Mary Hare School welcomes pupils from overseas, but the students must be funded independently by their parents. We currently have pupils from a range of different countries, who all want to learn by our educational approach. All our teachers are both subject specialists as well as qualified Teachers of the Deaf and teach using an auditory/oral approach, without the use of sign language. We put great emphasis on the development of English through using what residual hearing is available, speaking, lip-reading and writing to enable our students to fully access the British curriculum as well as the wider hearing world.
Things you will need to consider:
- Arrangements for your child during the holiday periods - Mary Hare operates a 4-term year with breaks between terms and at half term. At the Primary School students only board 4 nights a week and do not stay at weekends. We do, however, transport students to and from Heathrow airport to catch flights home, at the beginning and end of each term. Mary Hare cannot be responsible for them once they have been checked in and you will have to make the necessary arrangements with the airline.
- Student visa from the UK Border Agency - You will need to apply for a student visa if we were to offer your child a place and you would like them to attend the school. Please be aware that you will be required to provide evidence that you have the funds to pay for their school fees. You might also be expected to attend a short interview when you attend the Visa Application Centre to submit your application and biometrics. Unless you are not from one of the following low risk countries listed in Appendix H of the Immigration Rules (these countries were correct when this was written but could have changed since, please double check): Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, plus British National (overseas), Hong Kong and Taiwan passport holders.
- Assessment visit - Before we would be able to offer your child a place we will need them to come for a 2-4 day assessment visit to make sure that we can meet their needs and for them to experience the school and boarding facilities.
- English Language level of your child. Before we invite your child to come for an assessment visit we might ask for samples of work to assess their English language levels and their most recent school reports to ensure they will be able to access the curriculum level required
- Sixth Form entry - places can only be offered if your child has previously done English GCSE’s and has a good grasp of the English language.
- GCSE’s (years 10-11) entry - We will need to assess your child’s academic and English language levels to make sure they will be able to cope with the demands of the courses they would be studying.
Please contact Debbie Benson on Tel. 01635 244215 if you need any further advice, would like to book a visit or would like to find about the current fees.