educationChildren200Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister proudly declared that "education, education, education" is essential for the growth and development of children. Education also, he said, would be the differentiating factor for children who move overseas. There have been many discussions on education for immigrant children as this is one of the main issues needing to be addressed by families moving overseas.

For the comfort of many expats, there are many British schools in many countries throughout the world. These schools have used the curriculum in use in the United Kingdom and have opened its doors to many other students of other nationalities. Despite its availability, many immigrants have difficulty in choosing the right school for your child, be it in the primary or at the secondary level. The trickiest part in moving children overseas is making their lives as normal as possible even with differing surroundings. Together with this, children need to be acclimatized to the new culture and have all the paperwork for your school age child. You also need to understand and budget for the costs of education, both formal and informal. Finally, you need to be secure in the school you enroll your child to in terms of both standards and safety while in school.

A major issue for British schools in other countries is the prohibitive tuition costs in enrolling their child. This is one of the hallmarks of these schools, as the cost is balanced with the high standards of education in force in the curriculum. Some have commented that part of their benefits package is the tuition for their children in these schools, as employers use this to keep the skilled worker within their fold for the long run. More often than not, you would be the one to shoulder its costs and hopefully it would bear fruit for your child or children's development in the long run.

British Schools in Australia

Australia, owing to its long-standing relations with the United Kingdom, has formatted its education system to that in use in the United Kingdom. From its higher education institutions down to its primary level schools, the three tiered educational system has been supported by both state governments and private payments.

The following are some of the schools that adhere to the British system of education in Australia:

  1. Launceston Church Grammar School - The school was established in 1846 is a co-educational private school located in Launceston, Tasmania for years kindergarten through to Year 12. The larger part of the campuse is located in Mowbray Heights in Launceston and houses the students from grades seven to twelve. The site is one of the most recently established sites of the school. The junior school, from kindergarten to sixth grade, is still located in the original Broadland House site on Elphin Road in East Launceston.
  2. Pulteney Grammar School was founded in 1847 as an independent, Anglican, co-educational, day school, located on South Terrace in Adelaide, South Australia. The Adelaide Parklands are located very near the school and has become a fitting backdrop for the physical as well as the cultural development of the child entrusted in their care.
  3. Geelong Grammar School is an independent, Anglican, co-educational, boarding and day school. The School's main campus is located at Corio, on the northern outskirts of Geelong, Victoria, Australia, overlooking Corio Bay and Limeburners' Bay.and was established in 1855. The school was ranked as the fourth in the top ten list of Australian boy's schools by the Sun-Herald in 2001. This was formed on the basis of successful alumni coming from the school.
  4. Melbourne Grammar School was founded in 1858 as an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school predominantly for boys, located in South Yarra and Caulfield, suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria. The school is one of the foremost educational institutions in the country, owing to the illustrious alumni it has produced. It has been hailed by the Sun-Herald in 2001 as the second top all boy's school in Australia.
As can be seen, most of the grammar schools in Australia were owned and operated by religious orders until 1920 when other gropus established their own grammar institutions. Now, grammar schools have become the high-end institutions of education in the country.


Deciding to immigrate to another country is a life changing decision. The move, with the myriad of issues and problems involved, often overlooks major aspects of an individual's life like a child's education. This is not a good move, as you cannot presume you would be able to solve the problem once you reach the country. This would only add to the stress of your move. The best way to manage this is by choosing a school in the area where you would be residing even before the actual travel. This would actually solve one of the bigger problems you would face when you reach your new country of residence. This is because it would be quite difficult to enroll your child in a good school so by coordinating this matter way ahead of time, you can get a foothold into the school of your choice before you get into the country. If you fail to do this, you may be forced to enroll your child in a school that is not suited for your child or even worse, be unable to enroll your child into a school at all near your area.

One of the schools you need to enroll your children is in a grammar school. The hallmark of a good school is the tuition they require of their students since the quality of the school always has a price tag attached.

When researching online, it is best that you take the content with a grain of salt. The best measure of a school's capacity are the comments made by individuals who have experience interacting with the school. These commentaries are the nuggets you can use to choose the right school for your child. And this decision is crucial as this affects the growth and development of your child in the new country of residence.