International Students

Rossall combines the very best of a traditional British day and boarding school with a vibrant international community of students from around the world, which makes it a very special and exciting place to be.  We have a long tradition of welcoming international students and a dedicated team of staff who are experienced in every aspect of educating overseas students. This begins with a comprehensive pre-arrival service including the issuing of CAS letters for visa applications through our partner company TTP Law, and continues through Sixth Form as we provide full support and guidance with university and career choices.

International students at Rossall are fully integrated into every aspect of school life alongside their British peers from the very first day of their arrival. This includes sport, art, music, drama, CCF, extracurricular activities, social events, day and residential trips, and pastoral care.

We welcome applications from international students who wish to join us for a term or longer, and we offer a very flexible range of programmes to suit a wide variety of interests and abilities.



To apply, please complete our application form. International students will usually be required to complete an entry test in English, and may be asked to attend an interview which can be arranged via Skype if preferred. Our admissions team in the registry will be able to answer any questions you may have, and guide you through the process.

Our International Admissions Policy outlines our admissions guidelines for international pupils.


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Direct entry into senior school

International students with an excellent level of English may be accepted for direct entry onto our full British curriculum programmes in senior school, including GCSE, A Level and IB. Lessons in English as an Additional Language will be available for those who need ongoing support, and students will also have the opportunity to take English Language exams such as Cambridge First Certificate, CAE or IELTS. We offer a wide range of subject choices at GCSE, A Level and IB. Click here for more details.

Fast-Track Programmes for international students

We offer a range of specially-designed programmes for international students of different ages and abilities who are not yet ready to cope linguistically with the demands of a full British curriculum. In all cases, students benefit from the specialist support of the English as An Additional Language Department whose teachers are highly qualified and experienced in working with non-native speakers, and along with bespoke academic courses, students enjoy full immersion in the life of our thriving day and boarding community alongside their British peers. This enables them to develop their English language skills outside the classroom and facilitates a smooth transition when students progress onto the next stage of their academic studies. As students’ English skills develop, we prepare and enter them for a range of English Language examinations from KET through to FCE, CAE and IELTS.

The following table provides a summary of the programmes available. Please contact us for further details on any of the programmes listed, including onward progression routes.

Age Course British Curriculum Key Stage Start Dates Progression Routes
5-11 PYP with English support: Year 1-6
In Rossall Junior School, the PYP (Junior International Baccalaureate) is followed with additional English Language Support as required.
1-2 Sept
Years 2-7
12-15 Fast-track English Plus: Year 7-10
This English and academic preparation course prepares students for entry onto the full British curriculum.* As well as intensive English, students study a range of other subjects typically including: English, Maths, Science, Geography, Business Studies, Art, Physical Education, Spanish, Computing and Music.*In year 10 the course lays a solid foundation level in English language and academic skills across a range of subjects in preparation for the Fast-track IGCSE.
3-4 Sept
Year 8-10 or Fast-track IGCSE
15-17 Fast-track IGCSE: Year 11
This intensive one-year IGCSE course leads to examinations in 5-7 subjects at the end of the academic year. Subjects include English, Maths and Science, plus 1 or 2 options from Geography, Business Studies, Art and DT. Depending on prior learning, students may also be able to take IGCSE examinations in a second foreign language or their native language.
4 Sept
Sixth Form
– IB or A Level
15-17 Fast-track Foundation: Year 11 
This intensive English and academic preparation course is for students with lower levels of English who need to focus on intensive language tuition in preparation for higher level exam courses. Subjects include intensive English, Maths, Art, Physical Education, Science and Computing. Students may be entered for IGCSE examinations in those subjects where they show ability. Students who have made excellent progress will be offered a place in Rossall’s Sixth Form.
4 Sept
Sixth Form – IB or A level or Fast-track IGCSE
16-17 Fast-track Advance: Year 11-13
This course is intended as a 7 or 8 term A Level or IB programme. Students join a Fast-track English and academic preparation course for 1 or 2 terms and then progress directly onto A Level or IB. This course provides a solid foundation for entry into Sixth Form, enabling students to develop their English language, study skills and academic subject knowledge. For full details of A Level and IB courses click here.
Students have the option to join us for the first 1 or 2 terms only.
4 Jan
Sixth Form
– IB or A Level and University
11-17 Fast-track short-term programme (Fast-track Taster courses)
We can often accommodate students wishing to come for a Rossall immersion experience for a shorter period of time. In most cases, students will join an existing programme, but sometimes it is also possible to arrange tailor-made courses for groups on request. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
Varies depending on entry level Flexible  Varies depending on entry level

For further information, please contact us: [email protected]


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