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Sherborne International College

In 2018 - 77% of IELTS students reached 6 scores or above
Address: Newell, Sherborne DT9 3HF, United Kingdom
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Description Sherborne International College

  • Location: Sherborne, United Kingdom
  • Established: in 1977
  • Number of students: 160 people (100% at the hostel)
  • Students age: 11 -16 years.

In 1977, the Sherborne International College of the same name was opened in Sherborne: it is the first international British center where students from other countries could qualitatively prepare for studying in the institutions of the United Kingdom. The founder of the college was the famous teacher Christopher Greenfield: having extensive experience in traditional schools in Britain, he saw how difficult it is for foreign students, how difficult it is for them to integrate and adapt, and therefore decided to create a profile international training center. Today, the college accepts children from all over the world, helping them to integrate into the British cultural, academic and language environment, to improve academic performance, to feel comfortable in a new country.

The Sherborne International College campus is located in the picturesque Dorset county (one of the ecological zones of England): you can get to Heathrow International Airport in about two and a half hours, and to London - in two. The international center operates on the basis of the Sherborne School, one of the best boarding schools in the UK, which accepts both boys and girls for studying (there are two branches). The campus invariably captivates students with the majestic, historic Victorian buildings that seem to plunge into the past - but the school's interior equipment meet high modern requirements. According to the latest independent verification in 2016, the institution was ranked "excellent" for all key parameters.

About 100 adolescent foreign students enter the Sherborne International College every year. Strictly adhered to the basic academic rule: even children from one country should communicate with each other in English - this is a common and universal language of the college. An interesting "punishment" is provided for those who violate this rule: instead of resting and playing at a big change, they watch the latest edition of the British news (naturally, in the original), and then discuss them with the teacher, practicing language skills and expanding the vocabulary.

The age of the students is from 11 to 17 years, they usually spend 1-2 years in college. Thanks to a small number of students (160 people) and small classes (up to 8 people), educators know each student by name and in person, pay due amount of personal attention, facilitating adaptation. Teachers have special accreditations that allow them to work effectively with foreign students and international groups as much as possible, and help foreign students to join a new academic environment. Every three weeks an academic check is conducted, and each student receives his own report on successes and weaknesses, which can be "tightened" with a small correction of the curriculum.

The department that helps foreign students enroll in colleges, boarding schools and universities is especially useful: consultants hold interesting Open Doors, invite to lectures and meetings of representatives of the best educational institutions, organize excursions to campuses, organize exams and make up for students the necessary recommendations, select a package of documents. Even children with a zero, basic level of English can study at the center: there are teachers with the qualifications for working with foreign students and are able to build the most effective curriculum (but keep in mind that if you want to enter the IGCSE or GCSE program, the level of English should not be lower Intermediate). A good stage of preparation will be a seasonal language camp - for Easter or summer holidays.

According to 2015, students who completed the GCSE program received highest scores from A * to C in 68.8% of cases. The English language was the most successful: this is especially noteworthy, since it gives foreign students the opportunity to overcome the language barrier and continue their studies abroad. Many graduates continue their education at the main Sherbourne school, some choose other prestigious boarding schools -Eton, Winchester , Sevenoaks .

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Sherborne International College

Program name
from 43 851 £ / year

A two-year program completes the course of incomplete secondary education in British schools. The GCSE certificate entitles you to continue your studies on the Sixth Form (for example, enrolling in the A-level or IB program), and then enrolling in the chosen university for a priority specialty.

The curriculum of GCSE includes both compulsory subjects (for example, mathematics and English), and optional, which the student chooses independently - in total, students study 8-12 subjects, in exams they give 5-7. The subjects offered in the college are on the following list:

  • English
  • Computer science
  • Spanish
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Art
  • Physical Education and Sports
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • French
  • History
  • Biology
  • Basics of business.

Please note that for a full-fledged, effective GCSE course, foreign students should have a fairly confident level of English (from the Lower-Intermediate).

The cost of studying at Sherborne International College includes accommodation and meals on a full board basis.

08.07.2020 -26.08.2020
from 1 440 £ / week
  • Dates: July 1 - August 26 (the beginning of the courses: July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12), arrivals and departures on Wednesdays.
  • Age of students: 8-17 years.

Academic English courses at Sherborne International College are available to children aged 8 to 17 years. The program will help to improve the language level, to update knowledge on basic school subjects, to overcome the emotional and language barriers and to adapt to the British educational system.

Children are engaged in small classes (up to 8 people), 1 lesson lasts 45 minutes. The curriculum is intensive and at the same time fairly balanced: only 26-30 lessons are provided weekly (the load is calculated taking into account the age of the children). The main subject for studying on the course is English: the children are engaged both in groups and individually, and all classes are conducted according to the age of the students and their original language level. There are homework assignments: 4 times a week students are given independent work under the supervision of a teacher for 1 hour. In addition to English, other academic directions of the British school are being studied:

  • English literature
  • French
  • History
  • Communication systems
  • Biology
  • Art and design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Chemistry.

Students spend free time on a variety of leisure activities, entertainment, fun parties, which are constantly organized on campus. Each week, at least two excursions are organized (for the whole day and for several hours), team games, quizzes and competitions are held, and a list of sports and creative activities will allow each child to find a hobby for himself:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Yoga
  • Tennis
  • Trampoline jumping
  • Horseback riding
  • Pilates
  • Fitness
  • Karaoke
  • Volleyball
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Board games
  • Canoeing
  • Badminton
  • Themed evenings
  • Golf
  • Squash
  • Fashion show
  • Internet club
  • Swimming
  • Bingo
  • Fishing
  • Film evening
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Talent show.

Accommodation, housing and food

100% of Sherborne International College students live full time in boarding house: mostly in residences, but if the students applied very late, then for them a suitable host family is selected (each house carefully checked by staff). But if the place is vacant in the residence, a student from a host family can live on campus.

Each hostel is equipped with all necessary for rest, study: wireless high-speed Internet, small student kitchens, common cozy living rooms with table games, TV and DVD. All children are under 24 hours a day - the school guarantees absolute safety for everyone.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : English

Events Sherborne International College

Thanks to the excellent sports facilities of the Sherborne International College, students can enjoy the widest and most varied opportunities for outdoor activities. Sports teams and prefab schools regularly take part in competitions and tournaments, organize friendly matches and games with other educational institutions.

In our free time there are also many interesting electives, excursions, fun activities. Most of them are for the weekend - yet on weekdays students learn a fairly large and difficult curriculum and there is little free time. For junior students, leisure activities are held on weekdays - for example, on Wednesdays after lunch. Students can attend digital photography courses or cooking, learn mountaineering or horse riding, learn to debate or play board games. Music lessons (playing various instruments, vocals) are organized for an additional fee: the most gifted musicians will be able to take part in the Sherborne School Orchestra or in the choir.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The course price does not include and is paid additionally:

  • Visa fees and services, certification and translation of documents
  • Consular fee (usually paid at the embassy)
  • School registration fee
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer 
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Medical insurance
  • Additional English lessons (2x60 minutes weekly)
  • Additional trip to London on Sunday (14-17 years).

The price already includes:

  • Studying on the program (26 -30 lessons weekly)
  • Accommodation and meals, laundry services, use of the entire campus infrastructure
  • Introductory testing
  • Company certificate at the end of the course
  • All necessary teaching aids, books and materials
  • Excursion, sports and entertainment program.

Extra fees:

  • Transfer (one way) 150 GBP

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

Students of 11-16 years of age can apply to the Sherborne International College. The following documents must be prepared for the Admission Committee:

  • The report of achievement;
  • Recommendations and characteristics from the previous place of study;
  • Certificate of English (IELTS 4.0 or its equivalent).

If the student's level of English is not sufficient for effective teaching, he will be offered to take preparatory language courses.

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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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