Epsom has a long tradition of excellence in the provision of boarding and was one of the first top schools in the country to offer weekly boarding.
The boarding environment at Epsom provides families with an ideal balance between school and their very busy home and professional lives. The decision to board is often driven by the students themselves, welcoming the opportunity for independence and a chance to develop their self-reliance.
The outstanding pastoral care within the College's House system encourages pupils to take responsibility, make decisions and become more confident as they grow towards adulthood.
The seven boarding Houses at Epsom are based on a family-orientated support network, each having a resident Housemaster/Housemistress, assisted by House Tutors, who are always on hand to provide advice and support.
All boarders, whether weekly or full, share a bedroom with up to three students in their year group. Thereafter, they enjoy a double study bedroom with the option, in most cases, of a single study in the Upper Sixth Form.
Although all meals are taken in the central Dining Hall, where students can enjoy a social setting, catering facilities are available in all Houses for pupils to make light snacks.
Epsom College welcomes applications from international students for entry to years 9, 10 and 12. Currently some 10 per cent of its students come from outside the UK. Pupils from Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Germany, Russia, Portugal, Korea, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic have all studied successfully at the College.
Epsom College offers first class provision for those pupils for whom English is an Additional Language. The five fully-qualified specialist teachers ensure that every pupil reaches the highest level of proficiency in all four language components: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The pupils follow the full curriculum including GCSE English Language and Literature with IGCSE English as an Additional Language as an option. In the 6th form, pupils are prepared for IELTS with TOEFL and SAT as options. The expectation is that all pupils will reach an advanced level of English, which will qualify them for acceptance in their chosen subject, by any university in the United Kingdom, (including Oxbridge), the USA and worldwide. Pupils are taught by a highly experienced team of teachers both in small groups in timetabled periods and in one-to-one tutorials.
On Saturday evenings during term time, the students can get together for social events and there are many opportunities to take part in activities and celebrations from their own culture, such as the Chinese Moon (Harvest) festival, the Oktoberfest and the Chinese New Year. This is complemented by a range of organised Sunday activities and trips.
Worship is at the centre of College life and spiritual awareness is encouraged as part of a student's development. A Muslim Imam and a Hindu Priest assist in the multi-faith approach at the College.
Epsom's extensive catering facilities allow for a varied diet and a number of cultural tastes are catered for.
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Boarding doesn't suit every child with many families preferring the day school option. Day pupils at the College still receive the full Epsom "experience" in terms of academic, social and extra-curricular development, with the same opportunities as our Boarding pupils to represent both their House and the School.
Pupils joining a Day House at Epsom share a Day Room with other students from their year group and have their own desk, storage space and sports locker. Day pupils arrive for morning registration at 8.20am and their day finishes at 6pm. Both Day and Boarding pupils also attend school on a Saturday, with Chapel and lessons in the morning followed by a full sports programme in the afternoon.
The College operates an excellent bus and coach service, covering most local areas. For details of routes click here
It is a condition of entry to Epsom College that all pupils living overseas have a nominated guardian who is resident in the UK. The guardian is the parents' representative in this country - essential in times of crisis or need for support and advice, and available not only to the pupil but also to the school as a proxy for the parents who might not be easily contactable.
The guardian's responsibilities normally include making all arrangements for somewhere to stay during Half Term, Exeat weekends and any shorter periods at the start and end of term if flights do not correspond with term dates. In addition, the guardian should be available during term time in the event of an emergency, medical or otherwise. Guardians of pupils having non-UK nationality will also be expected to ensure that pupils fulfill their Visa entry conditions on arrival in the UK.
We recommend that guardians meet the respective Housemaster/mistress when the pupil joins the school and that regular communication takes place thereafter in order to provide effective support for the pupil. Guardians are strongly encouraged to attend parents' evenings (usually one per year), and are also welcome at sports fixtures, concerts and recitals, drama productions and other House and College events. For this reason, the appointed guardian should live within a reasonable distance from the College such that travelling time should be no longer than two hours.
No international pupil will be admitted to the College unless a guardian has been appointed. Parents unable to find a suitable guardian may wish to engage the services of an accredited educational guardianship, and the College is happy to pass on details of guardianships with whom we have had a successful working partnership.
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Le Raj (Indian Cuisine), 211 Firtree Road, Epsom Downs, KT17 3LB. Reservations: 01737 371371
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