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International Students

Bredon School welcomes applications from overseas pupils and we guarantee a warm and friendly welcome. We are currently home to students from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East and we embrace the differences that each new pupil brings.

As well as providing Bredon pupils with language skills for life, Bredon will prepare them for college and university by providing full EAL support and guidance.

Pupils can board with us from the age of nine years old and the boarding staff are sympathetic to the needs of all boarders and will help pupils to access and use the School’s Skype facilities to contact home.

They also put together an interesting and varied schedule of extra-curricular activities, trips and excursions to join in with at the weekends.

“Thanks to Bredon (who) nurtures and supports (our daughter) in positive way that gives her confidence in facing challenges.” Parent of international student.

Transport links

Bredon is located on the borders of the counties of Gloucestershire and Worcestershire and occupies a magnificent 84-acre estate, which is very safe and provides an idyllic base for pupils to explore.

The School is just 15 minutes from the M5 motorway with excellent onward transport links to rail and air services throughout the UK. Birmingham Airport is approximately one hour away, with London approximately two hours by car or coach. We offer door to door transport to London at the end of terms for pupils wishing to take onward flights home.

Expressing an interest in Bredon

If you are interested in a place at Bredon, please contact us in the first instance to discuss your child and their interests. Entry to Bredon is not granted by entrance exam, instead we request current school reports and any other reports which may be appropriate, and ask you to visit the School. If a visit in person is not possible, we may work with education agents, or ask you to take part in a Skype conversation with staff and the Headmaster.

Ideally any application to Bredon School will also involve a guest visit by the pupil, who will spend three to five days with us sampling all aspects of school life. During this period, the pupil will be assessed by staff. If the guest visit is completed satisfactorily, an offer of a place will be made.

Guardian arrangements

Any student whose parents live overseas must have an adult guardian in the UK who will agree to be responsible for that student on behalf of the parents. A guardian may be a relative, friend of the family or a guardian agency.

It is essential that a guardian is nominated before the student joins Bredon and that we are advised of the guardian’s name, address, and contact details a week before the start of term. Students go to their guardian for half-term unless alternative arrangements have been made in advance.

Overseas boarders have the choice of either remaining in school for exeat weekends (a free weekend from the end of the school day on Friday until Sunday evening) or spending them with their guardians.

It is hoped that each guardian will keep in regular contact with his or her student, but in particular guardians are required to:

  • Be available to accommodate their student in an emergency – such as an accident or illness
  • Accommodate a student for half-term and exeat weekend holidays, unless alternative arrangements have been made in advance
  • Come to the various school functions throughout the year and to meet staff in order to discuss a pupil’s progress
  • Liaise routinely with the school regarding pastoral matters and maintain regular contact with parents

A deposit is required on entry to Bredon School. For non-EU nationals the deposit is £7,250, which is refundable on settlement of the final account.

Advice for international students arriving in the UK

The UK Home Office has published this ‘Top Tips for Students’ document to improve the passenger experience and speed up your journey through passport control. It has been designed to ensure that students are prepared for border control, including advising on correct documentation and customs rules and regulations.

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