A number of our boarding students, (around ten per cent of the total pupil cohort) come from overseas, and they bring a richness and diversity to the Dauntsey's community, which is proud of its multi-cultural links. Our international students come from all corners of the world, including Hong Kong, Nigeria, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Germany, Spain, Austria, Russia, Ukraine and even Bhutan.
The prospect of being far away from home can be daunting; great care is taken to support our overseas students, not only on arrival, but also throughout their time at Dauntsey's. This support comes from the pastoral care of house staff and through full integration into School life and all its activities. This support is further enhanced by the International Students' Society, which also provides an overseas peer network; the Society is extremely popular with all those from overseas.
International Students' Society
The International Students' Society (ISS) exists as a social focal point for our international pupils, organising activities and encouraging cultural exchange, as well as providing an opportunity to share experiences away from home. With the aid of designated staff, the ISS is run by a committee of pupils who are responsible for organising the events programme.
Language Support - English as an Additional Language (EAL)All overseas pupils who do not have English as a first language can be supported by the EAL department to further develop their English language skills.
This support includes:
- Small group or one-to-one tuition.
- Examination preparation in IGCSE, English GCSE and IELTS (** University entrance -please see below).
- EAL Club. A weekly club for International students who can just come for a chat, get help with their work, practise their English and make friends.
The EAL department offers a flexible approach that is structured around individual needs and circumstances. Classes focus on enhancing language skills, exam preparation and additional language support for specific subjects to ensure that pupils succeed in their studies and are able to go on to English-speaking universities if they so wish.
Parents, students and/or members of staff may request their help at any time. This support may be short term to meet a certain need - e.g. 6 lessons to brush up on interview technique or longer term. Pupils are not taken out of their main lessons and tuition takes place during free study periods or breaks.
** IELTS (International English Language Testing System) IELTS measures the ability to communicate in English across the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Universities use it as an indicator of students' academic study skills and top universities are likely to demand a score of 7 in every skill. The test is taken in May during the pupils' first year in the Sixth Form.
International Students' Handbook All international students are sent an ISS Handbook in advance of arriving at Dauntsey's; this contains really useful information and practical tips. These include: suggested belongings to bring from home, a list of local accommodation (helpful for accompanying parents), handy contact numbers and other additional information.
Friendly Support Through The Buddy Scheme New overseas students will be partnered with a 'Buddy' (likely to come from the same country of origin), who will welcome them to the School and who will maintain regular contact throughout the first year to ensure they are settling into life at Dauntsey's.
Welcome Lunch Just before the beginning of the Autumn Term, the Head Master hosts a lunch reception for all new overseas students and their parents and guardians. This takes place in his house and provides the perfect opportunity to meet the Head Master, the Director of Studies, the Head of the Lower School, and your House Master or House Mistress. Following the lunch reception, the Head Master and the Director of studies give a guided tour of the School.
Programme of Events The ISS organises events throughout the year, and these vary from term to term. Here is just an example of some of the many activities organised:
- International Students' Dinner
- Sightseeing trips to local attractions
- Weekend shopping trips
- Chinese New Year Dinner
- International Students' Concert
- Weekend cinema trips
- Ten-Pin Bowling
- A trip to Thorpe Park and Oxford over an Exeat Weekend.