The preparatory years: ages 8-12

This will probably be the first time your child has lived away from home. We understand how unsettling this can be and we do all we can to reassure both you and your child during this anxious period.

For the first term, we will be talking to your child and boarding house staff on a weekly basis, then regularly reporting back to you. We can also help sort out those small but important practical issues such as mobile phones and pocket money arrangements.

Once your child feels secure in the new environment, we will make termly visits to the school and continue to monitor progress, both academic and pastoral. At the end of each term, we will provide you with a report on your child's achievements.

As your child prepares to take the Common Entrance Examination, we can advise you on the choice of middle school, making sure that it fits in with his or her needs and aptitude.

The middle school years: ages 13-15

Whether your child is new to the UK or has already been studying here, he or she will need individual pastoral support to help ease the way into a new middle school environment.

To this end, we are in weekly contact with boarding house staff and will update you with reports on how your child is settling in. At the same time, we will offer advice on specific curriculum matters and whether there is a need for further academic support, such as extra English lessons.

We will also help your child in the vitally important choice of subjects for GCSE, A Level or IB Diploma. In the run up to these examinations, we will continue to provide academic support and careful monitoring of your child's progress.

The sixth form: ages 16-18

These can be difficult years for teenagers living away from home. As they move towards adulthood, there are increasing academic and social pressures for them to cope with. We fully recognise this and we do all we can to help them overcome any conflicting issues.

Our focus is on planning for choice of university and for completing all the admission procedures. We will advise you on deadlines for American Universities, Oxbridge and UCAS. We will keep you informed too, of university open days, SATS preparation and gap year opportunities.

At this stage, there will be a greater number of parent / teacher meetings and careers information evenings than in previous years. Rest assured that we will attend all these events and report back to you with appropriate recommendations.

Exterior of Roedean School

"I cannot recommend Parents Abroad highly enough. They attended all parents' evenings relevant to Alisa and met with me regularly to review Alisa's progress towards her targets. I think the fact that Alisa did so very well in her exams was partly due to the support and guidance which Parents Abroad gave her. They were quick to respond to requests, both from us and from Alisa's parents. I really felt that they cared about all aspects of Alisa's life at Roedean - certainly about her academic progress, but also about her happiness and wellbeing."

Mrs Hazel Heron
Head of Key Stage 4, Roedean School

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