Case: Family with 3 children, selecting school in London, finding schools in England
One day an Anglo-American family came to us with three children. Unfortunately the parents had decided to divorce and the mother wanted to move with the three children to London. A school had to be found quickly, as the eldest son was already 11 and admissions into London schools can be very competitive. If the child has already been educated in a preparatory school until the age of 11, it is much easier to enter a senior school.
The difficulty was that the 8-year-old daughter had gone into year two of a Moscow school. As an American, Mary could not read or write in English. In this case, all three children 3, 8 and 11 happened to be unusually bright, intelligent and charismatic. We just couldn’t send them to an average school. We spent a week on the phone trying to find schools in London that would accept all three children for the next semester. In the meantime, Mary bridged the gap in her reading and written English.
We found 2 schools in London which were prepared to take on all three children for the next semester. They then successfully passed exams to enter into senior schools. They are still engaged in English and advanced mathematics. The schools Dulwich, Allien and King’s School Wimbledon gave all three children very hard entrance tests, but they all passed. When you really want to go to a specific school, you need to work hard.
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