Joining a UK boarding school from abroad is a big decision and parents and pupils always have lots of questions to ask. Below you will find answers to some of the most common questions but please do get in touch with your own, we are very happy to answer them.
Across our year groups from Year 7 to the Sixth Form around 10-20% of our boarders have an international background. This varies from pupils born and brought up living outside of the UK to those whose parents have relocated abroad.
Newport is a small market town in Shropshire in the centre of the UK. It has excellent links with London, Stafford station is around 20 minutes away with regular trains taking just 1 hour 20 minutes to reach the capital. Manchester and Birmingham airports are both approximately 1 hour 30 minutes away and both have extensive international flight schedules.
Although it is a small rural town Newport has an international outlook as it is also home to Harper Adams University one of the world’s leading agricultural universities attracting students from throughout the world.
Our international boarders join us from around the globe; we currently have pupils from Spain, Bhutan, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Oman, Dubai, Romania, Argentina, the Netherlands and India studying with us.
July 2018 - Clarification has been provided by the Deportment of Education about the status of EU students at State Boarding schools after Brexit, as follows:
“A school will be funded for any pupils of compulsory school age who are on roll, based on the census. It is blind to nationality. However, as is the case currently, a school will normally only be funded for students who are over compulsory school age but under 19 if they have a right to reside/remain in the UK. The Home Office has confirmed - and published on its website - that any EU citizens entering the UK after Brexit (29 March 2019) but before the end of 2020 will have a right to remain beyond 2020 providing they register with the Home Office so they can work towards permanent residence. Negotiations are ongoing with EEA/EFTA countries – Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The Home Office has also confirmed that anyone admitted as a boarder to a boarding school before the end of 2020 will be able to complete their studies as a boarder at that same school (based on the principle that being a boarder is a form of ‘residence’ in the UK for Home Office’s purposes). That will include 6th form studies at the school. The Home Office is yet to work out the details of the registration scheme. It is worth noting that applying/registering for permanent residence is the mechanism which will enable pupils to remain beyond December 2020 to complete their studies. There is no obligation placed on a pupil to actually permanently reside in the UK once their studies are over.”
We visit a number of international education events and work with some of the leading agents. We have plans to attend events in Hong Kong and Dubai this year and the dates of those visits will be published here once confirmed. We also work closely with several organisations including Anderson Education who host education events worldwide, Academic Asia who are based in Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Overseas Study Centre in Macau.
Once you have created a short list of schools we strongly recommend spending time visiting them as this is the best way for your family to find out where your son will be happiest. We can organise a visit to Adams which will include a tour of the school and the boarding houses, meetings with senior members of staff and we can also incorporate the entrance test if relevant. An overnight stay in boarding can also be arranged, this is an ideal way for your son to discover what it's really like as a boarder at Adams.
Attending a UK boarding school, for all or part of their higher education, offers a number of benefits to pupils, especially if they are considering attending a UK university after leaving school.
Boarding schools such as Adams, which have a good mixture of pupils from a wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities, will ensure a pupil is better prepared for the wider social mix they will experience at university or in the work place. By keeping the numbers from each country low in each year group we can ensure that all pupils benefit from forming strong friendships across any perceived cultural divide. Friendships made in a boarding environment are incredibly strong and often become life-long bonds.
Newport is a quiet market town which allows pupils to experience greater freedom and independence than they may be able to in their home environment. This is important preparation for when pupils move on to larger towns and cities for their further education.
Large numbers of pupils from Adams gain places at the UK's most competitive universities each year including Oxford and Cambridge and to study the most sought after courses including medicine, veterinary science and law. We have extensive experience in helping pupils through this process which involves not only achieving outstanding academic results but also being able to communicate a deep understanding for a subject. As these articles indicate (SCMP1 and SMCP2) this is an area that some schools have been criticised for. We can also provide extensive support in gaining interview and work experience and can help pupils broaden their horizons to ensure they have a wide range of extra-curricular interests to share.