International Students

We have a thriving international community at our quintessentially British independent school. We welcome international students living in the United Kingdom or wishing to board with us from 11 years of age through to Sixth Form.

Entry is ideally in September, but we are very open to considering alternative start dates depending on the child, their academic profile and the family context.

We want all our pupils to thrive and to succeed in both their academic and non-academic pursuits. For this to happen, we need our students to be proficient in English – at a level appropriate to their age and curricular stage. 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.

The Admissions Process

Step 1 – Contact David Whitehill, International Student Recruitment Manager

Please contact David Whitehill: david.whitehill@claremontschool.co.uk or by telephone +44 (0) 1424 234482.

David will be your first point of contact and will walk you through our admissions process, answering any pressing questions you may have and arranging the next steps.

We strongly encourage our families to visit the School. However, in these rather complicated times, we are very agile and can arrange for video calls and virtual tours, to suit the needs of your family. You are also very welcome to attend one of our Open Mornings or make an individual appointment during term time to visit the School – depending on current Covid-19 restrictions.

Step 2 – Registration

Charlotte will ask you to complete a Boarding Application Form. On receipt of the completed form, and some additional personal documents she will then schedule your Entrance Assessment with our Head of International Students.

Step 3 – Entrance Assessment

All registered students have an interview either in person or via Skype with Francoise Armstrong, Assistant Head – International and Director of Boarding. 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.

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.

Step 4. Offer Letter

The entrance process is completed when Charlotte Hamilton, Head of International Student Recruitment, issues an Offer Letter for your child to join Claremont school and you confirm acceptance by paying the deposit in order to secure your child’s place. Your child is then officially registered as a future student of Claremont School.

For all students requiring a visa to study at Claremont, a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) is issued once the deposit 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.

Step 5. Getting ready for starting at Claremont School

Francoise Armstrong will contact you to confirm your child’s subject choices, share information about resources needed, as well as inform you of their Academic House and boarding allocation.

Charlotte Hamilton will continue to liaise with your family to obtain more specific details about health, guardianship and boarding permissions.

Your child is now well on their way to flourishing at Claremont!

Claremont School
Nursery & Prep

Ebdens Hill, Baldslow, St. Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex, TN37 7PW
01424 751555

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Senior and Sixth Form

Bodiam, Nr. Robertsbridge,
East Sussex, TN32 5UJ
01580 830396

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Clyde House

Clyde Ho/258 Sedlescombe Road North,
St Leonards-on-sea TN37 7JL
01424 233000

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Pyke House

Claremont Boarding House Upper Lake,
Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AN
01424 775332

Claremont School
French Study Centre

La Maison Claremont,
14 rue de l'arbalete,
62500, St Omer

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