Overseas Students

As well as British boarders, Monmouth School for Boys is home to boys from countries as diverse as Russia, Spain, Hong Kong and Kuwait, to name just a few. Overseas pupils play a key role in boarding and we are proud of our international mix, which enriches school life immeasurably.

It can be a daunting prospect moving, often half way around the world, to a new place, new school, full of new people. We can promise your son a huge welcome and it won’t be long before he really does regard us as his second family. We are extremely proud of the pastoral care we offer to each and every one of our pupils.

To help our overseas boarders to integrate and get the most from their time here, we maintain a good balance of cultural groups within the houses and bedrooms. We also encourage boys to work and socialise with pupils of all nationalities within the school community.

While we very much welcome enquiries from overseas students wishing to join Monmouth School for Boys, we take great care to maintain a good balance of British and international students in the boarding houses. All boys take the entrance exam to the school in English.

“Pupils were unanimous that boarding at the school was a positive experience. There was an ethos of mutual care and respect in existence between pupils and staff.”
CSSIW Inspection report 2013

CSSIW Inspection report November 2013 (PDF – 114Kb)


All boys from overseas have a guardian with whom they can stay on exeat and leave-out weekends and half term holidays, as well as in any emergency. These may be relatives or friends, or may be a local guardian found through a guardianship organisation.

The school has links with a number of guardian agencies, but it is the parents’ responsibility to make arrangements for their son’s guardian.

Airport / Station transport

At the beginning and end of each term, the school provides coach and minibus transport to and from London Heathrow Airport.  The school can also organise taxi transport to other regional airports.

The school also provides a coach service to Newport railway station for leave-outs, exeats and at half terms.  The coach departs from Monmouth School for Boys at 4:15pm and pupils are collected from Newport railway station at 7:00pm for the return journey.  Any boy wishing to use this service must book a seat in advance with their Housemaster.

PDF_Med Travel Guidance Notes (PDF – 324Kb)
PDF_Med Holiday Information Form (PDF – 231Kb)
PDF_Med Meeting Place MAP – London Heathrow Arrivals Terminal 3 (PDF – 265Kb)
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Sample Travel Letter for UK or EU Nationals (PDF – 257Kb)

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Sample Travel Letter for Tier 4 Pupils (PDF – 259Kb)

2019-20 Boarding Nationality Split

2019-20 Day & Boarding Nationality Split

English as an Additional Language

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) department offers support for international pupils for whom English is not a first language. Pupils arriving in school in Years 7 to 10 will study English in small groups, focusing on key literacy and communication skills.  Support is given with specific tasks or homework if needed, and pupils have the opportunity to discuss individual concerns with the EAL co-ordinator.

Students arriving in Year 12 take IELTS preparation classes to ensure that they have the English language qualifications required for university entrance.  The classes focus on developing academic English in all four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking; rigorous preparation and practice ensure that the students are prepared for the exam.