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Monday, 19 February, 2001, 12:36 GMT
Germans opt for UK boarding schools
Private school
Overseas pupils are sought by fee-paying schools
German pupils are taking places in increasing numbers at public schools in the United Kingdom.

There are an estimated 1,600 German pupils in sixth forms of fee-paying schools, many coming to this country to improve their English language skills.

Around 100 fee-paying schools are taking part in a recruitment scheme with a German-based educational consultancy, with representatives from UK schools visiting Germany to talk to parents about what a boarding school education can offer.

While there has been an increase in the numbers of overseas pupils attending UK boarding schools and an increase in "occasional" boarding, the overall pupil numbers have been in long-term decline.

Recruitment drives

Boarding school numbers have gone down from almost 126,000 in 1985 to less than 82,000 by 1999, as fewer parents in the UK have sent their children to study away from home.

Last year, independent schools sent representatives to Washington, in an attempt to encourage recruitment from pupils in the United States.

But this latest influx of students is coming from Europe, with parents agreeing to pay fees and boarding expenses in the region of 15,000 per year.

In 1999, there were more than 8,000 overseas pupils in UK boarding schools, with the largest number coming from the Far East.

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