Recruitment campaigns are currently being run by many top performing schools, especially in countries where there are a rising number of affluent families, such as in Hong Kong and China. Although some schools are building a local presence, there is more credibility applied to attending the true Harrow School than the Harrow Beijing campus.
Currently 5% of pupils at Independent schools come from overseas. One of the first questions asked by parents is about how many pupils from their own country are in attendance. Schools will try to keep the number of overseas students below 20%, but they still want a diverse mix. For example, Eton and Wellington College are both known for having 15% overseas students. This has doubled from the 8% that it was twenty years ago.
To summarise, there are many reasons why affluent families want to send their children to top UK boarding schools. The way of life, the standard of education and in today’s global business structure, having children make friends with people from all over the world be can be very attractive. If you’re considering doing this, we recommend that you make enquiries early on as there are often waiting lists in operation. The earlier you are on those, the better.