Boarders at Oratory Prep School

International Admissions

International pupils

We welcome applications from international pupils. We are a UKVI Child Student sponsor and accommodate pupils of all nationalities. Children in Year 3 upwards can board on a full, weekly or flexible basis, and our boarding house is open at Exeat weekends.

Families from overseas follow our admissions procedure in the same way. If a prospective boarder, your child’s ‘taster’ experience could also include an overnight stay in our Boarding House.

If your child is unable to attend a ‘taster’ experience, we organise personalised virtual tours of our school and boarding house with opportunities to talk to our Headmaster, the Head of Boarding, teachers and pupils. As well as getting to know our school, this helps us to get to know you and your child, their interests and talents, and to gauge their level of English (where applicable).

If English is your child’s second language, we arrange informal virtual assessments with our Head of EAL. Overseas families are required to provide the same information for their child as expected for pupils living in the UK and as described in our Admissions and Equal Opportunities Policy.

We require school reports, references where applicable, and all supporting information, including specialist assessments and reports, to be translated into English. The school report should include information on your child’s knowledge and understanding of written and spoken English. This can be produced and submitted separately by your child’s English teacher.

We also require details of a nominated legal guardian, where applicable, before your child becomes a pupil at our school.


Intensive EAL support is provided for non native English speakers. The school has a track record in preparing pupils where English is their second language for a range of senior schools, including Abingdon, Eton, Marlborough College, Sherborne, St. Mary’s Ascot, Stowe School, The Oratory School, and Uppingham College.


We make every effort to assist families who require Child Student visas to study in the UK. Once a place has been accepted and a deposit and at least one term’s fees paid in advance, we issue Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) documents. Our Registrar provides support throughout the visa application process.

Parents must ensure that their child is in possession of a valid visa before the start of the child’s first term. Parents must also ensure that their child’s passport and visa are renewed as required.

More information and advice on the process is available on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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Join us at one of our Open Events or our Registrar can arrange a personalised showround of our school.

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