School Open Days 2020

The beginning of a new year is the ideal time for relocating parents, employers sending staff on international assignments and relocation professionals to consider school choices ahead of the new school academic year.

Merchiston Castle School Boys

Merchiston Castle School

With most schools around the world holding open days and school tours ahead of the new academic year in August/September, now is the perfect time to discuss the options available to relocating families and to start applying to prospective schools – even if the moving date has not yet been confirmed. Open days are a chance for prospective parents to get a feel for the ethos and atmosphere of a school. Parents will usually be taken on a guided tour – often by the pupils themselves or the head of school – to see its facilities, meet staff and students, and learn about their successes. Bear in mind that on an open day the school will be striving to present its best self. If you want to see the how the school runs on a 'normal' day, then it is worth finding out if you can book a private tour on a separate date to see how the school operates and view lessons in progress.

An opportunity to ask questions

Open days allow parents and children to consider their requirements (what sort of education do they want for their child?; are there sports programmes?; how does the school challenge gifted children or support children with SEN?) and ask questions about the admissions procedure, curriculum, pastoral care and extra-curricular activities etc. The guided tour will cover the basics of the school and what it offers, but don't be afraid to be proactive with questions for staff and pupils. Often, pupils are the best way to find out about school life and their experiences at the school.Relocating families may have concerns about moving to a new country and an open day can be a chance to see how other expats have settled into life in a new environment and learning institution. An open day is also a chance to ask questions about how the school will help children thrive in a this new environment and support their learning journey. Many international schools have a dedicated admissions team, who are experienced in dealing with relocating families and should be able to guide you smoothly through the admissions process, which can differ greatly from country to country. They should also be able to put you in touch with other families who have been in a similar situation.

Upcoming open days in 2020

APAC

3E International School, Beijing, ChinaTours by appointmentWeb: 3einternationalschool.orgAlice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Parent tours on Mondays and Thursdays term timeWeb: www.alice-smith.edu.myAustralian International School, SingaporeTours by appointmentWeb: www.ais.com.sg/open-house-aisBangkok Patana School, ThailandTours by appointmentWeb: www.patana.ac.thJerudong International School, BruneiTours by appointmentWeb: www.jerudonginternationalschool.comKIS International School, Bangkok, ThailandTours by appointmentWeb: www.kis.ac.thMarlborough College MalaysiaAdmissions Afternoon with a tour of the College - 15 January, 12 February and 25 March 2020Kuala Lumpur Admissions Events - 13 February and 7 March 2020Singapore Admissions Events – 14 January and 11 March 2020Open day – 22 February 2020Web: www.marlboroughcollege.myNord Anglia International School, Hong KongLam Tin campus – 7 & 21 February, 6 & 13 March, 24 April, 8 May, 5 & 19 June 2020Tai Tam campus – 5, 12, 19 & 27 February and 4, 11, 18 & 25 March 2020Sai Kung campus – 5, 12, 19 & 27 February and 4, 11, 18 & 25 March 2020Web: www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/hong-kongPathways Schools India Tours by appointmentWeb: www.pathways.inSeisen International School, Tokyo, JapanTours by appointmentWeb: www.seisen.comShanghai Community International School, ChinaTours by appointmentWeb: www.scis-china.orgStamford American International School, SingaporeEarly Years – 21 February 2020Elementary and Secondary – 31 January 2020Web: www.sais.edu.sgTanglin Trust School, SingaporeNursery Open Morning – 23 January and 14 May 2020Whole School Open Morning – 20 February 2020Sixth Form Open Evening – 27 February 2020Web: www.tts.edu.sgThe International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL)Tours by appointmentWeb: www.iskl.edu.myThe Western International School of Shanghai (WISS)Tours by appointmentWebsite: www.wiss.cn 
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EUROPE

American School of The Hague, The NetherlandsTours by appointmentWeb: www.ash.nlBavarian International School gAG (BIS), Germany17 May 2020Web: www.bis-school.comBBIS Berlin Brandenburg International School, GermanyTours by appointmentWeb: www.bbis.deHastings International School, MadridTours by appointmentWeb: www.hastingsschool.comInter-Community School Zurich, SwitzerlandEarly Years Open House – 17 January 2020Web: www.icsz.chKings GroupTours by appointmentWeb: kingsgroup.orgMarymount International School Rome, ItalyTours by appointmentWebsite: www.marymountrome.comMougins School, FranceTours by appointmentWeb: www.mougins-school.comMunich International School, Germany15 January and 5 February 2020Web: www.mis-munich.deSt George’s British International School, Rome, ItalyTours by appointmentWeb: www.stgeorge.school.itThe British School of Brussels, BelgiumTours by appointmentWeb: www.britishschool.beThe British School in the NetherlandsOpen day – 5 February 2020Web: www.britishschool.nlThe British School Warsaw, Poland Early Years open day – 19 March 2020Primary & Secondary open day – 27 February 2020Web: www.thebritishschool.pl

NORTH AMERICA

British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park, USATours by appointmentWeb: www.bischicagolp.orgThe Newman School, Boston, USATours by appointmentWeb: www.newmanboston.orgThe York School, Toronto, CanadaTours by appointmentWeb: www.yorkschool.comTown Centre Private Schools, Markham, Canada18 January, 25 April and 13 June 2020Web: tcmps.com
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ACS International Schools

ACS Cobham, SurreyAll School (Ages 2–18) –28 March 2020 ACS Egham, SurreyAll School (Ages 4-18) – 16 January and 14 March 2020 ACS Hillingdon, MiddlesexAll School (Ages 4-18) – 27 February and 21 March 2020 Web: www.acs-schools.comBox Hill School, SurreyOpen morning – 14 March and 3 October 2020Open evening – 11 June 2020School at work day – 11 February, 6 May and 11 November 2020Sixth Form open evening – 16 September 2020Web: www.boxhillschool.comDenstone CollegeTours by appointmentWeb: www.denstonecollege.orgInternational School of LondonTours by appointmentWeb: www.isllondon.orgKent College of Canterbury, KentTours by appointmentWeb: www.kentcollege.comKingham Hill School, OxfordshireOpen Days – 1 February, 13 June and 21 November 2020Web: www.kinghamhill.org.ukMarymount International School, SurreyTours by appointmentWeb: www.marymountlondon.comMerchiston Castle School, EdinburghOpen Morning – 29 February and 3 October 2020Web: www.merchiston.co.uk
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Oaks International, CambridgeOpen door events and tours by appointmentWeb: www.oaksinternationalschool.co.ukTASIS The American School in England, SurreyTours by appointmentWeb: www.tasisengland.orgThe Oratory School, ReadingTours by appointmentOpen morning – 29 February 2020Web: www.oratory.co.ukSevenoaks School, KentIndividual tours by appointmentGroup Visits – 18 & 29 January and 1 & 8 February 2020Open Morning – 13 June 2020Web: www.sevenoaksschool.orgSt. Columba’s College, Dublin, IrelandTours by appointmentWebsite: www.stcolumbas.ie

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