For many years, St John’s has provided a wide range of flexible study options for international students, ranging from Short Courses, through to full inclusion in mainstream school. Most importantly, we aim to help students realise their potential, whether they are staying with us for one term or for the whole of their school life.
This intensive curriculum and first-class care and supervision will provide the best linguistic, academic, cultural and social preparation for admission to, and success in, UK schools and universities.
We welcome students from all corners of the globe and regularly have students from more than 10 different countries in our boarding house including Spain, China, Kazakhstan, France, Russia, Chile, Ecuador and South Africa.
Not only do we have a large number of students from overseas, we are also part of the wider organisation of International Education Systems (IES), whose mission is to provide education with an international perspective. Our links with our IES and SEK sister schools mean that we are a truly international community.
On arrival at St John’s, all students are assessed on their four language skills according to the CEFR (Common European Framework – A1 to C2) by our fully qualified ESL teachers. This allows the ESL Department to identify the student’s strengths in English and where they may need additional support.
When following the full immersion curriculum, students have a minimum of 6 lessons of dedicated ESL lessons, whilst following the British curriculum timetable with First Language English pupils. Students study a wide range of subjects, and have the option (depending on ability) of taking Cambridge English qualifications in KET/PET or FCE.
This is a two year intensive programme, with the ultimate aim of the course being that students in their second year take up to 6 I/GCSE qualifications, whilst also preparing for Academic IELTS (an essential exam for Sixth Form College).
During the first year of the course, students consolidate their English skills, attending up to 10 lessons of dedicated ESL lessons, as well as attending classes with English students in order to learn the foundation content of the I/GSCEs that they will complete in their second year.
In the following year, students study more intensively, in preparation for the final I/GSCEs examinations which include English as a Second Language, Maths, Science (combined), Home Language and up to two further qualifications according to their curriculum. During this time they are fully supported by the ESL Department, who monitor their progress across all subjects, giving support where needed.
Short Course students can attend St John’s for any length of time that fits into their schooling in their home country.
During their time at the school they will be immersed in a full curriculum that introduces them to British culture and teaching methodology, as well as experiencing life in a supportive boarding community.
There is a strong enrichment programme, including the possibility of performing in plays and pantomimes, playing British sports such as rugby, netball and rounders, as well as peripatetic music lessons, horse riding and other local cultural experiences. Short Course students also have the possibility of moving into the Pathway Programme or Full Immersion.