International Pupils

Main entry points

Prep School 10+ Year 6 Form 2
  11+ Year 7 Lower Third
Senior School 13+ Year 9 Fourth Form
  16+ Year 12 Sixth Form

 

Working with Partner Agents

Selecting the right boarding school from a distance can be a challenge! We work with partner agents in many different countries, which helps to make the process for families as smooth and easy as possible.

Our partner agents will advise you on whether Bishop’s Stortford College is the right school for your family and guide you through our admissions procedure and entry requirements. They may also be able to assist you on other aspects, including visa requirements and guardianship information.

For information about our partner agents, please contact one of our Admissions Officers.

Prep School

Mrs Fiona Brett, Admissions Officer
Tel: +44 1279 838607          

Senior School & Sixth Form

Mrs Marie-Louise Gough, Admissions Officer
Tel: +44 1279 838604           

Application Deadline

Most of our boarding places for the coming academic year are filled by the preceding March, so applications need to be submitted as early as possible, ideally during the September/October preceding the year of entry being considered.

Entry Requirements for International Pupils

Academic Ability Required

We are a selective school and prospective students need to be strong academically.

For GCSE courses

Pupils will be expected to take nine or ten subjects and achieve A*, A, B or C grades in each subject.

For A Level Courses

We look for candidates who are close to the achievement of:

  • 7 C grades at IGCSE or 7B grades at GCSE;
  • including at least a B grade in the GCSE subject (or C grade in the IGCSE subject) for each A level;
  • a good disciplinary and attendance record.

English Language Test

To access the broad curriculum, international students need to be able to communicate, read and write in English, at an appropriate level for their age.

We expect candidates to have reached an English level equivalent to IELTS level 5.5-6.0 (Upper Intermediate/Advanced). Certification should be provided.

Special Aptitudes

Sport, Music and Art are very strong at Bishop’s Stortford College. A special aptitude in any of these areas will be taken into consideration. Further information on our Elite Sports Programme can be found here.

Entry Procedure for International Pupils

Step 1: Initial Enquiry

Our partner agents provide us with the following information about potential applicants so that we can respond quickly and advise whether the student should proceed to the application stage:

  1. Application profile – an agent summary together with your most recent school report/reference and exam results (and exam predictions, where applicable);
  2. English language – IELTS certificate or equivalent to indicate the standard of spoken and written English reached;
  3. Interests and achievements – an indication of other areas of interest, including special areas of aptitude;
  4. For 10+ and 11+ applications – our partner agents interview applicants using open-ended questions and send a DVD of the interview.


Step 2: Application

Completion of an Application Form and payment of the Application Fee indicates that you wish to be considered for entry.

Applicants to the Sixth Form/Year 12 also need to complete a Sixth Form Entry Form.

Application deadline: Most of our places for the coming academic year are filled by the preceding March, so applications need to be submitted as early as possible, ideally during the September/October preceding the year of entry being considered.

Step 3: Assessment

As an academic school, places are offered to all applicants on the basis of:

1) Bishop’s Stortford College Entry Tests

7+ -12+ entry Years 3-8 English, Mathematics and Reading
13+ entry Year 9 English, Mathematics and Science
16+ entry Year 12/Sixth Form English and two chosen subjects


If unable to travel to Bishop’s Stortford College, applicants may take the entry tests in their own country, either at the offices of one of our partner agents or at the nearest British Council offices. In all cases, the entry tests must be undertaken under proper examination conditions.

2) English Language Test (see Entry Requirements for an indication of the level required).

To access the broad curriculum, international students need to be able to communicate, read and write in English, at an appropriate level for their age.

•    10+/Year 6 and 11+/Year 7 entry – to demonstrate an appropriate level of English, a DVD is required showing the applicant being interviewed by the agent acting for the family. If successful, applicants then take written tests in English, Mathematics, Reading.
•    13+/Year 9 and 16+/Year 12 entry – applicants take a specialist English Language test alongside the academic examination.

3) School Report / Reference

4) Interview

If possible, we prefer to interview applicants. However, we appreciate this is not possible for all international applicants. In these cases, for 10+ and 11+ applicants, our partner agents interview applicants using open-ended questions and send a DVD of the interview. For 13+/Year 9 and 16+/Year 12 entry, places are offered on the basis of an applicant’s entry test results, school report and particular skills and interests (e.g. music, art, sport).

Step 4: Offer of a Place

Places will normally be offered:

7+ -12+ entry Years 3-8 by the end of February
13+ entry Year 9 by the end of January
16+ entry Year 12/Sixth Form by the end of December


Sixth Form offers will normally be conditional upon gaining either a minimum of 7B grades at GCSE (or equivalent) or 3A and 2B grades at GCSE (or equivalent). A satisfactory reference from the school is also required.

Step 5: Acceptance of Place

An Acceptance Form, which accompanies the offer letter, is then completed and returned to us, together with the Acceptance Fee and guardian details by early March.

Guardians

Bishop’s Stortford College requires the parents of international students to appoint a responsible adult living in the UK to act as a Guardian. Details of the various responsibilities that a guardian may need to undertake are available from our Admissions Offices.

We do not undertake guardianship arrangements for families, but if parents need help with appointing a guardian, we provide a list of guardianship organisations that have been used by our students in recent years and are accredited by AEGIS (Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students). Contact details are listed below.

Alternatively, families can access a complete list of guardianship organisations accredited by AEGIS.

The following guardianship organisations are based locally in Bishop’s Stortford:

Trusted Guardianship Ltd Anglia Guardians
Contact: Mrs Zakiyah Razvi Contact: Mrs Kerstin Ross

Tel: +44 (0)1279 835650

Mobile: +44 (0)7961 107283

Tel: +44 (0)1279 869632

Mobile: +44 (0)7946 913314

The guardianship organisations below have also been used by our students in recent years:

White House Guardianships

Bright World Guardianships