Independent day school
for girls 3 - 18 and boys 3 - 11
with boarding for girls from 9

International Pupil Admissions Process

We welcome international girls, age 9-18, to come and board with us on a short- or long-term basis.

We understand that choosing a boarding school can be a difficult and daunting process, particularly when that school is not in your home country. If you are considering Hethersett Old Hall School for your daughter, please do contact our Registrar, Mrs Linda Jones, who will be happy to answer any question you might have, however small.

The Registrar and the Headmaster will also be happy to advise you on any questions you might have about the school and the ESOL teaching and study options in the Preparatory School, Senior School and Sixth Form and ESOL qualifications we offer international students in addition to our usual curriculum, GCSE and A Level studies.

There are three steps to the admissions process, which we aim to make as simple and uncomplicated for you as possible. In addition to the steps below, you are very welcome to visit us at any time, although we understand that not all families will be able to, particularly those who live on the other side of the world.

Please note that all international students must have a guardian in the UK. This guardian is responsible for all travel and exeat arrangements (i.e. for making these arrangements and liaising with the house staff to make sure that both sides know what is happening), for taking your daughter away from school in the unlikely event that they are excluded for a serious disciplinary infringement, and for dealing with any emergency that may arise in the same way that a parent would be involved.

Many families have a friend or a family member in the UK who is able to undertake this role. We are also happy to recommend guardianship agencies in the UK to you, however due to the fact that guardianship contracts must be signed between parents and the guardianship provider, we are not able to arrange this service.

1) Registration

Once you have decided Hethersett Old Hall School is the right school for your daughter, you need to complete an application form (pdf), which will automatically register her for a place at the school. Please return the form to us by email, fax or post together with:

  • a recent photograph of your daughter and
  • a £50 registration fee (by bank transfer or cheque; please ask for bank details)

You will also need to ensure that visa arrangements allowing your daughter to study in the UK are in place. We will advise you on this process and provide you with the supporting documentation required.

2) Entrance assessment

Once we have received your application we will contact you to get a copy of your daughter’s most recent school report and a reference from her current school. We will also ask your daughter to take our Entrance Assessments in maths and English, which we can send via email, fax or post. Please do not worry about the tests, which are designed to give us an indication of your daughter’s stage of development and level of English.

If your daughter wishes to start GCSE or A Level courses, we normally ask her to have already gained the Cambridge ESOL Preliminary English Test (PET) or equivalent as a minimum requirement. For further information please contact the Registrar.

3) Offer

We will inform you of the outcome of the assessments as quickly as possible – we understand how difficult a long wait can be! Providing we feel that your daughter will be able to cope with our mainstream curriculum with tailored ESOL support, we will include a formal offer letter with details of our terms and conditions and some forms for you to complete.

To accept the offer and ensure your daughter’s place at the school, you must return to us a completed entrance form with a deposit of £1000 (which is repayable at the end of your daughter’s last term in the school).

We will then send you a full information pack including a boarding handbook, school uniform list, medical forms etc.

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