International Admissions

International Admissions

School in Hertford, England

We regularly welcome international students* from a variety of countries to join our school community. International families choose Duncombe 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.

If you are ready to apply, please click here or explore the categories below to find out more about applying to Duncombe School as an international student.

Visit Us

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 DuncombeSchool is like.

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.

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International Admissions

We can offer you support if you wish to make an application to Duncombe School, including accommodation and visa assistance. We are also happy to receive applications from student recruitment agents working on behalf of international families.

As a part of the Cognita group of schools, which holds a group Tier 4 Sponsorship Licence, we are happy to arrange Tier 4 visa sponsorship for students who require this and meet the criteria and support you throughout the process. If you are unsure whether you need Tier 4 visa sponsorship, we recommend taking the UK Visas questionnaire to establish the correct visa for you.

For more information on Tier 4 (Child/General) Student Visas and Parent of a Tier 4 child visa, please click the links.

International Fees for Academic Year 2021/22

Academic YearTermly Fee
Year 1 £4,700
Year 2£5,100
Year 3£5,400
Year 4 - Year 6£5,800

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.

Prep School

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 Duncombe School.

The decision to study in another country is undoubtedly a bold and life-changing one, and Duncombe 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
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