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Posted by Jo99
on 14 Sep 2020

Hello, we are moving to London mid of next year due to my husband's job. I was hoping if I can some advise around school fees. If we are coming under work visa, will my child be considered a resident or will he be under international student school fees?

Claire on 16 Sep 2020 - 10:12

Hi @JO99! This will depend on the type of school you wish to send your child to. Have you considered if you want to send you child to a public or private or international school? For a great overview of the varied schooling options in London, read this guide on Education and Schools in London

Any expat children whose parents have a valid visa in the UK can attend public schools under the same rights as UK citizens. You also have the choice of sending your child to private or international schools. These come with very high fees, which vary across schools. It's best to check each individual website for more. Have you already looked at any specific schools? If you're open to more schools see these pages on Private Schools in London and International Schools in London.

I hope that this helps, all the best with the move!

tompitman on 16 Sep 2020 - 11:18

Hi Jo99. Yes Claire is right, any expat can make use of the local state schools. There are some very good state schools in London, but also some terrible ones. If you are going down this route, think carefully where you are going to live, as you need to be in the catchment area of a good school. Many expats send their children to a private school. Fees range from around £3500 per term for a nursery school, to £7000 per term for primary school (up to age 11). Secondary school fees are similar (around 7k a term) and almost double this if you are sendign your child to a boarding school. Confusingly, a public school in the UK often refers to a traditional boarding school, that runs from age 13-18. I hope this helps. 

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