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International Students: JSCSC / Defence Academy


Every year Faringdon Community College welcomes around 30 – 35 international students from the Defence Academy in Watchfield. The majority of these students are from non-English speaking countries and attend school here for one year. In addition we have a number of permanent students who are learning English as an additional language ( EAL)

Some of our EAL students arrive with very little English, whilst others may have been learning English for some years. An assessment is carried out soon after arrival to determine whether students will need additional support with English. We offer support to those students who need it through EAL lessons. We normally have three mixed-age EAL groups: the first for students at the early stages of learning English; the second for those with a basic level of everyday English and the third for those who are more advanced, but who still need help with the academic language needed for reading and writing at Secondary School. 

Students learn English in all lessons, not just EAL lessons. Parents can help by ensuring students have their own bilingual dictionary so that they can translate and note down key words and phrases in lessons. It is also important to encourage students to read in English to build up vocabulary. We have a selection of graded readers that students can borrow from the EAL base.



If you are looking for a place for your son or daughter at Faringdon Community College. Please complete the International Student Admission Form and email it to Student Services.

We have assigned a special integration morning during the college holidays for interviews - date to be confirmed. Please attend the morning if you can; appointments can be made through Mrs Burke in our Student Services department. When you attend the integration meeting you are required to bring a passport and visa for your child.

If you would like to visit us before the summer holiday you are more than welcome please contact Mrs Burke for an appointment.

If you cannot make the intergration morning then it would be possible to make an appointment early in September. An International Student Admission form can be completed when you come into college for your interview.

Arrangements for Transfer

Procedures and arrangements for transfer at a time other than a move from Primary to Secondary phase:

  • Request a College Prospectus
  • Opportunity to see the College - telephone 01367 240375 / 240628 for an appointment to view the College with a senior member of staff
  • Complete Admissions Form
  • College Transport/Bus Pass ordered
  • Start date arranged
  • Student Planner issued
  • Uniform purchased  - see link below


For any further information please contact:

Mr J Winter at FCC on 01367 240375 or 01367 240628 
or email: