We aim to make our admissions process for international students as quick, simple and as straightforward as possible.
We encourage applicants to make their enquiry through one of our registered international education agents, however we do also accept direct enquiries to the School made by parents or guardians.
If you live in a country outside of the European Union and don’t hold a British passport, you will need a visa to study here, and St Chris is able to sponsor international students under a Tier 4 Child’s Student Visa.
It is important that each family refers to the Home Office website for up-to-date guidelines and official advice for your particular visa situation and which supporting documents you will need.
Families can view our online virtual open day which includes a 360 tour of the campus and an interactive map showing key areas of the school including boarding accommodation and facilities.
If, at any point during the admissions process, you would like to visit St Chris, you are warmly welcomed to come and see the School and meet key members of staff for example the Head, teachers and boarding houseparents.
Please contact the admissions team to arrange your visit.
We accept international students into the Senior School into Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. We do not currently accept applications into Year 13.
We invite you – or your agent – to complete an online Registration Form via our admissions portal. This is the first official step in the application process for all year groups.
We will also request a reference from the student’s current school.
Once you have created an account on our admissions portal, all correspondence about your application will be sent through this.
If you have any questions or are unable to complete the online form, please contact our admissions team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +44 1462 650947 to speak to Kate our Registrar, or Sarah our Admissions Assistant.
English language assessment takes place through our partner Bespoke English Language Testing. Assessment involves an online test and a virtual interview. Feedback will be given following the assessment.
Students from within the EU there may not need to sit an English language test, depending on the tests they have sat with their agent. We consider this on a case by case basis.
Pupils wishing to take A Level Maths or Physics also need to take the School’s maths test. This is taken either in the agent’s offices, a British Council office in the country of residence or at the student’s current school.
The final stage of the application is a remote interview with the Head, Emma-Kate Henry.
For pupils aged 11 to 15 (Years 7 to 10) we would expect pupils to be at the equivalent of PET level (B1 Preliminary). For pupils aged 16 and up (Year 12) we require an equivalent level of English to IELTS 5.5.
All applications are vetted by our Head of EAL. We will assess each case individually and will take into account a number of factors such as attitude to learning when deciding on whether to make the offer of a place.
If the decision is made to offer a place, parents will be sent the offer letter together with with the Acceptance Form.
A completed Acceptance Form and the payment of a deposit secures the place at St Christopher School.
The offer letter will include details about the next steps that need to be taken when applying for a visa, and any costs, additional to the fees, that you may be required to pay.
Please note that pupils whose parents live outside of the EU must have a UK-based guardian.