Fourteen overseas agents who recently visited Pocklington and Lyndhurst Schools on a familiarization trip following the British Boarding Schools Workshop held in Windsor at the beginning of November have rated the facilities, accommodation and the care that the school takes of its pupils as good or excellent. During their visit the agents were entertained by some of Pocklington’s talented young musicians at our annual Winter Concert after which they had the opportunity to chat with boarders at a buffet dinner.
Feedback from the agents who visited to tour the school and look at our boarding facilities unanimously indicated that they would be happy to send students to the school. The agents came from countries as diverse as Belarus, Bashkortostan, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, China, Hong Kong and Estonia.
At present there are 92 boarders across the Pocklington School Foundation ranging in age from 8 to 18, 45% of all boarders or (5.3%) of the total school population is from overseas. Students’ home countries include Bulgaria, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Qatar and Spain. It is the school’s current policy to have a culturally diverse boarding population so that all students can maximize the opportunity to learn English.
Many of these students come here because a UK education is still regarded as one of the best in the world and mastery of our language is an important factor in global success. However, we are not a language school, all our lessons are taught in English and although support is provided for overseas students in the form of individual English as an Additional Language lessons, all students who join the school must have good age appropriate English skills to access the curriculum. We therefore test overseas applicants for English skills in addition to the normal entrance tests taken by all prospective new pupils as part of our admissions process. Further information about the school can be found at www.pocklingtonschool.com