Headteacher: Mrs Nicola Walker
Type of school: Co-educational Boarding
Age range: 13-19 (academic), 10-17 (summer camp)
Number of pupils: 120
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:10
Religious tradition: Non-denominational
2018/19 Academic Fees per term: £9,200 all-inclusive
ISC association: SofH
Affiliations: COBIS, BSA, EFL, English UK, BAISIS
King’s College Saint Michaels (KCSM) is a British international boarding school, which welcomes students aged 13-19 years from all over the world. Forming part of the highly reputable educational organisation, King’s Group, the school provides short and long-term secondary education, as well as Summer Camps.
Originally built in 1856 and listed by English Heritage for its architectural interest, the school is steeped in history. Set in 10 hectares of picturesque English countryside and located in the friendly, tranquil town of Tenbury Wells, just a short distance from major cities such as Birmingham, KCSM presents an ideal, safe location for both study and social activities.
English Language Development
KCSM is accredited by the British Council for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and all students are supported through the Cambridge English assessment and IELTS qualifications. All subjects across the GCSE and A-Level curriculums are taught in English, with the main aim of supporting students to achieve the qualifications required in order to access top universities in the UK and beyond. Former alumni have recently gone on to attend Russell Group universities in the UK, as well as Harvard in the United States.
With a core focus on developing international students’ English language skills, students benefit from up to 10 additional classes of English support per week. It is this attention to English language development and a carefully planned curriculum, which enables our students to confidently access UK universities. All of our academic staff are specialists in teaching their subject to international students.
An education at KCSM nurtures individual growth, while ensuring that parents are constantly kept well informed of their child’s progress. Class sizes are small, consisting of on average 10 pupils. All students are assigned a personal tutor who supports them throughout their time at KCSM, whether it be academic needs, university application guidance or individual queries. Our boarding house parents and on-campus medical care team are also on hand to look after students’ pastoral and personal well-being.
Extensive Sports and Social Package
The great variety of student nationalities (30+) at the school provides a stimulating and intellectual, inclusive atmosphere for all. KCSM prides itself on its varied and exciting sports and social programme, which includes frequent excursions to cities such as London, Oxford, and Liverpool, each designed to educate students about the history and culture of Britain. Our adventure sports programme, which occurs during free time, is a favourite among students, with activities including; go-karting, paint balling, quad biking, horse riding, kayaking and many more.
Our sports clubs and extracurricular groups are designed to give pupils the opportunity to try something new and experience being part of a team. The extracurricular activities available are extremely varied and include clubs such as basketball, dance, debate club, baking, yoga, science discussion and choir.
Our sports teams take great pride in representing KCSM at inter-school sports competitions, such as football, basketball and badminton. The students wishing to participate in a sport are given the opportunity to play in the ISSA tournament (International School Sports Association), which occurs over three days in another country.
Variety of Academic Programmes (ages 13-19):
Long Term Courses:
• Pre-GCSE (1-3 terms)
• Pre A-Level (1-3 terms)
• Accredited University Foundation Programme
Short Term Courses:
• Short term academic preparation (min 4 weeks)
This immersive programme recognises the high value parents place on English language and culture, whilst its shorter length complements the students’ home country
education schedule. Students are fully integrated into school life alongside our academic year students and receive a comprehensive teaching and extra-curricular programme. For some, the programme supports a natural transition to full time study of the British curriculum, with many students going on to join our longer-term academic programmes.
• Summer School - ages 10-17 (min 2 weeks)
During the summer holidays KCSM uses its expertise and facilities to form its incredibly popular summer school. This involves intensive English language courses, along with a comprehensive daily sports and social programme. Students come from all over the world to improve their English, meet students from other countries and explore different parts of the UK.