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We welcome boarders from across the world to join our boarding community. Only a small number of international pupils join each year group as this helps to ensure that all pupils integrate and make the most of the opportunity to live alongside pupils from different backgrounds and cultures.

As a state school all pupils, including boarders, must hold a UK or EU passport or have the right of abode in the UK. We currently have pupils from around the world as part of our boarding community.

If space allows we can normally offer boarding places in Year 7, 8, 9 or 10. A popular option for international boarders is to join us for two years in the Sixth Form as this is a great introduction to the UK education system ahead of the university application process.

International pupils are required to sit and pass our Entrance Test. Those entering Year 7 are required to sit the CEM test (please see our Year 7 Entrance Page for more information) while those joining further up the school will sit papers consisting of English, Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry questions. Pupils wishing to join the Sixth Form will be provided with papers based on their specific A-Level choices or will be made an offer of a place based on predicted GCSE grades.

For those visiting the UK we can arrange a tour of the school and if appropriate a taster night in boarding for your son so that he can gain a better understanding what boarding at Adams is like. 

International Events

We attend a number of international education events throughout the year, in 2017 and 2018 our staff visited Hong Kong, Macau, Dubai and Madrid to meet prospective families. Details of where you can meet our staff in 2018/2019 will be published here once confirmed.


Every pupil whose home is overseas or whose parents currently live or are posted abroad must have a nominated guardian for the duration of their stay at Haberdashers’ Adams. This guardian must be resident in the UK and, ideally, within a reasonable journey of the school.

In the event of an emergency, the guardian will be the first point of contact. Parents will, of course, also be contacted, but the guardian will act in their absence ‘in loco parentis’.

All guardianship agencies provide a variety of plans and fees to suit individual needs.  We do not arrange guardians or recommend a specific agency but information and advice on guardianship can be found via AEGIS (The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students), an organisation that inspects and accredits guardianship providers in the UK and works to promote the welfare of international students. Please see their website for further information, including a list of AEGIS Accredited Guardianship Organisations.

Contact Us

Selecting a UK boarding school is a really important decision and we recognise that families have lots of questions. Please take a look at our international boarding FAQs page where you will find many of the answers you require.

You are also welcome to contact us using the form below, register your interest in boarding or email us with any questions you may have and we will be very happy to help.