International Admissions

Admissions Process for International Students

St. Francis’ College is proud of its global outlook in welcoming students from around the world. The diversity of the community is of great benefit to all. All girls at the school, value the friendships they make with pupils whose families live overseas. Both can learn from each other, sharing knowledge and the experience of different cultures and language whilst enjoying the value of an excellent British education together.

International entry is normally into Year 7, 9 or Year 12. Applications can be made to join other years subject to availability. Students entering Year 12 must be 17 or under by 1st September on the year of entry.

We are also happy to consider girls to join for a short term placement to allow them to improve their English and partake in the British Boarding School experience. 

All families interested in applying to study at St. Francis’ College should contact the Registrar, Mrs Lisa Cogan on admissions@st-francis.herts.sch.uk and she can guide you through the admissions process. We also work with partner educational agents based in countries around the world who will also help you with your application. Please contact Mrs Cogan for details of an agent in your home country.

Further information about the school can be obtained by clicking here to download the prospectus, but we are happy to answer any specific questions you may have. 

All students are required to sit entrance examinations in Maths and English. If you are unable to attend an assessment day at the school, then we can arrange for the papers to be sat overseas.

All students are also requires to have an entry interview with a senior member of staff. This can be via Skype video call if you are unable to visit in person.

We do welcome visits from all applicants and encourage families to come to the school prior to joining. Please contact Mrs Cogan to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Accepting a Place

Following the interview, the Registrar will advise if the applicant has been successful in securing a place and the acceptance paperwork will be issued.

An offer of a place will be valid for 2 weeks. After which time a place at the school can no longer be guaranteed.

To accept their place a student must return the acceptance form and pay the security deposit of £4,500. This is a £1,000 for a short term stay.

Payment Options

The school does not accept large cash payments.

Please make payments via cheques made payable to St. Francis’ College or Bank Transfer.

Bank details can be obtained from The Bursary by e-mailing finance@st-francis.herts.sch.uk

Please quote your daughter’s full name as a references on all payments.

Guardianship

A condition of acceptance at St. Francis’ College is that girls coming from overseas have an English-speaking guardian, whose residential address is in the UK. This may be a relative or close friend but must be a responsible adult over the age of 25 years.

Overseas students stay with their guardians during the holidays when the school is closed. Guardians are invited to join in with the life of the school and will receive information and invitations to keep them fully involved with their wards’ education.

The school currently works with several reputable organisations providing guardianship services. Contact details are available from the Admissions Administrator.

 

General Visa Requirements:

To enrol at our school, students must hold the appropriate immigration status. Enrolment is not possible for students with an incorrect visa within the UK. Please use the UK government’s website to verify the correct visa for entry: Check UK Visa. Parents or guardians accompanying students must also have the proper status for residing in the UK during their children’s enrolment.

We strongly recommend families utilize the UK government’s website to confirm their visa requirements. Professional legal advice is recommended if needed. Contact Mr. Ben Elton at ECA Legal for such counsel:
ECA Legal
Contact: Mr. Ben Elton
Phone: +44(0)207 255 0576
Website: ecalegal.com

 

Important Information for EU, EEA, and Swiss Nationals:

EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens with EU Pre-Settled or Settled Status must provide official confirmation. Those without either status require a Child Student Visa for studies at our school. Refer to UK Government guidelines:

EU Student Information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-points-based-immigration-system-eu-student-information
Check if you require a visa: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
Child Student Visa: https://www.gov.uk/child-study-visa
Parent of a Child Student Visa: https://www.gov.uk/parent-of-a-child-at-school-visa

Students needing a Child Student Visa can obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from our school. This document can be used by students to apply at the appropriate consulate. In order to ensure a smooth and efficient visa application process, we kindly request that any students or families requiring a Child Student Visa use the professional visa and immigration services provided by ECA Legal. As a regulated immigration firm based in the UK, ECA Legal is dedicated to assessing your visa documents, working closely with the school to approve the CAS assignment, and guiding you through the entire visa application process. They will act as your legal representative, preparing and submitting your child's visa application along with the necessary supporting documents.

Kindly note that this invaluable service incurs an additional cost of £950 per student visa application. For parents seeking a Parent of a Child Student visa, there is an additional cost of £650 per application. Additionally, please be aware of the supplementary charges from UK Visas and Immigration, such as the Immigration Health Surcharge. To streamline this process, we emphasize that payments for these services are to be made directly to ECA Legal, ensuring a secure and efficient transaction. Please note that, in accordance with UK tax regulations, the legal fee will have VAT added if you reside in the UK. If you don't reside in the UK, VAT will not be applicable.

 

Special Arrangement for Full Year’s Fees (3 terms):

As a token of our appreciation for your commitment to your child's education, Inspired Learning Group has crafted a special arrangement. Families opting to pay the full year's fees in advance (3 terms) will have the £950 visa application legal fee associated with the Child Student Visa application absorbed by Inspired Learning Group. It's important to note that this arrangement excludes students who receive a scholarship or bursary from the school.

We look forward to welcoming your child to St. Francis' College and facilitating a smooth transition into this exciting chapter of their academic journey.

 

English as an Additional Language

St. Francis’ College has a very strong EAL department which is there to help students who are non-native speakers access the school curriculum.  All our EAL lessons are conducted in small classes and our EAL teachers work closely with subject teachers and form tutors to ensure that EAL students are receiving the specific language support they need.  Prior to joining the school, the girls will have taken our entrance examinations in EAL and Maths. The number of EAL lessons a girl receives will depend on her individual needs and are reviewed on a termly basis. There is an additional charge for EAL teaching which is detailed with the college fees.

We also help our students prepare for external examinations such as IELTS, the English proficiency test accepted by British and other worldwide universities. Girls in Year 11 will be able to take IGCSE English as a Second Language.

There is a dedicated EAL centre in the school, with two specialist members of staff. The girls are encouraged to visit at any time as well as during their specific lessons. Homework is given every week to help reinforce learning.