Tintern Grammar welcomes and invites applications from International students throughout the world.
We offer both VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) and IB (International Baccalaureate) and assist our students with their career choices and university applications.
96% of our students go on to tertiary education; our academic results are the top in the region.
Our campus is located within 42 acres of treed, landscaped grounds, with extensive playing fields, a gymnasium, swimming pool and even our own farm. We pride ourselves on our exceptional staff, our curricular and co-curricular offerings, and our commitment to community and belonging.
Our vision is to provide a learning environment that values relationships within our community, inspires wonder, independence and engagement with learning and allows each child to achieve their personal and academic best in preparation for life in a global world.
We welcome all International enquiries, please note our following requirements:
Tintern Grammar will offer places only if International students have gained an acceptable level of proficiency in English, for the year level requested.
This is determined by a test conducted by the Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS), and an interview with the School (supporting evidence may also progress the enrolment).
We are able to accept International students who are of primary school age, however the child must live with one, or both parents. This condition is not negotiable.
Our preferred level of entry to senior years is Year 9, or Year 10. We sometimes accept students directly into Year 11, however this is subject to sufficient English skills to cope with the curriculum and academic results to support Year 11 entry.
Similarly, students entering the School who have already commenced an International Baccalaureate, must satisfy Tintern Grammar they are capable of continuing the rigorous IB program in English, without disruption to their studies.
We will only consider applications after receiving original school report documents, a copy of the student’s current passport and evidence of a satisfactory knowledge of English (see above).
A copy of a report from Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS) should be provided with the student’s application form.
Every student applying for enrolment at Tintern Grammar will be interviewed. Places are offered subject to the result of the interview, sufficient English for year level study and suitable academic reports or transcripts.
Importantly, an applicant’s attitude, behaviour, willingness to learn and participate in school activities will also be considered.
Students who are travelling and studying without their parents require Tintern Grammar to supply a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) document as part of their visa application and the following conditions must be met at all times:
Regardless of their age, students must reside at Homestay accommodation approved by the School, for the whole time they are enrolled at Tintern Grammar. (Our contracted Homestay providers are AHN, and CETA, more information can be found under Accommodation).
Students of all ages will also be required to have an approved guardian/caregiver, appointed by the School for the duration of their enrolment at Tintern Grammar.
Tintern Grammar has approved International Student Alliance (ISA) as our Guardian/Caregiver and Welfare Service. ISA provide guardians/caregivers for all visiting students who are not accompanied by a parent; this service is compulsory and not negotiable.
We care for the welfare of all our students at Tintern Grammar, and the School offers practical, social and emotional support to help newly arrived International students adjust successfully to the School environment and the Australian education system.
Our International Student Coordinator is ready to discuss personal, academic and social issues, or matters concerning Homestay arrangements. If a student needs more assistance, counselling is also available on campus. In addition Year Level Coordinators and Form Tutors are always willing to talk and provide support and guidance to our students. The primary aim of our staff is to ensure every student’s time at the School is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible with excellent educational outcomes.
Please note, all International students are required to attend English tutoring once a week after school, on campus. A small additional fee will be added to billing. Our International Students find these classes of great benefit and they are highly recommended.
Tintern Grammar requires all International students to live in a Homestay, or with a parent or blood relative (Proof must be provided if staying with a blood relative and they must be over the age of 25).
‘Homestay’ means residing with a family in the host country and being prepared to take part in that family’s daily life. Homestays offer students the security of living as part of a family, with the added benefit of deepening their language skills, by being in an English-speaking environment.
The School requires all students to remain in Homestay at all times, while enrolled.
AHN and CETA are the School’s approved Homestay providers:
At no time will students be permitted to make their own living arrangements, without prior consultation with Tintern Grammar.
We insist all International Students must reside in an environment that provides care and supervision at all times.