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Begin your application for a place at one of our London campuses.

Thank you for your interest in applying for a place at Southbank International School.

We operate a rolling admission process, which means we accept applications all year round and students may start school at any point in our academic year (subject to availability).

In this section, you’ll find easy-to-follow steps on how to apply for a place and information on all the documents we require from you.


How to apply to Southbank

Step 1

Please read through our admissions criteria and our age placement chart, as this will help to make the application process easier.

 

Step 2

Familiarise yourself with all the application information and documents you must upload onto our online application system to apply for the International Baccalaureate programme that’s relevant to your child (see below for details).

Step 3

Contact our Admissions team at admissions@southbank.org or call +44 (0)20 7243 3803 to request our bank details.

This is because you will be prompted at the end of your online application to pay an application fee of £250 (per application). Alternatively, you can pay the fee by using cash, a cheque or bank transfer. Please speak to our Admissions team about this.

Step 4

Start and submit your application by using our online application system.

As mentioned in step 3, you will be asked to pay an application fee as part of this process.

Please contact our Admissions team if you have any questions about our online application process.

Step 5

Once our Admissions committee has received your application form and supporting documents, they will review your application within 7 to 10 working days.

Our Admissions team will then notify you of the outcome of your application. If the committee recommends that your child is admitted to the school, and a place is available, you will be given the option to receive a formal offer from our Admissions team.

If you are successful but no places are available for your desired entry date, your child will be placed on our waiting list. We will then notify you when a place becomes available.

Required application information

Kensington and Hampstead campuses (ages 3 to 11)

All application forms must be completed in English and submitted via our online application system.

You are also required to provide the following documents.

Financial responsibility form – to be completed by the parent’s employer, if they are paying the fees.

Parent’s statement – minimum of 200 words explaining why you would like your child to attend Southbank.

Student documents

  • Children aged 3 and 4 should provide a drawing.
  • Children aged 5 to 7 should provide a drawing with a brief unassisted comment about the drawing.
  • Grades 2 to 5 (ages 7 to 11) – children must submit a handwritten, unassisted essay using Southbank’s official form (provided on our online application system).

One teacher reference – the reference form for your nominated teacher will be generated and sent by our online application system.

School/nursery reports – from the past two years (if possible); these reports must be translated into English if they are currently in another language.

Any relevant supporting documents – this should include test results, educational psychologist reports, medical information, special learning needs assessment results, etc.

Scanned copy of your child’s passport

Please note: students applying to Grades 4 and 5 will be asked to complete an online English assessment if their native language is not English.

Westminster campus – Portland Place (ages 11 to 16)

All application forms must be completed in English and submitted via our online application system.

You are also required to provide the following documents.

Financial responsibility form – to be completed by the parent’s employer, if they are paying the fees.

Parent’s statement – minimum of 200 words explaining why you would like your child to attend Southbank.

Student’s essay – a handwritten, unassisted essay using official form provided on our online application system.

Two teacher references – one from the student’s Maths teacher and one from the student’s English teacher. The reference form for your nominated teachers will be generated and sent by our online application system.

Character reference – to be completed by the Principal or member of staff who is best able to complete this form (e.g. Guidance counsellor, Homeroom teacher, Housemistress/master, other senior leader). The reference form will be generated and sent by our online application system.

School reports – from the past two years (if possible); these reports must be translated into English if they are currently in another language.

Any relevant supporting documents – this should include test results, educational psychologist reports, medical information, special learning needs assessment results, etc.

Scanned copy of your child’s passport

 

Please note: students will be asked to complete an online English assessment if their native language is not English.

Westminster campus – Conway Street and Cleveland Street (ages 16 to 19)

All application forms must be completed in English and submitted via our online application system.

You are also required to provide the following documents to our Applications team, either as hard copies or via email.

Financial responsibility form – to be completed by the parent’s employer, if they are paying the fees.

Parent’s statement – minimum of 200 words explaining why you would like your child to attend Southbank.

Student’s essay – a handwritten, unassisted essay using Southbank’s official form (provided on our online application system).

Three teacher references – one from the student’s Maths teacher, one from the student’s English teacher and one from the student’s Science teacher. The reference form for your nominated teachers will be generated and sent by our online application system.

Character reference – to be completed by the Principal or member of staff who is best able to complete this form (e.g. Guidance counsellor, Homeroom teacher, Housemistress/master, other senior leader). The reference form will be generated and sent by our online application system.

School reports – from the past two years (if possible); these reports must be translated into English if they are currently in another language.

Any relevant supporting documents – this should include test results, educational psychologist reports, medical information, special learning needs assessment results, etc.

Scanned copy of the prospective student’s passport

 

Please note: students will be asked to complete an online English assessment if their native language is not English.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Admissions team at admissions@southbank.org or call +44 (0)20 7243 3803. They will be happy to help you through the application process.

Alternatively, please take a look at our Admissions FAQs for help.

 

Tier 4 Visas

Please note that Southbank is not a Tier 4 sponsor. If a potential student needs a visa to study in the UK, we will unfortunately not be able to accept their application.

Downloads 

Southbank Kensington
+44 (0)20 7229 8230
Southbank Hampstead
+44 (0)20 7431 1200
Southbank Westminster
+44 (0)20 7436 9699