School in South Wales
We regularly welcome international students from a variety of countries to join our school community. International families choose St Clare’s School because of our commitment to academic excellence, character development, global perspectives and British values, as well as our excellent exam results, university destinations and a strong focus on wellbeing.
If you are ready to apply, please download our application form or explore the categories below to find out more about applying to St Clare’s School as an international student.
We would love for you to join us at an open day or arrange a private tour so you can discover what being a student at St Clare’s School is like.
You can book either as well as request a prospectus here.
However, we appreciate that this may not always be possible. The International Recruitment Team is happy to assist you remotely and will be on hand by telephone or email to answer any questions that you may have prior to making arrangements for your child’s admission.
Email us at: International.firstname.lastname@example.org
We can offer you support if you wish to make an application to St Clare’s School, including accommodation and visa assistance. We are also happy to receive applications from student recruitment agents working on behalf of international families.
As a part of Cognita Schools Ltd, which holds a group Student Sponsorship Licence, we are happy to arrange Student visa or a Child Student visa (previously known as a Tier 4 visa) sponsorship for pupils who require this and meet the criteria and support you throughout the process. If you are unsure whether your child needs Child Student or Student visa sponsorship, we recommend taking the UK Visas questionnaire to establish the best immigration route.
International Fees for Academic Year 2021/2022
A deposit of one term’s fees to be paid in advance is required to secure a place.
An advance payment of two terms’ fees is required before we can process a visa application (although a full year – three terms – is preferable.
|School Year||Termly Fee|
|Year 9 - Year 11||£5,100|
|Year 12 - Year 13||£5,200|
|English as an Additional Language||£1,945|
|Transportation (if required)||£500|
To secure a place, international students should have good English language skills and evidence of having performed well at their previous school(s). Once we have confirmed we have space in the year group you require, we will invite you to an interview with the headteacher or their representative. If you are offered a place, you’ll need to confirm acceptance in writing and by paying a deposit.
All potential candidates must undertake an initial English assessment with the International Recruitment Team. Grades and references from previous academic establishments will also be considered when deciding on your suitability for a place at St Clare’s School.
All potential candidates for GCSE will be assessed through interview and written examination. Grades and references from previous academic establishments will also be considered when deciding about your suitability for a place at St Clare’s School.
To study the GCSE programme, you will need to demonstrate an English language level equivalent to the following:
- IELTS 5
- CEFR B2
Pre A Level/A Level students:
All potential candidates for Pre A Level and A Level will be assessed through interview and written examination. Grades and references from previous academic establishments will also be considered when deciding about your suitability for a place at St Clare’s School.
To qualify for the A Level programme, you will need to demonstrate an English language level equivalent to the following:
- IELTS 5.5
- CEFR B2
Students enrolled on an A Level course are accepted on the strict understanding that progress will be reviewed at key stages including the end of the first half of term. The School reserves the right to require a longer probationary period, or a change of course entirely, following that review.
St Clare’s School works very closely with accredited guardianship agencies, who undertake stringent vetting of host families to ensure that international students are matched with hosts offering the most friendly, safe and comfortable ‘home from home’ environments in which they can both relax and study successfully.
Each student will be given the use of a single or twin study bedroom. Bathroom facilities are usually shared. Host family expenses include accommodation, breakfast and evening meals during the week, and breakfast, lunch and an evening meal over the weekends and during the holidays. A laundry service (excluding dry cleaning) is also included.
Additional full board accommodation over the holiday periods (Christmas, Easter and Summer) will incur additional weekly charges.
The decision to study in another country is undoubtedly a bold and life-changing one, and St Clare’s School teachers, staff and students are on hand to welcome international students, helping you to find your feet and settle into school. You will also benefit from a comprehensive induction programme and introductions to your tutors and other members of the School support staff. Our school is a harmonious and supportive environment where we hope you will soon start to fuel your passions, discover your potential, and forge friendships that could last a lifetime.
The topics that are usually covered at induction are:
- Medical, dental and other support services
- Police registration
- Advice on opening a bank account
- Sports and social activities
- Computer facilities
- Introduction to school staff
- English language testing
- Meetings with your selected subject teachers
- Getting to know your fellow students