At Sidcot, we think of ourselves as an international Boarding school at heart, as we welcome students of more than 30 different nationalities to live and learn together at our school. 

Our long-term experience with such a diverse community means that our staff are very accustomed to welcoming students from overseas, helping them to settle in happily and to quickly feel at ease with school life, whether they are day pupils or boarders.

Our international boarding school houses

Within our five Boarding houses, international diversity is celebrated and shared; thanks to this rich mix of people, students come to see themselves as global citizens who enjoy getting to understand different cultures. Living together at Sidcot, they engage with each other's language, food, and traditions as part of daily life. Past students often remark on how much they appreciated having the opportunity to learn first hand about life in other countries.

International students can board at Sidcot from the time they enter our Senior School in the Third Form (Year 7). The younger boarders live in smaller, family-orientated houses, while our Sixth Form students board in larger houses with more independence. Some of the Upper Sixth students live 'semi-independently’ in small houses, giving them some experience of living on their own, which provides an excellent foundation for university life.

The international admissions process

Whether you’re applying for a place at Sidcot School directly or via one of our international agents, make sure you’re familiar with the international admissions process before you begin your application. Visa support is available for students joining without a UK passport.

An airport transit service is available for students arriving from Bristol International Airport or London Heathrow Airport to ensure international students can travel to Sidcot safely. 

International students may wish to complete the Year 11 Pathway One-Year GCSE course,  which covers a range of subjects to keep their options open for higher education - having this alongside the IB Diploma can make a degree application much stronger for students who haven’t otherwise sat GCSEs. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the international admissions process or life at Sidcot School. You can also see the school for yourself by booking a place on one of our open mornings or a personal tour.