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School Placement and Examination Centre

To help students find their perfect school match, we offer a complete service tailored to make your child’s placement stress-free. Our experienced school placement consultants will provide guidance to you and your child throughout the application process.

With our specialist knowledge of this sector and as a student placement agent approved by The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA), we can provide advice on the schools you are applying to, what they look for in potential students and how to be successful in your application. Connexcel’s school placements are fully independent. We do not work on an exclusive basis with partner schools, allowing us to help your child find a place in any preparatory or senior boarding school they choose in the UK. Our own pre-placement tests and interviews, along with extensive communication with both students and parents, allow us to establish the needs, wishes and abilities of the individual child and to support applications to suitable schools. We have built and continue to nurture an excellent network and relationship with schools so that they can be confident we are sending them the right candidate.

BSA - Certified Agent

What We Do

Our personalised School Placement services are always designed to fit around your needs. Before beginning the application process, we take time to get to know you and your child so that we can understand exactly what you want from your prospective school.

After this initial stage, our school placement service will:

  • Determine the academic level of your child through our specially designed in-house pre-assessments.

  • Pair your child with 3-4 potential schools that are best suited to their strengths and interests.

  • Schedule meetings with our expert team of advisors who will establish a plan on how to approach the admissions process.

  • Organise visits to your chosen schools in the UK where you will be accompanied by a member of our consultancy team – we strongly recommend these visits as they are an excellent opportunity to experience the schools first hand.

  • Schedule tuition sessions throughout the admissions process to help your child make the transition from the Chinese curriculum to their studies in the UK.

  • Offer comprehensive assistance with all stages of your child’s visa application.

  • Arrange guardianship and a host family that has been hand-picked to care for your child’s welfare during their residence in the UK.

  • Provide you with our School Placement document pack that contains everything you will need to prepare your child for their future studies.

Entrance Points

The main entrance point for the UK Independent school system are 11+ for Year 7, 13+ for Year 9 and 16+ for A Levels.

Along with the main entrance points, our school placement services have guided students through many successful applications for the 12+ and 14+ entrance points. Please be aware, applications for 12+ and 14+ entrance points are dependent upon the availability schools may have and the student’s individual circumstances.

To avoid disappointment in the placement process, we encourage that you register your child at least two years in advance at their chosen schools.

For a clearer picture on how the entrance point system for UK schools compares with the school years in China, please see the table below:


Examination Centre

As well as our in-house assessments, Connexcel is also an accredited examination centre, offering organisation and invigilation for a number of examinations. Both in the UK and abroad, Connexcel are entrusted to ensure that examinations take place under exam conditions, whether they are set by partner schools or educational institutions.

Exams offered include:

  • ISEB Pre-Test and ISEB Common Entrance (Independent Schools Examinations Board)
  • UKiset (Independent Schools’ Entry Test)
  • LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art)
  • School’s own examination 

Connexcel are also proud to be recognised as a UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) Centre.

Read some recent case studies to see how our services have helped

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