Secure a visa: Durham School: independent day and boarding school in the North East of England for boys and girls
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Pupils outside of the European Economic Area (EEC) or Switzerland who are looking to study in the United Kingdom must be sponsored by a learning establishment which holds a license to sponsor the migrant under the UK Border Agency's points based system. We are very proud to announce that Durham School holds an A rated Tier 4 sponsor's license.

To qualify as a child student under Tier 4, a migrant must score 40 points. Points for initial applications and extensions are awarded as follows:

  • Having a conformation of acceptance for studies (CAS) from a licensed sponsor containing an unconditional offer of a place on a course of study at an acceptable level (30 points)
  • Having enough money to cover the course fees and monthly living costs for up to one year (10 points)

If you have accepted a place at Durham School and live outside the EEA, it is very likely that you will need a travel visa before you are allowed to leave your own country to travel to the UK. The normal procedure for this is as follows:

  1. You will accept your place at Durham School and pay the required deposit.
  2. Upon completion of all documents required by the School, we will provide an official letter from the School confirming that your son/daughter will be studying here full-time and giving the dates of his/her stay in this country. The CAS number will be included in this letter.
  3. On receipt of this letter, you will then apply for a visa.

Our dedicated member of staff will arrange collection of Biometric Residency Permits (BRP) in the first two weeks of arrival. 

If the Visa states that your son/daughter must register with the police they must let us know on arrival at school. The Head of International Students will then arrange this. The School cannot and is unable to give any advice on visa applciations.

For further information on studying in the UK please visit the UK Border Agency website at: 

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