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Why choose an international school?

More and more parents are seeking an alternative to the traditional British private school - and here's why.

There are many reasons parents choose to send their children to an international school – and it’s not just for the world class education.

At the ACS International Schools in England – there are campuses in Cobham and Egham in Surrey and Hillingdon in London – more than a quarter of all students are British. Jeremy Lewis, the Head of School at ACS Egham, talks about the benefits of an international school.


Parents are right to consider how their children’s education will equip them with the right skills to thrive in our fast-moving, culturally diverse and globally mobile world and an international school can be the perfect solution for parents looking to break away from the often outdated, traditional public school mould.

Global learning

As many local British families are now discovering, an international education can be a great passport to future success and you may be surprised to learn that around a quarter of all the pupils at ACS International Schools are British and enjoying a world class education alongside up to 60 different nationalities in a typical year group.

I believe that it’s now fundamental for children to be taught to enjoy and respect different cultures; and to leave school equipped with the skills to live and work successfully with people from anywhere in the world, and to be able to thrive happily wherever they choose to live.

The top five qualities former ACS students have gained from their international education are:

  1. Greater tolerance and respect for other cultures.
  2. Greater self-confidence through making friends with people from all over the world.
  3. The confidence to live and work anywhere in the world.
  4. A better education through experiencing different approaches to learning.
  5. The ability to learn more and be happier through freedom from traditional school cliques and attitudes.


The International Baccalaureate

The IB way is to make learning more individually focussed and relevant to the world in which each child lives. It values developing qualities such as independent thinking, creativity and self-management skills.

The International Baccalaureate is recognised throughout the world, and at ACS Egham we believe the development of students in readiness for university is successfully underpinned by the IB  Diploma Programme.

The IB allows students to select a wide range of topics to study across the sciences, arts and languages, ensuring they graduate with a mix of skills rather that the comparatively narrow subject areas of A-Level study.

The super all-rounder

The IB programme promotes creativity, inquiry, action and independence very successfully, and rather than creating students that are simply good ‘all-rounders’ – a depressingly average phrase – we find that they are really very competent in all areas.

The IB programme runs all the way through the school, so many of the key skills and dispositions cultivated are nurtured throughout the students’ time at the school.

In British examination setting, all students are assessed on knowledge, understanding of concepts or methodologies, and the application of standard techniques. However, the IB exam goes a step further to assess skills in analysis, presentation, evaluation and debate – and also whether candidates are able to apply knowledge in a practical setting and cross reference with other subjects.

If we also take a moment to consider the addition of the Extended Essay on a specialist subject, a course in the Theory of Knowledge and a requirement in Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) it becomes further evident that the IB is far more suited to readying our young people for 21st century lifestyles and career paths.

To find out more about the ACS International School read our review here then book onto one of the open days on 10 Oct, 7 Nov and 16 Nov.

ACS School Egham, Woodlee, London Road, Egham, TW20 0HS. Tel: 01784 430800.



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