School Open Days and last minute places

For families on a relocation move looking for last minute school places, there are still a few options available at international schools. We take a look. And for those with a bit more time, find out when some of the UK’s top schools are opening their doors for Open Days.

British schoolchildren photo illustrating article on school choice in the UK
Choosing the right school for their child is top of the list for most relocating families. Getting it wrong can be a major factor in assignment failure and therefore doing your research is vital. School Open Days are normally an important part of the decision-making process, allowing families to take a tour of the school, meet pupils and staff and to hear from the head teacher, providing an important insight into the school’s ethos and culture.In an ideal world, many schools advise families to make applications one complete academic year in advance of entry but clearly families on a relocation move do not always have the luxury of time and will be looking at securing a school place out of term time.If moving to a relocation hotspot, families may find tough competition for places and, in some cases, a lack of availability at their school of choice which can lead to anxiety. However, it is still worth getting your child onto the waiting list as soon as possible as families at International schools move at unusual times of the year which may mean that the place you’re looking for becomes available sooner than you think, with your child top of the list.The Relocate Guide to Education & Schools in the UK is a helpful tool for any family trying to negotiate the UK school system. It covers State, independent and international schools and helps you explore your options or to aid an employee who is trying to determine theirs. You can access it hereIt is always best to visit prospective schools. A school may look ideal on their website but visiting it in person you may feel that it is not a good fit for your child yet another school that you hadn’t necessarily considered is. See our list of Open Days below to find out when top schools around the world are opening their doors.For families needing to move quickly, it is worth noting when schools are in session and when they are on holiday.State-school offices will most likely be closed during holiday periods – which is a long six weeks in the summer – and even independent and international schools usually have a couple of weeks out of the office. While a school should be willing to invite parents for a tour at any time of the year, over the summer and during exam season you are less likely to get a true impression of school life.Relocate is aware of a few international schools with last minute places still available and will be adding more as we are notified. In each case, contact the school directly.

School places

TASIS The American School in England has limited places available for the 2018-19 academic year; if you have any inquiries relating to entry to TASIS this August, or in subsequent years, you can contact their admissions office via ukadmissions@tasisengland.org or on +44 (0)1932 582316.Merchiston International School (MIS) is a new international boarding school opening in Shenzhen, China this month. The school is open for admissions for students commencing 23 August 2018. Please email or call (86 755) 3322 7701 / 3322 7708.Kent College Dubai has places available for the academic year 2018-2019; if you have enquiries for this August, or subsequent years, please contact our Registrar on registrar@kentcollege.ae.

Open Days

SeptemberWednesday 12 September
Strothoff International School
Information Evening 6.30–8.00pmWednesday 19 September
Haileybury
16+ Open Evening 6.30pmSaturday 29 September
Kent College Canterbury
Senior School Open Morning 9.00am–12.30pmOctoberTuesday 2 October
Kent College Canterbury
Sixth Form Open Evening 6.00–9.00pmFriday 5 OctoberThe American School in England 
Open Morning - Please contact the school for detailsSaturday 6 October
Haileybury
11+ and 13+ Open Morning 9.30amBox Hill School
Open Morning 10.15am–12pmWednesday 10 October
Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
Whole School Open Morning 9.00–11.30amWednesday 17 October
Strothoff International School
Information Evening 6.30–8.00pmNovemberThursday 8 November
Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
Nursery Open Morning 9.00–11.00amThursday 15 November
Box Hill School
School at Work day 11.00am–12.15pmSaturday, 24 November 
Strothoff International School
Open House 1:00–5:00pmJanuary 2019Wednesday 16 January
Strothoff International School
Information Evening 6.30–8.00pmThursday 17 January
Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
Sixth Form Open Evening 5.00–6.30pmFebruary 2019Saturday 2 February
Box Hill School
Open Morning 10.15am–12pmWednesday 20 February
Strothoff International School
Information Evening 6.30–8.00pmMarch 2019Saturday 9 March
Strothoff International School
Open House 1:00–5:00pmThursday 14 March
Box Hill School
School at Work day 11.00am–12.15pmMay 2019Wednesday 8 May
Strothoff International School
Information Evening 6.30–8.00pmTuesday 14 May
Box Hill School
School at Work day 11.00am–12.15pmJune 2019Tuesday 11 June
Box Hill School
Open Evening 6.15pm–8.00pmWednesday 12 June
Strothoff International School
Information Evening 6.30–8.00pmThe Relocate Guide to Education & Schools in the UK is a helpful tool for any family trying to negotiate the UK school system. It covers State, independent and international schools and helps you explore your options or to aid an employee who is trying to determine theirs. You can access it here 

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