Information and Guidance for International Students

As we look ahead to the new academic year in September 2021, please find detailed below the latest information and advice on travelling to the UK and arrangements within Padworth College.

Travelling to the UK

The government has recently updated its guidance for boarding school students travelling to the UK from Amber List countries.

Boarding school students who are ordinarily resident in the UK, including those who are unaccompanied and who are attending boarding schools on a Child Student visa or Student visa, who have travelled from or through Amber List counties (and who have not been in a Red List country or France in the previous 10 clear days) are exempt from the requirements to quarantine and take a Day 8 test.

In addition, boarding school students aged 11 to 17 need proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to England.  Children under 10 years of age are exempt from this requirement.

Boarding school students aged 5 to 17 must take a COVID-19 travel test on or before Day 2 (with the date of arrival in the UK being classified as Day 0).

The Day 2 COVID-19 tests must be booked before travelling to the UK.  Details of the tests must be included on the Passenger Locator Form. 

All students attending Padworth are required to book the Day 2 test.

Is Padworth College be open for face-to-face teaching?

Padworth College is open for face-to-face teaching.

When should international students return to Padworth College?

International students should plan on arriving at Padworth College on the Boarders’ Travel Day, Wednesday 1 September.

Can I complete any isolation at Padworth College?

Yes, and we recommend this as the best option for students returning to the UK, except those arriving from Red List countries.  Our residential boarding staff are ready to support you whilst isolating and to help administer any required COVID testing.

Who do I speak to about my return to the College?

Please contact Clare McNally, Registrar at to discuss your plans for returning to the College for the Autumn Term.

Will I be tested for COVID-19?

Yes, you will be required to complete a Lateral Flow Test upon your arrival at the College.  Subject to the prevailing government regulations, you may also be required to complete a PCR test on Day 2 and Day 8 and also on Day 5 (Test to Release).

Do I need to wear a face covering in the College?

In line with current UK government guidance, face coverings are no longer required to be worn in classrooms or communal areas.  However, students can of course choose to wear a face covering should they wish.

What COVID safety measures are in place at the College?

In addition to face coverings and any ongoing testing, we have put in place extensive measures to help keep you safe, including hand sanitiser stations and a programme of deep cleaning.

Will online learning continue?

During the Autumn Term and in light of the ongoing challenges associated with the pandemic, including restrictions on flights to the UK from some countries, we will continue to offer online access to your full timetable of lessons, any associated assessments and pastoral support.

However, we do strongly recommend that students attend face-to-face teaching as soon as is practically possible in the Autumn.

How is the UK managing COVID-19?

The UK has a world-leading vaccination programme.  As at the end of July, more than 46 million people have had a first vaccine dose – nearly 90% of the adult population – and more than 37 million – over 70% of adults – have had both doses.

Will I receive a COVID vaccine in the UK?

Yes, the UK government has confirmed that international students registered with a GP will be eligible to receive a vaccine against COVID-19, in the same way and meeting the same criteria as UK residents.