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Studying in the UK

The quality of UK Education is highly regarded throughout the world, with an increasing number of overseas students studying here. In the early stages, schools pay great attention to the academic and personal development of an individual as both are critical for success later in life.

The age range catered for is very broad, with young students beginning their education here in Preparatory Schools usually from age 7. For students aged 13+, they study towards GCSE and ‘A’ level qualifications or International Baccalaureate. International Study Centers were established to cater for students who would like to further their study in the UK, yet who speak little or no English.

Boarding schools (covering Prep Schools, International Study Centres, GCSE/’A’ Levels and International Baccalaureate) have a wide range of facilities and are able to identify and develop the full potential of each student in both academic and personal terms.

Boarding Schools provide not only first class education facilities, but also a wide range of sporting and interest activities that students can join to further broaden their skills. Students are allocated a Housemaster/Housemistress who assumes responsibility for their welfare and general development, offering guidelines and moral support as needed.

During these formative years, students should begin to accept responsibility for their own actions and staff and guardians will help them to identify what is and is not acceptable.  High moral standards are expected, with due consideration for others and firm disciplinary measures for students who transgress school rules.



OPDS is a wholly accredited member of Aegis, the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students.  As such, we offer the highest levels of care including well documented procedures and detailed record keeping.


40c Waddington Avenue
Old Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 1QF UK
Tel: 00 44 20 8660 8869



28G Tower C, Oriental Kenzo Plaza
No. 48 Dongzhimen Wai Street
Dong Cheng District
Beijing 100027, China
Tel: 00 86 10 8454 9302/03