International Families

Sandroyd is a home from home for all children, whether they live 20 minutes or 20 hours away and whether ex-pat with parents living abroad or any other nationality.

With boarding at the heart of our ethos, we have pupils from all over the world who join our community.  Some of the international pupils will join us for a single academic year, others will spend 4 or 5 years with us before moving on to a British public school.  Currently at Sandroyd we have pupils from Tasmania, USA, Asia, Middle East, Russia, Spain and France.  

We fully understand that for the majority of foreign parents, the primary aim of sending their child/ren to a UK boarding school is to enhance their English language skills whilst also experiencing the British culture.

As such, we have strict quotas on the number of children of any single nationality, both in a single year group and in the school as a whole, to ensure that they are given maximum immersion.  This means that at weekends when the day children go home, the school continues to be predominantly filled with British children, ideal for both our ex-pat families and the foreign children alike.

The admissions process for international children living is by means of school reports and handwritten assessment.  The Admissions Registrar will be able to provide you with more detail on this.  Early registration is essential for any international child.  With limited places, we are full up to 18 months in advance of admission for some nationalities and we are rarely able to upgrade a waiting list place.

All children whose parents live internationally must have a UK based guardian who is able to have the children at exeat weekends, half terms (if not returning home) and at any other time when the child cannot be at school.  A guardian may be a family member, a friend or a formal agent but we are unable to accept an international child without a named guardian.  Many of the children receive invitations to spend weekends with other pupils who live locally but a guardian must be aware that this is not always the case.  Parental permission is always sought when such invitations are received.

For any information regarding admissions or assessment for international children, please contact Mrs Dinah Rawlinson, Admissions Registrar on 0044 1725 530124 or email [email protected] 

For information on airport transfers, etc., please see the Escorted Travel section.