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Westonbirt has a broad demographic of students with girls from all over the world.  We offer fantastic boarding facilities and excellent pastoral care to allow international students to feel at home at Westonbirt as soon as possible.

There are 2 ways to apply for international entrance:

1. Ukiset
The UK Independent Schools’ Entry test (UKiset) is an online entrance test for international students that wish to apply to a British independent school. Westonbirt is a UKiset associate school and the test can be taken at approved test centres in over 130 countries worldwide.

2. Westonbirt School’s own Entry Tests
Where UKiset is not available, entry will be through the school’s own age appropriate tests, taken under appropriate supervision, or at Westonbirt School.

Overseas candidates undertake a UKiset adaptive online test taken in English. This tests a candidate’s underlying academic abilities through four principal reasoning areas – Non Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Ability, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. Candidates will also be asked to submit a creative writing piece. There is an additional English Placement Test for candidates whose first language is not English. In total, the test takes approximately two and a half hours.

To be considered for a place at Westonbirt School, please ‘register for UKiset’ on the UKiset Website. Please list Westonbirt School on the form and provide as much information as possible – this will be sent to us as part of the UKiset Profile Package and used in conjunction with the UKiset results to assess a candidate’s application to Westonbirt.

Once a candidate has registered and completed the Student Profile Form a member of the UKiset Team will contact them with details of their closest test centre and the next available test date. After the test has been taken and we have received their UKiset Profile Package we will make a decision as to whether or not we wish to take their application further. If we are happy to pursue the application we will at that point require our registration fee to be paid and seek the relevant school references, reports and any additional information relevant to their application.

Please note: a registration fee will only be charged once we have reviewed the UKiset results and are happy to proceed with the application.

For further information, or to register for UKiset, please visit www.ukiset.com. If your child has already taken UKiset and you would like their results to be sent to Westonbirt School please contact UKiset. Alternatively, please view the UKiset FAQs for more information.

Westonbirt’s Own Entry Tests:

All candidates will –

  • Take an age appropriate non-verbal Reasoning Test.
  • Have a Skype interview with the Headmistress (where possible).
  • Be required to submit a copy of their recent school reports/grades.

Entry to Years 7-10

All candidates whose first language is not English must take the school’s English Language Examination. In addition they will also take the school’s Mathematics test. Their timetable will be designed to match their level of English, which must be strong enough for them to join mainstream lessons in all of the core timetabled subjects. They will also be required to take the weekly number of chargeable English Language lessons recommended by the school’s English Language Training (ELT) Department.

Entry to Year 12 – Sixth Form

Candidates for Sixth Form who have not been educated in an English medium school for at least three years are required to submit an IELTS Certificate to gain entry, with a minimum level of 6.0 in the Reading and Writing Sections. They will take the school’s age-appropriate ELT test, and may be required to take some additional tests in the subjects chosen for AS level. They will also be required to take the weekly number of chargeable English Language lessons recommended by the school’s English Language Training (ELT) Department.

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