International Admissions

International Admissions

International Admissions

We can offer you support if you wish to make an application to Downsend School, including accommodation and visa assistance. We are also happy to receive applications from pupil recruitment agents working on behalf of international families.

As a part of the Cognita group of schools, which holds a group Student Sponsorship Licence, we are happy to arrange 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 visa sponsorship, we recommend taking the UK Visas questionnaire to establish the correct visa.

For more information on the Child Student visa and the Parent of a Child Student visa, please click the links.

Visit Us

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 Downsend School is like. You can contact us to book a tour, or 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.

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International Fees for Academic Year 2021/22

Registration Fee and Deposit

  • To register with Downsend School, we will request a fee of £100.
  • To accept your child’s place at Downsend School, we will request a deposit of £6,000.
School YearTermly Fee
Reception - Year 1£4,700.00
Year 2£5,200.00
Year 3 - Year 6£6,300.00
Year 7 - Year 8£6,400.00
Year 9 - Year 11£7,100.00

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.

Main School:

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 Downsend School.

GSCE students:

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 Downsend School.

To study the GCSE programme, you will need to demonstrate an English language level equivalent to the following:

  • IELTS 5
  • CEFR B2

Downsend 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 Downsend 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
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