Bishopstrow College Prospectus 2017

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 your son or daughter 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 Mathematics, Geography, History and Science. Each term, we welcome up to 80 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, Charterhouse, Cheltenham Ladies College,The Dragon School, Godstowe, Prior Park College, Summer Fields 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 new 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 schools, providing a stepping stone to the ‘Top 100’ boarding schools and colleges in the UK Programme Options • English Language Pathways: Lower, Middle and Upper College Programmes for ages 7-11, 11-14 and 14-17 respectively: 7 academic subjects, with a focus on English • 1Year IGCSE/Pre-IB Programme (ages 15-16): 6-9 IGCSE subjects, plus preparatory modules for the International Baccalaureate Diploma • Pre-A Level Programme (ages 15-16): Academic English and study skills across three fields of Science, Mathematics and Humanities subjects • Academic Summer Programme (ages 7-17): 5 week course, offering 7 academic subjects, with a focus on English • Exciting programme of extra curricular activities, including daily 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 5 weeks, or 1, 2, 3 or 4 terms

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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 Internal Assessment Cambridge English Language Assessment

7-11

Years 3-6

LOWER COLLEGE PROGRAMME

11-14

Years 7-9

Internal Assessment Cambridge English Language Assessment

MIDDLE COLLEGE PROGRAMME

14-17

Years 10 -12

Internal Assessment Cambridge English Language Assessment

UPPER COLLEGE PROGRAMME

15-16

Year 11

Internal Assessment Cambridge English Language Assessment Cambridge IGCSEs Edexcel IGCSEs and GCSEs

1 YEAR IGCSE/ PRE-IB PROGRAMME

15-16

Year 11

Internal Assessment

PRE-A LEVEL 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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lower college programme

The Lower 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, Creative Arts, Geography, History, Mathematics, PSHE and Science

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, Creative Arts, Geography, History, Mathematics, PSHE and Science 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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upper college programme

The Upper College Programme consists of intensive English language tuition and academic study for senior school entry, including preparation for GCSEs, 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.

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, Business Studies, Global Perspectives, History, Mathematics, PSHE and Science 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/pre-ib programme

The 1Year IGCSE/Pre-IB Programme offers up to 12 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 B2

COURSE LENGTH 3 terms (September entry)

SUBJECTS STUDIED A minimum of 6 examinable subjects from English as a Second Language or English as a First Language, Modern Languages (arranged at extra cost), Mathematics, Statistics (for more able Mathematicians), Combined Science or Coordinated Science, Business Studies, Geography and History ACADEMIC STUDY 30 hours of academic tuition and 7.5 hours of supervised prep

“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”

END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT External IGCSE examinations

PROGRESSION Sixth Form entry

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pre-level programme

The Pre-A Level Programme enables international students to learn how to transfer their academic language skills to the study of three fields of Science, Mathematics and Humanities subjects. The Programme is an excellent preparation for international students before they begin their A Level studies or the IB Diploma Programme. 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 develop academic English at IELTS Level 5.5 to 6.5, with a focus on applying reading, writing, speaking and listening techniques to the study of a range of subjects at an advanced level.

Features AGE 15-16 years

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Interview (face-to-face or via Skype), current school report and character reference Students must have completed O Levels or equivalent in their home country

MINIMUM ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEVEL CEFR Level B2

COURSE LENGTH 2 terms (January or March entry)

SUBJECTS STUDIED English, Business Studies, Global Perspectives, History, Mathematics, PSHE and Science ACADEMIC STUDY 30 hours of academic tuition and 7.5 hours of supervised prep

END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT Internal assessment

PROGRESSION Sixth Form entry

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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 at 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

LOWER COLLEGE

MIDDLE COLLEGE

UPPER 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 prerequisite

CEFR Level A2

CEFR Level A2

MINIMUM ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEVEL

5 weeks

5 weeks

5 weeks

COURSE LENGTH

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

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

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

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

Rendcomb College Repton School Roedean School Royal Russell School

Felsted Glenalmond College Godolphin School Gordonstoun Haileybury Hampshire Collegiate School Harrogate Ladies College Harrow School Hurtwood House King Edward’s SchoolWitley King’s Bruton King’s Canterbury King’s Schools Taunton Kingswood School Lambrook Lancing College Leighton Park School Leweston School LordWandsworth College Luckley House School LVS Ascot Monmouth School Malvern College Marlborough College Mayfield School Millfield Mill Hill School Milton Abbey Monkton Combe School Moreton Hall Oundle School New Hall School Oakham School Packwood Haugh School

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

Abingdon School ACS Cobham

Aldenham School Aysgarth School Badminton School Battle Abbey School Bearwood College Bedales Bede’s Senior School Bellerby’s College Benenden Bethany School Bilton Grange Bloxham School Blundell’s Bradfield College Bredon School Brighton College Bromley School Bromsgrove School Bruton School for Girls Bryanston Canford CATS College Charterhouse Cheltenham College Cheltenham Ladies College Christ Church Cathedral School Clayesmore Clifton College Concord College Dauntseys Dean Close DLD College

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

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

Sedbergh School Sevenoaks School Sherborne Girls Shrewsbury School Stonar School Stonyhurst

Stover School Stowe School Strathallan School The Harrodian The Oratory School The Mount School York The Royal Hospital School Tonbridge School Trinity School

Tudor Hall Uppingham

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

Prior Park College Prior’s Field School Queen Anne’s School

D’Overbroecks Dover College Downe House School Dulwich College Eastbourne College Epsom College Eton College

Queen Ethelburga’s College Queen Margaret’s School Queen’s College Taunton Queenswood Radley College

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Sports and Social Programme The College’s extra curricular programme includes a range of daily sports, morning and evening clubs and activities, designed to foster team spirit and the confidence to integrate with others when students move on from Bishopstrow. Daily sports include traditional British sports such as athletics, cricket, hockey, lacrosse, netball and rugby, as well as 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 students joining the Lower or Middle College Programmes, 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). The 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 organised 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. In addition all students are registered with the local doctor. Students in the Lower and Middle College live in Barrow House at the heart of the main campus, in shared rooms of between 2 and 6. Upper College students live in shared rooms of 2 or 3 in separate Senior Girls’ accommodation within Barrow House and in a separate Senior Boys’ boarding house a short distance from the College. All students have access to indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, common rooms, study spaces andWi-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

Ayaka From Japan Programme: Lower College Programme School Destination: The Dragon School

Comments from Ayaka’s Agent: Bishopstrow College provided Ayaka with a good start that successfully led to her studying at The Dragon with great confidence. She is showing great progress and enjoying her studies and life at The Dragon School. Mr and Mrs Nakamura wanted to express their appreciation. Thank you again. We wish you and the school a prosperous future. School Destination: Highfield School;Winchester College (Year 9 entry) Comments: Bishopstrow College helped me prepare academically for entry into Highfield School and ultimately,Winchester College. Before I came to Bishopstrow, I had limited English language skills and was unable to access any of the top schools in the UK. Now, I am studying at one of the most prestigious schools in the world. Bishopstrow College was the first of many steps required to gain entry intoWinchester College. Jah FromThailand Programme: Middle College Programme School Destination: Kingswood School Comments: Bishopstrow College helped me prepare for entry into Kingswood School, by providing exposure to a wide range of subjects, including Music, Drama and PE. The College also helped me prepare for boarding school life. I was able to get familiar with being in a boarding school, become more organised and improve my written and spoken English. Stepan From Russia Programme: Lower College Programme

Haoxin (Andy) From China Programme: Upper College Programme School Destination: Dulwich College University Destination: London School of Economics

Comments: Bishopstrow College helped me a great deal academically, for both entry into Dulwich College and my studies later on. Bishopstrow prepared me for interviews (with potential destination schools) and provided me with past entrance exam papers. I was allowed to move up to the IGCSE group and this helped me build a foundation in Science subjects, which I had not studied previously in China.

Olenka From Ukraine Programme: 1Year IGCSE Programme School Destination: Cheltenham Ladies College

Comments: The College was very helpful in terms of organising documents and the entrance examinations for my target destination schools. Bishopstrow also helped me improve my English significantly – I could never have hoped for such an improvement on my own. This helped me adapt to a new place with people who mostly speak only English.

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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 of Warminster, 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

Bristol 43 miles 1 hour

Heathrow 84 miles 1.5 hours

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Gatwick 110 miles 2 hours

Southampton 45 miles 1 hour

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 Sarah Miles, Head of Admissions:

Email: sarahm@bishopstrow.com Telephone +44 (0) 1985 219210 Or visit our website for an online Registration Form: www.bishosptrow.com

Bishopstrow,Warminster,Wiltshire, BA12 9HU, United Kingdom T: +44(0)1985 219210 F: +44 (0)1985 212561 E: enquiries@bishopstrow.com www.bishopstrow.com

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