In addition to state education, the UK has a long-established and much respected private school sector. British boarding schools welcome thousands of international pupils every year. The largest group, around 10 per cent, is from Germany. 

UK boarding schools offer a world-class education, mostly because of their excellent facilities and individual tutoring for pupils. Benedikt Weissheimer attends a boarding school in the UK: “Being a full-time boarder at Gresham’s has been a completely new experience. I am enjoying it very much and haven’t once regretted my decision.”

Unfortunately, the British Council cannot provide individual advice on schools in the UK. On this page, however, we have collected some useful links and tips on the subject to help you find the right school. 

Information Sheet: Schools in the UK

Our information sheet on private education, includes useful links and sources for further reference (available below, in German only). In it you will find answers to the following questions: Boarding schools and private schools: How are they different from state schools? What kind of school-leaving qualifications exist in the UK? And are they fully recognised in Germany? What are the financial costs?

Schools Finder

The Find Schools Directory on the website of will make your search for a suitable school much easier. Here you can refine your search against a number of criteria to find specific schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

School Trips to the UK

Are you preparing for or considering a school trip to the UK? The British Embassy Berlin has provided a guide for all teachers and parents to help ensure a successful visit. Please find the information in both English and German in our Downloads section below.