Alton School

International Admissions

Thank you for considering Alton School as an option for your child’s education in the UK.

The school was founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Our Lady of Providence. It is located in Anstey Manor House on the outer fringes of Alton, and is set in nineteen acres of grounds, offering extensive playing fields, adventure playground, woodland walks and traditional gardens. Alton is a Georgian market town, well known for its association with the 18th century author, Jane Austen, and is just an hour by train from London. The historic city of Winchester, the former capital of England, is within easy reach, as is the city of Portsmouth, with its rich maritime past. Alton School has excellent facilities, and an outstanding academic record. We are proud to have seen all our students progress to the universities of their choice, including Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College, London.

Alton School offers a combination of all that is good and exciting in education today. Our philosophy is simple: we place great emphasis on the value of pupils and the experiences they will encounter within our community.

All our International Students are housed with families from within our school community. We do our best to help our students settle quickly into their new surroundings and to make their stay here  happy, successful and fulfilling.

Sixth Form Centre

Alton School has maintained an unbroken tradition of 100% success in all subjects at A level since the Sixth Form Centre opened. Students progress to prestigious universities to study a wide range of courses such as Law, Medicine, Architecture and Engineering. The school has been rated ‘excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Our ground breaking enrichment programme offers students the chance to gain useful additional qualifications to improve learning; other activities allow for an expression of creative and sporting talent. Conferences, field trips, theatre visits and cultural experiences all help to prepare students for a fulfilling future.

Personal development and academic success is key to the excellence of Alton Sixth Form Centre. Students enjoy an experience which fuses the modern and the traditional. A wide range of courses is offered and taught by specialist teachers within small groups, helping students to achieve the best possible results. Students are encouraged to manage increased personal responsibility and independence, guided by teachers who know them well. They learn to manage time and balance the demands of study, social and enrichment opportunities. Students become mature, cultured and effective members of society, equipped for higher education and the professions.

Pastoral Care at Alton School is exceptional. A personal tutor is in close daily contact and each student shares a private study room and receives a bespoke timetable tailored specifically to their requirements.

If you would like to know more about International education please contact:

Mrs Pigott, the Admissions Registrar

Call: 01420 82070

International Students’ booklet – multilingual

There are two International Student Programmes, a short term and a two year programme.   The short term course is suitable for 16 to 18 year old international students as a pre-sessional, pre-A level or even gap year course to improve their English skills and widen their cultural insight into the British way of life.

International students can also apply for a two-year GCSE course (currently only girls are admitted) or a two-year A level course (boys and girls are admitted).

We help develop the necessary language and academic skills so that students may achieve the individual educational goals which match the requirements of their chosen university.

The English language course includes Speaking and Pronunciation, Vocabulary, Reading, Writing and Grammar. Specific exam preparation is available if an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment is required.

International Students also choose academic subjects from our wide range of courses that will suit their chosen career or personal interests.

Please download the pdf below for a breakdown of Alton School’s International  Fees.

Alton School International fees

International Registration Form – this is the International programme application form.

Please email or fax (+44 1420 541711) for further information.

German Students

Year 10 or above with knowledge of English comparable to CEFR, level B1

Colombian Students

ICFES Year 11 exam in English

Indian Students

Equivalent of Year 11 in the UK

Other Nationals

Please enquire through our International Admissions Team,

We ask all our prospective students to partake in a skype interview prior to any formal offer of a place on a course at Alton School.

Following receipt of your application we will set up a Skype interview with both the student and parents. This will help us assess the competency of your spoken English and suitability to follow a course here at school.

You will be required to provide two references as to your suitability to study at our school.

International English Language Testing System

At Alton School we offer students the opportunity to prepare for the IELTS exam at the level which is appropriate for their requirements. Many universities expect IELTS scores of 6.0 or higher to study foundation courses.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Level Descriptor

Score Level Description
9 Expert User Fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent, with complete understanding.
8 Very Good User Fully operational command of the language with only occasionally unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies, misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
7 Good User Operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
6 Competent User Generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings, can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest User Partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
4 Limited User Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Frequent problems in understanding and expression, is not able to use complex language.
3 Extremely Limited User Only general meaning conveyed and understood in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
2 Intermittent User No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words in short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1 Non-User Essentially no ability to use the language beyond a few isolated words.

Following successful references and interview an acceptance form will be sent via email. This form will need to be completed and returned with a £500 deposit which is refunded when your child completes the programme.

Alton School is a Tier 4 sponsor with the UK Visa and Immigration Service and is authorised to recruit students under the Tier 4 (General) Points Based System.

A non-EEA National planning to study in the UK for more than six months should apply for entry clearance as a Tier 4 (General) student before travelling. You will need to apply on line through the Visa4uk website, and attend a visa application centre in your country to enrol your biometric data (fingerprints and facial scan). You may also be required to participate in an interview as part of the application process to establish that you genuinely intend to study whilst you are in the UK and that your level of English is good enough to follow the course you have applied for.

You will need the following documents to apply:

  • Your CAS (Certificate of Acceptance for Study) number. This is issued by Alton School, when offered an unconditional place.
  • Any examination certificates.
  • Valid passport. Please note that your current passport must be valid for a minimum of twelve months after the date you travel to the UK.
  • As part of the application process you will need to provide evidence of your ability to pay for your studies, and to cover your living expenses whilst in the UK. If you are using your parents’ account you will also need to produce your original birth certificate and a letter from your parents confirming the money is to be used to pay for your UK education.

Accommodation for International Students is provided by families known to the school. Students become part of the chosen family, sharing meals with them and participating in family leisure activities. Living with host families offers our students a very special experience. They have a chance to broaden their cultural awareness and of course to practise English. This in turn helps to improve their communication skills and academic results.

All host families are selected carefully, inspected and DBS checked. The care of our students is taken very seriously. The school works in partnership with the host family to ensure that every student has a happy and successful stay.

Students are provided with a private furnished bedroom which includes a study desk, desk lamp and chair. Bed linen and towels are changed once a week. Students have access to the family bathroom. Their meals include breakfast and supper. Lunch will be provided by the school with the exception of weekends. All laundry is done within the family home. Students are transported safely to and from school every day. This will either be through the transportation provided by the school mini-bus service or through the family transporting students personally.

The host families ensure that students are registered at their local doctors and dentists in order to ensure that all medical needs are met.

Prior to your departure from home country you will have completed and signed all the required forms. Please ensure that you bring all relevant paperwork. On arrival in the UK you will be met at the airport and escorted to your accommodation.

Special dietary requests should have been emailed through to the host family as well as holiday plans. Interests and hobbies should also be discussed before arrival.

On arrival there will be a thorough induction programme to ensure students understand everything they need to know to settle in and enjoy their experience here.

Your host family will make the necessary travel arrangements for you come into school either by private car, public or school transport.

Along with the other Sixth Form students a study room will be made available.