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Sidcot School

In 2018 near 39.70% of A Level students achieved A*-A
Address: Oakridge Ln, Avon, Winscombe BS25 1PD
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Description Sidcot School

  • Director: Jan Kilpetrick;
  • Students age: 3 to 18 years;
  • Type of study: joint;
  • Total number of students: 511 people (139 on the full board), of them boys - 290, girls - 211.

Sidcot School was founded in 1699 - it is one of the oldest, most prestigious and rating schools in the UK. Most of the school's students are British nationals, a small part are foreign students: a total of about 500 children are trained there.

The campus is located in a picturesque, quiet suburb near the developed cities of Bath and Bristol; it adjoins the small cozy village of Winscombe, 13 kilometers from the coastal city of Weston-Super-Mare.

Sidcot School is proud of the successes of its students, especially the fact that after studying here foreign students are not inferior to the British in academic and linguistic terms. Graduates successfully enter the selected universities all over the world, even in the most prestigious and rating ones. Students have the opportunity to practice or internship in the process of training, to gain valuable practical experience and establish useful business ties.

The educational process is divided into several stages:

  • Junior school = 9-11 years;
  • Senior classes = 11-16 years (Senior School, GCSE program);
  • Sixth Form = 16-18 years, program IB or A-level, preparation for entering the university.

Sidcot School is a valid and active member of many prestigious educational organizations:

  • Association of Boarding Schools;
  • Association of School Principals;
  • International Baccalaureate Organization;
  • Independent Information Service of the Board of Private Schools;
  • The Association of Private Schools;
  • The Society of Private School Principals.

Students with learning difficulties are also admitted to training: for example, even children with dyslexia can study English here.

International students can enroll in the school starting from the age of 9, and choose different programs (duration from 3 months). Small training groups (12-18 people) and a personal tutor help to implement a personal approach, give each student a maximum of attention, track progress and achievements. You can always ask for advice or recommendations, get individual advice - this is actively used by graduates who need help in choosing a university, in admission and determining the direction of career growth.

For international students, classes at the School of Academic English will be very useful - this is a supporting English language course for those students who are not native speakers; Also here you can take an intensive English course, basic training on the GCSE program. Half of the lessons are focused on the development of general language skills, half - on the assimilation of materials under the GCSE program: this helps students to prepare qualitatively and effectively for training in the Sixth Form. In addition, there are cultural and leisure activities that help to understand the history, national characteristics of Great Britain. You can apply for the course in September, January or April of your choice. Each graduate of the course receives a corporate certificate of international level, accepted in most educational institutions of the world.

And as a separate discipline, and as part of other courses taught ICT (information and computer technology). Educational buildings include more than 150 modern PCs, available to students for 8 hours daily; Each connected to the Internet, a local network, provides access to e-mail. Since 2013, the campus also has a special smart system: with its help, students can get their homework online, and teachers can also online monitor the accuracy of its implementation, monitor academic success.

Sidcot School supports the student exchange program between the schools of Germany and France: thanks to intensive language training (Spanish, German and French - can be studied at the progressive level of A-level or GCSE), students do not experience learning problems abroad.

Like other boarding houses, there is a strict ban on smoking, drinking alcohol and drugs, relations between pupils. Minor offenses lead to exclusion from school life and extracurricular activities (Saturday, at least 2 hours), and on Fridays educational and explanatory talks and meetings are held.

Until 19:00 every weekday, all students are required to wear a school uniform and uniforms are required when leaving the territory (on weekends or holidays).

Officially, the religion of Sidcot School - Quakers, but it is by no means inflicts, children of any religion can learn here.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Sidcot School

Program name
from 9 700 £ / term

Brief information: an educational program of GCSE for international students is designed according to high standarts of UK education. General secondary school program, which ends with the receipt of the prestigious certificate of the General Certificate of Secondary Education. 

List of subjects to study:

  • Latin language;
  • Music art;
  • History;
  • Biology;
  • Geography;
  • Art;
  • English Literature and Language;
  • Food industry;
  • Theater art;
  • Spanish;
  • Study of Design;
  • German;
  • Physics;
  • Clothing design;
  • French;
  • Mathematics;
  • English;
  • Chemistry.
from 9 950 £ / term

About the educational program: A two-year educational program of A-level for effective preparation for admission and education in higher education institutions. After successfully completing this course and passing examinations in selected subjects, the student receives a prestigious certificate of Advanced Level General Certificate of Education, which many universities accept as an alternative to the entrance exams. 

In the first year (AS) 4-5 subjects are studied and 3-4 of them are studied in the second year. Each student independently chooses the most priority areas and disciplines.

List of subjects to choose:

  • Statistics;
  • Mathematics;
  • English and Literature;
  • Biology;
  • Music;
  • Policy;
  • Economics;
  • Design;
  • Latin language;
  • Art;
  • German;
  • Chemistry;
  • French;
  • Accounting;
  • History;
  • Psychology;
  • Physics;
  • Higher mathematics;
  • History of art;
  • Geography;
  • Spanish;
  • Clothing design.
from 11 230 £ / term

Quick overview: The IB program for international students is designed according to high standarts of the UK education.

About the educational program: International Baccalaureate provides for the study of 6 selected disciplines:

  • 3 at the standard level;
  • 3 at the advanced, in-depth.

In addition, all students must attend classes devoted to:

  • The theory of knowledge;
  • Writing an extended essay;
  • CAS course (Creativity, Action and Service).
from 12 000 £ / term

About the educational program: Intensive training program (Sixth Form) for international students 15-17 years old is designed for 1 year. This is an effective, profile preparation for entering more complex IB or A-level courses. Pupils visit the intensive English lessons every day according to the schedule (the price is already included in the price of the program).

06.07.2020 -15.07.2020
from 1 595 £ / week

Brief information: In the period from July to August, there are several combined courses on the basis of the school: 

  • For children 7-13 years old; 
  • For children 14-18 years old.

International students and British can enter educational programs. Duration varies from 1 to 8 weeks, for admission you will need a minimum of an intermediate level of English.

About the educational program: the preparation is more comprehensive and intensive. Particularly useful summer courses will be for students who are preparing for studies at a British educational institution (at the level of IB, A-level, GCSE), need to improve their knowledge for working abroad, want to immerse themselves in the linguistic and cultural environment of Britain. The summer program is presented in several versions, among which each student will find a suitable option.

Pre-GCSE (13-14 years, preparation for secondary school).

A wide list of subjects and disciplines is being studied at a British high school:

  • Geography;
  • Science;
  • Mathematics;
  • History;
  • Business;
  • Literature;
  • Art.

Students attend classes in IT technology, learn to make presentations, improve academic skills and improve the ability to conduct scientific research.

Pre-IB / A-level (15-18 years).

About the educational course: in this course, 4 subjects are studied for each student's choice, the list changes weekly.

The list of subjects to study:

  • English (student can choose the preparation for IELTS, FCE, CAE, study the literature of the UK or the world, focus on preparing presentations or essays, and study the grammar in depth);
  • History of art and general course;
  • Theory of cognition (methods, generalization of facts and knowledge, hypothesis and proof);
  • Mathematics and Mathematical Research;
  • The humanitarian block (psychology, history, media, politics, geography, economics, drama and theatrical art);
  • Applied science (physics, chemistry or biology).

The IB program includes a special CAS course (Creativity, Action, Service) - students planning to study on this program can prepare in several directions, take part in various activities, play sports individually or as part of a team.

List of available activities:

  • Charity events;
  • Tennis;
  • Squash;
  • Theater and drama;
  • Tourism;
  • Jewelery making;
  • Photo art;
  • Volleyball;
  • Basketball;
  • Calligraphy;
  • Rowing;
  • Football;
  • First aid;
  • Orienteering;
  • Cookery art;
  • Archery;
  • Water polo;
  • Swimming;
  • Badminton;
  • Cricket.

Before the start of the program, an interview is arranged for each student with teaching staff for better plannig the program: 

  • Find out personal needs and goals;
  • Give valuable recommendations and advice;
  • Help to choose the best program and curriculum.

Lessons are held in small classes (up to 15 people), 30 hours are provided weekly (each for 90 minutes). It takes time for independent and homework, for personal meetings with mentors. At the end of the course each student receives a corporate certificate confirming the level of knowledge and skills achieved, a full account of the work and results.

The effective methodology of CLIL (Сontent Language and Integrated Learning) is used:

  • Сontent (curriculum);
  • Culture;
  • Communication (exchange of knowledge and experience);
  • Cognition (thinking and cognition skills).

This methodology is the closest to the structure of the IB program, provides for an intensive mastery of the theory of knowledge and the complexity of teaching.

Academic Summer Plus Back to School (13-17 years).

About the educational course: a special course for international students who plan to start their studies at a British boarding school. If students want to enroll in September of this year, or plan to enter in the near future, or want to update existing knowledge and skills - this course was created for them.

The program consists of several blocks:

  • Academic classes (in the mornings, there are levels from GCSE to A-level, including IB);
  • General Literacy;
  • The ability to think and think logically (the study of basic mathematical areas, the development of logic, the ability to apply knowledge in everyday life);
  • Current events and global problems (general information and current analysis);
  • Practical seminars on various subjects (financial literacy, first aid and life saving skills, Internet security, personal protection, career planning and others);
  • Skills of staying in a boarding house (how to establish relations in a team, how to show individuality, how to defend a point of view without infringing on other interests);
  • Activities and entertainment.

Academic Summer Plus Medical Studies or Oxbridge.

About the educational course: effective preparatory courses are mainly designed for British and foreign students (since students need a high level of English knowledge, at the level of the carrier). This course is designed for the most gifted, stubborn and ambitious international students who have set a goal to enter the medical faculty or high school from the top.

Participants in summer programs live in common residences - the rooms are designed for 2 people (they are students of the same sex but of different nationalities). A private bedroom is available on request and only for students aged 16 and over. Also in the residences there are laundries, cozy living rooms for general recreation, student kitchens. Together with the children there are permanent employees and educators. Every morning a nurse goes around, a doctor comes on a regular basis.

Meals are organized according to the full boarding system, three times a day in a spacious common dining room.

Periods of summer programs:

  • Pre-IB / A-level and Pre-GCSE - from July 9 to September 3);
  • Academic Summer Plus Medical Studies - from July 23 to August 6;
  • Academic Summer Plus Oxbridge - from 6 to 13 August;
  • Academic Summer Plus Back to School - from August 20 to September 3.

Tuition fee already includes:

  • Accommodation and meals (full board);
  • Educational program;
  • Teaching aids, books and materials;
  • Entertaining, leisure, sports and excursion activities;
  • Laundry service (once a week);
  • Insurance;
  • Meeting at Bristol and Heathrow airports (at a certain common time).

Several services are paid additionally:

  • Deposit for training;
  • Additional riding lessons;
  • Consular fee (paid at the embassy);
  • Medical insurance;
  • Transfer in both directions (not in the established general time);
  • Air tickets in both directions;
  • Courier delivery of a visa invitation (DHL).

Accommodation and food

Five comfortable residences are built for students (male and female separately): each includes, in addition to bedrooms, student kitchens, cozy living rooms for general recreation and quiet rooms for classes. Pupils under 11 years live in rooms for 3-4 people, students in the middle classes (11 to 16 years) occupy rooms for two, and high school students can count on private or double bedrooms. Senior students have a greater level of freedom and independence: they can bring even their bicycle, rollers or skateboard.

Meals are also organized according to the principle of full boarding, in a spacious common dining room, there is a separate diet for vegetarians.

The director personally appoints the elders and the perfects of the hostels: the residences are constantly competing among themselves, various thematic contests and competitions are arranged.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: art, biology, chemistry, design and technology, economics, English, geography, history, law, maths, modern languages, music, physical Culture, physics
Events list: dancing, football, gym, hockey, rugby, Swimming in the pool, tennis

Events Sidcot School

In their free time, pupils enjoy sports using the school infrastructure:

  • Judo;
  • Hockey;
  • Badminton;
  • Volleyball;
  • Athletics;
  • Rowing;
  • Aerobics;
  • Netball;
  • Tennis (and table tennis);
  • Swimming;
  • Rugby;
  • Squash;
  • Riding;
  • Cricket;
  • Football;
  • Fencing;
  • Basketball.

But there are no compulsory sports here: if a student feels craving for creative or intellectual pursuits, he/she can attend other clubs and sections. If a student wants to play sports on a more professional level, he/she can work in a team - there are teams of fencing, swimming, rugby and other sports.

Equestrian sport is highly developed: Sidcot School works with a large association of the British Horse Society, has its own Sidcot Equestrian Center. Stables are designed for 21 horses, you can even bring your pets with you, get valuable care skills.

There are music studios and photographs, workshops for graphic and ceramic lovers, you can sing, fine art or sharpen dramatic skills. The school employs professional, experienced teachers in vocals and choral singing, assembled their choirs and ensembles.


  • In 2018, according to the results of the A Level program - 39.70% of students received marks A - A *.

Equipment Sidcot School

The total area exceeds 150 acres: there are 5 comfortable residences, educational and administrative buildings, a sports center and a large indoor pool, playgrounds, tennis courts. It has its own library and state-of-the-art scientific laboratory, a computer center, a professional recording studio, its own rock band, a jazz band and an orchestra. The medical center is constantly working and the qualified personnel is always on duty. There is also a shop on the territory where you can buy various household and office trivia, school supplies.

Term dates and fees

Tuition fees for foreign students from countries outside the EU are:

  • 7-9 grades = 7800 £ / trimester;
  • 10-11 = 8240 £ / term;
  • Sixth Form = 9340 £ / term;
  • Preparing for IB or A-level = 9840 £ / trimester.

At the stated price already included:

  • Study on the chosen program (1 academic year = 3 terms);
  • Accommodation and meals (full board);
  • Basic set of teaching aids, books and materials;
  • Laundry services;
  • Medical support;
  • School leisure activities.

The price does not include and is paid additionally:

  • Registration fee (non-refundable) = 150 £;
  • Training Deposit = 3500 £;
  • Examination fees;
  • Additional excursions and leisure activities (optional);
  • Individual lessons;
  • Guardianship;
  • Air tickets in both directions;
  • Transfer in both directions (upon request);
  • Consular fee Embassy;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Courier delivery of the visa invitation (DHL) = £ 50.

Extra fees:

  • Deposit for a course/programme 1000 GBP
  • Application Fee 120 GBP

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

You will need to pass an English language test: this can be a special school exam or an international IELTS:

  • For high school - from 5.0;
  • For Sixth Form - at least 4.5;
  • For the A-level - from 5.0;
  • For the international undergraduate IB - from 5.5 and above.

Scholarships Sidcot School

Students with excellent academic performance can count on scholarship - on average, the scholarship covers up to 20% of the tuition fee.


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