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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.  Day places are available from Year 3 (7+).

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). We also welcome students who have leave to remain as dependents of PBS migrant workers or investors; those from Hong Kong who have entered the UK on a British National Overseas (BNO) visa and EEA nationals who have leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme(Settled or Pre-Settled status).  Please note that we are unable to provide sponsorship for pupils applying for day places.

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 are interested in registering your Agency with Freemen’s, please complete the form below:

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. All candidates are required to submit a UKiset report at the point of registration. Candidates seeking entry to Year 9 and Year 10 should have a minimum Cambridge English Level B2 and those seeking entry to Sixth Form (Year 12) will require a minimum Cambridge English Level C1. Due to the large number of registrations that we receive each year, we will not progress applications that do not met these minimum criteria.

Entrance Assessments 

Entrance Assessments

Entrance assessments for entry to all year groups will comprise written examinations in Mathematics, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning, an individual interview and a report from the pupil's current school.

Candidates applying for entry to the Sixth Form (16+) who are taking 8 or more I/GCSEs will not need to sit further entrance examinations.  Please note that we require English as a First Language at GCSE for entry to the Sixth Form.  Candidates who are taking English as a Second Language at GCSE will be required to sit a written English examination to demonstrate their command of the English language.

Assessment Arrangements for candidates from Mainland China

Candidates from China who are applying through an accredited Freemen’s agent may sit their entrance examinations at the agent’s office, subject to confirmation by the School.  

For candidates who are applying directly, or through an agent who is not an accredited Freemen’s agent, we have an arrangement with BE Education to administer our entrance examinations.  We will provide you with contact details upon registration.  

Candidates who perform sufficiently well in the entrance examinations will be offered an online interview by individual arrangement.

The deadline for registration is 8th October in the year prior to entry and entrance examinations will take place in late October/early November.  

Offers of places will be confirmed by mid-December.


Assessment arrangements for candidates from Hong Kong

Candidates from Hong Kong who are applying through an accredited Freemen’s agent may sit their entrance examinations at the agent’s office, subject to confirmation by the School.

For candidates who are applying directly, or through an agent who is not an accredited Freemen’s agent, we have an arrangement with Academic Asia to administer our entrance examinations.  We will provide you with contact details upon registration.  

Assessment arrangements for candidates from other countries

Candidates from other countries who are applying through an accredited Freemen’s agent may sit their entrance examinations at the agent’s office, subject to confirmation by the School.

Candidates who are applying directly, or through an agent who is not an accredited Freemen’s agent, will be required to sit their entrance examinations at their local British Council, or may be able to sit the examinations at their current school, by arrangement, and subject to prior confirmation by the School. 

Candidates who perform sufficiently well in the entrance examinations will be offered an online interview by individual arrangement.

The deadline for registration is 8th October in the year prior to entry and entrance examinations will take place in late October/early November.  

Offers of places will be confirmed by mid-December. 

Apply 

To apply, simply complete the online Registration Form and pay the £200 fee. The deadline to apply is 8 October in the year prior to entry (e.g. 8th October 2021 for September 2022 entry). 

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

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