International Students and EAL Provision
Our international students make up approximately 18% of our roll. With its breath-taking location and easy access to London and its airports, Prior Park is popular with students from all over the world.
The majority of pupils applying from outside the UK, apply via an educational agency. The main reasons for this are that we require the use of educational consultants/agents to help pupils through the admissions process, to administer entrance tests and to supply translated school reports. If you do not use an educational agent, then entrance tests will either need to be administered via the candidate’s existing school or at British Council offices. All international students are required to sit tests in English as an Additional Language and Mathematics.
International Admissions Process
If you are a non-UK resident and would like your child to study at Prior Park College, the application process is as follows:-
Mrs Quinn, or her assistant, Mrs Sally Fanning, will be happy to answer any questions you may have about Prior Park College and, subject to a space being available, will send you a Registration Form for completion.
Please return the completed Registration Form along with the following:
- £150 registration fee (bank details are on the reverse of the Registration Form)
- A copy of your child’s latest academic report
- Where applicable, details of the examinations already completed (eg iGCSE) or to be completed
- A copy of your child’s passport (non-EU applicants).
If a pupil is already studying in the UK we would ask them to visit the College to sit entrance tests and be interviewed by the Registrar and the Headmaster or Head of EAL.
If a pupil is outside the UK, they will be required to sit our on-line entrance tests in Maths and English. Upon confirmation of satisfactory test results, we will contact you to arrange an interview with our Head of EAL in order to assess your child’s level of spoken English – this can be via Skype or WeChat.
We will also apply to your son/daughter’s current school for a reference.
The Headmaster will then review your son/daughter's application with a view to making an unconditional offer of a place. An offer letter together with a copy of the Parental Contract and Acceptance Form will be sent from the Admissions Office – this can be used to help the visa process if your child is from outside the EEA.
Your child’s place will be secured by returning the signed Acceptance Form together with the required deposit (£1,000 for EU citizens or a term’s fees for non-EU citizens). This deposit will be forfeited if a pupil withdraws prior to entry.
The deposit will be returned after the duration of your child’s tuition at Prior Park College.
Students requiring a Tier 4 visa will be required to pay a compliance management charge of £400. The Nathanson Partnership has been appointed to ensure Prior Park College are compliant and they will liaise with parents to guide them through the visa application process.
International payments via Flywire
We are pleased to inform you that Prior Park College has partnered with Flywire to provide you with an easy and secure alternative method of sending international payments.
Further information can be found at priorpark.flywire.com
(For pupil code, please use: 001 'Child’s Surname')
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Our EAL programmes are run by skilled practitioners who have themselves experienced life in a foreign country and offer superb support and encouragement for our overseas students.
Pupils entering from Year 7 will have free EAL classes as part of their bespoke curriculum. Preparation for Cambridge PET, FIRST or CAE may be offered to pupils in Year 9 and Year 10, and Pupils in Year 10 and Year 11 will be prepared for IGCSE English as a Second Language. These lessons are not charged additionally.
The College will advise on the level of support needed by individual students. If further EAL tuition is required, students can have private individual or small group lessons which will incur an additional charge.
Students in the Sixth Form can also take lessons to prepare for the IELTS Examination, which is generally required for international students to study in a UK university. This incurs an additional charge.
We also offer an EAL Induction Programme, to help international students acclimatise to life in a UK school and enhance their grasp of the English language.