The UK Referendum - some reassurances from a British Boarding School perspective

Europe and the UK are still coming to terms with the outcome of the referendum result. However, we think that is important to put the whole situation into context and give it a sense of perspective.

The U.K. is one of Germany's largest trading partners and the two countries are the 4th and 6th largest economies in the world respectively.  Over a quarter of million Germans live in the UK. The link and relationship between the two nations runs very deep. The referendum result does not change this.

It is important to remember that the UK remains a member of the EU for the foreseeable future and negotiations are likely to revolve around the UK having a very similar relationship to the current one. The UK is not a part of the Schengen Agreement and therefore all European students already have to use their passports to come to the UK.

Thousands of students from all over the world enrol at UK schools, colleges and universities (from inside and outside the EU) every year and this will continue.

The reasons for international students coming to the UK remain the same- the schools and colleges are centres for excellence in teaching and learning. English will remain the world's business language.

The U.K is the same country today as it was on 23rd June.  Students from all nationalities will still be welcomed with open arms and it’s important not to dwell on the result and look to the future. We look forward to working with students from around the world and UK schools for many years to come and offering them our full support.

As an Anglo-German company we feel that we are in an excellent position to advise students and parents on any issue relating to studying in the UK and we envisage very little change taking place.

In essence, it is business as usual and please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries.

Reassurance of the schools

“Our community will not be divided by politics, whatever the honest differences of opinion on economics, self-government or bureaucratic control. We are a school of 36 different nationalities and we have always been immensely proud of that fact. Let us not forget that the Box Hill School mission has always been to foster global citizenship and we are more committed to this ideal now than we have ever been.

I can reassure you that for Box Hill School it is business as usual.

I have been reminded over these last few turbulent days of the need for tolerance, respect, critical thinking, resilience, strength of character and kindness. All of these attributes are at the centre of a Box Hill education and we are proud to espouse them. As usual we will continue to embrace internationalism and celebrate our cultural differences. “ - Box Hill School

“We pride ourselves in nurturing a tolerant and inclusive place in which to learn. We are a community which not only accepts, but actively encourages, a broad cross-section of cultures into our classrooms and boarding houses. Our International pupils are an integral part of who we are and our British pupils are richer for their presence. In February, the ISI Inspectors called our School “a model of harmonious coexistence.” Young people from almost 50 nations live together and thrive here. Every single one of them is enriched by that diversity. Experiencing a multitude of cultures prepares them perfectly for the globalized futures they face, wherever they may live. In my view, it also simply makes them better people.” - Bromsgrove School

“Following the EU Referendum vote by the UK to leave the EU, we want to reassure you that this will not change the College’s current processes and approach to admissions.  We see the relationships we have fostered across Europe and beyond as key partnerships for us and look forward to continuing to develop these.” - Clifton College

“This is an apt moment to remember that an international perspective has been part of the DNA at Gordonstoun since our foundation over 80 years ago - as you know by a German - Kurt Hahn, who also inspired Salem.  Since then students from Germany have been a constant and welcome presence on the Gordonstoun campus, both at Gordonstoun and The Gordonstoun International Summer School, undoubtedly influencing the very essence of Gordonstoun. 

Let me be clear about this: at Gordonstoun, we not only welcome international students, we see the rich mix of nationalities and cultures as a central part of the Gordonstoun education for all students.  This belief sits alongside our outdoor and service programmes as an integral part of educating our students for life in the world beyond school.“ - Gordonstoun School

“Notwithstanding this outcome, Hockerill Anglo-European College will continue to value and pursue international understanding and inter-cultural collaboration. We remain committed to our international core values, distinctive College ethos and the diversity of our community.  We believe that our international students inspire a linguistic and cultural breadth and dephth that is fundamentally important for our community. For us, an international dimension is an essential and tested pre-requisite for a well-rounded, high-achieving and twenty-first century education. The international Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Middle Years Progamme and immersice language teaching of European and other Languages will continue to be central to our curriculum and our exchange programme and strong relationships with education partners across three continents will support us in our mission to produce responsible, global citizens.” - Hockerill School

“We wish to assure you that Rossall continues to see itself as a truly international school and we remain committed to our international friends.

Rossall has a truly global outlook and we are extremely proud of this. The combination of UK students and students from all around the world creates an exciting international dimension. The appreciation of diverse cultures, religions and politics, the opportunities for students to connect and network with others from across the globe is a significant part of what makes Rossall the school it is.” - Rossall School

“Loretto remains fully committed to being a multicultural, international school and our European pupils are a very important part of our community.” - Loretto School

“St Leonards is a proudly Scottish school in the UK, with an international outlook. In spite of the disappointing vote in the EU referendum, St Leonards and Scotland remain firmly in favour of close ties with our European neighbours. Scotland as a nation voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the European Union. St Leonards is distinctively the only school in Scotland solely to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma after IGCSEs and will continue to do so. We confirm categorically that St Leonards and Scotland welcome international students, in keeping with our well established "open doors" tradition. “

Our school ethos and entire curriculum points towards creating powerful global citizens who understand and appreciate the world we live in. The International Baccalaureate Diploma supports global thinking and the ability to study worldwide, not just the UK but anywhere.” - St Leonard’s

“I very much want to reassure our valued agents and all your families that pupils from Europe and indeed the rest of the world will continue to be just as welcome at Sedbergh as they have always been. The contribution that our international pupils make to the Sedbergh community - in our classrooms, music rooms, boarding houses and on our stages and sports fields - is immense. Our UK pupils benefit from their presence in so many ways, some tangible and others less so, and the end result is a school with a globalised outlook that will equip all our pupils for their futures.” - Sedbergh School

“At Stonyhurst, we are delighted to have, and are enriched by the presence of, the nationals of other EU member states among our pupils. We sincerely hope and trust that this will continue to be the case in the short, medium and long term future. We will certainly do all we can to see to ensure it is as straightforward as possible, and as beneficial, as currently for EU nationals to attend Stonyhurst.

We have been offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma at Stonyhurst for a few years now, and the IB continues to be a great success at the College. It is our firm intention to continue to offer the IB (alongside A Levels) in the future.” - Stonyhurst School

“Today, more than ever, I want to reaffirm that Wells Cathedral School will remain a global institution through our outlook, attitudes, people and enduring - and future - international partnerships. I also want in particular to address our students and families from all countries of the European Union. We value you enormously – your contribution to Wells Cathedral School life is intrinsic to the school and all it stands for.

We will continue to support our EU students, families and staff, and work with them through the questions and confusion over the coming weeks, months and years. We need you! And we will do this as an important part of our support for all members of our community, at home and abroad.” - Wells Cathedral

Link to our statement from the 24th of June 2016 

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