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

ESOL Study Options

There are three main study options from which you can choose

1) English Experience Programme (flexible length short-term study option)

Objective: to enable students for whom English is not their first language to gain an insight into the workings of a real British school, whilst developing their English skills and gaining ESOL qualifications if they want to.

What it involves: In addition to English lessons and support from a dedicated ESOL teacher, pupils will follow a general curriculum including subjects such as maths, geography, history, art and music, alongside native speakers. We can prepare you for a range of examinations and qualifications if you wish. Read more.

Who it is for: Pupils of all ages but perfect for younger learners aged 9-16, who want to gain an initial insight into studying English in the UK. The programme is tailored to the individual’s requirements.

How long does it last: We are flexible on the length of stays but pupils must stay for a minimum of half a term (approximately 5 weeks). N.B. In order to gain the most benefit from the experience a minimum of a 1-term stay is recommended. (1 term is approximately 10 weeks). If pupils want to gain Cambridge ESOL qualifications, their stay must coincide with the Cambridge Board’s examinations in December, March and June every year. We are able to arrange transport to Cambridge to take the exams.

Cost: Full time boarding fees plus ESOL lessons charged at £32.00 per hour (pro-rata if shared lessons)

2) 3-Year A Level (long term study option)

Objective: To enable students for whom English is not their first language to consolidate their English skills, before embarking on internationally recognised ESOL qualifications and AS and A-Level qualifications (the qualifications taken at the end of your school career in the UK).

What it involves:

Year 1: Foundation Initial assessment and individual learning plan established; 3 hours one-to-one ESOL teaching per week; preparation for ESOL qualifications which could include Cambridge ESOL (PET) for example; opportunity to study a general curriculum alongside native speakers; introduction to AS level courses.

Year 2: Year 12 2 hours one-to-one ESOL teaching per week; preparation for ESOL qualifications which could include Cambridge ESOL (FCE); AS Level tuition and preparation for AS Level examinations in June.

Year 3: Year 13 2 hours one-to-one ESOL teaching per week; preparation for university entrance ESOL qualifications, IELTS, SATS or other; careers advice and individual guidance with university applications, A Level tuition and preparation for A Level examinations in June.

Who it is for: Pupils aged 16-18 (n.b. they is some flexibility on age) who want to gain internationally recognised ESOL, AS and A Level qualifications and progress onto university study.

How long does it last: 3 Years

Cost: In 2012-13, £9,250 per term (fixed rate for duration of 3 year course, i.e . there are no fee increases in years 2 and 3). Any additional ESOL tuition beyond that specified above, will be charged at £32.00 per hour on a one-to-one basis (pro-rata for shared lessons).

3) iGCSEs (one year study option)

Generally suitable for international pupils aged 16-18, girls can study for iGCSE qualifications in a one-year intensive study programme. iGCSEs can be studied alongside our general programme of AS and A Levels or when embarking on our 3-Year A Level study course mentioned above. We currently offer iGCSEs in English, maths, science, arts and modern languages according to demand.

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