- 1. My client would like to apply for a place at The Mount, Mill Hill International. Could you describe the application process?
- We hope that the process of applying to The Mount, Mill Hill International will be quick and efficient. In the first instance, we would ask you to submit the student’s school reports and a passport copy. We will assess the reports and decide whether to invite the student to apply. Once selection has been confirmed, the next stage is submission of a registration form, student information form and administration fee of GBP150. This will allow us to arrange for the student to take our entrance tests. If they are successful in the entrance tests, they will then be asked to attend an interview, either via Skype or face to face. The result of the application is usually given within one or two days of the interview.
- 2. How many courses do you offer at your school?
- We offer four courses at The Mount, Mill Hill International, from UK Years 9-11 and ages 13-17. The Year 9 course can act as a preparation for entry the following year to a mainstream school, including Mill Hill, in Year 10. Similarly, the One-Year GCSE and Pre-A Level courses are a preparation for A Levels at a UK school; and the Year 10 course can act as a Pre-GCSE course. More details and information about our courses can be found in the The Mount, Mill Hill International prospectus.
- 3. What academic subjects can my client study?
Depending on the course selected, we offer a variety of academic subjects taught in English and in accordance with the UK educational curriculum. The specific subjects we offer include the following:
- Year 9 course – English, mathematics, science, history, design & technology, geography, information technology, art, music, PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education);
- Year 10 course – the same as for the Year 9 course;
- One-Year GCSE course – English, mathematics and PSHE; with a choice of three or four further subjects including chemistry, biology, physics, geography, information technology, business studies, economics, art, textiles, music, design & technology;
- Pre-A Level course – English and mathematics at GCSE level; with a choice of up to three further subjects assessed internally at the end of the year. Since this course is designed to offer more extensive English language support, the number of subjects taken is lower than for the One-Year GCSE course.
- 4. How much will it cost?
The fees for The Mount, Mill Hill International in the academic year 2015/16 are £11,900 per term for boarders and £7,264 for day pupils.
- The boarding and day fee includes tuition, most activities at school, a morning snack, a three-course lunch, games, textbook loan, pupils’ personal accident insurance, healthcare, excursions within London, Wi-Fi and internet access.
- The boarding fee includes all of the above plus breakfast, a three-course supper, bed linen and laundry.
- Please also see our Scope of Fees document for additional compulsory charges and optional extras.
- 5. Will the family need to pay a refundable deposit?
- The Acceptance Deposit of £1,000 is payable on return of the completed Acceptance Form. £400 of this will then be credited against the first term’s fees and the remainder will be repaid as a credit without interest after the final payment of fees or other sums due to the School on leaving.
- The Additional Deposit for overseas boarders of £11,900 (a term’s fees) is payable on return of the completed Acceptance Form by parents of a student whose normal residence is outside the UK. This will be retained in the general funds of the School until the student leaves and will be repaid by means of a credit without interest to the final payment of Fees or other sums due to the School on leaving.
- If the student transfers to Mill Hill School from The Mount, Mill Hill International, the difference between the Additional Deposit for The Mount, Mill Hill International and for Mill Hill School will be refunded.
- 6. How will I know if my client is a suitable candidate for entry to The Mount, Mill Hill International? Are there specific entry requirements?
When contacting The Mount, Mill Hill International with an application enquiry, a set of recent reports for the student should be submitted. Upon this evidence, the Registrar will decide whether or not to invite an application. In addition, a minimum level of English as follows is recommended as a guideline for each of our courses:
- Year 9 course – IELTS 4.0 standard;
- Year 10 course – IELTS 4.5 standard;
- One-Year GCSE course – IELTS 5.0 standard;
- Pre-A Level course – IELTS 4.0 standard.
It should also be noted that as the year progresses with more limited availability of places and competition for those remaining, a higher standard may be required of successful candidates.
- 7. What do the entrance tests consist of? How can I prepare my student?
We will test the student in English language, in their mother tongue (to assess literacy) and in mathematics. The English tests consist of the following:
- Written test – three essay questions, including two to be answered in English and one in the student’s mother tongue. An 80-minute paper. Answers should be scanned and emailed to the Registrar if this test is being taken remotely.
- Online English placement test at Oxford English Testing (www.oxfordenglishtesting.com). This test also lasts 80 minutes (maximum). It is in multiple-choice format and requires headphones for a listening section. The test result will be sent to the Registrar automatically once the test has been completed.
Students who have passed the entrance tests will be invited to interview and the result of the application will then be given within one or two days.
No specific preparation is required for our entrance assessments.
- 8. My client lives abroad and is unable to visit the school to take the tests or have an interview. Can I still submit an application on their behalf?
The entrance tests can be conducted remotely at a suitable venue such as the student’s current school or a British Council office, by liaison with the relevant member of staff.
The interview can be conducted via Skype. It will be possible for the student to have an interview in their own home but the chosen room should be a place where the family might entertain visitors, such as a living-room, so that the interview does not become intrusive of the student’s privacy.
- 9. I am worried that there will be too many students of one nationality or language at The Mount, Mill Hill International. This would not provide a truly international experience for the students.
- At The Mount, Mill Hill International we undertake to foster a truly international community. Our aim is to make sure the School has a balance of different nationalities and languages. Whilst our aim is to create a ‘home-from-home’ pastoral environment for our students, we will at the same time make sure it is not so much like home that they are speaking their own language to each other. We will encourage spoken English where possible, including allocating room-mates to our pupils who do not speak the same language.
- 10. I would prefer my client to be fully integrated in a UK boarding school, surrounded by native speakers of English. Would The Mount, Mill Hill International therefore be the right choice?
- This question is often posed by agents contemplating an international education in the UK for their students. We hope to create the best of both worlds by offering a wide variety of activities and experiences which students will enjoy in conjunction the British pupils at Mill Hill. Examples are sports, arts activities such as music and drama, debating clubs and societies, educational excursions, whole school assemblies and the programme of weekend activities. At the same time, academic lessons will be taught in groups of no more than ten students by specialist teachers trained in EAL (English as an Additional Language) as well as their own academic subjects. EAL, too, will be offered within the weekly timetable. Our small class sizes and EAL provision are what make The Mount, Mill Hill International unique as a preparation for onward progression within the UK education system.
- 11. Will the students be able to make use of the impressive facilities of Mill Hill School? I would like him/her to have the full UK boarding school experience.
- Mill Hill School is set within 120 acres of parkland and boasts state-of-the-art modern facilities such as the Favell Building (2007), the Edward Marnham block (restored 2004), the Patrick Troughton Theatre and the Dame Angela Rumbold Swimming Pool. Our international pupils will have many opportunities to make use of what Mill Hill School has to offer, including a traditional boarding house set in the school grounds (Collinson House), which is being fully refurbished in advance of the arrival of the first international intake.
- 12. My client needs a visa in order to be able to come and study in the UK. Can you help me with this?
- Once a student has been accepted onto a course of study at The Mount, Mill Hill International, we will issue a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) in conjunction with the UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) office. The CAS will state that we have held entrance tests and an interview, as well as viewing the student’s current school reports, in order to verify that he or she is eligible to study with us and has satisfied our entrance requirements. Further information about the process of applying for a visa can be obtained from the UKVI website.
- 13. How can a student at The Mount, Mill Hill International apply to Mill Hill School?
The Mount, Mill Hill International pupils who wish to apply for a Year 10 or Sixth Form place at Mill Hill School will be given guidance from their Tutor and Housemaster in order to help them best prepare.
Candidates applying for Mil Hill Sixth Form places will be expected to have predicted GCSE grades of at least two As and three Bs, including English and Mathematics, although many candidates will have higher predicted grades than these. Pupils who wish to apply to Sixth Form at Mill Hill School normally receive results of their applications by the end of the Autumn Term. Offers will be conditional upon candidates obtaining at least two As and three Bs at GCSE, including English and Mathematics.
Pupils who wish to apply to Year 10 at Mill Hill School normally receive results of their applications by the end of the January.
All candidates, whether applying for Year 10 or Year 12 at Mill Hill School, will also need to sit the School’s placement tests.
- 14. What is an exeat weekend?
Exeats are weekend leaves from the School. During these weekends boarders must stay with their parents or guardians. There is one exeat weekend in the School Year in the Autumn Term (November).
There is also a Bank Holiday weekend in May when the School is closed from Saturday 12.30 until Monday evening.