School in England

For our many international students, Akeley Wood School offers the opportunity to gain a first class education and highly prized British qualifications that are respected and recognised around the world and a fantastic chance to immerse themselves in true British multicultural society and heritage.

Independent School in UK

The picturesque historic buildings and beautiful rural setting of Akeley Wood have inspired students for decades and our international students especially enjoy studying here. After A-levels, many of our students gain places at the most competitive Russell Group universities, including the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.

For International students joining Akeley Wood School we offer admissions support, including accommodation and visa application assistance. For parents and students working with an agent in your own country, the agent will be happy to return the application on your behalf.

When completing an application, please ensure you have enclosed the following items:

  • Completed application form with full contact details for student and parent/guardian
  • Your official transcripts from your previous school, both in their original language and translated into English
  • For child student visa applicants only, a completed English language test such as IELTS or TOEFL
  • A copy of your passport. Note that if a passport is not available at the time of an application, only a conditional offer can be issued before confirmation
  • A copy of any previous Tier 4 visas with relevant transcripts for that institution (if any)
  • UK School reference for students transferring from a UK school (if any)
  • Portfolio – art and design students may be asked to show a portfolio to support their application

To secure a place, International students need to have good English language skills and satisfactory academic levels and we need to confirm  we have space on the course you require.  We will then write to you to offer a place at Akeley Wood School. To confirm your acceptance of the offer and secure the place, you will be required to pay a deposit.

Once your place is secured, you will need to apply for a visa. Most international students will apply for a Tier 4 student visa, although there are also other types of visa that can be applied for. We recommend taking the UK Visas questionnaire to establish the correct one for you.

 Akeley Wood Senior School Yr09 Yr10 Yr11 Yr12 Yr13
Fees per term (3 terms per year) £5,995 £5,995 £5,995 £5,995 £5,995
Fees per year £17,985 £17,985 £17,985 £17,985 £17,985
English as an Additional Language (Annual) £1,945
Transportation (if required) £1,800

All potential candidates for GCSE, Pre A level and A level courses will be assessed through interview and written examination. Grades and references from previous academic establishments will also be taken into account when making a decision about a candidates suitability for a place at Akeley Wood School.

To study the GCSE programme you will need to demonstrate an English language level equivalent to the following:

IELTS 5
CEFR B2

To qualify for the A level programme you will need to demonstrate an English language level equivalent to the following:

IELTS 5.5
CEFR B2

Students enrolled on an A level course are accepted on the strict understanding that progress will be reviewed at key stages including the end of the first half of term. The School reserves the right to require a longer probationary period, or a change of course entirely, in light of that review.

Akeley Wood School works very closely with guardianship agencies, who undertake stringent vetting to ensure that international students are matched with host families offering the most friendly, safe and comfortable ‘home from home’ environments in which they can both relax and study effectively.

Each student will be given use of a single or twin study bedroom. Bathroom facilities are usually shared. Host family expenses include accommodation, breakfast and evening meals during the week, and breakfast, lunch and an evening meal over the weekends and during the holidays. A laundry service (excluding dry cleaning) is also included.

Additional full board accommodation over the holiday periods (Christmas, Easter and Summer) will incur additional weekly charges.

The decision to study in another country is undoubtedly a bold and life-changing one, and Akeley Wood School teachers, staff and students are on hand to welcome international students, helping you to find your feet and settle into school. You will also benefit from a comprehensive induction programme and introductions to your tutors and other members of the School support staff. Our school is a harmonious and supportive environment where we hope you will soon start to fuel your passions, discover your potential, and forge friendships that could last a lifetime.

The topics that are usually covered at induction are:

  • Medical, dental and other support services
  • Police registration
  • Advice on opening a bank account
  • Sports and social activities
  • Computer facilities
  • Introduction to school staff
  • English language testing
  • Meetings with your selected subject teachers
  • Getting to know your fellow students

Relocation to the UK represents a momentous move requiring very careful consideration. Selecting the right school for your child is one of the most important and influential choices you will make for them in their young lives. A well-matched school will help your child immensely as they orientate themselves in a new country and a new peer group.

When reviewing your options, we recommend that you consider not only a school’s academic profile, but also its environment, the courses on offer, location and accessibility, cultural and religious standing, sporting achievements and facilities, and finally any special focus (for example a creative emphasis) it may possess.

While joining an Akeley Wood open day or booking a private tour is unquestionably the ideal way to evaluate the School’s suitability for your child, we appreciate that this may not always be possible. The School Registrar is therefore happy to assist you remotely, and will be on hand by telephone or email to answer any questions that you may have prior to making arrangements for your child’s admission.


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