Overseas pupils should have a sufficient level (age appropriate) of spoken and written English to enable them to follow the school curriculum. Our Learning Support department offers specialist support to pupils who have English as a second language. For most pupils these are incorporated into the normal curriculum but we may ask some pupils to have extra one to one lessons which incur an additional charge; should this be necessary, we would inform parents when making the offer.
Entrance tests in Maths and English are also required, together with a satisfactory report from your child’s current school.
We strongly recommend a visit to the school and boarding houses in order that you and your child can see what we offer but we realise this is not always possible. Skype interviews are normally conducted with the Headmaster if a school visit is not possible and this will enable you to get a better feel for school and boarding life at Ryde.
Sixth Form boarders
Most of our boarders have sufficient language skills to join Sixth Form A Level and International Baccalaureate programmes. However, if more confidence or knowledge is needed, or if GCSE qualifications are required, we also offer a one year pre-Sixth Form GCSE programme to equip students with the linguistic skills required for Sixth Form. Students will typically have passed around 7 GCSEs in that year and have confidence and study skills appropraite for entry into the Sixth Form. Please ask the Registrar for details.