International students who are not ready to enter a mainstream boarding school can attend a course at an International Study Centre. These centres offer one or two year intensive courses that prepare young learners from outside the UK for life at a traditional UK boarding school.
Study Centres follow the same curriculum – Mathematics, Science, Information Technology – as traditional UK schools. There is, however, heavy emphasis on developing English language skills, including pronunciation. Many centres enter their pupils for English language exams such as the Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) exams. In every subject, classes are small (averaging around six students per teacher) and teachers experienced in teaching English as a foreign language guide students through carefully prepared programmes of study.