential school. During the open day, prospective parents and pupils are able to visit classrooms, meet staff members and will have a chance to talk to pupils on a tour of the school.Open days often provide important insights into a school’s ethos and learning culture and are therefore, arguably, one of the most important deciding factors when choosing a school.With so much at stake with your child’s education, how can you be sure that you make the right choice? For some useful tips on getting the most out of school open days, see our article:School open days: make sure you ask the right questions.When are International Schools around the world opening their doors? We look at the dates to put in your diary and find out what to expect.

AIS, Singapore

Early Years Open House ‘Learning happens everywhere so capture every moment’ Wednesday 11 October, 2017, from 9.00 –11.00am.Elementary and secondary Open House ‘Give your child the confidence to succeed’ Thursday 12 October, 2017, from 9.00 – 11.00am.Booking is essential, visit:

Alice Smith School, Malaysia

School tours for parents run throughout the year.Tours run at the primary campus every Monday at 10.00am and Friday at 8.30am.Tours at the Secondary Campus run on Fridays at 8.30amFor more information and to register your interest, click here.

Box Hill School, Dorking, UK

Box Hill runs school open sessions throughout the year. Open Mornings: these include talks by the Headmaster, tours of the school with pupils and the chance to speak to members of staff. Saturday 7 October, 2017, and Saturday 3 February, 2018, 10.15am –12.00pm.School at Work Days: a chance to look around the school on a normal working day.
Tuesday 14 November, 2017, Wednesday 7 March, 2018, and Thursday 10 May, 2018, 10.45am – 12.00pm.Open Evening: Tuesday 12 June, 2018, 6.15 – 8.00pm.For more information and to book a tour, visit Box Hill School.

Bromsgrove School, Bromsgrove, UK

Upcoming open mornings:
Saturday 30 September, 2017 Prep School (ages 7-11) 
Saturday 14 October, 2017Senior School (13+) 
Saturday 11 November, 2017 Sixth Form 
For more information, visit Bromsgrove School

Culford School, Suffolk, UK 

Culford's Open Mornings include a welcome from the head followed by an informal tour and a buffet lunch.Friday 29 September, 2017, 9.15am, Pre-prep and nursery.Friday 29 September, 2017, 10.30am, Prep school.Saturday 30 September, 2017, 10.00am, Senior School.Saturday 18 November, 2017, 10.30am, Sixth form.

D’Overbroecks, Oxford, UK

D’Overbroecks Open Days provide an excellent opportunity to meet a lot of people quickly in an informal setting with the opportunity to talk to students, meet staff and look around at a pace that suits you.Saturday 7 October, 2017, 10.00am – 1.00pm.Register here.
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Fettes College, Edinburgh, UK

Fettes is opening its doors on Sunday 8 October, 2017.It will be a relaxed opportunity to visit both The College and The Prep School and to chat with current parents.Contact  to confirm attendance.

Haileybury, Hertford, UK

Haileybury’s open day is suitable if you are considering entry into Lower School in Year 7, Main School in Year 9 or Sixth Form in Year 12. The day will provide an opportunity to see the whole school in action and gain an insight into Haileybury life. Saturday 7 October, 2017, from 9.00am.To book, follow this link.

Headington School, Oxford, UK

Prep Open Mornings: Saturday 7 October and Wednesday 22 November, 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm.Early Years Foundation Stage: Saturday 7 October and Thursday 30 November, 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm.Whole School: Saturday 7 October, 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm.For more information and to book, click here.
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ISL, London

Meet the teachers and current students and get all your questions answered about student life at the college, academic requirements and the IB diploma in general:Diploma College open evening: Ealing, Thursday 23 November, 2017, 6.00pm – 8.00pmRegister your interest at ">mail@isllondon.orgTours of the school led by members of the Senior Teaching staff, a headteachers Q&A and an optional workshop – How we Prepare Children for a Global World – led by Clare Bodfish, curriculum co-ordinator:ISL Surrey open mornings: Thursday 5 October and Thursday 16 November, 2017, 9.00am – 11.45amRegister for the open morning here

ISL, Surrey

Familiarise yourself with the welcoming environment at ISL Surrey and get an insight into the school's daily life.Primary School Open Event: Thursday 8 February 2018 and Thursday 27 September 2017.Register for the open event here

Kent College, Canterbury, UK

Upcoming events include:Senior school open morning: Saturday 30 September, 2017, 9.00am – 12.30pm.Sixth form open evening: Tuesday 3 October, 2017, 6.00pm – 8.00pm.Arrange a visit by using the online form.

Kingham Hill, Chipping Norton, UK

Open Days at Kingham Hill are scheduled for 3 February, 16 June and 6 October 2018, and 2 February and 15  June 2019. During your visit you will have the opportunity to talk with teaching and house staff, hear more about the vision for the school, and tour the grounds with current pupils.

Leighton Park School, Reading, UK

The Annual Open Morning on Saturday 30 September, 2017, is an opportunity for the whole family to experience the Park. Attendees will be able to go on student-led tours, watch demonstrations and take part in activities in academic departments, have a look around facilities and meet teachers and students from across the school.Sixth form open evening: Monday 16 October, 2017, 6.00 – 8.00pm.Weekday open morning: Tuesday 10 October and Tuesday 7 November, 2017, from 10.15am.Find out more here.

Marymount International School, London

You will have an opportunity to meet other families, faculty members and staff, and learn more about Marymount's history, philosophy, and student offerings at the upcoming Marymount Open events:Wednesday 4 October, 2017, 4.00 – 6.00pmSaturday 10 March, 2018, 10.00 – 12.00pmFind out more here.

Mayfield School, East Sussex, UK

The Open Mornings at Mayfield School enable you to experience school life first hand. You will also hear from headmistress, Antonia Beary and a group of pupils across the year groups.Open Mornings: Tuesday 7 November, 2017, Tuesday 13 March, 2018 and Thursday 26 April, 2018.Saturday workshop: Saturday 30 September, 2017, a relaxed setting with workshops to enable your daughter to become more familiar with the school.To reserve your place, contact Jennifer Gandy, Registrar  or call 01435 874642.


Sevenoaks School, Kent, UK

The open mornings include a presentation from the Head or Head of Sixth Form, Deputy Heads, Admissions staff and students and a tour of the school.Years 7,9 and Sixth form entry open mornings:Saturday 18 November, 2017, Saturday 17 March, 2018 and Saturday 16 June, 2018, from 9.15am.Click here to book.

Southbank International School, London

The school’s information mornings and campus tours enable parents to make an informed choice about the school.Primary Years Programme Information Mornings (age 3–11):Friday 13 October, 2017 and Friday 23 February, 2018, Kensington.Tuesday 14 November, 2017 and Tuesday 6 March, 2018, Hampstead.Middle Years Programme Information Mornings (age 11–19):Wednesday 22 November, 2017 and Tuesday 20 February, 2018, Westminster. 

St Lawrence College, Kent, UK

Junior School open day:A chance to meet the head, staff and pupils and to ask questions.Friday 6 October, 2017, 9.30am – 12pm and 1.30 – 3pm.For more details and to book a tour, contact Junior School Registrar, Lindsey Harris,  or 01843 572912.Senior School open day:A short speech from the principal with a chance to meet staff and pupils and a buffet lunch.Saturday 7 October, 2017, 10.30am – 2.00pm.For more details and to book a tour, contact Registrar, Simon Heard,  or 01843 572931.  

Taunton School, Somerset, UK

You will have the chance to meet the headmaster, teachers and students, take a tour and learn more about life at Taunton School at one of their open events.Whole School Open Mornings: Saturday 30 September, 2017, Saturday 3 February, 2018, Monday 7 May, 2018, 9:30am – 12:30pm.Sixth Form Open Evening: Friday 6 October, 2017, 6:30 – 9.00pm.IB Information Evening: Wednesday 1 November, 2017, 6.30 – 9.00pm.BTEC Information Evening: Friday 17 November, 2017, 6.30 – 9.00pm.For more details contact Julie Amann, , 01823 703703.


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