American family moving to London for a UK education

School Placement & Education Consultancy

Education Background

In the summer of 2019 we started working with a US family who were thinking of relocating to London from California at the request of their sons. The boys, aged 12 and 14, knew London well and as a family they felt the UK independent system would suit them better. 

  • The boys were at a private high school with a very different curriculum and teaching style from the UK system
  • The family was looking for places in Years 9 and 10 for September 2021, with one of the boys being out of his correct school year
  • After academic assessments, an intensive tuition programme was put in place so that the boys were able to take the required entrance exams for London day schools. In particular, Science and Reasoning, as well as creative writing, were areas that we focussed on
  • Both boys were academically able but there were considerable gaps between the two education systems
  • Following a weekly tuition programme, the family visited London in January 2020 to see schools and for the boys to sit entrance exams and attend interviews
  • Part of our preparation was to talk about the recommended schools in detail so that the boys knew what to expect on exam day and help prepare them for interviews


The family was delighted to be offered places for their sons at each of their four shortlisted schools and accepted places at their top choice of school for September 2020