- Do I need a Visa? Does the College issue CAS documents?
- Do I need to report to the police station within 7 days of arrival in the UK?
- IELTS; do boys need qualifications?
- What happens to boarders in the holidays?
- Do I need to appoint a Guardian for my son?
- What do the fees include?
- What are exeat weekends?
- Where can I buy a school uniform?
- Do I need to bring bedding?
- Is transport to/from the airport available?
- What do boarders do at the weekend?
- What happens if my child feels ill at school?
- Can boys have pocket money in the boarding house?
- When do the boys do their homework?
- Is there an induction programme for new boys?
All students who are not citizens of a country in the European Union or EEA (European Economic Area) will need visas to study and live in the UK. The College can issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (known as a CAS) which will contain reference numbers and information you will need for your visa application. Further information on visas.
IELTS qualifications are not required when applying to the College as each candidate will be tested in English. However a high level in spoken and written English is necessary at all points of entry. Universities in the UK and overseas usually require students to have reached a certain proficiency in English before offering a place. Our EAL department will work with pupils in groups, and one on one, to help them reach the required level as soon as possible.
All boys should go home or stay with a Guardian during the holidays. Boarders must leave on the final day of term, but can return to the boarding house the day before school begins, in order to get unpacked and settled in. The Upper School boarding houses remain open during the Summer term half term break, as boys are in the middle of their A level examinations, but all houses are closed for the October and February half term breaks. Term dates.
There are four exeat weekends a year for pupils in Years 7 to 11, two in the Michaelmas term and one in each of the Lent and Summer terms. The boarding house closes on Friday (5pm) and opens on Sunday (5pm). The dates are on the College website.There are no exeat weekends in Years 12 and 13.
There are no lessons at the weekend. The College has extensive sporting facilities, many of which are open to boarders at the weekend, and many boys participate in College teams and play matches against other schools on Saturdays. Music practice rooms can be available on request. House trips and activities are often laid on at the weekend, but it is also important to allow boys some time to relax, recharge their batteries, socialise or study. All meals are provided in the College dining hall throughout the weekend. Further details about trips and activities.
There is supervised prep time each day during the week (75 minutes for the younger boys, 120 minutes for the Upper School students). Boys use classrooms/computer suites and a member of the teaching staff is always on duty, to help students if necessary, and to ensure a studious atmosphere. In their final year, boys are allowed to study in the boarding house during prep time, either in their study bedrooms, or in the house IT suites.
Induction is an ongoing process, and continues throughout the year. However, a full programme is laid on for new boys over the first few days of the Michaelmas term. Over this period of time they will participate in a team building morning, tour the College and the local area and meet all those staff likely to play a part in their lives over the coming months and years.