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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. About 10% of our students are non-British and come from a wide range of countries.  Students may board at Freemen's from Year 9 (13+) upward.  As a UKVI Highly Trusted Sponsor we can provide sponsorship to international students applying for full boarding under the Child Student Visa scheme (formerly Tier 4), and we also welcome students who have leave to remain as dependents of PBS migrant workers or investors.  Please note that we do are not able to provide sponsorship under Child Student Visa to international candidates wishing to attend as day students.

If you are an EEA national or dependent of EEA nationals and have yet to apply for leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme, we strongly recommend that you do this before the end of the year.

Admissions Criteria 

We are a selective school, but we do not just look at the entrance exam results. We will meet with your child by online interview and will also request a school report from your child’s current school.  Candidates will be expected to have a good standard of both written and spoken English. We do not have a minimum IELTS score for entry, but we would expect an IELTS score of 6.5 (Cambridge English Level C1) for candidates seeking entry to the Sixth Form.

Entrance Assesments 

Candidates seeking entry to Year 9 (13+) and Year 10 (14+) will sit entrance examinations in Mathematics, Written English and Non-Verbal Reasoning in the November prior to entry.  Candidates who perform sufficiently well in the entrance examinations will also be invited to attend an online interview. 

Testing arrangements for candidates from mainland China and Hong Kong are outlined below.  For candidates applying from other countries, examinations must be taken at a local British Council Office. 

Candidates seeking entry to Year 12 (16+) who are not taking a minimum of 8 GCSE/IGCSEs will be required to submit a UKiset report and will also sit entrance examinations in Written English and Non-Verbal Reasoning.  Candidates who perform sufficiently well in the entrance examinations will also be invited to attend an online interview. 

Applications from candidates who are taking a minimum of 8 GCSE/IGCSEs will be assessed on predicted grades, interview and a report from the candidate’s current school.

 ASSESSMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR CANDIDATES FROM MAINLAND CHINA

With effect from September 2020, we will be working together with our trusted partners in China - BE Education - to manage our entrance examinations for all candidates from China, including those applying directly and through other educational agents.  

Early applicants will be offered the opportunity to attend a pre-assessment before 21st of September and then attend an online interview on 26th or 27th of September.  Candidates who reach our requirements in the pre-assessment and interview will then be invited to sit our entrance examinations in China on 8th November 2020.  Please contact our partners at BE by emailing their team at beschoolcontact@be.co if you wish to attend the pre-assessment. 

Emails to BE may be written in English or Chinese. Please remember to include the child’s name, date of birth and gender. Please also mention in the email that you would like to apply to City of London Freemen’s School

Candidates applying after 21st September and by the registration deadline of 15th October will also be invited to sit our entrance examinations on 8th November 2020 and those candidates who perform sufficiently well in the examinations will be offered an interview in mid-November, by individual arrangement.  Arrangements for the entrance examinations will be managed by BE Education, as above.

Offers of places will be confirmed by the end of November.

 ASSESSMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR CANDIDATES FROM HONG KONG

With effect from September 2020, we will be working with Academic Asia to administer our entrance assessment for entry to City of London Freemen’s for candidates from Hong Kong.

Candidates will sit our entrance examinations on Saturday 7 November in Hong Kong, by arrangement with Academic Asia.  Those candidates who perform sufficiently well in the entrance examinations will be offered an interview by individual arrangement.

Offers of places will be confirmed by the end of November.

Agents 

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:

Guardians 

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.

Exeats 

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

Child Student Visa (formerly Tier 4) 

United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have changed the name of the visa process for pupils coming into the UK. It is no longer a Tier 4 visa, but a Child Student Visa.

The process to apply should be simpler. To help us manage our Child Student visas, City of London Freemen’s School has appointed Newland Chase to fulfil its compliance duties.

Administration of Student Child Visas

There an increasing number of compliance requirements that City of London Freemen’s School must meet as a Child Student Visa sponsor and as an ACL. We have reviewed the best way for us to manage these visas in a secure and efficient manner, which will benefit parents and pupils. We have appointed Newland Chase to manage the compliance of our Child Student visas.

We sponsor each child individually by issuing a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) certificate. As a School, we must check that each candidate “‘to the best of their knowledge meets the requirements of the rules for a valid CAS”. To help, we will ask you to provide key information and evidence before we apply for your CAS. Once we are happy with the information, we will send you details of your CAS.

It is important that we make these checks, because if your application for a visa is refused, it is not only extremely difficult and disappointing for you, it will count against the School and may make other applications to the School more difficult.

We need to make sure that every applicant is genuine, so we will check and verify the following:

  • identity documents such as a pupil’s passport and birth certificate;
  • reports and qualifications;
  • that the current level of English is acceptable and genuine;
  • that the entrance papers are genuine and have been invigilated to the required level;
  • that the candidate has sufficient funds available to pay the fees for boarding and tuition for the first year in full prior to applying for the CAS. This may include requesting bank statements for dates and funds to be checked;
  • that the relationship between the child and their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are genuine by requesting the adult passports, birth certificates and associated legal documents;
  • parental consent for a pupil to travel to, live and study at our School.

Once your child is at the School, we are also required to monitor and keep records. UKVI will inspect us at least once every four years and we are required to show evidence and monitoring of the following for each student on a Child Student Visa:

  • their attendance;
  • the level of progression in a student’s English language and their achievements within education;
  • their regular school reports;
  • records of how and when the a student has left or re-entered the UK, this includes for all school holidays. We also need to show how a student was taken to or picked up from an airport and that we have parental consent for a student to travel;
  • in exactly whose care and where they were for each exeat weekend or school holiday if remaining within the UK, to prove their duty of care as a Sponsor;
  • changes, renewal and expiry dates of BRPs, passports and CAS renewals;
  • if they do not enrol on a course, arrive late for the course, is absent for more than an agreed amount of time or leaves the course without completing it;
  • is asked to leave the course and the School.

Like many other schools, we have made the decision to outsource this monitoring to specialist experts who have trusted relationships with the relevant authorities and are able to keep up-to-date with the ever changing legislation and compliance requirements. We will therefore charge a compliance management fee of £350 to be added to your first term’s invoice when your first arrive at the school or if you are already a student at the school and move onto study a new programme e.g. from GCSEs to A Levels.

Data will be shared in compliance with the School’s Data Protection Policies.  For more information, go to www.freemens.org/privacy

CAS / BRP 

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 Child Student Visa Pre-Cas Questionnaire and a Child Student 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. 

 

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.

Apply 

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 15th 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.

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