Education In London

The English education system in London has an excellent reputation with students from around the world and UK attending schools here. This system of education is overseen by the Department for Business – Innovation and Skills and Department of Education. Local authorities are responsible for implementing policies for state schools at a regional level and public education.

London has the largest concentration of higher education institutes in Europe and it is also a major global centre of higher education research and teaching. Around the world, London has the greatest concentration of top class universities. The international student population of this city is around 110,000 which is larger than any other city around the globe. London is also known as The Global Capital Of Higher Education.

Even the boarding schools in London model the world on the basis of classic British Boarding system. There is usually a study hall, dormitory and the refectory. Boarding schools here may offer weekly boarding, be it all boarding or flexible boarding. This gives students an opportunity to stay at school occasionally or to return home on weekends.

World leading institutes of education are based in London, such as:

  • University College London (UCL)

  • King’s College London (KCL)

  • The London Business School

  • Imperial College London

  • The London School of Economics

  • University of London

The British School System

From age 5 to 16 years, education is necessary in London. Afterwards, students can continue their secondary education for two years but this is exceptional and some students go for A-level qualification. Other qualification and courses include the Cambridge Pre-U, Technology and Business Education Council (BTEC) qualifications and the Baccalaureate (IB).

The 2 systems are the Independent/Public schools and the States schools. Most of the State schools are either Free Schools, Comprehensive and Foundation or Grammar schools. Free schools are run by organizations or local parents; it is more like Foundation schools.

  1. Independent or Public schools, also known as private schools charge fees.

  2. The school which does not select children on the basis of academic aptitude or attainment are secondary schools known as Comprehensive school.

  3. About 10% of gifted children pass the exam of Grammar schools and this system is often blamed for elitism.

Primary and Secondary Education

London boroughs or state fund controls further education colleges in London and the majority of primary and secondary schools. There are also a number of private colleges and schools in London, some famous and old such as:

  • Harrow

  • City of London School

  • Westminister School

  • University College School

  • Highgate School

  • St Paul’s School

  • The John Lyon School

  • Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School


Education in London is both -by far affordable as well as too expensive at times. Foreigners may have to pay a lot of fee to study in London but the degree from here is respected around the globe.

Of course if you visit London for fun or for further education, don’t forget to stay in hotels of London which are completely luxurious and cheap. There are many budget hotels in London. These hotels in London are affordable and cheap. If you want to achieve great things in your life through education, London is the place for you.