Chigwell School has a unique boarding system, designed specially for international students coming to study A levels in the UK. Overseas boarders at Chigwell get the best of the British education system, supported by experienced staff.
Students live in family boarding houses in the school grounds – each house has just 7 or 8 students, with a mix of different nationalities, cared for by house parents who are academic staff. House parents include senior staff such as the Director of Studies, Heads of academic departments, and several Oxbridge graduates, so students have access to a high degree of academic expertise.
Our small boarding houses are situated close together in the school grounds, and other staff including the Headmaster and Chaplain also live nearby on site with their families. We have a warm and friendly community life, which provides a secure and supportive base for students entering an English school.
Getting to know people in a friendly environment
It's easy to get to know people in our small friendly boarding houses. Getting to know people in the wider school community is easy too, because of our Day Houses.
Students at Chigwell School are divided into four Day Houses. In order to help new international students settle in, they are each given their own student mentor. The mentor is a local English student in the same Day House who has volunteered to help a new international student. The mentor will email their student before they arrive, come to meet them in the boarding house before lessons start, take them into school on their first day, help them find their way, show them round and introduce them to other students.
The path to university in the UK
Boarders at Chigwell contribute greatly to the life of the Sixth Form as a whole. In today's global society the experience of living and working closely with students from all over the world is invaluable. Sixth Form study is the stage at which students benefit most from the independence and international dimension that boarding at Chigwell offers. In the Sixth Form we provide a structured programme designed to prepare students for life beyond school, and the Head of Sixth Form, Mr Andy Long, guides each individual student through the university and career choices before them.
Chigwell's A-level results are impressive and the school ranks in the top 100 of all UK independent schools. International students at Chigwell are extremely successful, with 20% gaining entry to Oxford and Cambridge, and many more to other top universities like LSE, Imperial and UCL.
Applying to Chigwell School
On the left of this page, you can download our application form ("Registration Form"), together with a document explaining the application process. You can also download our Sixth Form Handbook, which gives details of all the A-level courses we offer, and our Prospectus for International Students, which tells you about life at Chigwell as an international student.
Chigwell School understands that applying to study in a new country is quite complicated, and you may have lots of questions. We've tried to answer some of the most common questions in our documents on this page. In addition, our Head of Sixth Form, Mr Long, is very happy to give you further help and advice. Please do not hesitate to contact him.
Mr Andrew Long