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International Students

Finding the right school for your child is not always easy, particularly when that school is in a different country. If you have any queries or concerns, our dedicated Admissions Team is only a phone call away.

We are a diverse school and welcome students from across the world. Current and recent students have the following nationalities: American, Australian, Belgian, British, Canadian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, German, Hong Kong, Indian, Irish, Japanese, South Korean, Lithuanian, Malaysian, New Zealand, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, South African, Spanish and Sudanese. Currently about 90% of students are British.

Candidates applying from overseas who are unable to attend the entrance examinations at Freemen's in January, may be able to sit the exams at their current school, at an approved agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you wish to sit overseas.

Admissions Criteria 

We are a selective school, but we do not just look at the entrance exam results. We will meet with your child in person if possible or over Skype, obtain a school report and often talk directly with your child’s current Headteacher. We do not have a minimum IELTS score for entry, but we would expect an IELTS score of 6.5 if you intend to study at A Level. For Year Group specific entry requirements, please click on the link below


We work with a number of Agents worldwide to help introduce us to students.

The School’s aim is to deal with reputable agents who are paid to provide an introduction service for potential pupils who are resident abroad to mutual benefit. The School is looking for pupils who will benefit from and enjoy their education at The City of London Freemen’s School; it is in no-one’s interests to accept pupils who prove to be unhappy or unsuccessful.

This important relationship is based on mutual trust and understanding so that both School and agent are clear about their roles and responsibilities in the process of recruiting pupils for Freemen’s from abroad, subject to space being available in the relevant year groups.

These procedures have been drawn up based on experience and guidance on best practice from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). The continuation of the School’s ‘highly trusted’ status (HTS) with UKVI is dependent upon establishing and following a robust procedure.

If you would be interested in registering your Agency with Freemen’s, please complete the form:


All boarding students must have a Guardian who lives within 50 miles of the School and is over 25 years old.  Guardians will attend parents evening, arrange exeat weekends and become the liaison between the School and the parents.


We have no exeats other than the major holidays: Christmas, Easter, half terms and the Summer holidays.


Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Once your child has met the conditions of our offer, and you have accepted the place, we will send you a Tier 4 Pre-Cas Questionnaire and Tier 4 Visa Application Guidance. On receipt of the completed questionnaire and when we are satisfied with the information provided, we will apply for your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies Form (CAS).

In the case of those students whose offer is conditional on GCSE results, we will not be able to apply for the CAS until we have received confirmation of results in August. We strongly recommend using the Super Priority Visa Service to ensure that the student's application is processed in time for the start of term. 

The CAS is a virtual document. We will email the CAS number and a pdf of the CAS, as you may need to show it when making the visa application. You should not need to submit a paper copy, but you may find it useful to hold a hard copy.

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Students will be able to collect their BRP Residence Permit from the School when they arrive for their first day of term. When completing the visa application, please ensure you enter the 'Alternative Collection Location' (ACL) code we will provide you with to guarantee delivery to the School. 

Recording of Official Documents 

We will need to see the original and take copies of the student's passport, the yellow vignette visa and BRP card. We will also need confirmation of their exam results and a copy of the parent / guardian consent letter, agreeing for your child to travel and study at the School.

While we will try and assist you with any queries regarding your visa application, we are not visa experts so are unable to offer advice. You should take specific legal advice in relation to your child's individual circumstances before submitting any application.


To apply, simply complete the online Registration Form and pay the £200 fee. The deadline to apply is 15 October in the year prior to entry (eg 15 October 2020 for September 2021 entry). You can download a Registration Form if you prefer.

Once we have received notification of your registration and fee, we will send you an acknowledgement detailing what happens next.