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International Students

Milton Abbey offers exciting and modern courses, partnered with the best British Boarding School traditions. International students learn and play alongside their UK-based friends, while experiencing beautiful British countryside and making friends for life.

International students make up around 33% of the School and come from more than 20 different countries. As a result, we are truly cosmopolitan, with no predominant group and students of all nationalities sharing their school time together.

Find out more about life as an International Student at Milton Abbey by reading the 'Key Facts' sheet in the Downloads box.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

International students can take EAL lessons and also choose to participate in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS programme will assist them to prepare for examinations that are required by most UK universities as part of the admissions process for pupils whose first language is not English. Additional study support can also be arranged for overseas students taking BTEC courses.

Each student is provided with a tailored programme, depending on their individual needs. Any additional charges will depend upon the number of individual and/or group lessons included in the agreed EAL programme.

Heathrow Airport Transfers

We also provide additional services to make life easier for our busy international families, including a transfer service to and from Heathrow Airport.

From September 2019, we have offered overseas students free transfers to and from London Heathrow Airport at the start of term, Half-Term and at the end of term. The service does not run during Exeat weekends, and parents are encouraged to make arrangements with their children's UK-based guardians.

Chaperones will meet students at Terminals 2, 3 and 5 at Arrivals. Any pupils arriving to Terminal 4 will need to make their way to these meeting points.

Collection service: 12:00-16:00

All students booked on flights arriving during the ‘collection window’ will be greeted at Arrivals by a Milton Abbey chaperone. Pupils whose flight arrives earlier and who wish to use the service will be asked to meet at an arranged collection point inside one of the terminals. The bus will leave Heathrow Airport at 16:00 and will be expected to arrive at school at 19:30 depending on road conditions.

Drop-off service: 16:00

The bus will leave Milton Abbey School at 13:00 and will arrive at Heathrow Airport between 15:45-16:00, depending on road conditions. Please ensure that if you are using this service that you have allowed sufficient boarding time for your booked flight.

The dates for each Collection and Drop-Off services are those shown on our School Term Times page and we will send emails to our international parents to remind them.

Exeat Weekends

Every term, the School has two Exeat weekends and one Half-Term break for international students to go home or to stay with family, friends or guardians in the UK. In the term starting in September, the Half-Term break lasts for two weeks and in the terms starting in January and April, it is for one week. The School is shut during Half-Terms and School Holidays.

However, we are also aware that it can be difficult to get home during Exeats for those who live a long way from the UK, so we offer limited beds at school during Exeat for those who are unable to stay with their UK-based guardian as usual.

In order to plan the Exeat weekend activities and to provide the airport transfer service, we do need to know numbers in advance. The bus service needs to be booked a term in advance and requests for Exeat weekend stays need to be made at the start of each term.

Current parents can request a booking form for these services by emailing

Families considering joining Milton Abbey should contact for more information.