We regularly welcome international students* from a variety of countries to join our school community. International families choose Clifton Lodge because of our commitment to academic excellence, character development, global perspectives, and British values, as well as our excellent exam results, university destinations and strong focus on wellbeing. All students – British, EU and international – are charged the same fees, regardless of nationality or immigration status.

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We would love for you to join us for an open day or arrange a private Zoom call with our Head so you can discover what being a student at Clifton Lodge School is like.

You can book either an open day place or Zoom call as well as request a prospectus here.

The International Recruitment Team is also 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.admissions@cognita.com

International Admissions

Students who are non-native English speakers will be asked to meet online with a member of our parent company, Cognita’s, international team, who will informally assess their English language level. The international team will then advise the school whether the student would benefit from additional support with their English prior to enrolment and/or during the first year of their studies.

Clifton Lodge and Cognita work with a range of international student recruitment agencies, education consultants and relocation agents. Agents and consultants are invited to contact the international admissions team at Cognita about representation.

*International students are those with nationalities other than UK or Irish who are subject to immigration control

English as an Additional Language

Students who need support with English as an Additional Language prior to enrolment and/or during the first year of their studies may be referred to Cognita’s English language school, Ardmore. Ardmore have over 35 years’ experience supporting young English learners and have recently developed an online platform – Ardmore X – to support teacher-led and independent study. Ardmore can support international students prepare for life at school in the UK in the weeks and months prior to the start of term. They can also support students throughout their first few terms with us, scheduling online English lessons outside of the standard school day.

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International students who receive an offer to study at Clifton Lodge will be asked to accept their place by completing and returning an acceptance form and paying a deposit equal to one term’s fees. The international deposit will be refunded* at the end of a student’s time at the school, providing appropriate notice has been given and all fees have been settled. *If the pupil joins our Nursery class and is withdrawn at any time after entry and before the first day of the Reception Year, the School will retain £500 from the Acceptance Deposit.

Clifton Lodge’s parent company, Cognita, has a licence to sponsor Child Student visas. Please contact Cognita’s international team if you would like to discuss visa sponsorship. The team will be glad to support you throughout your application and subsequent studies. Families are asked to settle the academic year’s fees in full and pay a £500 administration fee for each Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) in advance of sponsorship.

The international team can support parents of students aged 4 to 11 years old who wish to join their children in the UK under the Parent of a Child Student visa route.

We also welcome international students who are dependents of their parents’ investor, skilled worker, and diplomatic visas, as well as those who come to the UK under many other immigration routes.

If you are unsure whether your child needs a Child Student visa, we recommend taking the UK Visas questionnaire to establish the most suitable immigration route for your family.

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