International Admissions

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 Tier 4 of the points-based system of immigration.

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.

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.

Which Year Group?

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.

Please click here for guidance on which year to apply for and contact our admissions team to discuss your year of entry if you have any questions.

How to Apply

Step One – Register

We invite you – or your agent – to complete our online Registration Form, which is the first official step in the application process for all year groups.

Registration includes

  • a non-refundable Registration Fee of £100 (payable by credit card)
  • submission of student’s most recent school report
  • a reference from student’s current school
  • a copy of student’s passport

Complete online Registration Form

Once you have completed the form and created an account on our admissions portal, correspondence about your application will be sent through this.

Click here to access our Admissions Portal

If you have any questions or are unable to complete the online form, please contact our admissions team by emailing admissions@stchris.co.uk or calling +1462 650947 to speak to Kate our Registrar or Sarah our Admissions Assistant.

Step Two – Entrance Assessment

English language assessment takes place through our partner Bespoke English Language Assessment. It involves an online test followed by a Skype interview. Feedback will be given following the assessment.

For students from within the EU there may be no need to sit an English language test, depending on the tests they have sat with their agent.

Pupils wishing to take A-level Maths need also need to take a maths test, set by St Chris, and sat either in their agent’s offices, in a British Council office in their country of residence or at their current school.

English levels required for entry

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.

Please note, we will assess each case individually and will take into account a number of factors such as attitude to learning when deciding on whether or not to make the offer of a place.

Step Three – Meet the Head

Following the successful completion of an English language assessment, the pupil will have a brief 10 minute interview via Skype with the Head of St Chris, Richard Palmer.

Richard will ask you questions about your interests and studies and you will have the chance to ask any questions you have about St Chris.

Step Four – Offer Stage

If the decision is made to offer a place, you will receive the offer along with an Acceptance Form, in writing. A completed Acceptance Form and the payment of a deposit secures a place at St Christopher School.

The offer letter will include details about the next steps you need to take in applying for a visa, and any costs, additional to the fees, that you may be required to pay, for example for one to one English as an Additional Language (EAL) lesson costs.

Please note that pupils whose parents live outside of the EU must have a UK-based guardian.

Further information is available from the Admissions team. Please contact Kate Allan or Sarah Davies at admissions@stchris.co.uk or by calling +44 1462 650 947.