International students


The excitement of joining a boarding school in another country is not lost on us here at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools. We strive to ensure that every international student feels welcome and at home in wonderful Wales. Monmouth, birthplace of King Henry V, is a beautiful historical town situated just 2 miles from the Welsh/English border. The picturesque high street and the luscious green countryside will feel like home in no time.

Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools welcomes applications from international candidates for all year groups. Boarding is available from Year 3 – Year 13 (ages 7-18 years), however, our youngest overseas boarders tend to join us from Year 5 and up.

We welcome pupils from all over the world. We host a wonderful community representing over 20 different nationalities.

All international students will be taught in English and therefore are required to have a good working knowledge of the language. English as an Additional Language (EAL) is provided by experienced English teachers, for those that require it.

Entry assessments

Candidates are required to sit entry assessments in English and Mathematics. We will invite all boys and girls to an interview and we will also require a report from their current school or agent.

Sixth Form

In addition to these entry assessments, international pupils applying for our Sixth Form will also be required to complete two subject papers for the subjects they wish to study at A level. The selected exam subjects must have been studied for a minimum of two years.

Sixth Form Foundation Year

Girls and boys aged 15 and 16 from outside the UK where English is not their first language can complete a one-year IGCSE course in preparation to study A levels in the UK.

Normally, IGCSE courses take two years but by using intensive teaching, modern facilities and working with students in small groups, the school is able to prepare students for these examinations in just one year. Both boys and girls are taught together in mixed classes across both schools.

One Year IGCSE students are integrated into boarding, pastoral and the school’s social life providing a perfect preparation for Sixth Form study and a much broader education experience than that offered by an international school in the UK.

The subjects that students must take are:

• English as a Second Language
• Mathematics
• Dual Award Science (equivalent to two IGCSEs)
• Their own language

An additional subject will also be studied and is dependent upon availability and timetable.

Download our Sixth Form Foundation Year 2022 Leaflet (PDF – 1MB)

For more information, please contact our Admissions Managers who will be delighted to assist you.