International Admissions

The majority of students are admitted to the School at 16+ into our Sixth Form, although we welcome students at any age from 11 years upwards. Many international students choose to join us for the Sixth Form only as this provides a good starting point from which to gain entry to the best universities, both in the UK and worldwide.

International applicants follow the same procedures for entry as students based in UK and we advise early registration to secure a place. International students will be asked to sit entrance papers in Mathematics and English as well as taking part in an interview, either face to face or via Skype. Where possible, we also like students to sit a written EAL paper, which acts as a specific grammar and vocabulary test.

This is in order to demonstrate that they have the academic potential and English Language level required to access the courses on offer at the School. Whilst every student is treated as an individual, we generally look for a minimum of a B1 on the

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for 13+ entry; B1 for 14+ entry; and mid B2 or C1 for 16+ entry (IELTS 5.5 or above). Occasionally we will accept a low B2 level for entry into the Lower Sixth if the student is planning to study Maths-related subjects and/or Art-related subjects.

In all cases, admission is subject not only to passing the necessary entrance tests, but also receipt of satisfactory references from the student’s present school. We also welcome students who wish to visit the School prior to deciding whether to come and we will happily set up an informal interview with the Head of International Students during the student’s visit to the School. We are also happy to discuss matters personally with you over the telephone or by email.

Further details about how to apply can be found in our Admissions page.

International Students’ Induction Programme 

In order to effectively integrate international students into the daily life of St Edward’s, the School runs an induction programme.

An induction programme will be provided which includes the following activities:

  1. Importance of the host family and their home
  2. Familiarisation with the school layout, systems and resources
  3. Careful explanation of the school rules, procedures, counselling and support systems
  4. Careful planning of the subjects to be taken. This will be reviewed two weeks after the commencement of classes. St Edward’s reserves the right to determine the best courses of study for all International Students depending on English proficiency.
  5. Familiarisation with St Edward’s and the surrounding area.
  6. School uniform, equipment and stationery to be purchased.
  7. A school buddy may be assigned to assist with integrating into the life of the School.