Joining Clayesmore

We are delighted to welcome all international students who want to join us here for their education. All we ask is that those who are not native speakers of English have a sufficient understanding of the language to ensure they can participate fully in academic life and, indeed, in the social life of the school.

International Applications

Applying to join Clayesmore as an international student is a relatively straightforward process. Our admissions team is experienced in guiding parents, prospective pupils and agents through our entry requirements. Admission is by examination and informal interview, together with a satisfactory report and reference from the pupil’s current school. 

  • The first step is to complete and return our Registration Form, together with the registration fee, and to supply a reference or report from the pupil’s current school. 
  • Pupils who are currently studying at a UK prep school will general following the Common Entrance route. Alternatively, candidates can sit our own entrance tests. 
  • On confirmation of an offer, a term’s fees in advance are required. Parents are then able to apply for a Tier 4 (Child) student visa. Our admission team will work with you during this process, but we cannot take responsibility for completing your application correctly, or on time.

Starting at Clayesmore

Our EAL (English as an Additional Language) Department at Clayesmore is run by highly specialised and experienced staff and offers students a fantastic opportunity to improve their English skills.

Once an initial assessment has taken place, lessons are arranged according to an individual’s needs and are conducted in small groups or on a one-to-one basis. We will recommend the level and certificate an international student will be working towards, and will also take into consideration previous exams they have passed and any other relevant information. 

A student’s progress is then carefully monitored and EAL staff members liaise closely with other subject teachers on a regular basis to ensure they get all the support they need. We also provide further pastoral support and are particularly sympathetic to young people who have undertaken an educational, cultural and social adventure in a land that is foreign to them.

To enable a student to access the school academically and socially from Year 9, we recommend that their level of English is already at B1/Preliminary Level on entry. Before coming to Clayesmore, some students enrol on an intensive summer course to prepare them for entry in September. Alternatively, it is also possible for a student to work towards B1 Level at Clayesmore in Year 9. For entry into Sixth Form, a student will, ideally, need to have B2/First Certificate Level on entry.

An important note on guardians

All international students are required to have a guardian in the UK at the time of joining the school. This is essential. The School can provide a list of guardianship agents on request.

Visa requirements to study in the UK

We recommend that all parents check the latest visa requirements to study in the UK

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