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Admissions for International Students

 

Admissions

Click here to view our International Boarding Prospectus

It is very important that girls whose first language is not English feel at home at Kent College and can fully benefit from their education in the UK.  Not only do we want them to become confident in speaking and writing English as soon as possible, we also want them to acquire a real understanding of the culture and the way of life in England.  All international students are automatically enrolled in our International Study Centre which offers excellent opportunities in this regard.  

The aims of the International Study Centre are:

  1. To equip girls with the language skills that will enable them to access the UK school curriculum and beyond.
  2. To enable the girls to achieve recognised ESOL qualifications, regardless of their point of entry.
  3. To provide the excellent level of pastoral support that makes Kent College unique. Staff are highly supportive and all students in the ISC enjoy full integration into the boarding houses, tutor groups, sports and the very full activities programme.

 Candidates who are resident overseas should be registered as UK-based pupils.  They will then be expected to undertake examinations in English and Maths and to have a skype interview.  Exam papers can be sent to a student’s current school, the British Council or an accredited agent’s office if attendance at the Assessment Day is impossible, but it is recommended that prospective families visit Kent College at some point prior to entry. 

The School reserves the right to withdraw any girl’s offer should her level of English on arrival at Kent College be found to be significantly lower than her entrance assessments initially indicated.  Alternatively, where her level of English is not of a sufficiently high standard, a girl will be expected to have EAL lessons at an additional cost to parents. 

The school assess all non-native English speakers, alternatively, students can provide one of the following certification of English language ability: UKiset, IELTS or a Certificate in Advanced English (Cambridge University).  As an approximate guide, the students should be at the following levels on application:

Years 7 to 9: Students with a beginner’s level of English (at least CEFR A1) or above will be considered.

Years 10 to Lower Sixth: Students with an intermediate level of English (CEFR B1) or IELTS 5 equivalent or above will be considered.

If you have any questions regarding admission to the school, please contact the Admissions department on +44(0) 1892 820218 or email admissions@kentcollege.kent.sch.uk 

Guardians

Parents who live abroad must appoint an official guardian for their daughter.  The guardian must be resident in this country, preferably within easy reach of the School (1 hour travelling time) and be prepared to take full responsibility for her, i.e. available to act in loco parentis is parents are not available and any period where the girls may not remain in school.  It would be greatly appreciated if the appointed guarding can speak fluent English.  Kent College greatly values the role of the guardian and welcomes them to school functions; a reliable and caring guardian can make all the difference to the experience of the girl whose home is overseas. 

 

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