Bedstone College has a small community of overseas students and is always delighted to consider applications for stays of one term or longer. Many young people join us initially for a short period and stay for several years. We currently attract students aged eight to 18 from 16 different countries worldwide. This guarantees that students are fully immersed in a British boarding school environment where English is most definitely the language of choice. We strictly control the number coming from one specific region to avoid cliques based on a common language or background developing. Unless parents or agents specifically request otherwise, those from the same first language will not be boarding in the same dormitory.
We expect a reasonable level of English but also offer significant EAL support. Those joining us for A Levels typically have the equivalent of IELTS level 5.0 or above. In the lower years we offer a variety of extra language support tailored to the needs of our international students. On arrival we run a full induction programme, to ensure a smooth transition to life at Bedstone. We help our new students to find their feet, get familiar with the campus and life in the boarding house, as well as giving them plenty of opportunities to meet their fellow students and make friends.
Most students applying from outside the UK come via an educational agency. The main reason is to help families through the selection process, assist with paperwork, legalities and translation. Every young person looking to enter Bedstone College from outside of the EU is asked to submit tests in English along with school reports. This is part of the visa process and tests must be administered by a registered body.
To read interviews with some of our current international students please click here.
The Head of EAL is Ms Gabi Kindermann. Ms Kindermann gained her teaching degree from the University of Potsdam in Germany. She taught English as a Foreign language in Germany for five years before coming to the UK to take up a number of positions teaching German to UK students at schools in Somerset and Kenilworth and at the University of Warwick. Her last teaching post was as Head of German at Stratford-upon-Avon Girls’ Grammar School.
Mr Culain Morris is a graduate of Oxford University, (St Edmund Hall). He spent much of his teaching life in science and latterly turned his hand to EAL, gaining his CELTA in 2001. He was the curriculum director at the Jian Hua School of Foreign Languages in Weihai, PRC and works at Bedstone on a part-time basis.
All students whose parents live overseas must have a nominated guardian in the UK. This is a legal requirement. It can be a family member or friend or you may choose to retain a professional Guardianship company.