We welcome pupils aged from 9 to 18 as boarders on a short- or long-term basis.

The Registrar and the Headmaster will be happy to advise you on any questions you might have about the school and the qualifications offered here for overseas pupils.

There are three steps to the admissions process, which we aim to make as simple and uncomplicated for you as possible.

Step 1: Registration

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

  • a recent photograph of your child 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 child to study in the UK are in place. We will advise you on this process and provide you with the supporting documentation required.

Step 2: Entrance assessment

Once we have received your application we will contact you to get a copy of your child’s most recent school report and a reference from their current school. We will also ask your child to take our entrance assessments in mathematics and English. These are designed to give us an indication of your child’s stage of development and level of English. If possible an interview with the Headmaster will be arranged; this can take place via the internet.

English Language

If your child 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.

Step 3: Offer

We will let you know the outcome of the assessments as quickly as possible and if all is satisfactory will send you 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 child’s place at the school, you must return to us a completed entrance form with a deposit of £1000. This deposit is repayable at the end of your child’s last term in the school.

We will then send you a full information pack of essential information and joining details.

UK Guardian for your child

Please note that pupils from abroad must have a guardian in the UK who will be responsible for travel and holiday arrangements and for taking care of them if an unplanned absence from school is required.

Some 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 but for legal reasons  we are not able to arrange this service.

If you have questions…

We understand that choosing a boarding school is an important decision and that it can seem daunting, particularly when that school is not in your home country. If you are considering Hethersett Old Hall School for your child, please do contact our Registrar, Mrs Louise Vyse, 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.