Bigger classrooms, teachers were different, smaller class size, different subjects, swimming pool, grass [decent sports grounds], cookery classes.
Hmm, the words "swimming pool" suggest to me that this was a private school, George Watsons maybe...
school is actually fine, no problems, but making friends out of school can be difficult for him.
Kids are kids and they just accept things at face value, they often adapt better than adults do.
I agree with that. How good is her daughters English? Any way I think that because of her age she would be fine. I think out of school you'd need to make sure she maybe joined a club or something, to keep her active with kids of the same age but szkotja2007 is right, kids adapt easier. 8 is a good age but if you leave it until she is 10,11,12 you will have problems then. Good luck :)