Schooling in RSA

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Biggles111

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431 posts

222 months

Friday 7th September 2018
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Hi All,

I may be looking at a move to Jo'burg in the future with my family for work reasons. I have been over a number of times and have friends out there, so have some idea of the score on most things,

The one issue I am facing is in terms of schooling; we have kids who are approaching their GCSE years. I have found good private schools offering IGCSE/A levels, however the school year, starting January with exams in October, is different from the UK September start with exams in June. This means that potentially (it is a 2 year extendable contract) they could be moving back to the UK part way into GCSE/A level years, and so could lose a term of UK education on return.

Has anyone been through this and how did your kids cope?

Thanks for any ideas...

The Moose

20,401 posts

168 months

Thursday 16th May 2019
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I realize that this is many months old now, however a family friend went to school in SA. Ended up being bullied, horribly, as the outsider. Had a miserable time.

Ended up hiring a tutor to home school him for everything.

Biggles111

Original Poster:

431 posts

222 months

Thursday 16th May 2019
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The Moose said:
I realize that this is many months old now, however a family friend went to school in SA. Ended up being bullied, horribly, as the outsider. Had a miserable time.

Ended up hiring a tutor to home school him for everything.
Thanks The Moose. We looked at a number of international schools, which would probably have been ok from this point of view as most people were in the same boat. However, a combination of an over-bureaucratic (slow) visa system and multiple compromises to be made in moving the family meant we decided to stay in the UK. A shame, as the employment opportunity and lifestyle would have been great.

The Moose

20,401 posts

168 months

Thursday 16th May 2019
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Biggles111 said:
The Moose said:
I realize that this is many months old now, however a family friend went to school in SA. Ended up being bullied, horribly, as the outsider. Had a miserable time.

Ended up hiring a tutor to home school him for everything.
Thanks The Moose. We looked at a number of international schools, which would probably have been ok from this point of view as most people were in the same boat. However, a combination of an over-bureaucratic (slow) visa system and multiple compromises to be made in moving the family meant we decided to stay in the UK. A shame, as the employment opportunity and lifestyle would have been great.
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Shame that it didn't work out. I have to believe that these things happen for a reason.