Bredon School welcomes applications from overseas students and we guarantee a warm and friendly welcome when they arrive with us. We are currently home to 15 nationalities - with children from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East - and we embrace the differences and cultures that each new pupil brings.
As well as providing our international students with language skills for life, Bredon prepare them for college and university and life beyond Bredon by providing full EAL support and guidance.
Pupils can board with us from the age of nine years old; our boarding staff are sympathetic to the needs of all boarders and will help them to access and use the School’s Skype facilities to contact home.
An interesting and varied schedule of extra-curricular activities, trips and excursions to join in with at the weekends is available at all times.
"Thanks to Bredon (who) nurtures and supports (our daughter) in positive way that gives her confidence in facing challenges."
Parent of international student
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 our 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 and Bristol airports are 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.
The Admissions Process
New pupils are accepted in to most year groups, except for Years 11 and 13. If you are considering Bredon for your child, the first step is to contact our Admissions Office who will be able to confirm that a place is available in your preferred year group and talk to you about the next steps.
We do not ask prospective pupils to sit entrance examinations but we will ask to see your child’s current or most recent school reports, as well as copies of any specialist assessments (e.g. Educational Psychologist report), if appropriate. These reports will be reviewed by our Head of Learning Support who will confirm for us that your child’s specific learning requirements can be supported at Bredon before you proceed with their formal application. A formal application involves you completing an Application Form and returning it to us, along with an Application Fee of £125.
You should also come to see the school before making a formal application. This could take the form of an individual visit, which can be arranged on most weekdays during term time, or you might prefer to attend one of our Open Mornings, particularly if you are still in the early stages of choosing a school and wish to have a less formal visit. Open Mornings are held monthly during term time.
Having provided satisfactory reports, and if you feel Bredon could be the right school for your child, we would invite your child to a 'taster' experience at Bredon. Tasters are an opportunity for children to experience life at Bredon and for us, it is a chance to assess how your child will fit in at Bredon. During their taster, your child will be matched with a current pupil (known as a ‘buddy’) who will accompany them to all lessons and take part in sports and activities. It is a great opportunity for your child to get to know others who will be in the same class and year group. Boarders are expected to stay for five consecutive days and nights (usually starting at 5pm on Sunday evening and ending at 3:15pm on Friday).
Following the successful completion of a taster, we will then offer a place and send an Acceptance Form, along with a copy of our Terms and Conditions. At the end of a taster, we believe you and your child will know whether you feel Bredon is the right school for your family.
Any pupil whose parents live overseas must have an adult guardian in the UK who will agree to be responsible for the child 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 at least a week before the start of term. Pupils go to their guardian for half-term and exeat weekends unless alternative arrangements have been made in advance.
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 the student in an emergency – such as an accident or illness
Accommodate the 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 the student’s progress
Liaise routinely with school staff 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. Further fee details.