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Old 13.10.2021, 12:03
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Re: international or local school

tongc- not sure where you live in the UK, but we lived in Leicestershire when our kids were young in the 70s-80s and the 11+ never applied there. Only some regions of UK still use the 11+ system.

I did my B.Ed.Hons Degree there as a mature student (youngest and myself started 'school' on same day- I was 29)- and I taught all secondary levels, 11-16, 11-18, 10-13, 14-18.

One big difference you may not fully be aware of, is that students in CH have a lot less subject options at secondary school, and even less in the 6th Form-Gymnasium, where all subjects are continued to the Matura/Bac- with some specialisation. Unlike the GCSE system in UK where the options available are almost endless, and A'Levels where normally students take 4 chosen subjects for AS, then drop to 3. (ok Scottish system is somewhere in between). Totally different. In the UK if you fail one important GCSE, like maths or English, you can retake alongside AS- in CH you have to pass all exams at the same time, the same year, and re-take the whole year, all subjects, if you are too low in even one subject - even if said subject is not relevant to your future career or study choices.

The choice of different routes at 11 is based on all key subjects- including the level of local language.
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