Covid-19: Providing Continuity of Learning


Agent information

We are proud of our diverse and multi-cultural community of boarders who call Embley their home. The school is best known for its public exam results and class-leading digital learning programme along with its unique and business-focused student experiences.

Working with us

We value our relationships with our agents and strive to build a mutually beneficial and close connection, which is positive, trustworthy, professional and friendly. If you would like to work with us, please contact us with details of your students.

Applying for a boarding place

1. Submit an enquiry

The first step to joining us as a boarder at Embley is to contact our Admissions team ( with:

  • information about your student;

  • the year they wish to join;

  • their most recent school report;
  • a copy of their passport.

We will use this information to confirm if we are able to consider the student for a place at the school. 

2. Visits

We are always delighted to welcome prospective students and their families to visit us in person or virtually, to have a tour of the school and boarding house and meet our teachers and students.

3. Registration

To proceed with an application, you will need to complete an international registration form per student and provide a registration fee of £100.

4. Entrance assessments

Students will be asked to complete our English and Maths entrance assessments under exam conditions – these can either be arranged with the student’s current school, with the British Council or by arrangement with the Admissions team.

5. Interview

A virtual or face-to-face interview will be arranged with our Headmaster. This is an opportunity for the student to tell us more about themselves, their interests and aspirations. It is also an opportunity to ask lots of questions of us so that the student can begin to picture themselves at Embley.

6. Offer and acceptance of place

Successful applicants will be offered a place to join Embley. To accept a place, students will need to complete our acceptance paperwork and pay an acceptance deposit (£500 for EU students, £2,500 for international students). 

7. Visa application

Our parent company, United Learning, is a student visa sponsor. Embley’s highly experienced student visa coordinator will help guide families through the visa application process.

English language level guidelines

We use the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for languages. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

Year 7 – 10 CEFR B1
Year 11 CEFR B2
Pre-A Level CEFR B2 or IELTS 5.0
Year 12 CEFR B2 or IELTS 5.5 in all skills

For students who are not fluent English speakers or writers when they arrive, we provide tailored English as an Additional Language (EAL) support to meet their individual needs so that they can enjoy and fully benefit from the pace of learning at Embley.


Every boarder whose parents live outside of the UK must appoint a guardian who lives within 90 minutes travelling time of the school. The guardian will be responsible for overseeing travel and holiday arrangements, looking after a student if he/she cannot be at school, and will take a general interest in your child’s progress.

The guardian you choose must be at least 25 years old and not in full-time education. We can give you a list of guardianship agencies which our pupils use, but we do not make any recommendations.


Embley is surrounded by the perfect mix of city, coast and country. We are close to Winchester, Southampton and Salisbury and within an hour’s drive of London (Heathrow) Airport. Southampton International Airport can be reached in under 30 minutes, Bournemouth International Airport is approximately 40 minutes away. Nearby railway stations are Romsey (7 mins), Southampton Airport Parkway (20 mins) and Southampton Central (20 mins).

Key contacts

Charlotte Welland, Director of Marketing, Admissions & Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 1794 527394

Boarding at Embley

click here


click here

Term dates

click here