Welcome from the Principal

Welcome to Bishopstrow College

Bishopstrow is all about providing a learning environment for international students: learning English, learning how to make the most of a British education, learning about the culture of the UK, and learning to share the wisdom and insights of their own culture with others.

At Bishopstrow, students participate confidently in class, always in English, and they also discover a variety of ways they can enjoy a UK education – through sport, drama and music.  They learn a positive approach, and develop skills to become independent learners – as well as critical thinkers.  All this in the supportive, friendly and professional environment of Bishopstrow.  Helping students at all levels develop, for a successful future.

The strength of the reputation of Bishopstrow College meant that I knew of the College before I was appointed Principal, and on my first visit it was clear to me why the College, with its expert staff and the highest standards, is so regularly recommended by those who know it well.

We all look forward to welcoming you to Bishopstrow and for you to see for yourself why Bishopstrow College is so highly regarded.

Stuart Nicholson

The College

Established in 2006, Bishopstrow College is a year-round fully residential International Study Centre for students aged 7-17 years. English language and academic pathway programmes are provided to prepare international students for entry into leading boarding schools in the UK and overseas.

The programmes provide an exciting and stimulating education through an integrated course, which both engages and challenges students at all stages of their intellectual development. With up to 80 international students enrolled each term, usually from around 20 different nationalities, we provide a diverse culture to enhance a passion for learning.

Bishopstrow College is not affiliated to any other schools and has developed an excellent reputation as a stepping stone to over 125 leading boarding schools, both in the UK and worldwide.

The College operates a flexible four-term academic year: students are prepared quickly for entry into mainstream boarding schools (minimum 1 term to a maximum of 4 terms).

Class sizes are small, with no more than 8 students per class for English and 12 students per class for subjects; teachers are qualified or trained in teaching English as an additional language.