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Study Options for International Pupils aged 13 to 19

Wycliffe is a UK day and boarding school with a genuine global outlook and an aim to educate all our pupils to have a global perspective. In the Senior School, pupils from overseas can join us in Year 9, Year 10, Year 12 or on our one year GCSE Development Programme (for 15-17 year olds) , which is a bespoke study option ideal for international pupils to want to improve their English before entering Year 12. The Admissions process  is very simple and can be done online and in your own school or with your educational agent.

English Language Support

The one year GCSE Development Programme has in-built English Language Support as part of the weekly timetable alongside the study of six GCSE subjects and additional non-examined subjects . This course is one cost for all elements. If a pupil is in Year 9 or Year 10 and needs additional English Language Support, these EAL lessons are timetabled according to what the teachers (in agreement with parents) believe is appropriate. There is an additional charge for these lessons.

Pre-Sessional Week for New International Pupils

New international pupils in Years 9 to Year 13 (where English is not their first language) attend a Pre-Sessional week, during the last week of August and just before the start of the new academic year. This week is an important time for new pupils – they have a chance to settle into the UK and into Wycliffe, make some friends, get to know their environment, and explore the surrounding area – all before the rest of the School start for the term.

Pupils usually arrive on Day 1 with their parents. On this day they settle into their room, register with the Medical Centre, Finance Team and sort out any uniform problems. They have supper with their parents or guardians and the Head of College gives a short talk before their parents leave.

On Day 2 to 4, pupils go on outings (shopping at Cribbs Causeway, Bowling, and other team building activities), and they are retested for their ability in English and Maths.

Ideally located – safe secure campus, 90 minutes from London

Pupils attend Wycliffe College from all over the world. We have great transport links and are situated within easy reach of London. Heathrow is 1 hour 45 minutes’ drive and Bristol and Birmingham Airports can be reached by car within an hour. The School Campus is two minutes’ walk from Stonehouse Station, which has a direct railway connection into London, Paddington in 1 hour 40 minutes.

For transporting pupils to and from the airport; our drivers are carefully selected to ensure our pupils safety and for outbound journeys, the drivers check pupils in to their flights promptly and stay with them if any unforeseen flight delay occur. Vehicles may transport an individual or be shared depending on flight times.

To take advantage of our full and comprehensive travel service, please email overseas@wycliffe.co.uk ten days prior to travel day to arrange transfers.. Please include all flight details (Flight Number, Flight time and Airport Terminal) to ensure clear, comprehensive arrangements.

International pupils are fully integrated into the life of the school, and pupils are appreciative and respectful of others, whatever their background.

Most Recent Independent Schools Inspectorate Report

Links with parents, carers and guardians are excellent….high levels of parental satisfaction with the school, its curriculum, the range of activities, the quality of pastoral care and the effectiveness of management, and a very large majority of the parents said they would recommend the school.

Recent Review from Good Schools Guide