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The deadline to apply for Year 7 is Friday 15 December 2023. The Assessment & Interview Morning takes place Saturday 13 Jan 2024.

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Students from overseas

"We currently have 10 different countries represented in our boarding community. 

We know that learning in a new country is daunting, which is why we run an induction programme with continuous support to ensure our students settle in and adjust to life and learning in the UK smoothly."

Leigh Ware
Head of Boarding at Stamford School

Boarding Community 

Our Boarding Houses are age-appropriate and single-sex to ensure the need for privacy is respected and the right community atmosphere is created for our pupils.

Our boarding community is relatively small, with seven boarding properties overall.

Six of our Boarding Houses are for Senior Boarders for students in Years 7-13. Our Years 7-9 boarders will be based at our St Paul's campus, with older boys (Years 10-13) also on this site. The older girls (Years 11-13) will be closer to the St Martin's campus.

Settling In

Our extended induction takes place before the academic year starts in September.

This allows new joining students to find their feet, familiarise themselves with the School and town itself, and complete all necessary induction tasks in advance of their first day of school.


All new boarders are allocated a current boarder to be their ‘buddy’.

This buddy systems helps new boarders during their first few weeks. It enables students to be able to learn and understand exactly what school and boarding life at Stamford entails and is a great way to begin to make friends.


Our Houseparents are there to listen to any concerns, as well as answer questions and truly make students feel as though they are living in a home away from home.

They are therefore well integrated in a traditional British education, whilst mixing with other students from many different countries around the world. 

Our boarders are surrounded by friendly and helpful boarding, academic and support staff, as well as a strong full UK boarding community.

All seven of our boarding houses are busy and vibrant and continue to be at weekends.

Our boarding Houseparents canvas the students’ interests when planning weekend activities and our students often enjoy fun outings to nearby adventures such as escape rooms, laser tag, the theatre, or dinner at a local restaurant.

We have great transport links to nearby cities such as Cambridge, Lincoln, and London, which means a day trip further afield can also often be on the agenda. Closer to home, we are very fortunate to have Rutland Water (which has a fantastic Aquapark in the summer!) and Burghley Park on our doorstep, both of which our boarders enjoy in the warmer months.

Celebrating diversity

Our boarding community is what it is because of our international students.

Our international students are particularly encouraged to share their culture and interests, whether that’s with a House Cooking night making dishes from their home country, or by recognising and celebrating cultural events such as Chinese New Year and Armenian Christmas.


English as an Additional Language

If English is not a student’s first language, our EAL (English as an Additional Language) Department will help establish the amount of support needed, if any. This will be assessed using their entrance exam results and through discussion with a senior member of academic staff and will be continuely monitored throughout their time with us.

Our EAL Department places a strong emphasis on academic progress, but supports students far beyond teaching English. Our EAL team help students adjust to life in England and learn about British customs and traditions, whilst welcoming and celebrating students’ home cultures. They also work as part of a wider team towards seamless pastoral and academic support.

Securing a Visa

Stamford is licensed to sponsor students under the Child Student route, and can support your visa application by issuing a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

We are not immigration specialists, and therefore cannot provide legal advice.


All international students are required to have an educational guardian based in the UK.

A guardian acts as the parents’ representative and should be available to contact 24/7 in case of an emergency. They are expected to communicate with the School regularly regarding the student’s welfare, and liaise with the School regarding travel and accommodation arrangements during school holidays.

Guardians must be appointed before a student joins us. The School cannot allocate or recommend a guardian on the parents’ behalf; it is an important decision that lies solely with the parents.

Stamford During Covid

Since March 2020, we have done everything we can to make Stamford Schools as Covid secure as possible.

Throughout, we have followed the BSA Covid Safe Charter and complied with all UK Government guidance. We recognise that Covid has been around for over two years now and will likely continue to have an impact on international travel and families' decisions as to whether to send their child to school in the UK.

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A HMC School Member 

As a member of HMC - The Heads Conference - the professional association of the Heads of the world’s leading independent schools - we provide academic excellence, outstanding pastoral care, and very good co-curricular opportunities. 

Sixth Form Curriculum

We offer 27 subjects at A Level, and students leave us to complete degrees at Oxford, Cambridge, Russell Group, elite and international universities, alongside a wide range of career and study choices.


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