International Study Programmes

A Level Foundation/Pre-A Level Year

The aim of the International Study Programme (ISP) is to provide International Students with a solid foundation, based on Cambridge iGCSEs, to enable them to progress on to Sixth Form study and from there to further and higher education. All students in the ISP will live in boarding houses and will be fully part of the School.


The core curriculum comprises iGCSE (Cambridge) in:

  • English as an Additional Language – an A in this exam is equivalent to IELTS 7 which is English language requirement for entry to Cambridge and Oxford.
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Global Perspectives (an exciting new course which prepares students for A Levels in many other subjects).
  • The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL/ICDL) – the world’s leading computer skills certification.
  • A cultural programme involving Art, Drama and/or Music.
  • Physical Education

The final element of the ISP’s curriculum is the Learning Log, which is a student’s reflection on their progress, prepared in English under the direction of the Director of Studies of the ISP. The Log allows students to feel fully involved in their learning and to express their feelings as they progress as well refining their focus on their future.

The school week

This will be an intensive programme running Monday to Saturday with sports and activities on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and trips on Wednesday afternoon and Sundays (optional). There are no exeat weekends.

Other activities

All students will play a full role in the School’s extensive extra-curricular programme. They will also take part in sports and games along with other students. The John Muir Award, which is a national environmental award that encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places through a structured yet adaptable scheme, is offered by the School, and it is hoped that International Students will participate.

External visits

There will be visits to nearby destinations including the famous historical cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as trips to nearby Perth, the ancient home of the Kings of Scotland.


Students will have their own study bedroom in one of the seven senior boarding houses and will be expected to join in fully with the life in the House and in the School.


Entry will be via schools report and reference, Skype interview and online assessment in Maths and English. Students will be expected to have an English language level of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent.

To find out more contact David Giles, Director of the International Study Programme on