Contacts
  • Services
    • Services and prices
    • Immigration and citizenship
    • Scholarships
    • Tutoring and preparation for schools, universities abroad
  • Information
  • Partnership
    • Group travel
    • For teachers
    • Terms of partnership (for agents)
    • Instructions (for agents)
    • FAQ (for agents)
    • For schools
    • Educational fairs
    • Advertising
  • Contacts

7 best boarding schools in Wales for international students. Description, rankings, 2023 fees

Schools
7institutions
Show on map
Sort:
by ranking
by name by ranking by price (increasing) by price (decreasing)
student age
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Show by:
10 18 36 72
St Michaels School Wales
In 2018 - 73.5% of A level students achieved A - A*
St Michaels School Wales
Wales
Swansea
Currently watching: 1
Good
7.8
from 23800.00 £ / year
Apply with documents
from 23800.00 £ / year
Apply with documents
Christ College Brecon
Christ College Brecon
Wales
Brecon
Currently watching: 1
Good
7.7
from 6053.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
from 6053.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
Haberdashers' Monmouth School for girls
Haberdashers' Monmouth School for girls
Wales
Monmouth
Currently watching: 1
Good
7.6
from 9924.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
from 9924.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
Haberdashers' Monmouth School for boys
Haberdashers' Monmouth School for boys
Wales
Monmouth
Currently watching: 1
Good
7.6
from 10284.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
from 10284.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
Ruthin School
In 2019 - 82% of A Level students achieved A* - A
Ruthin School
Wales
Rufin
Currently watching: 2
Good
7.6
from 38700.00 £ / year
Apply with documents
from 38700.00 £ / year
Apply with documents
St Davids College
St Davids College
Wales
Llandudno
Currently watching: 1
Good
7.6
from 2965.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
from 2965.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
Llandovery College
Llandovery College
Wales
Llandovery
Currently watching: 1
Pleasant
7.4
from 9063.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
from 9063.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
Similar educational institutions
Swansea University
Swansea University
Wales
Swansea
Currently watching: 6
Very good
8
from 2950.00 £ / 10 weeks
Apply with documents
from 2950.00 £ / 10 weeks
Apply with documents
Bangor University
Top-50 UK University
Bangor University
Wales
Llandovery
Currently watching: 1
Pleasant
7
Apply with documents
Apply with documents
Oakleigh House Private School
Oakleigh House Private School
Wales
Swansea
Currently watching: 2
Pleasant
1 reviews
7
Apply with documents
Apply with documents
St. Clare's School
St. Clare's School
Wales
Swansea
Currently watching: 2
Pleasant
7
from 4600.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
from 4600.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
Aberystwyth University (AU)
Aberystwyth University (AU)
Wales
Llandovery
Currently watching: 1
Pleasant
7
from 9500.00 £ / year
Apply with documents
from 9500.00 £ / year
Apply with documents
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Wales
Swansea
Currently watching: 2
Pleasant
7
from 13500.00 £ / year
Apply with documents
from 13500.00 £ / year
Apply with documents
Queen Ethelburga's College Boarding school
85% of A Level students achieved A*-A results among top UK schools in 2021
Queen Ethelburga's College Boarding school
United Kingdom
York
Currently watching: 10
Outstanding
19 reviews
9.3
from 13850.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
from 13850.00 £ / term
Apply with documents
Abbey DLD College London
In 2021 - 82% of A Level students achieved A*-B
Abbey DLD College London
United Kingdom
London
Currently watching: 10
Outstanding
8 reviews
9.3
from 48037.00 £ / year
Apply with documents
from 48037.00 £ / year
Apply with documents
Show by:
10 18 36 72

Education information

Wales is an extraordinary, beautiful and picturesque country, one of the four main parts of the United Kingdom. This is a land of boundless lakes, melodious songs and a persistent Nordic character, stunning coastal landscapes and mysterious fogs. In addition to its unique historical, cultural and tourist value, Wales provides an opportunity to receive a high-quality, prestigious education. Studying in Wales is becoming more and more popular among international students every year, and there are logical explanations for this – the country has many advantages.

Despite its belonging to the United Kingdom, the small coastal state carefully preserves its national identity and uniqueness. As an official language, not only English, but also Welsh is accepted here. It is very melodic, smooth, beautiful and pleasant to the ear – in particular, this explains the popularity of the song genre and Welsh opera all over the world. Welsh is a unique example of how the historical, ancient language is actively used and developed in the modern world: many residents of remote villages even poorly understand English, and Welsh can be heard everywhere on the streets of the capital Cardiff. The accent here is not as strong as, for example, the Scots.

Mixed boarding school in Wales – education system

The secondary and primary education is compulsory for all students aged from 5 to 16 years old. Traditionally, educational institutions are divided into public (usually free) and private (paid). The studying is conducted in as English (in this case, Welsh is studied as a second foreign language), as and in Welsh – the choice is made by the child and his parents, the curricula are practically the same and equally well balanced. The main specific of studying in boarding school in Wales is high variability of programs, focus on practical application of the acquired knowledge, personal approach to each student and focus on the production and business sector.

Below the information about educational programs in boarding school in Wales is provided:

  • Preparatory school is the initial stage. Age of students is from 7 to 11-13 years. The main task is to help children to enrol in prestigious educational institutions, such as Public Schools. Foreign students can start studying in a few educational institutions from the age of 7. Main disciplines: English and other languages, mathematics, fundamentals of religion, natural science, music, labour, physical education, art, information and communication technologies, history, geography, theatre art. The middle stage (ages 11-13 to 14) is more popular with foreign students. The above subjects form the basis of the curriculum. Optional subjects included in the tuition fee can be used as additional classes.
  • GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), age of students – 14-16 years. Duration of studying is two years. Then there is the next stage after the 11th grade — Sixth Form (12-13 academic years), then A-Level, IB, Pre-U or BTEC. Upon graduation, a valid certificate of secondary education is issued in Wales. The program takes into account academic education not only in compulsory subjects, but also by choice, taking into account student’s interests. The list of disciplines is determined by the nature of the educational institution. The mandatory list usually includes the following: English, mathematics, natural sciences (from one to three). Most often it is supplemented with English literature, foreign language and religious studies.
  • A-level is the program of graduating classes of secondary education. The Advanced level certificate allows students of boarding schools in Wales to enrol in universities in various countries. The duration of studying is 2 years. At the first stage, the students choose four or five subjects from 15-40 prospective disciplines. In the second academic year, their number may be reduced to three or four. At the end of each stage, it is required to pass examination tests in the boarding school in Wales. The choice of disciplines is determined by the planned specialization.
  • IB (International Baccalaureate). In the classroom, children acquire knowledge in the natural sciences, humanities and separately in the future university profile. The program consists of six subjects — native language, foreign language, mathematics and three elective subjects. Three academic disciplines are studied at the basic level and three at the advanced level. The three mandatory elements are: EE (extended essay), TOK (course of theory of knowledge) and CAS ("Creativity. Action. Service" — social, community work, art, sports). At the end of the second academic year, students take exams.
  • Cambridge Pre-U - one of the new alternative courses for high school students, which many schools in Wales are engaged in. It was developed by the Cambridge International Examination Commission taking into account the world practice of obtaining secondary education. The program quickly gained popularity. It has been recognized by many American universities. Students choose three out of 27 disciplines. Additional courses are added to them, which are not included in the diploma. At the end of the studying, it is required not only to pass exams, but also to provide a portfolio on the subject of "Global Perspectives", as well as scientific research. After all of the above, high school students are awarded a diploma.

TOP boarding schools in Wales fees for foreign students

It is legally approved that students living and studying in Wales can pay no more than 1,255 pounds annually for their studies; subsidies are also provided for students who have chosen Welsh as the main language of instruction. Thus, the cost of studying here is quite acceptable.

The state cordially welcomes foreign students and applicants — the choice of educational directions here is quite wide, and the requirements are quite standard. You will need to provide a school certificate for the 11th grade, all diplomas and certificates, as well as confirm a high language level by passing a profile exam.

How to enroll in the best boarding school in Wales?

The foreign students need to pass language test and personal interview. In case of enrolment on the program GCSE in the boarding school in Wales, it is necessary to pass examination tests in natural sciences and mathematics, on the A-level - in four disciplines. Foreign applicants with an insufficient level of English are recommended to first receive intensive language studying in special international centers (based on ranking educational institutions). At the same time, the studying will take place simultaneously with the standard academic program.

Depending on the requirements of a particular private school in Wales, the package of documents for studying in England may vary.

Main documents are as following:

  • Report card (may contain grades for the last 2-3 years of study), at the same time, they may ask for a transcript: number of hours, name of disciplines;
  • Certificate of international standard (confirms the level of proficiency in English), passing scores may vary depending on the educational institution;
  • Letters of recommendation (a characteristic may be required not only from the class teacher, but also from the school principal, teachers of mathematics and English);
  • A motivational letter in free form (in it the child must state why he wants to enroll in this particular school and what he expects from studying in the future).

 

7 best boarding schools in Wales 2022 rankings

1 St Michaels School
2 Christ College Brecon
3 Haberdashers' Monmouth School for girls
4 Haberdashers' Monmouth School for boys
5 Ruthin School
6 St Davids College
7 Llandovery College

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

Top 35 best schools in the USA - 2022 Smapse rankings

1 North Broward Preparatory School
2 Phillips Academy Andover
3 The Storm King School New York
4 Red Bank Catholic High School
5 Windermere Preparatory School
6 Shattuck St Mary's School
7 Cheshire Academy
8 Cate School
9 Ross School
10 Deerfield Academy
11 The Village School
12 Amerigo Los Angeles – Bishop Montgomery High School
13 Webb Schools
14 Kent School USA
15 The Winchendon School
16 Darlington School
17 Marian Catholic High School Amerigo Education
18 Grier School
19 The MacDuffie School
20 CATS Academy Boston
21 The Cambridge School of Weston
22 Milton Academy
23 Amerigo Education Napa Valley
24 American Hebrew Academy
25 Northfield Mount Hermon School
26 Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education
27 American University Preparatory School Los Angeles
28 Webb Schools
29 Kent School USA
30 Groton School
31 Maine Central Institute
32 The Lawrenceville School
33 Grand River Academy Оhio
34 Saint John Paul II Academy
35 Chicago North Shore

Top 14 best schools in Switzerland 2022

1 College Du Leman
2 St. Georges School Montreux
3 Institut Monte Rosa
4 Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz
5 Saint-Charles Collège et Lycée
6 Leysin American School
7 Hochalpines Institut Ftan AG High Alpine
8 Aiglon College Switzerland
9 Institut Le Rosey School
10 Institut Montana Zugerberg
11 Champittet College
12 Brillantmont International School
13 Surval Montreux
14 Ecole Pre Fleuri

Top 12 best schools in Canada 2022

1 Brookes Shawnigan Lake
2 Rosseau Lake College
3 Albert College
4 Columbia International College
5 Ridley College
6 St Andrew's College
7 Brentwood College School
8 Pickering College
9 Bodwell High School
10 Trafalgar Castle School
11 Fulford Academy
12 Shawnigan Lake School

Best boarding schools in England - 2022 Smapse rankings

1 Cardiff Sixth Form College
2 Sevenoaks School
3 Queen Ethelburga's College
4 Brighton College
5 The National Mathematics and Science College NMSC
6 Concord College
7 Westbourne School
8 Wellington College
9 Rossall School
10 d'Overbroeck's College
11 Dulwich College
12 Fettes College
13 Stonar School
14 Wycliffe College
15 Lucton School
16 King's School Canterbury
17 ACS School Cobham
18 Hurtwood House
19 Uppingham School
20 Scarborough College
21 King's College St Michael’s
22 Mill Hill School
23 Windermere School
24 Clifton College
25 Badminton School
26 Oakham School
27 Oundle School
28 Stowe School
29 Cheltenham College
30 Bromsgrove School
31 Sidcot School
32 Prior Park College
33 Millfield School
34 Oswestry School
35 Caterham School
36 City of London Freemen’s School
37 Buckswood School
38 Brooke House College
39 Taunton School
40 St Clare's Oxford
41 Repton School
42 Royal Russell School
43 King's Ely
44 Leys Cambridge
45 Leighton Park
46 Bedford School
47 Fyling Hall
48 Royal Hospital School
Reviews/Comments/Questions
There are no comments here yet
Your comment / review
If you have a question, write it, we will try to answer
* - Field is mandatory
Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
Callback Online consultant
Напишите нам, мы онлайн!