The Foremarke Hall and Repton School communities are greatly enriched by the blend of different countries and societies from which our pupils originate.
Diversity prospers here within the culture of a traditional English boarding school. We seek to create an environment in which all pupils are drawn together by their desire for excellence and which prepares them best for life in an ever-shrinking world. We ensure that our international pupils’ time with us is happy and that they enjoy success across the curriculum.
We currently have pupils at School from countries including Japan, Russia,Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Spain, China and Hong Kong, Holland, Germany, and Cuba.
Foremarke Hall holds a UK Border Agency Tier 4 Licence and is classed as a Highly Trusted Sponsor. (HTS). This means we are licensed to sponsor non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals to obtain their student visa as quickly as possible. The school will issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) directly to the UK Border Agency. The CAS number is provided to the student for presentation with their visa application. The CAS will be issued once we have received the completed Registration form and fee, the Acceptace Form and deposit (but not more than six months prior to the start of the course).
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
When foreign students first arrive at Foremarke they will spend time with Liz Wells, our EAL specialist, to assess how much help and support they require. Most students will have specialist English Language lessons in a small group or on a one to one basis. Lessons are relaxed and an opportunity for foreign students to work at their own speed. There is room for flexibility; if quick progress is made they will return to mainstream English lessons with the rest of the year group.
Students arriving in Year 8 are not normally offered a second foreign language. Students arriving in Year 7 and below are offered a second foreign language (French) if their English is of a good standard.
Support is also offered with subject content in other mainstream lessons e.g. Science or History. This may take the form of support with prep or reviewing lesson content outside of the classroom.
The EAL support is also an opportunity to discuss any other cultural/ social issues or language barriers that may emerge. This ensures any potential problems are picked up early and can be managed appropriately.
Liz Wells lives on site and is part of the boarding team so she is available evenings and weekends as required. She is an experienced teacher of English with 20 years EAL experience at Foremarke. Her passion is helping foreign students and she is always amazed to see how quickly her students develop and fit into life at Foremarke Hall.
Keeping in Touch
These days it is very easy for all Foremarke pupils to keep in touch with family and friends whether they are in the UK or abroad. All pupils have access to school pay phones, are issued with personal email addresses and the use of their mobile phones is permitted daily at certain times. Additionally, pupils can use the School’s extensive IT Department to make ‘Skype’ video calls with their families, helping to ensure that the link between home and school is a strong and happy one.
Boarding houses are warm and friendly. Our experienced House Parents, together with a team of house tutors, assistants and school nurses keep in close contact with parents throughout a child’s time with us. Each set of house parents lives within their boarding house and so any child who is unwell or unhappy can be seen to straight away. In addition we have an overnight nurse who is a resident at Foremarke Hall and offers overnight sick bay facilities for any boarder who is unwell.
Foremarke Hall is conveniently situated for the major motorways, while Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham East Midlands Airports are all within easy reach. A local taxi company, who have been fully vetted and are regularly used by the school, transports pupils to and from all UK airports, including London Heathrow and London Gatwick. Shared transportation to and from airports at the start and end of term is often available for students. The taxi company wait at the airport until the flight has departed.
Pupils whose parents are based abroad must have an English – speaking contact in the UK who can be responsible for arrangements at the beginning and end of each term and for the care of pupils during half-terms, exeats and in emergencies. Ideally this should be someone local who can take an interest in the pupil’s welfare and life at school and who is prepared to attend parents meetings and support school functions, such as plays, concerts and matches. Suitable guardians might be relatives or family friends resident in the UK; alternatively there are several agencies that offer this service.
For more information, you can contact:
The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS)
Mrs Janet Bowman, Secretary
Entrance Assessments for Entry to Years 5, 6, 7 and 8
Our registrar, Ruth Merriman handles all aspects of international admissions. Whether via an agent or directly, she will guide you through the process. We ask that all children, for whom English is an additional language, take entrance examinations in English and Mathematics, however these do not have to be taken at the school and may instead be taken at the candidates’ current school. We like to meet all families considering Foremarke Hall either through them visiting and touring the school with the Registrar or via a skype interview.
An alternative way in which children may be assessed is by UKiset. Along with many other top independent schools in the UK, Foremarke Hall is participating in a new entrance test called UKiset – the UK Independent Schools’ Entry Test.
UKiset is an adaptive online test taken in English which has been designed to support admission into the British independent education system. UKiset tests a child’s underlying academic abilities through four principal reasoning areas – Non Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Ability. Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Ability – together with a handwritten creative writing piece. There is an additional English Placement Test for pupils whose first language is not English. In total the test can take up to two and a half hours.
If you wish your child to be considered for a place at Foremarke Hall, please go to the UKiset website www.ukiset.com to register your child by completing the Student Profile Form. Please list Foremarke Hall on the form and provide as much information as possible, because this will be sent to us as part of your child’s UKiset Profile Package and used in conjunction with their UKiset results to assess their application to Foremarke Hall
Once you have completed the form the UKiset Team will then contact you with details of your closest test centre and the next available test date (UKiset can be taken at approved test centres in over 130 countries worldwide). After your child has taken the test and we have received their UKiset Profile Package we will make a decision as to whether or not we wish to take their application further. If we are happy to pursue the application we will at that point require our registration fee to be paid and seek the relevant school references, reports and any additional relevant information to your child’s application.
For further information or to register your child for UKiset, please click on the icon below. If your child has already taken UKiset and you would like their results to be sent to Foremarke Hall, please click on the link and complete the School Selection Form.
If you have any questions regarding International Entry procedures and for more information for overseas pupils, please contact the Registrar at Foremarke Hall, Milton, Derbyshire, DE65 6EJ
Telephone: 01283 707100