Stamford Junior School Headteacher Matthew OReilly

Students from a range of countries around the world choose to study at Stamford, which offers the educational quality of an HMC school in one of the UK’s safest and most historic towns.

Miss Meg Oswald is the Schools’ International Registrar, and is dedicated to handling applications for international students to the Schools. Meg will be your main point of contact for placing students at Stamford. Meg can be contacted via:

Email –
Phone – +441780 750380
Online – enquiry form

Applications during Covid-19

We are still able to process applications to study at Stamford; all of our communication, testing, interviews, and administration can be carried out remotely online. For more information on the requirements and processes in place, please contact Meg.

History of Stamford

Founded in 1532, and saved from closure in 1548 by the chief advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, Stamford School has a long history. Many of the school buildings date back hundreds of years, and parts of the Stamford School Chapel are more than 800 years old. The School is situated in the middle of the town of Stamford, which has been voted by the Sunday Times newspaper as one of the best places to live in Britain.

History of Stamford

A HMC School

As members of HMC, the professional association of the Heads of the world’s leading independent schools, we provide academic excellence, outstanding pastoral care, and very good co-curricular opportunities. We offer 27 subjects at A Level, and students leave us to complete degrees at Oxford, Cambridge, Russell Group, elite and international universities, alongside a wide range of career and study choices.

School Structure

Stamford is a “diamond” school, which means we offer co-educational teaching in the junior years (to age 11), single-sex teaching for children between the ages of 11 to 16, and co-educational teaching for Sixth Form (ages 17-18). Teaching children in single-sex classes between the ages of 11-16 lets us adapt the teaching more closely to the needs of each child, while the co-educational Sixth Form prepares students for life at university.


Stamford Endowed School Diamond Structure graphic


International students typically join us for two years from Year 10 or Year 12, but many will stay for longer. Students from thirteen nationalities make up our international boarding community of around 40 children. 25% of our boarding pupils join us from overseas. International students are welcomed and valued in our School community.

In January 2022, the Governors announced a scoping exercise to restructure the Schools as fully co-educational. No final decision has yet been made and we encourage you to read our FAQs here for further information.

Don't just take our word for it...

I remember when I first came here, I was so nervous. It was the first time I came to Britain. I remember coming into the boarding house-sitting room and sitting on the sofa were two boarders who later became my very best friends.

Theresa Tian (OS17)

I like boarding, it feels like a big family. I have memories that will stay in my head for a long time

International Student Current

Stamford is a safe place to live and learn

The town is known for its honey-coloured Georgian buildings, and historic landmarks and houses.  Our boarding houses are all just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, and boarding pupils have access to a wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants. International students join our boarding houses, and live and work alongside UK students.

Stamford is a safe place to live and learn

Life in the Boarding house

House Parents and a team of staff in each house provide help and support, in a clear routine including supervised homework time so that students can make the most of their studies. Boarding houses are comfortable and are organised by age, making it easier for your child to develop new friendships quickly. Younger children may be in a room of three or four students, and older children will share with one other student. Each School has its own full-time nurse. At weekends we run social activities and trips, and our boarding houses are busy seven days a week.


Your child can take part in a wide variety of different sports which include hockey, swimming, table tennis, badminton and rugby. There are also hundreds of clubs available, from chess to debating.

Transport links are very good.

We are an hour from London and less than two hours from Heathrow. There are direct trains to Birmingham and Stansted. International Airport.

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