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Overseas Pupils

Mount Kelly welcomes applicants who live overseas. Our vibrant and busy seven day a week boarding community allows pupils to fully integrate and make the most of all the excellent opportunities available at our school.

The application process for places in Year 3 to Year 11 the admission process will run along exactly the same lines as for UK residents. We invite all applicants to visit the school and meet the staff. In cases where this is not possible an interview will be conducted via Skype. For the younger children one of our Prep teachers will talk to the child to assess their level of English.

For entry into Year 6 and above entrance assessments are required and we are happy for applicants to sit our entrance tests overseas under appropriate supervision.

For entry to our Sixth Form the criteria are the same as for the younger children but you may be required to sit entry tests in your chosen A Level subjects.

Mount Kelly has children who board from the age of 7 and we are therefore delighted to welcome enquiries from parents of younger children.

We have a limited number of places for short term applications at the College and these are usually for a minimum of two terms, however parents looking for an excellent opportunity for younger children to improve their English, at the Prep we are happy to offer single term places. We are sorry but we cannot accept short term applicants to start in the Lent Term of Year 11, we do however, offer a one year GCSE course for applicants who can demonstrate the academic ability with which to succeed in this demanding programme.

Parents living overseas must appoint a guardian for their son or daughter. The guardian will have authority to act on behalf of the parents if necessary and make arrangements for time away from school and travel.

Once an offer has been made to secure the place a term’s fees will be charged as a deposit which will be returned to you following the settlement of your final School account.

At Mount Kelly we never forget what an enormous privilege it is for us to be chosen by you to care for your child often many hundreds of miles from home. Our Housemasters and Housemistresses will do everything they can to help your child settle in and make the most out of their time here. At Mount Kelly we expect every pupil to take an active part in the wide variety of opportunities available to them both in and outside the classroom.

The UK has a world-leading education sector and will continue to welcome talented and high potential international students. There will be no limit on the number of international students who can come to the UK to study, and we will seek to increase the number of international students in higher education as set out in the International Education Strategy published in March 2019.

Mount Kelly Overseas Students

Please click the link below to discover more about our Pre A Level Course.

Pre A Level Course


Visa Information

UKVI Student Route and Child Student Route

Mount Kelly is a UKVI Sponsor and we welcome pupils from every nationality. In order to ensure the visa application runs smoothly we work with a company, Newland Chase,  who specialise independent education and a copy of our Policy for Parents is available on our website. Newland Chase will take you through every step of the visa application.

To begin the process you will need:

  • A copy of the pupil’s passport.
  • A copy of their birth certificate translated in to English.
  • Full home address
  • The completed Guardianship forms
  • Signed contract with the School
From 5 October 2020 the new Student Route will replace the Tier 4 route:

We appreciate this is a big change for EU, EEA and Swiss students and UKVI have therefore created tailored guidance to help you understand what the new system means for you. There is also more information, containing useful links, that we hope will help you with this process.

  • The Student route, which falls under the UK’s new points-based immigration system, improves on the previous Tier 4 route making for a more streamlined experience for both sponsoring institutions and students.
  • Visas that have been issued through the Tier 4 route are still valid and those eligible will still be able to apply for the Graduate Route when it opens in summer 2021.
  • The Graduate Route will be available to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance and who have a valid Student (or Tier 4) visa at the time of application.
  • More information about the UK’s new points-based immigration system can be found here. Further guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss students, who from 1 January will need to comply with the new system can be found here.
  • EU, EEA and Swiss citizens resident in the UK before 31 December should apply to the EU settlement scheme.
EU, EEA and Swiss students resident in the UK by 31 December.

EU, EEA and Swiss students resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 should not apply for a Student visa through the new points-based immigration system. They, and their family members, are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Those resident here by 31 December 2020 have until 30 June 2021 to do so. More information on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here.