“Being a PACT International Student was a great experience for me. I was well looked after and very comfortable in the family in which I was staying. I not only learned a lot of English but made many friends too. I would really recommend this to any student who wants to learn English.”
PACT International Student Year 7
The Laurels has educated international students since its opening in 2013, all of whom have made a positive contribution to the diversity of school life.
As an international student at The Laurels you will follow a broad and balanced curriculum in keeping with your year group and you will receive additional English Language support as deemed necessary. You will also benefit from the unique tutorial system offered to all girls focused on nurturing the whole person academically, spiritually, culturally and socially. You will be part of an inclusive culture and have the opportunity to take part in the rich cultural, sporting and artistic life of the school.
During your stay you will live with a host family enabling you to be fully immersed into the British culture and way of life. Families are carefully chosen and every attempt is made to choose families with a child of a similar age at a PACT school. A great deal of care is taken when selecting our host families and PACT International is always available to both students and families regarding any questions that may arise during their stay.
Students will be given the opportunity to sit the Cambridge Certificate exams, depending on their proficiency in English and their length of stay.
Language Level Guidelines
It is recommended that the students’ level of English be equivalent to:
For entry into Year 7 – 9: A distinction in KET or PET (B1 – B2)
For entry into Year 10 – 11: A distinction in PET or First Certificate (B2 – C1)
For entry into Sixth Form: First Certificate or Advanced Certificate (C1 – C2)
Students should have reached a good academic level and be keen and enthusiastic to learn English. They will be expected to make an effort both in the classroom and with homework given to them on a daily basis.
All students are expected to have an exemplary behaviour record in their school of origin and references will be requested from the school.
Additional English Lessons
Students will be provided with additional English lessons to support their learning. General conversational and grammar lessons are provided for Year 7 and 8. Students in Year 9 and above will have the possibility of preparing for the Cambridge Exams depending on their level of fluency and length of stay. These lessons will take place during the school timetable.
Once a month the students will take part in a full day excursion with other PACT international students to a place of cultural interest such as a museum, art gallery, Oxford, Cambridge etc. and every term they have the opportunity to attend a West End musical.
The Laurels also offers the opportunity for students to come and experience life as a Sixth-Former at The Laurels in a warm, family atmosphere with the highest of academic expectations. Students will be prepared for a range of A Levels and will be prepared to enter the University of their choice.
See Sixth Form
“We can only say that it was a great experience. Our child was very happy and was treated like just another member of the family and learned a lot of English. We only have positive feedback for PACT International.”
Carmela Parent of Year 9 International Student
“Being a host family has definitely helped my family. My children learned to be more tolerant and generous. We enjoyed having children from other cultures and countries. It was hard to say goodbye.”
Jose Host Family Father
“I spent a year in London as a PACT International student. My experience was one of the best of my life; I made lots of friends and I learned many things about English culture. The family I stayed with was great and they welcomed me as if I was one more in the family. I totally recommend this to others. It is worth being away from home for a term, year… because of all the things you learn and the friends you make.”
International Student Year 8
“We were a host family for a term and our guest was lovely child who fitted in with our family life straight away. We found the experience very positive and the children have kept in touch. Hopefully there will be an opportunity to meet up in the future.”
Wendy Host Family Mother
“I really enjoyed our international student staying with us as I loved the company. We got along really well with each other. I even went to Spain for a week in the summer holidays to stay with their family.”
Child Host Family
The school has been extraordinary both in terms of education, as well as in the formation of values and the integration of our child. From the first day, our child was welcomed by the teachers and students who were charming, very friendly and sensitive at all times.
We felt confident that our child was at all times monitored, guarded, well-oriented with a family with the same Christian values as ours. This allowed them to fully immerse themselves in English and in English customs.
We consider the school, organization and experience very positive, and we highly recommend it. So much so that we can say that, although our child left with some reluctance, in the end it turned out that they did not want to return! That says everything.
Mother Year 10 Student