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International pupils

We recognise that choosing a school far away from home is not always easy. We hope we can help you understand what international pupils can expect from their time at College and give you an overview of life in our vibrant community.

In general, life is no different for international pupils than for those from the UK. The vast majority of our pupils board seven days a week and all international pupils join a boarding House community of around 65 pupils spanning all year groups.
At College we enjoy a warm, understanding and inclusive community. There is always someone to turn to, whether it be a fellow pupil trained in mentoring, a member of staff or a member of our International Pupil Society. All pupils have a Housemaster or Housemistress, as well as a tutor, who are responsible for their academic, pastoral and social welfare. 
The Head of the English as an Additional Language (EAL) department and other members of the EAL teaching staff are additional points of contact and support, and are always on hand to help. The Director for International Students can also help with any queries or concerns.


international entry at 13+, 14+ & 16+

Pupils join College from a wide variety of backgrounds, both educationally and geographically.  We all benefit from the tremendous cultural diversity that we enjoy within our community. 

For pupils applying from overseas, and whose first language is not English, entry is normally via the following papers: 

13+ & 14+ International Pupils

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) 
  • Mathematics 
  • Science 

16+ International Pupils

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) 
  • Papers in three of the subjects to be taken at AS Level (please note that if Mathematics, the Sciences or Modern Languages are to be taken at AS Level, candidates must take a paper in these subjects). 

Supporting references must be provided and papers are sat at College by arrangement with the Admissions Office. Occasionally, and at the discretion of the Director of Admissions, papers may be taken elsewhere provided adequate invigilation can be guaranteed. 

Most pupils will visit College for an interview. Occasionally, place offers are made prior to a candidate visiting the school and in such cases they will then be conditional upon a visit or Skype interview. Where relevant, offers may also be conditional upon achieving a minimum of 5B grades at GCSE (or the equivalent examinations) - A*/A for any student wishing to study Mathematics/Sciences.

Some pupils may require a Tier 4 Student Visa in order to be able to study in the UK. While it is the responsibility of parents to determine whether or not their child needs such a visa (and to apply for it), the Admissions Office will be happy to provide the required Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) to enable parents to do this once a place has been formally accepted. The CAS is issued, on request from either parents or agents, in the term prior to entry and can be used by parents when making any visa application. Further details regarding visas and entry into the UK may be obtained from the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website: As the rules are complex, we do encourage you to read this thoroughly if you suspect that a visa might be required.