Metropolis Education Presents Attendees at Budapest Event on 21 March

  • 12 Mar 2024 3:49 PM
Metropolis Education Presents Attendees at Budapest Event on 21 March
Metropolis Education are thrilled to invite you and your families to take this special opportunity to join us for an unforgettable experience at the UK Boarding Schools Showcase in Budapest, at the Hilton Budapest on Thursday 21st March.

Date: Thursday 21st March 2024

Address: Hilton Budapest, Hess András tér 1-3, 1014 Budapest.

Time: 15:30 – 20:30

To secure your place at this exclusive event, sign up here.

Introducing the participating schools: 

1. Downside School

Founded in 1614 and situated just a short 25-minute drive from the World Heritage City of Bath, Downside stands as one of England’s most venerable Catholic institutions.

With a deeply ingrained commitment to nurturing young minds and fostering a positive impact in the world, Downside School proudly collaborates with families to provide an enriching educational experience for its diverse student body of 360 pupils, representing 27 different nationalities.

Nestled within 500 acres of breathtaking English countryside, the school boasts extensive sports facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, complemented by a 24/7 Health Centre and a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre, complete with a 430-seat theatre and Recording Studio.

At Downside, the boarding ethos extends to all pupils, whether they are among the 72% who are full boarders or the day pupils fully integrated into the boarding houses. This inclusive approach ensures that friendships, independence, and invaluable life skills are cultivated at the heart of the Downside experience.

Rooted in the Benedictine tradition, Downside embraces individuals of all faiths, fostering a sense of community, integrity, and service to others. As echoed by one of its pupils, Downside is more than just a school; it's an extraordinary environment where learning, growth, and friendships flourish, leaving an indelible mark on each student's journey through life.

2. Kent College, Canterbury

Kent College is an outstanding day and boarding school that celebrates both its 136 years of history and tradition, and its forward-looking, innovative approach to education. The institution has a reputation as a friendly school and is definitely a place where teachers genuinely get to know the pupils.

There is ample time and space for individual attention, both academically and pastorally. Music, drama, and sports all play central roles in the life of the school, and many pupils also enjoy the opportunities provided by the school’s Farm and Riding Centre.

The school's location, situated on the outskirts of the historic city of Canterbury, provides a safe, healthy, and beautiful environment for students to grow up. Kent College occupies 80 acres (32 hectares) of land with extensive sports fields, along with the Farm and Riding Centre. A high-speed train service links Canterbury to London, and the school is within 100 minutes of Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, and City of London airports.

The school consistently ranks in the top 10 small cohort schools for the International Baccalaureate, maintaining an average score of 37 for the last seven years. A notable 77% of students achieve A* – B at A Level, and an impressive 98% of students regularly go on to their first university of choice.

3. Kingswood, Bath

Founded by John Wesley in 1748, Kingswood is dedicated to transforming lives and nurturing potential. With a rich tradition of care and inspiration, the school values individuality, innovation, and service.

Situated just minutes from Bath, Kingswood offers outstanding facilities across 120 acres of scenic parkland, providing a perfect balance of natural beauty and urban accessibility.

A Caring Community:

Kingswood prioritises student wellbeing, boasting an 'Excellent' pastoral care rating. Seven houses, led by experienced staff, form the heart of a supportive community, fostering strong relationships and participation in inter-house events.

Educating for Life:

Academia is paramount, with strong examination results and a broad curriculum. Over 100 co-curricular activities enrich student experiences, promoting personal growth and exploration beyond the classroom.

The Sixth Form - Preparation for Success:

Kingswood's Sixth Form offers personalized guidance, leadership opportunities, and a supportive environment to prepare students for higher education and beyond. With a diverse student body and a focus on holistic development, the Sixth Form fosters academic success and personal growth.

To secure your place at this exclusive event, sign up here.

4. King’s School, Rochester

Established as the second oldest school globally, King’s School Rochester boasts a profound heritage spanning over 1,400 years. Nestled amidst the historic charm of Rochester, the school sits in the shadow of the iconic Rochester Cathedral and Castle, offering a picturesque backdrop to centuries of learning.

A Tradition of Excellence:

Recipient of an ‘Excellent’ rating from the Independent Schools Inspectorate, King’s School Rochester prides itself on delivering outstanding education from Nursery through to Sixth Form. With small class sizes and tailored teaching, they cultivate a personalised learning environment where each child can flourish.

Learning Beyond the Classroom:

This school believes that true education extends beyond textbooks. From an extensive range of co-curricular pursuits to immersive trips both in the UK and abroad, they offer diverse opportunities for personal growth and enrichment.

A Community of Potential:

Situated in the heart of historic Rochester, the school combines centuries of tradition with a forward-thinking approach to education. With easy access to London and the southeast, King’s School Rochester offers a unique blend of heritage and opportunity, enabling individuals to flourish within a supportive and nurturing community.

5. Malvern St James

Malvern St James Girls' School (MSJ) is a distinguished independent day and boarding school located in the picturesque town of Malvern, Worcestershire.


With a tailored approach to teaching, MSJ consistently achieves outstanding academic results, boasting impressive A Level and GCSE grades. The school offers a diverse curriculum spanning STEM subjects, Expressive Arts, Humanities, and Sports, preparing students for top universities worldwide.

A Home-Away-From-Home:

MSJ provides a nurturing boarding environment across five dedicated houses, fostering resilience and independence while nurturing lifelong friendships. Weekends are brimming with enriching activities and excursions, ensuring a vibrant and supportive community.


Nestled amidst the stunning Malvern Hills, MSJ offers a safe and culturally vibrant setting within easy reach of major airports and transportation hubs. The picturesque surroundings provide an inspiring backdrop for holistic learning and personal growth.

Students at MSJ are empowered to explore their passions, embrace challenges, and excel in a supportive and aspirational environment.

6. Queen Ethelburga’s

Queen Ethelburga’s, a highly regarded school rated excellent by ISI in 2019, has been nurturing a vibrant and supportive school community since 1912. Nestled in the picturesque North Yorkshire countryside, the campus spans over 220 acres and accommodates girls and boys from as young as 3 months.

Academic Excellence:

Queen Ethelburga's has two senior schools on its modern, well-equipped campus. This allows for a high level of personalised care and guidance for all students. QE College (for ages 14-19) has been awarded Top School in the North for Academic Performance by The Sunday Times for three years in a row and currently ranks second nationally for A Level results whereas QE Faculty (for ages 14-19) offers a bespoke, innovative curriculum where students can mix modern BTEC qualifications with traditional A Levels.

In 2023, students across both schools achieved 80% A*/A in A Levels and 63% 7-9 (A*/A equivalent) in GCSEs. In addition, Faculty students gained 76% Distinctions in BTECs. This year has seen students aim high with a wide range of first-choice university places achieved.

Sports and Fitness Facilities:

Queen Ethelburga’s boasts a dedicated Sports Village, housing a 25-metre swimming pool, a triple court sports hall, a fitness suite, and a free weights centre. The outdoor facilities include a four-lane synthetic cushioned running track and over 30 acres of both natural grass and artificial 3G pitches.

Specialised studios are available for martial arts, wrestling, dance, gymnastics, table tennis, cycling, fencing, and boxing. Additionally, students can benefit from an eight-metre climbing wall as well as recreational basketball courts and additional tennis courts.

To secure your place at this exclusive event, sign up here.

7. Rishworth School

For over three centuries, Rishworth School has been a beacon of top-quality education, fostering a safe, caring, and joyful environment where lifelong friendships flourish.

Enrichment & Extension:

Students indulge in 90+ enrichment and extension activities, from skiing to jazz bands. Weekends brim with exciting adventures, including theater outings, sporting matches, and cultural excursions, ensuring a vibrant and fun-filled experience.

Academic Success: With an excellent rating in teaching and learning, Rishworth consistently achieves outstanding academic results, with over 80% of A-level grades at A*-C and nearly 90% of GCSEs passed with grades 4-9.


Rishworth offers continuous UCAS support, empowering students to plan their future steps with confidence. With opportunities for work experience, extra qualifications, and intensive coaching, students progress to top universities such as Cambridge, UCL, and Kings College London.


Renowned for STEM expertise, with 100% of students applying to study medicine securing their place. The school's acclaimed Medical Society club further enhances students' passion and proficiency in STEM fields.

8. Rossall

Rossall School stands among the leading independent co-educational boarding and day schools in the UK, situated on the picturesque Lancashire coastline. With a sprawling 160-acre campus featuring striking architecture, the school nurtures boys and girls aged 0-18 in a safe, secure, and supportive environment.


Rossall School boasts outstanding individuals, fostering a community of confident, accomplished, courageous, aspirant, compassionate, and fun-loving young people. Students benefit from an intellectually exciting and culturally dynamic environment with numerous opportunities for exploration and skill development.

Versatile Curriculum:

The school offers a choice of world-renowned academic pathways, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP), A-levels, or BTEC at the Sixth Form. The Preparatory School focuses on a broad curriculum that encourages independent learning, skills development, curiosity, and creativity alongside subject-specific rigor.

Academies and Programmes:

Rossall School stands out with its elite football program, golf academy, international piano academy, and Broadway academy of performing arts. The curriculum includes GCSE, A-levels, IB, summer school, and short-term programs (subject to availability).

9. Royal Alexandra & Albert School

The Royal Alexandra and Albert School is a boarding school catering to boys and girls aged 7-18, boasting a vibrant community of 400 boarders and 640 flexi boarders. Nestled in 260 acres of picturesque parkland in Reigate, Surrey, it offers easy access to London and Gatwick Airport.

Co-curricular activities:

At the heart of the school's ethos lies its Co-Curricular Programme, seamlessly integrated into everyday learning. With over 100 activities each term, students delve into diverse pursuits that enrich their skills, broaden their horizons, and foster friendships, all without additional fees.

Distinctively Different:

Setting itself apart, the Royal Alexandra and Albert School offers students a unique start in life. As the first state school in England to achieve All-Steinway status, it prioritises musical excellence with access to world-class instruments.

Meanwhile, its renowned Equestrian Centre provides opportunities for recreational and competitive riding, enhancing horsemanship skills and nurturing a love for equestrian pursuits. With a commitment to holistic development and exceptional care, the school cultivates a close-knit community where every child thrives.

To secure your place at this exclusive event, sign up here.

10. Royal High School, Bath

Royal High School Bath stands as a premier independent day and boarding school catering to girls aged 3-18, situated on the outskirts of the enchanting city of Bath. With a commitment to providing an exceptional, girl-centered education, the school embraces the unique qualities of each student, ensuring a contemporary learning experience tailored to their individual needs.

Proud Member of the Girls' Day School Trust:

As a proud member of the Girls' Day School Trust, the leading network of independent girls' schools in the UK, Royal High School Bath upholds strong values centred around prioritising girls' education, fostering forward-thinking attitudes, and encouraging fearlessness in all endeavours. Setting itself apart as the sole boarding school within the group, Royal High School offers modern and comfortable boarding facilities for girls in Years 7-11, as well as a dedicated Sixth Form boarding house.

Pathways to Success:

In the Sixth Form, students have the option to pursue either A Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, both pathways leading to outstanding academic achievements and access to top-tier universities in the UK and abroad. With a track record of excellence, IB students consistently surpass global averages, with the class of 2022 achieving an impressive average point score of 37.4, six points higher than the global average.

At Royal High School Bath, students are empowered to excel today and beyond, leaving their mark on the world as confident and capable young women.

11. Sedbergh School

Established in 1525, Sedbergh School stands proudly amidst the stunning landscapes of the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales. With a rich history spanning five centuries, Sedbergh is renowned for its traditional full boarding environment, nurturing almost all of its pupils seven days a week.

Benefiting from meticulous tutoring and pastoral care, Sedbergh’s students consistently achieve outstanding results, with nearly 100% pass rates at A-level and GCSE. Strong university placements, including Oxbridge and Russell Group institutions, attest to their commitment to academic excellence.

Beyond the classroom, Sedbergh offers a wealth of opportunities in sports, music, drama, and outdoor pursuits. With an enviable reputation for nurturing talent, their students excel in international, national, and regional competitions across a wide range of disciplines.

With a British Council accredited International Summer School and a longstanding association with exemplary students from Japan, Sedbergh embraces diversity and global perspectives, enriching the school community and fostering excellence.

In 2025, Sedbergh commemorates its 500th anniversary with exciting new initiatives, including an inspiring Year 9 curriculum, pre-A level program, and intensive English year, reflecting our ongoing commitment to innovation and excellence.

12. Taunton School

Founded in 1847, Taunton School is one of the South West’s leading co-educational independent day and boarding schools for children aged 0-18 years. Set in a beautiful 56-acre site, Taunton School nurtures the individual in a friendly and broad-minded atmosphere, equipping our young people with the life skills to enable them to shape the world in the 21st century.

The School offers a supportive boarding environment for children from 7-18 years. At the Preparatory School level (aged 7-13 years), boarding life is very much an extension of family life, with small dormitories for girls and boys and excellently equipped common rooms and recreational areas. At this level, focus is on support for the children to learn to do things for themselves and become more confident, ready for the exciting challenges ahead.

In the Senior School boarding environment, young adults have access to abundant cultural and sporting activities. With close friends at hand, they have the opportunity to develop life skills within a relaxed but well-controlled atmosphere. Although the emphasis is on academic study, at Taunton they ensure that older individuals have ample opportunities to take responsibility, while not losing their social interests.

To secure your place at this exclusive event, sign up here.

13. Whitgift

Whitgift stands among the Top 20 IB Schools globally, boasting an exceptional average points score of 39.5 in 2023. Beyond academic prowess, Whitgift prioritizes holistic development, nurturing students' confidence, resilience, and global outlook to navigate today's dynamic world.

Celebrating Diversity in Success:

Each graduate's journey at Whitgift is a testament to our commitment to inclusivity and excellence. With a rich tapestry of backgrounds, students thrive in a supportive environment, where individual achievements are celebrated and collective growth is fostered.

Comprehensive Support and Enriching Experiences:

At Whitgift, comprehensive pastoral care and a vibrant co-curricular program complement academic rigour, ensuring students develop not only academically but also personally and socially. As they step into the world, Whitgift graduates are equipped with the values and skills to lead with integrity and impact positively in their communities.

To secure your place at this exclusive event, sign up here.

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