School in Slough, England
We regularly welcome international students from a variety of countries to join our school community. International families choose Long Close School because of our commitment to academic excellence, character development, global perspectives and British values, as well as our excellent exam results and a strong focus on wellbeing.
Long Close’s key strengths are:
- Slough’s only Independent School for boys and girls aged 2-16
- In 2020, 100% of pupils achieved Grade 5 or above in GCSE English and Maths, 100% of Triple Science pupils achieved Grade 7 or above in all three papers
- At the beginning of Summer Term 21, 100% of Year 1 pupils were working at or above their expected level in phonics
- Awarded Read Write Inc. Phonics Model School Status awarded for the second consecutive year. We are the only Independent School in the UK to achieve this award. Read more about Model School Status here.
- 95% of our Reception children are on track to meet or exceed Good Levels of Development by June 2021
- 11+ Curriculum is embedded from Year 1 and children participate in free preparation clubs from Year 5
- Robust intervention strategy through all Key Stages providing bespoke support for children where needed
- Inspiring Enrichment Curriculum that builds character
If you are ready to apply, please download our application for or explore the categories below to find out more about applying to Long Close School as an international student.
Please read a blog from one of our parents which explains why they decided to move their child from state education to independent. Click here to read the full article.
We would love for you to join us at an open day or arrange a private tour so you can discover what being a student at Long Close School is like. To find out more about open days (virtual and on-site) here.
You can book either as well as request a prospectus here.
However, we appreciate that this may not always be possible. The International Recruitment Team is happy to assist you remotely and will be on hand by telephone or email to answer any questions that you may have prior to making arrangements for your child’s admission.
Email us at: International.firstname.lastname@example.org
We can offer you support if you wish to make an application to Long Close School, including accommodation and visa assistance. We are also happy to receive applications from pupil recruitment agents working on behalf of international families.
As a part of the Cognita group of schools, which holds a group Student Sponsorship Licence, we are happy to arrange a Child Student visa (previously known as a Tier 4 visa) sponsorship for pupils who require this and meet the criteria and support you throughout the process. If you are unsure whether your child needs Child Student visa sponsorship, we recommend taking the UK Visas questionnaire to establish the correct visa.
International Fees for Academic Year 2021/22
|School Year||Termly Fee|
|Year 1 - Year 2||£4,900.00|
|Year 3 - Year 4||£5,000.00|
|Year 5 - Year 6||£5,100.00|
|Year 7 - Year 9||£6,600.00|
|Year 10 - Year 11||£6,700.00|
To secure a place, international students should have good English language skills and evidence of having performed well at their previous school(s). Once we have confirmed we have space in the year group you require, we will invite you to an interview with the headteacher or their representative. If you are offered a place, you’ll need to confirm acceptance in writing and by paying a deposit
All potential candidates must undertake an initial English assessment with the International Recruitment Team. Grades and references from previous academic establishments will also be considered when deciding on your suitability for a place at Long Close School.
All potential candidates for GCSE will be assessed through interview and written examination. Grades and references from previous academic establishments will also be considered when deciding about your suitability for a place at Long Close School.
To study the GCSE programme, you will need to demonstrate an English language level equivalent to the following:
- IELTS 5
- CEFR B2
Long Close School works very closely with accredited guardianship agencies, who undertake stringent vetting of host families to ensure that international students are matched with hosts offering the most friendly, safe and comfortable ‘home from home’ environments in which they can both relax and study successfully.
Each student will be given the use of a single or twin study bedroom. Bathroom facilities are usually shared. Host family expenses include accommodation, breakfast and evening meals during the week, and breakfast, lunch and an evening meal over the weekends and during the holidays. A laundry service (excluding dry cleaning) is also included.
Additional full board accommodation over the holiday periods (Christmas, Easter and Summer) will incur additional weekly charges.
The decision to study in another country is undoubtedly a bold and life-changing one, and Long Close School teachers, staff and students are on hand to welcome international students, helping you to find your feet and settle into school. You will also benefit from a comprehensive induction programme and introductions to your tutors and other members of the School support staff. Our school is a harmonious and supportive environment where we hope you will soon start to fuel your passions, discover your potential, and forge friendships that could last a lifetime.
The topics that are usually covered at induction are:
- Medical, dental and other support services
- Police registration
- Advice on opening a bank account
- Sports and social activities
- Computer facilities
- Introduction to school staff
- English language testing
- Meetings with your selected subject teachers
- Getting to know your fellow students