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Claremont Independent Boarding School (Football Academy available)

In 2019 - 21% of GCSE students achieved A* - A scores
Address: Ebdens Hill Baldslow St. Leonards-on-Sea East Sussex TN37 7PW (01424 751555)
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Description Claremont Independent Boarding School (Football Academy available)

  • Established: Prep School in 1925; Senior School & 6th Form in 2011
  • Location: East Sussex, United Kingdom (approx. 1.5 hours from London)
  • Students age: Boys & girls aged from 1-18 years (Boarding from 11 years)
  • Total number of students: 700 (350 in Prep, 350 in Senior) including 95 international students
  • Type of education: mixed
  • Language of instruction: English.

The British private school Claremont Independent School is a non-selective and yet academically highly ambitious school. We aim to send our students not just to the best universities in the UK and elsewhere but, most importantly, to the most appropriate destination for their chosen career path.

Set in this safe, beautiful and historically important part of south-east England, this is a forward-looking school that is very much an English school but with a vibrant international flavour. At the Senior School (age 13+) the split is 30% international and 70% British.

One of the school’s many strengths is its outstanding Football Academies, which features Junior programmes and Senior programmes for boys and for girls. All Academy students attend regular academic classes alongside all other students but then attend training while the others do their own sports and co-curricular activities. The programme is highly selective and runs throughout the school year, but always with the main priority being academic progress.

Today, the Academy is run by Jim Colson: he worked with players in the clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Brighton, Crystal Palace, European football teams.

Each student is determined by individual characteristics, strengths and weaknesses, from which a unique plan of classes is created. International and national tournaments, friendly games and matches are constantly held, and the main gameplay is at the level of the Premier League. The children are constantly cooperating with professional coaches: they closely follow the successes and achievements of each student, help him to move to the next level, reveal the secrets of a successful career.

The school is also very strong in the performing arts and in 2019 has opened a new teaching block including a fantastic art studio, as well as a new performing arts centre, which includes a huge dance centre, where we offer GCSE qualifications in contemporary dance.

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Primary school

11-14 years 

from 9 100 £ / term including tuition, accommodation, all meals & laundry

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Senior classes (English)

14-16 years

from 10 750 £ / term

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A-Level programme

16-18 years 

from 10 750 £ / term

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Pre A-level course


from 10 750 £ / term

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Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Claremont Independent Boarding School (Football Academy available)

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from 9 100 £ / term

Quick overview: program of initial classes is designed for international students.

Age of students: 4-14 years.

About the educational program: In elementary school international students begin to study the general program of secondary school:

  • Gradually the list of available disciplines will expand;
  • The depth of study and the complexity of each subject will increase.

From the junior grade stage, students can enter the Football Academy and combine professional training with a common academic course.


from 10 750 £ / term

Quick overview of GCSE Program:

Age of students: 14-16 years.

At this stage, the students' performance is assessed not only by intermediate tests, but also by final exams at the end of the 9th year of study. According to statistics, more than 95% of students in recent years on the GCSE received high scores from A * to S.

The program is designed for 2 academic years and completes the course of incomplete secondary education. Students are available for study and compulsory for all disciplines, and interesting electives that you can choose yourself. The public list includes the following areas:

  • History;
  • Music art;
  • Theatrical art;
  • Religious studies;
  • Mathematics;
  • Physical culture and sports;
  • English and Literature;
  • French;
  • Business;
  • Technology of design;
  • Natural Sciences;
  • Visual arts;
  • Geography;
  • Spanish.
from 10 750 £ / term

About the educational program: The two-year A-level course is designed for two academic years: on the one hand it helps students complete the course of secondary school, on the other - to prepare for admission to the chosen university for the desired specialty. Age of students: 16-18 years.

All subjects for the curriculum students choose on their own: for the first year (AS-level) it is 4-5 directions, on the second of them usually there are only 3-4, which are given in examinations. You can choose from the following options:

  • Chemistry;
  • French;
  • Theory of mass communications;
  • Higher mathematics;
  • Business;
  • Political science and public administration;
  • Economics;
  • Religious studies;
  • Theatrical art;
  • Mathematics;
  • Fine arts;
  • Photo art;
  • Biology;
  • Physics;
  • English literature;
  • Spanish;
  • Psychology;
  • Physical culture and sport.
from 10 750 £ / term

Quick overview of Preparation for A-level (Pre-A-level): The one-year course is designed to fully prepare students (especially foreigners) for further training on the A-level course.

Age of students: 15-16 years (grade 11).

The A-level program is one of academically complex and intensive.

Advantages for foreign students:

  • Improve English skills;
  • Acquire new terminology;
  • Update and deepen existing knowledge.

Accommodation, housing and food

Claremont students live in our two boarding houses, one for the senior boys and one for the girls and some of the junior boys. The boarding houses are town-based, giving students the benefits of going ‘home’ at the end of the day and at the weekend, which has proven to be very popular. As we do with the majority of the local day students, we pick the boarders up in our buses and transport them the 20-minute drive to the school campus, and then back again in the evening.

The houses are well-established but have been renovated to a high standard. The majority of rooms are twins and overall about 75% have en-suite facilities. Our superb boarding staff provide a safe and supportive environment in which the students can thrive and really enjoy their time in the UK.

Subjects, specialties, faculties and sport

Subjects list : Accounting, art, biology, business, chemistry, Computers, drama, economics, English, English literature, finance, French, geography, history, journalism, maths, media art, medicine, physics, Policy and government, Practical training, Religious studies, Spanish, The art of dance, the photo, theater
Events list: football


According to the academic results of 2019:

  • 21% of GCSE students earn A * - A grades;
  • A-level: 27% of students received marks A * - A.

Equipment Claremont Independent Boarding School (Football Academy available)

The total area of ​​the Claremont Independent School campus reaches 100 acres - everything necessary for pupils for classes, sports and creative activities and leisure:

  • A modern training 6th Form Centre for the A Level students to study in;
  • Indoor Sports Centre with weights room and fitness suite;
  • Theatre for Performing Arts (240 seats)with professional sound and lighting;
  • Photography studio;
  • Playing fields and astroturf courts;
  • A 6-lane indoor pool at the Senior School;
  • A heated outdoor pool at the Prep School;
  • Modern facilities for the three sciences.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The cost of studying at Claremont Independent School includes:

  • Accommodation;
  • Meals on a full board basis.

Some services are paid additionally to tuition fee:

  • Registration fee;
  • Educational deposit (not part-payment of fees; refundable on leaving);
  • Supportive English program EAL;
  • Extra fee to cover incidental costs. Itemised invoice provided at the end of each term;
  • School uniforms;
  • Transfers in both directions;
  • Air tickets in both directions;
  • Additional academic studies, including individual ones (optional);
  • Additional entertainment and excursions (optional);
  • Personal pocket expenses;
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents;
  • Consular fees (paid at the Embassy);
  • Examination fees;
  • Guardianship.

The school must receive copies of:

  • Applicant’s passport;
  • Birth certificate;
  • Last two available school reports, translated ;
  • All information regarding special needs, health issues;
  • If applying for the Football Academy, applicants must either visit the school for a trial, or send in a coach’s report and short video clip of themselves in action.

There will need to be an interview with the Assistant Head (International), either at the school or via Skype/WhatsApp. If the application is approved:

  • SMAPSE experts will send out a formal Offer Letter;
  • To confirm the place, payment of the Registration Fee and Deposit is required;
  • Closer to the start date the school will send out the new joiners pack with all information;
  • Application for the CAS in order to apply for the Tier 4 Child visa can start up to 3 months prior to the start date.


Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 200 GBP
  • Deposit for a course/programme 3000 GBP
  • Other 550 GBP

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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