For many people outside the UK, Britain's private school system is perplexing and impenetrable. An intricate web of gossip, secretive education 'consultants,' public exams with mystifying initials, and sniffy headmasters' secretaries conspiring to keep the system a closed book.

A full day tour from London to Oxford and Cambridge, the most famous university towns in England. Includes entrance to Christ Church in Oxford and King's College Chapel in Cambridge.

UK independent schools are still widely regarded as among the best in the world, with top flight schools such as Eton highly sought-after.

UK independent schools are still widely regarded as among the best in the world, with top flight schools such as Eton highly sought-after.

As UK youngsters venture overseas, so a good number of overseas students choose to spend their gap-year in the UK.

With life moving so fast and our lives wrapped up in so many areas, the tendency is to become self absorbed in the complexities of our picture of life with our own needs, troubles, fears or successes.

A handful of independent schools will take children with little grasp of English (particularly younger children) but most prefer at least basic English language skills.

Is your high school student stressing about enrolling in courses that will look good on his or her college application? Admissions officers have a strategic way they evaluate course loads.

British boarding schools will not admit an overseas pupil under the age of 18 unless he or she has a local guardian.

A Bridge Too Far - passports educational travel - 21 days - Overnights: London Caen Paris Bruges Amsterdam Cologne Luxembourg Heidelberg Nuremberg Munich 2

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