How to Apply
International families are welcome to register an application directly with Kingswood via the link to our registration form but may find it helpful to appoint an agent to provide information, advice and assistance with the application process. We welcome all families to visit us for a personal tour which can be arranged here but we can also arrange virtual meetings for those families who are not able to travel to the UK. Our virtual tours can also provide some insight to life at Kingswood.
All international applicants will follow the process below, including where necessary, applications for Child Student visas.
A wide range of scholarships are available each year for entry to Years 7, 9 and 12. The awards are made in recognition of excellence in academic ability, Art, Drama, Design and Technology, Music, and Sport. A John Wesley Scholarship to recognise potential in all-round contribution to school life is also available for boarding students.
Scholarships for Year 12 are normally granted in November, Year 7 scholarships in December and Year 9 scholarships in February of the school year preceding entry.
In keeping with the Christian ethos and traditions of the School, the Headmaster and Governors seek to provide financial assistance to families where it is felt that a particular child would benefit from the type of education Kingswood provides and where there is a proven genuine need. All bursary applications are means-tested for eligibility and assessed by the Director of finance and operations and Headmaster.
Bursaries are not available for children attending Kingswood Preparatory School unless there are very exceptional circumstances. Parents who wish to be considered for bursarial support should complete the financial statement form which can be obtained by contacting the Admissions department.
The completed form should be submitted, together with any relevant supporting information, for assessment by the Director of finance and operations, who will receive it in confidence. As no awards can be made after an offer is made, we encourage families who feel they may be eligible for bursarial support to discuss the matter with the Director of Admissions well in advance of making a formal application for entry and before any assessment papers are taken.
It is the policy of the Governors to review the fees annually and to minimise fee increases. Parents are normally advised of fee increases prior to the beginning of the summer term. The annual fee is payable in three equal instalments and is due by the first day of each term.
An acceptance deposit of £2,500 together with an advance fee payment of £11,381 (which equates to the first term’s boarding fees is payable to secure the place that has been offered to an international student. The acceptance deposit will be retained until the pupil leaves the school, while the advance fees will be credited to the first term’s invoice, in accordance with the terms and conditions.
To assist families who live outside the UK and are unable to make a personal visit to Kingswood School, there is an established network of overseas agents representing Kingswood School that are based in different countries around the world and that are able to provide information, advice and assistance with the application process. You may find the British Boarding School Network a helpful place to start in identifying your agent
Every Kingswood School student whose parents live outside the UK is required to have an adult guardian in the UK, preferably within one hour’s driving distance from the School. This is a legal requirement in the UK.
A guardian may be a relative, friend of the family or guardian agency. It is essential that the parents appoint a guardian and provide their contact details to the Admissions department prior to the student joining the School.
The duties of the guardian include making travel arrangements and accompanying the student between the airport and the School and, if necessary, arranging overnight accommodation.
Many overseas students will stay in the UK for half-term holidays. The guardian is expected to make travel arrangements for the student and accommodate the pupil unless the parents make alternative arrangements.
Guardians should develop a positive and friendly relationship with the student and maintain contact with both the student and House staff during the term, including attending parents’ meetings, performances and sports fixtures.
Kingswood has a well-equipped Medical Centre; however, a guardian’s help may be required in the event of a medical emergency. A guardian may be required to collect and accommodate a student who is unwell for a longer period.
Very occasionally, a student may break school rules, and if the offence is serious, the guardian will be required to make travel arrangements for the student and accommodate the pupil during the period of exclusion from the School.
In order to carry out these duties, it is essential that the guardian be a householder, be older than 25, be able to speak English and be accessible by telephone.
Term dates and holidays are published on the School’s website and in the school calendar at least one year in advance. This ensures that pupils do not leave before the end of term or arrive after the beginning of term. Parents arranging tickets for overseas flights are responsible for passports and visas (which may be given to the House Parents for safekeeping on arrival at the School).
If you would like to appoint a guardian, AEGIS is the regulatory body that assigns them. Kingswood also has a list of guardianship agencies that look after current Kingswood students and will be happy to help you if you do not have a suitable contact in the UK. However, this cannot be considered a recommendation, as arrangements are made solely between parents and the guardianship agency.
|Name||Website||Contact number(s)||Email address|
|Guardians Etc||guardiansetc.com||+44 7977125908+44 1275843156||[email protected]|
|Crown Guardians||crownguardians.co.uk||+44 1225 423327+44 1934 733182||[email protected][email protected]|
|Guardians UK||guardiansuk.com||+44 1823 703199||[email protected]|
|Pippa’s Guardians||pippasguardians.co.uk||+44 1684252757+447714034749||[email protected]|
|White House Guardianships||whg.eu.com||+ 44458686688||[email protected]|
Every pupil who is a non-UK passport holder must hold a Tier 4 visa in order to study in the UK. Kingswood is rated as a highly trusted sponsor by the Home Office and is authorised to issue confirmation of acceptance of studies (CAS) numbers to enable pupils to obtain an educational visa.
Following acceptance of a place and payment of deposit, parents from outside the EU are required to pay £11,492, which goes towards the first term’s fees, before a CAS can be issued. This amount is detailed on the CAS application, which can be issued in advance of the student starting at Kingswood. Parents are also required to provide evidence that they have had the rest of the year’s boarding fees in their bank account for a period of 28 days. This is not required for parents who pay the full year’s fees in advance.
The Admissions department will then issue a CAS, which must be taken, along with the offer letter and any other supporting documentation, to the visa office in the student’s home country up to three months before the period of study.
For further information about visa requirements, please contact the Senior School's Admissions department.