Bishopstrow College Prospectus 2018-19

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welcome At Bishopstrow College we create a safe, warm and fun learning environment, where living in a British boarding school becomes a seamless and happy transition. Our students leave Bishopstrow not only able to be in a classroom with native speakers, but being able to compete academically at all levels. We provide the foundations for independent learners who develop a passion for life and learning. Every student is an individual, but it is also important for them to work as a team player, whether it is on the sports field, during a walk in the countryside, in the classroom, or participating in drama or music. Learning at Bishopstrow operates in every environment and every day of the week, but always in English!  Today, we all live and operate in a global environment. Enabling international children to come and study at the College provides them with a fantastic international experience for life. I hope that after reading this prospectus and visiting our website, you will wish to accept my personal invitation to contact us to find out more and arrange a visit.

Lorraine Atkins, Principal

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bishopstrow college at a glance Established in 2006, Bishopstrow College is the UK’s only independent International Boarding School, offering English language and academic pathway programmes to prepare international students for entry into the UK’s leading boarding schools. We are not affiliated to any individual school, so students are completely free to choose where they continue their education. The College operates as a traditional British boarding school, but with an innovative four-term academic year, with terms commencing in September, January, March and June. A 5 week Academic Summer Programme provides a further start date in July. The College offers a variety of programmes, with a focus on intensive English language tuition and immersion in the National Curriculum, in a number of subjects including English, Mathematics, Science and History. Each term, we welcome up to 90 boys and girls, aged 7-17 years, from around 20 different nationalities and a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. This is intentional, since it encourages students to speak English whilst they are with us. From the moment they arrive at Bishopstrow, students are immersed and integrated into British life and culture. Throughout their stay, which lasts at least one term and up to a year, they receive intensive preparation for entry into their chosen British boarding schools. Students planning to return home to continue their studies, make real progress with their English, whilst also experiencing the globally recognised British curriculum and British culture. All our students share a commitment to study, a strong sense of purpose, high expectations and good manners. Combined with the exceptional skills and dedication of our teaching, boarding and support staff, it makes for a dynamic learning environment, where students can achieve their very best. The success of the College’s innovative approach to English language learning is demonstrated by our latest British Council inspection report and the quality of the ‘destination schools’ - students go on to enrol at some of the UK’s leading Prep and Senior Schools, including Bradfield College, Cheltenham Ladies College, Godstowe, Oundle, Prior Park College, Summer Fields,The Dragon School and Uppingham. “My communication skills improved drastically at Bishopstrow College, making it easier for me to make new friends at my next school, Dulwich College”

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key features • Set in eight acres of grounds, surrounded by the beautiful Wiltshire countryside • Superb teaching facilities, including teaching and learning centre, with 8 classrooms, library, science lab and IT suite • Small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students for English and 12 students for other academic subjects, allowing very high levels of individual teacher time • Individual Learning Plan for every student, detailing progress and areas for improvement in English, other academic subjects, sports and boarding • The College operates as a traditional British boarding school, with a full sports and activities programme, ensuring excellent preparation for entry into a mainstream boarding school • The College is not affiliated to any other boarding school, providing a stepping stone to top boarding schools and colleges in the UK programme options • English Language Pathways: Junior College, Middle College and Pre-IGCSE/IGCSE Programmes for ages 7-11, 11-14 and 14-17 respectively: 7 subjects studied, with a focus on English • 1Year IGCSE Programme (ages 15-16) • Academic Summer Programme (ages 7-17): 5 week course, offering 7 subjects, with a focus on English • Exciting programme of extra curricular activities, including sports, creative arts, weekend excursions and the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Scheme • Four-term academic calendar, with flexible start dates • Short stay courses providing the opportunity to experience British education for 1, 2, 3 or 4 terms or 5 weeks in the Summer

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schooling in england Compulsory education in the UK starts at 5 years of age and finishes at 18. At the age of 16, pupils in England take GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations. From 16 to 18, pupils can take a two year A Level (Advanced Level) course, which provides qualifications for university application. The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) is an alternative to A Levels. Mathematics and English are both compulsory GCSE qualifications for entrance to university.

ENGLISH EDUCATION SYSTEM BISHOPSTROW COLLEGE PROGRAMME AGE

NATIONAL CURRICULUM ACADEMIC YEAR

EXAMINATIONS TAKEN AT BISHOPSTROW COLLEGE

7 - 11

Years 3 - 6

Internal Assessment Cambridge English Language Assessment Examinations Internal Assessment Cambridge English Language Assessment Examinations Internal Assessment Cambridge English Language Assessment Examinations Internal Assessment Cambridge English Language Assessment Examinations Cambridge IGCSEs

JUNIOR COLLEGE PROGRAMME

11 - 14

Years 7 - 9

MIDDLE COLLEGE PROGRAMME

14 - 17

Years 10 - 12

PRE-IGCSE/IGCSE PROGRAMME

15 - 16

Year 11

1 YEAR IGCSE PROGRAMME

7 - 17

Years 3 - 12

Internal Assessment

ACADEMIC SUMMER PROGRAMME

typical academic year at bishopstrow college Term 1: Mid September – early December Term 2: Early January – mid March Term 3: End March – mid June Term 4: End June – end August The Academic Summer Programme is a 5 week course available during Term 4, with two start dates.

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junior college programme

The Junior College Programme consists of intensive English language tuition and academic study for Prep School or 11+ Senior School entry. Daily sports and activities, together with a full weekend schedule ensure that students are fully prepared for boarding school life. This is suitable for international students who wish to improve their English, whilst following a traditional programme of academic subjects.

Features

AGE 7-11 years

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Interview (face-to-face or via Skype), current school report and character reference

MINIMUM ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEVEL No pre-requisite

COURSE LENGTH 1, 2, 3 or 4 terms

SUBJECTS STUDIED English, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, Geography, History and PSHE

ACADEMIC STUDY 25 hours of academic tuition and 5 hours of supervised Prep

END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT Internal assessment and external Cambridge English Language Assessment examination (where applicable)

PROGRESSION Prep school entry or 11+ Senior School entry

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middle college programme

The Middle College Programme consists of intensive English language tuition and academic study for 13+ Senior School entry. Daily sports and activities, together with a full weekend schedule ensure that students are fully prepared for boarding school life. This is suitable for international students who wish to improve their English, whilst following a traditional programme of academic subjects.

Features

AGE 11-14 years

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Interview (face-to-face or via Skype), current school report and character reference

MINIMUM ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEVEL CEFR Level A2

COURSE LENGTH 1, 2, 3 or 4 terms

SUBJECTS STUDIED English, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, Geography, History and PSHE

ACADEMIC STUDY 25 hours of academic tuition and 5 hours of supervised Prep END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT Internal examinations and external Cambridge English Language Assessment examination (where applicable)

PROGRESSION 13+ Senior School entry

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The Pre-IGCSE/IGCSE Programme consists of intensive English language tuition and academic study for Senior School entry, including preparation for GCSE courses,A Levels and the International Baccalaureate. Daily sports and activities, together with a full weekend schedule ensure that students are fully prepared for boarding school life. This is suitable for international students who wish to improve their English, whilst following a traditional programme of academic subjects. pre-igcse/igcse programme

Features AGE 14-17 years

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Interview (face-to-face or via Skype), current school report and character reference

MINIMUM ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEVEL CEFR Level A2

COURSE LENGTH 1, 2, 3 or 4 terms

SUBJECTS STUDIED English, Mathematics, Science, Business Studies, Global Perspectives, History and PSHE ACADEMIC STUDY 30 hours of academic tuition and 7.5 hours of supervised Prep END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT Internal examinations and external Cambridge English Language Assessment examination (where applicable)

PROGRESSION Senior School entry

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1 year igcse programme The 1Year IGCSE Programme offers a range of subjects leading to up to 8 examinable subjects and is an excellent preparation for international students before they begin their A Level studies or the IB Diploma Programme. This is suitable for international students who wish to complete the IGCSE examinations in just one year.

Features AGE 15-16 years

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Interview (face-to-face or via Skype), current school report and character reference, Password English and Mathematics assessment

MINIMUM ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEVEL CEFR Level A2 or B1

COURSE LENGTH 3 terms (September entry)

SUBJECTS STUDIED English as a Second Language, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics (for more able mathematicians), Science – Single or Double Award, Business Studies, History, Global Perspectives (not examined) and PSHE (not examined)

“Bishopstrow College allowed me to move up to the IGCSE cohort and this helped me build a foundation in subjects that I had not studied previously in China, such as Science”

ACADEMIC STUDY 30 hours of academic tuition and 7.5 hours of supervised Prep

END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT External IGCSE examinations

PROGRESSION Sixth Form entry

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example timetable

JUNIOR COLLEGE

MIDDLE COLLEGE

SENIOR COLLEGE

TIME

07.30

Wake-up

Wake-up

Wake-up

BREAKFAST, FOLLOWED BY MORNING CLUBS

07.30 – 08.15

08.45 – 09.00 09.00 – 10.00

Assembly Geography

Assembly Mathematics

Assembly English

10.00 – 10.25

MORNING BREAK

10.25 – 11.25 11.25 – 12.25

Mathematics Drama & Literature

Geography Drama & Literature

English English

LUNCH, FOLLOWED BY CLUBS, THEN REGISTRATION

12.25 – 13.25

13.25 – 14.25 14.25 – 15.25

English English

English English

History Chemistry

AFTERNOON BREAK

15.25 – 15.50

15.50 – 16.50 17.00 – 18.00

Sport Prep

Sport Prep

Mathematics Sport

18.15 – 19.00

DINNER

19.00 – 19.30 19.30 – 20.00 20.15 – 20.30 20.30 – 21.15 21.15 – 21.30 21.45 – 22.00

Activities Free Time Junior Bedtime

Activities

Prep

Free Time Bedtime

Free Time

Bedtime

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academic summer programme The Academic Summer Programme is aimed at international students who will be joining British boarding schools in the Autumn and those who wish to sample British education in the Summer. There are two start dates at the beginning and mid-point of Term 4, with the programme lasting 5 weeks.

FEATURES

JUNIOR COLLEGE

MIDDLE COLLEGE

SENIOR COLLEGE

7-11 years

11-14 years

14-17 years

AGE

Interview (face-to-face or via Skype), current school report and character reference

Interview (face-to-face or via Skype), current school report and character reference

Interview (face-to-face or via Skype), current school report and character reference

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

No pre-requisite

CEFR Level A2

CEFR Level A2

MINIMUM ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEVEL

5 weeks

5 weeks

5 weeks

COURSE LENGTH

English, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, Geography, History and PSHE

English, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, Geography, History and PSHE

English, Mathematics, Science, Business Studies, Global Perspectives, History and PSHE

SUBJECTS STUDIED

25 hours of academic tuition and 5 hours of supervised Prep

25 hours of academic tuition and 5 hours of supervised Prep

30 hours of academic tuition and 7.5 hours of supervised Prep

ACADEMIC STUDY

Internal examinations

Internal examinations

Internal examinations

END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT

Return to existing school (in home country) Prep school entry 11+ Senior School entry

Return to existing school (in home country) 13+ Senior School entry

Return to existing school (in home country) Senior School entry

PROGRESSION

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destination schools Bishopstrow College is proud that its students secure places at some of the most prestigious schools in the UK and overseas.

PREP SCHOOLS SENIOR SCHOOLS

Abingdon School Abbots Bromley School Ashbourne Independent College ACS Cobham

Glenalmond College Godolphin School Gordonstoun Haileybury Hampshire Collegiate School Harrogate Ladies College Harrow Kent College, Canterbury King Edward’s SchoolWitley King’s Bruton King’s Canterbury King’s Schools Taunton Kingswood School Lambrook Lancing College Leighton Park School Leweston School Lime House School LordWandsworth College Luckley House School LVS Ascot Monmouth School Malvern College Malvern St James Marlborough College Mayfield School Merchiston Castle School Millfield Mill Hill School Milton Abbey Moira House School Monkton Combe School Monmouth School Moreton Hall School Oakham School Oundle School Oxford Tutorial College New Hall School Padworth College Packwood Haugh School Prior Park College Prior’s Field School Queen Anne’s School Queen Ethelburga’s College Queen Margaret’s School Queen’s College Taunton Queenswood

Roedean School Royal Russell School

Ashdown House Aysgarth School Caldicott Cothill House Cottesmore School Eagle House School Edge Grove Elstree School Foremarke Hall Godstowe School

Rugby School Ruthin School Rye St Antony Seaford College St David’s College St Edmund’s Canterbury St Edward’s Oxford St George’s School,Ascot St Lawrence College St. Mary’s Ascot St. Mary’s Calne St Mary’s School, Cambridge St. Mary’s Shaftesbury St Swithun’s St Teresa’s Effingham

Aldenham School Badminton School Battle Abbey School Bearwood College Bedales Bede’s Senior School Bedford School Beechwood Sacred Heart Bellerby’s College Benenden Bethany School Bilton Grange Bloxham School Blundell’s Bosworth College Bradfield College Bredon School Brighton College Brockenhurst College Bromley School Bromsgrove School Bruton School for Girls Bryanston Canford

Lockers Park School Maidwell Hall School Millfield Prep School Packwood Haugh School Orwell Park School Papplewick School Port Regis St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne St John’s Beaumont Sandroyd School Summer Fields Sunningdale School Swanbourne House The Dragon School The Downs Malvern The Elms School Windlesham House School

Seaford College Sedbergh School Sevenoaks School Sherborne Girls Shrewsbury School Shiplake College Stonar School Stonyhurst

Stover School Stowe School Strathallan School The Harrodian The Ley’s School The Oratory School The Mount School York

CATS College Charterhouse Cheltenham College Cheltenham Ladies College Christ Church Cathedral School Clayesmore Clifton College Concord College Dauntseys Dean Close DLD College

The Royal High School, Bath The Royal Hospital School Taunton School Tonbridge School Trinity School

Tudor Hall Uppingham

D’Overbroecks Dover College Downe House School Downside Dulwich College Earlscliffe Eastbourne College Ellesmere College Epsom College Eton College Fairley House School Felsted Gresham’s School

Warminster School Wellington College Wellington School Westbourne School Westminster School Westonbirt School Winchester College Woldingham School Worth School Wycliffe College Wycombe Abbey

Radley College Reed’s School Rendcomb College Repton School Richard Huish College

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sports and social Programme

The College’s extra-curricular programme includes a range of sports, morning and evening clubs and activities, designed to foster team spirt and the confidence to integrate with others when students move on from Bishopstrow. Sports include traditional British sports such as athletics, cricket, hockey, lacrosse, netball and rugby, as well as badminton, basketball and football. Morning and afternoon clubs include ‘The Crazy Scientist Club’, Chess Club, Debating Club, Netball Club and Fitness Club. Weekend activities include country walks, outdoor cooking and survival simulation games. Other activities include the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Scheme. Like most British independent schools, we have a House system, with students competing in multinational teams for trophies in debating, drama and sports. The College is able to arrange other activities such as horse riding and golf on request, for an additional charge.

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the creative arts For all students, the more formal English and academic classes are complemented by a programme of creative arts, including Art and Drama clubs. There are also opportunities for individual Music lessons and one-to-one tuition in Art (on request). These activities encourage speaking and listening and help build confidence and develop self expression. The College makes full use of the importance of Bath as a local cultural centre (and UNESCOWorld Heritage Site), with regular visits organized for students.

“Being able to pursue a wide range of subjects at Bishopstrow, including Drama and Music, helped prepare me for the broader curriculum that I would have access to at my next school”

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trips and excursions As well as our on-site activities, we organise a stimulating and varied programe of fully supervised trips and excursions at weekends. Some allow students to discover places of cultural, geographical and historical interest; others encourage students to sample the great outdoors, through walking, hiking, cycling and other physical pursuits. Sightseeing, cultural visits and even shopping provide contexts within which speaking and listening skills are put to the test; they are also great fun and provide memories to last a lifetime.

Trips and excursions may include: • London museums and art galleries • Cycling and orienteering in local forests • Outdoor activity centres • Trips to the beach and coastal walking • Visits to neighbouring towns and cities, including Bath, Bristol, Salisbury and Oxford

“Rudi regained his self-esteem and is happy and motivated. I believe that Bishopstrow College is a wonderful place for international students to start an English boarding school education. We will be pleased to update you on Rudi’s experiences in the future”

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boarding and pastoral care

We take our students’ safety and welfare extremely seriously, with pastoral care an area of strength. Fully-qualified staff are always available to discuss personal and health matters with students. All boarding staff have first aid training and where necessary, students are taken to the local doctor for medical treatment.. Most students live in Barrow House at the heart of the main campus in shared rooms of between 2 and 6. Senior College students live in shared rooms of 2 or 3. Senior Girls have a separate floor within Barrow House and there are also three further Senior boarding houses located a short distance from the College. All students have access to indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, common rooms, study spaces and Wi-Fi. All meals are served in the main dining room in Barrow House. We also provide a laundry service.

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student testimonials Saied From Iran

Programme: Junior College Programme School Destination: Le Rosey

Comments from Saied: Before I came to Bishopstrow I knew very little English but over time my English has improved greatly. I was at school with my younger brother and we have learnt to play lots of new sports, how to live away from home but more importantly we have experienced a British environment. We enjoy all our academic subjects and love all the activities and trips throughout the week.The classes are very small and this has given us the opportunity to progress academically with all the teachers supporting us. Chanya from Thailand Programme: Middle College Programme School Destination: Lancing College Comments: Bishopstrow has been instrumental in helping me improve my English, both written and spoken, and my academic subjects. I have learnt specific vocabulary in Science, Geography and History, and benefitted from some excellent interview practice for my next school. Bishopstrow has given me everything I need to ensure that when I start at Lancing, I will be fully prepared academically, socially and culturally and I am able to adapt. David from Hong Kong Comments: Bishopstrow has been the best preparation for me because it has not only prepared me academically for my next school, but given me the opportunity to experience boarding school life. The school has taught me British sports, academic English as well as British culture, especially the food. I have had many opportunities to communicate with other students from different countries as this is my first time abroad. I am now excited about making the next move to Concord. Elizaveta from Russia Comments: Bishopstrow has taught me British culture and traditions as well as how to behave in and outside of the classroom. I have become a more independent person, which has given me the confidence to achieve my dream of going to King’s Canterbury. As well as learning how to play different sports like netball and hockey, which we don’t do in Russia, I have become familiar with the British system of education and its standards. Bishopstrow is not just a school, it is more like a family and staff really care about the students. Programme: Senior College Programme School Destination: Concord College Programme: 1Year IGCSE Programme School Destination: King’s Canterbury

Tom fromVietnam Programme: 1Year IGCSE Programme School Destination: St Edward’s Oxford

Comments: With Bishopstrow’s help, I was able to adapt quickly to improve my subject grades to enter a top school. The teachers have helped me with my entrance exams in order to gain entry to St Edward’s Oxford. They have encouraged me to work hard and given me all the tools I need to go on to Sixth Form.

location and directions

Bishopstrow College is set in 8 acres of beautiful grounds, with extensive gardens and playing fields, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surrounded by clean country air and green space, students are encouraged to spend plenty of time outdoors. We are near the ancient market town ofWarminster, with many places of interest within easy reach, including Stonehenge and Bath (both UNESCOWorld Heritage Sites) and the cathedral city of Salisbury.

Stansted 145 miles 2.5 hours

Luton 117 miles 2 hours

LONDON

Bristol 43 miles 1 hour

Heathrow 84 miles 1.5 hours

Bath

Gatwick 110 miles 2 hours

Bishopstrow College

Southampton 45 miles 1 hour

Salisbury

Bishopstrow College is easily reached by road (M3, M4 and M5) and is close to UK gateway airports.

Trains fromWarminster railway station (5 minutes from the College) run directly to LondonWaterloo and London Paddington stations. further details For information or to arrange a visit to the College, please contact Tessa Howard-Vyse, Director of Marketing and External Relations Email: tessahv@bishopstrow.com Telephone: +44 (0) 1985 219210 Or visit our website for an online Registration Form www.bishosptrow.com

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