Insights|School Applications|Secondary

Written by our team of experienced education consultants, we’re sharing our insights on London’s leading international schools. Every school has a different ethos, approach to teaching, facilities, and staff, so we recommend attending an open day or visiting in person. We know how important it is to find a school which is the right fit for your child – not only academically, but also personally. We guide dozens of families through the school selection and application process every year and help them to secure places at competitive international schools such as The American School in London, Southbank International School, and TASIS.

For leafy green campuses and superb facilities 


With schools in Cobham, Hillingdon, Egham and Qatar, ACS provides students with a dynamic learning community in which diversity, academic excellence and global awareness are at the core of their ethos. Students are empowered to learn how to thrive in a challenging and fast-changing world. Their curriculum gives students the option to follow an American programme of study or the International Baccalaureate. High expectations are set for both teaching staff and students, ensuring that academic excellence is achieved through an international approach that stems from a proud American heritage.

Location: Cobham, Hillingdon, Egham
Head: Robert Cody
Pupils: 3,700
Ages: 4 -18
Day fees: £12,360 to £29,770
Boarding fees: £42,640 to £45,660

For an American home away from home


Dwight School is a small school with a family feel and good academic reputation. With partner schools in New York – as well as Seoul, Shanghai, and Dubai – it’s an easy school for American families to transition to, and back if they need. The school takes pride in their personalised approach to learning, where each student’s needs are met following the IB curriculum. Each year, Dwight is ranked in the top 20 per cent of UK IB schools in the league tables. By fostering leadership, initiative and service learning, students are encouraged to be an important part of their community and to develop their empathy and awareness to make a difference in the world.

Location: Friern Barnet Rd, N11 3DR
Head: Alison Cobbin
Pupils: 360
Ages: 3 -18
Fees: £19,500 to £27,300

For exceptional academics and French immersion


L’École Jeannine Manuel is an independent, bilingual international school located in the heart of London. With a mission to promote international understanding through a bilingual education and an emphasis on multiculturality, L’École has been ranked first among French lycées for the last decade. Teaching methods nurture students’ creativity, love for learning and avid curiosity. The school follows the French curriculum except for the English, Science and Chinese programmes, which have been designed and developed by their inspiring team of teachers.

Location: 43-45 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DN
Head: Coralie Manhes
Pupils: 500
Ages: 3 -18
Fees: £20,760

For strong pastoral care and a student-led curriculum


With a mission to “provide an exceptional education that draws out the unique potential of each student”, Halcyon is a leading provider of the IB curriculum. In addition to an excellence-driven academic programme, Halcyon also delivers several extra-curricular activities that, rather than being led by teachers, are led by students themselves, for instance, the Model United Nations conferences. With pastoral care at their core, relationships between teachers and students are exceptional, providing the students with a warm and supportive environment in which they can thrive both academically and personally.

Location: 33 Seymour Pl, W1H 5AU
Head: Barry Mansfield
Pupils: 171
Ages: 11-18
Fees: £28,305- £29,628

For an inspiring French education in the heart of London


The “French Lycée”, as it’s usually known, is a co-educational independent day school located in South Kensington. Although it follows the French curriculum, there is also a “British Section” for English-speaking students who are preparing for GCSE and A Level exams. The school is an important cultural centre for the French-speaking community in London, being one of the most academically successful French schools outside of France.

Location: 35 Cromwell Road, SW7 2DG
Head: Didier Devilard
Pupils: 3,450
Ages: 3 -19
Fees: £13,670

For a bilingual curriculum and inspiring extracurricular programme 


A rigorous bilingual programme is delivered at Lycée International using innovative teaching and learning methods. Students are educated to become responsible and creative global citizens, respect others and define their academic and life goals. Excellence, creativity, integrity, community, and awareness are the foundations of their ethos. In an idyllic, leafy campus, students can also take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including visual performing arts, fencing and Duke of Edinburgh.

Location: 54 Forty Lane, Wembley HA9 9LY
Head: Julien Astruc
Pupils: 900
Ages: 3 -18
Fees: £13,703

For a compelling international education (just) outside of London


Sevenoaks is a co-educational day and boarding school situated in Kent, an hour train ride from London. Sevenoaks provides academic excellence with strong pastoral care and a comprehensive co-curricular programme. Their IB programme inspires an “inclusive, enriching and global dimension” through a balanced and wide-ranging curriculum. Their consistently excellent exam results are not the only way students at Sevenoaks are encouraged to measure their success; rather, they are set to thrive in an environment where curiosity, innovation and love for learning are the core of everything.

Location: High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1HU
Head: Jesse Elzinga
Pupils: 1000
Ages: 11 -18
Day fees: £26,721
Boarding fees: £42,921

For strong academics and a diverse international community


Southbank International School is a leading co-educational school with locations in Kensington, Hampstead, and Westminster. From Early Years to Key Stage 5, students at Southbank are educated to the highest standards in all three IB Programmes. With a focus on nurturing talent and encouraging challenging and inquisitive minds, Southbank offers its students a vibrant international experience where exam results are consistently outstanding.

Location: Kensington, Hampstead, and Westminster
Head: Siobhan McGrath
Pupils: 210
Ages: 3-18
Fees: £32,250

For a global education that opens international doors


TASIS in England is an international coeducational school situated near London, where students are encouraged to become curious, open minded and productive members of their community. With consistently strong exam results in both their IB and AP programmes, TASIS students go on to complete their further education in some of the best universities in the world. Alongside an exceptional academic programme, students at TASIS have the option to explore a wide variety of co-curricular activities, including the extensive Arts programme which includes Studio Arts, Theatre, Dance, Music, Photography, and Film.

Location: Coldharbour Ln, Thorpe TW20 8TE
Head: Brian Nixon
Pupils: 700
Ages: 3 -18
Day fees: £25,439
Boarding fees: £50, 850

For a competitive and progressive American education 


The American School in London is an independent school that delivers an American education to an international body of students in London. With a representation of 50 nationalities and more than 30 languages spoken, the environment at ASL is truly diverse. Encouraging individuality and innovation, they achieve consistently excellent exam results. Their curriculum has an emphasis on critical thinking, collaborative working, questions and listening. Applications to ASL are highly competitive so families are encouraged to dedicate time to their parent statements and student essays.

Location: 1 Waverley Pl, London NW8 0NP
Head: Coreen Hester
Pupils: 1,350
Ages: 4 -18
Fees: £33,200

If you are relocating to London and applying to international schools, please contact The Golden Circle team via the form on our website. For more information on school choices, read our blog How to Find The Perfect School For Your Child or get in touch with our team via the contact form. We also offer bespoke support for families – from 60 minute consultations to discuss schools and their application processes, to academic testing and ongoing support which gives children the best chance of receiving an offer from their first choice school.