International students join Claremont at the ages of 11, 12, 13, 14+ or 16+ into the Sixth Form. Entry is normally in September but students will be considered for January and April starts, subject to availability of spaces. If English is not their first language, students are expected to have a minimum level of English to cope with the demands of the curriculum. Each international pupil’s English and maths knowledge is tested and copies of school reports must be communicated to David Whitehill, Head of International Recruitment.
Families are warmly invited to visit the School but it is not essential, as an interview with Francoise Armstrong, Assistant Head International, can be conducted via Skype. You can attend one of our Open Mornings or make an individual appointment during term time that fits with your travel plans.
To begin the application process you will need to complete a Boarding Application Form. On receipt of the completed form, our Head of International Recruitment will contact you with an entrance assessment.
All registered students have an interview either in person or via Skype with Francoise Armstrong, Assistant Headteacher International. During that interview, we will discuss the best programme of study for your child, answer any questions you may have about the school and assess the suitability of each applicant to join the school. Applicants also hoping to join the Claremont Football Academy must either attend a trial here at the school, or provide evidence of their playing ability, such as a coach’s report and a short video clip. Jim Colston, the Football Academy Director, will also wish to conduct a Skype interview with students (and parents) who are unable to visit the school in person.
The entrance process is completed when Lily Lam, Head of Admissions, issues an Offer Letter for your child to join Claremont school and you confirm acceptance by paying the £3200 Deposit in order to secure your son/daughter’s place. Your child is then officially registered as a future student of Claremont school.
For non-EU students, a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) is issued once the payment is received, but no earlier than 3 months prior to the start of the school year, and subject to all information, documents and financial records being submitted as requested by the School’s immigration advisors.
The Assistant Headteacher for International Students contacts you to finalise your child’s subject choices, share information about resources needed, as well as inform you of academic House and boarding house allocations. Our Head of Admissions sends you a range of forms to complete. These include crucial information on health, guardianship and boarding permission forms. It is essential that those are returned ahead of a students’ arrival at the school and boarding accommodation.
Your son or daughter is now ready to start their new life at Claremont School!