Mark College welcomes international students. With around 20% of our students coming from overseas, we offer a dynamic and diverse setting. Our Tier 4 status means we are registered to provide education and residential care for young people from around the world. We have previously supported pupils from across the globe, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Nigeria, Turkey, Italy and Germany.
A respectful environment
The school is respectful of individuals’ cultural, language and religious needs. We are able to meet the needs of a diverse pupil population and support those of various backgrounds to maintain their cultural and religious practices. Key features and services at the school which enable us to do this include:
- A dedicated prayer room in one of our boarding houses
- School chefs are experienced in catering for specialist diets, including preparing Halal meals
- One girls-only boarding house
- We welcome cultural advice from parents and/or their representatives, for example we previously invited a Nigerian chef to work with our catering department to develop Nigerian dishes for the school menu
Ensuring a smooth welcome for international students
Staff are trained ahead of the arrival of an international student to ensure they are aware of and able to meet any specific needs that the young person may have. We are also able to put parents/carers in touch with a range of recommended support services to help make the admissions process as smooth as possible for international students. These include:
- Airport pick-ups
- Assistance with organising visas for the young person
- Additional English language tuition
- Arranging translators for the young person and/or family/carer during visits
- Assistance with finding local accommodation for family when visiting their child
Supporting students with English as an additional language (EAL)
Mark College seeks to ensure that those pupils with EAL are not disadvantaged by their language difficulties and are provided with high quality support to ensure they have equal access to learning as their peers.