Ages 7 – 13 (Years 3 – 8)
For our Young International Learners, there are 2 academic pathways available:
1. Young International Learners with very limited or low levels of English (CEFR ≤ B1; IELTS < 5.0) first start their education at our International Middle School (TSIMS) where they receive intensive English coaching as well as studying a broad range of other academic subjects, including Maths, Science, Geography, History, Music, ICT, Art and Games/PE.
Without the necessary English skills, studying at a top UK independent school can be extremely daunting for any young learner. This is why at TSIMS, we employ specialist teachers to deliver a varied curriculum in small class sizes (average 8 students/class) with subject-specific vocabulary development at the heart of what we do.
Throughout their time at TSIMS, our young international learners integrate with the Prep School students so that when they transfer to the Prep School (usually within one academic year) it is much easier to settle as they already have many friends and they are familiar with their surroundings.
2. Young International Learners with higher levels of English (CEFR > B1; IELTS ≥ 5.0) will be based at the Prep School, where they will learn alongside the British students and study a broad curriculum in preparation for their move on to the Senior School at age 13. Subjects include English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Music, ICT, Art, Modern Foreign Languages, Religious Studies and Games/PE.
All of our Young International Learners are supported in their studies by a dedicated tutor, whom they meet several times each week to check on progress, set targets and to receive guidance on how to maximise their academic potential.
Education does not stop in the classroom and every young international learner is able to take advantage of the huge number of extra-curricular clubs and activities available throughout the week as well as trips and outings at the weekend.
Many of our Young International Learners are boarders and as such, have full access to the wonderful facilities on our 56-acre campus in the evenings and at weekends. Whether they enjoy sport, performing and creative arts or any number of other hobbies and interests, there is something for everyone, allowing our Young International Learners to learn something new and to broaden their horizons.
For further support and advice, please contact our Admissions Team, who will be happy to help you with any questions you might have or to take you through the application process.