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Kelvinside Academy Homestay  

International Pupils 16 -18 years 

Kelvinside Academy pupils are the most impressive young men and women you will meet anywhere. Each individual is encouraged to “be the best you can be” in every aspect of life. Through inspiring and dedicated teaching, young people are asked to think for themselves, be creative and imaginative, and to search for knowledge and truth with inquisitive, open minds. Pupils also learn to be enterprising and resilient, and to show kindness, courtesy and concern for others in all they do. Kelvinside Academy is regarded as one of Scotland’s leading independent schools so it is not surprising that we receive pupil applications from overseas. Our Homestay Programme allows us to welcome more international pupils to the school.   

Diverse Community 

We believe one of our fundamental strengths is our diverse pupil body and, with almost 20 nationalities represented, it is genuinely exciting, stimulating and enlightening to be part of such a rich cultural mix. Our international pupils are a huge part of the Kelvinside Academy community and all our pupils benefit from mixing with so many different nationalities.     



The KA Homestay network extends the opportunity of a Kelvinside education to international pupils aged 16-18 years. Our Homestay families welcome international pupils into their home and their family during term time, providing a safe and welcoming ‘home from home’ environment to support your child during their time at Kelvinside. We offer guardianship through our Homestay partner ‘Academic Families’, who support international pupils to ensure their Scottish school days are happy and successful. We match pupils with a host family connected to the School, allowing for a strong and positive relationship to develop between Homestay families and international pupils. The experience of studying abroad and staying with a Scottish family allows pupils to become fluent in English, opens their minds to another culture, make life-long friendships and learn more about themselves and the world around them. It provides international pupils with an outstanding preparation for university in the UK or beyond.     

Academic & Curriculum   

Pupils will be offered a one or two year course depending upon their level of English proficiency and academic ability. Your son or daughter will join either our Senior 5 or Senior 6 year group before sitting exams recognised by Universities around the World. The university destinations of our pupils in 2016 included Cambridge University, Imperial College London, University of Toronto, Monmouth University USA, the ancient Scottish Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as Strathclyde and Heriot Watt. The courses on which they have gained places include highly competitive subjects such as Medicine, Law, International Business, Pharmacology, Engineering, Nursing and Accountancy.   

Your child will study 4 or 5 of the following subjects:  

  • Biology  
  • Business Management 
  • Chemistry 
  • Computing 
  • Drama 
  • Economics 
  • English 
  • French 
  • Geography 
  • History 
  • Mathematics 
  • Music 
  • Physical Education 
  • Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies 
  • Physics 
  • Spanish       

English as an Additional Language (EAL)     

English proficiency is assessed to ensure that pupils are able to benefit from the education offered. Applicants are recommended to have a minimum IELTS level 4.0. Additional specialist EAL classes will be provided as required to develop the necessary fluency in both spoken and written English. (There is an additional fee for these EAL classes).     


International pupils are required to submit two recent schools reports and a complete a written English assessment. On receipt of these the Rector will skype interview all prospective pupils. We provide Tier 4 visa sponsorship.   


International pupils are required to submit two recent schools reports and a complete a written English assessment. On receipt of these the Rector will skype interview all prospective pupils.   


Application Fee - £100 (payable with the application form) 

Annual Homestay Fees - £22,500 (payable in three instalments - one each term)  

Homestay fees include: 

• All accommodation and meals (breakfast and dinner) with host family during school term (holiday time accommodation is not included)

 • Annual school fees (not additional EAL classes) 

• Text books for all subjects 

• Art and IT consumables 

• Exam fees 

• School curriculum trips 

• Full support for university applications 

Not included: Uniform costs (approx. £350), elective school holiday trips, week day lunch costs (approx. £3.50 per day), transport costs, medical insurance and spending money.   


For more details of our Homestay Programme or to apply for a place for your child at Kelvinside Academy please contact Kerry Bottomley, Director of Admissions or call 0141 357 3376.


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