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Students from countries outside of the U.K. and European Union must have a valid visa to study in the U.K. for all programmes over 6-months in duration.

In order to apply for and receive a visa schools issue international students with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies letter (also known as a CAS letter) up to three-months before their programme start date and once they have satisfied their admissions requirements, including gaining required grades, appointing a suitable guardian, paying the necessary fees and completing all documentation.

The visa application process is completed online and in your home country. This includes all fees being paid and all conditions being met before departing the home country to go to the U.K. Once you have your visa and you are on your way to the UK, you shouldn’t hear from the UKVI again.

Recently, however, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department and the Home Office have become aware of international students being targeted by fraudsters when they arrive in the UK.

This includes students being told there is a serious problem with their visa, demanding them to pay fees or fines and even asking them to purchase gift cards and vouchers.

Give fraudsters the boot, not your personal details!

If you are called by someone claiming to be from the Home Office, demanding anything, even if the call seems genuine, DO NOT:

  • engage with them
  • give any personal details
  • give any financial information or card numbers

If you do receive a call or have already been contacted please DO:

  • report it to your school immediately via your guardian or housemaster/housemistress so that they can report it to the relevant authorities.

Be advised, it is without exception:

  • students will not be contacted by the UKVI asking for any visa fees or fines. 
  • If there is an issue with a students’ visa the Home Office will contact the school directly.

If you have any concerns or questions about your visa please speak to your Welfare Officer or your Housemaster/mistress.

The bug that spells trouble this winter

As temperatures drop and winter takes hold in the UK, the sickness barometer increases. Coughs and colds take residence amongst much of the population, but there’s one bug that often takes us by surprise and that’s the Norovirus.

Yesterday marked the 18th annual World Book day in the UK and Ireland.  The goal of the programme, is to give children the opportunity to have books of their own.

On this day in 1865, British teacher, nurse and World War One hero, Edith Louisa Cavell was born to the world. 

Find out how a 15-year old studying at Norwich High School For Girls, a boarding school which now falls under the prestigious Girls Day School Trust (GDST), renowned for exceeding national standards and teaching excellence, not to mention getting up to five times more girls into top universities, degrees and STEM careers than other independent schools became celebrated for helping 200 or so soldiers escape from the German-occupied Belgium during the first world war, which ultimately led to her arrest and death.   

If you are thinking of getting a place in a decent university but not confident enough to apply for Oxbridge, this is a must read and you will not regret it!