FAQs

When was St George’s British International School founded?

St George’s British International School was founded by Mr Howard Scott in 1958 in order to provide a British education to the expatriate community in Rome. Originally called The English School, the St George’s name was adopted in the 1960’s.

Which curriculum is offered?

St George’s follows an enhanced version of the UK national curriculum through to (I)GCSE, Year 11, culminating in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), Year 13.

Where is the School located?

St George’s has two sites. The main site is at La Storta, in the north west of Rome, catering for all year groups, from Red Dragons (ages 3-4) to Year 13 (ages 17-18). In addition, the City Centre site, located near to the Vatican, accommodates pupils from Red Dragons through to Year 6, at which point they usually transfer to the Senior School at La Storta.

What facilities are available at the School?

The La Storta site benefits from its expansive and spacious grounds, which provide ample opportunities for outdoor and sporting activities. These include upper and lower playing fields, a new AstroTurf pitch, Olympic size running track, outdoor tennis and volleyball courts, indoor sports hall and additional playground facilities. The school contains seven science labs, computer labs, art studios, a Design and Technology workshop housing 3D printing and laser cutting facilities, a refectory, a tuck shop, and well-stocked library. Magnificent views expand from the campus across to the Abruzzo mountains.

The brand new City Centre site opened close to the Vatican in September 2017, replacing the former site at Nomentana. It offers state of the art learning facilities and bright, purpose-fitted classrooms. Pupils benefit from the use of outdoor playing areas, a 25 metre indoor swimming pool, an indoor gymnasium, two football pitches and a 400 seat auditorium. An on-site refectory serves healthy lunches daily. A small library is located within the City Centre site, and all pupils have access to, and can order books from the larger collection housed at the La Storta site.

How many pupils are enrolled at St George’s British International School?

Approximately 860 pupils are enrolled at St George’s, of which there are approximately 180 in the City Centre Junior School, 220 in the La Storta Junior School, and 460 in the La Storta Senior School.

How many nationalities are represented among the student cohort?

St George’s is very diverse! There are 84 nationalities enrolled at St George’s as of December 2018. The most represented nationalities are British, Italian, Chinese, American, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian and Indian.

Where do the teachers come from?

The majority of teaching staff come from, and were trained in, the United Kingdom. In addition there are a small number of teachers from other countries, including Australia, Ireland, South Africa and Italy.

Are school lunches provided?

Yes. All pupils at the La Storta and City Centre campuses dine in the school cafeterias, which provide a range of healthy meals and both Italian and international cuisines. An annual fee is applicable to school lunches.

Are students required to wear a school uniform?

St George’s pupils wear school uniform from Red Dragons through to the end of Year 11. Students in the Sixth Form (Year 12 and Year 13) do not wear a school uniform but follow a smart dress code. For further information please see the Uniform page.

Is the School affiliated to any external organisations?

Yes. St George’s has affiliations with several external bodies, including The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC, member), the International Baccalaureate, The Association of IB World Schools in Italy (AIBWSI, founding member), Council of British Independent Schools (COBIS), European Council of International Schools (ECIS, member), and Council of International Schools (CIS).

Which foreign languages are offered at the School?

Six foreign languages are offered at St George’s. Within the Senior School, pupils have the opportunity to study Mandarin, Latin, French, German, Spanish and, of course, Italian. Pupils in the Junior Schools all learn Italian at either beginner, intermediate or advanced levels.

When does the school year start and end?

The school year normally commences at the beginning of September and lasts until the end of June.

What are the school day timings?

Classes begin at 8.45am. The school day finishes at 3.35pm.

Which site (campus) should I apply to?

The Senior School (Year 7 to Year 13) is based at La Storta. For children of Junior School age (Red Dragons to Year 6), families should specify in their application form whether they would like to be considered for admission to the La Storta Junior School or to the City Centre Junior School.

What are the tuition fees?

Full details of tuition fees and payment options can be found on the Fees page.

Do you offer sibling discounts?

Yes. Where a family has three siblings enrolled at the school, a discount is applied to the total overall fee. Please visit the Fees page for details.

Do you offer scholarships or bursaries?

Unfortunately, St George’s does not offer scholarships or discounts to prospective students.

Which Year Group will my child join?

Please refer to the Age Placement Guide.

Is there an application fee?

No. An application for admission form can be submitted free of charge. Where an offer of admission is made, a non-refundable Registration Fee is required in order to secure the pupil’s place. For further information please visit the Fees page.

Are students required to sit entrance tests as part of the admissions process?

Entrance tests are a requirement for all entrants to Year 4 and above, and must be completed prior to the offer of a place. The test is CAT4, and normally takes a maximum of two hours to complete. For families who are not based in Rome, St George’s will arrange for the child to sit the test online at their current school.

How do I apply?

Please visit the Apply Now section of the website. It is possible to either download the Application for Admission form in editable PDF format and return it by email to admissions@stgeorge.school.it, or complete and submit the online application form. In both instances, please provide passport copies for the child and both parents/guardians, as well as the most recent school report.

How can I obtain help with completing the application form?

For any questions relating to the application form or application process, please contact the Admissions team for guidance.

What if I have additional information to provide in support of my child’s application?

Any additional supporting documentation can be submitted via email to admissions@stgeorge.school.it. Please include the name of the child in the subject line. The information provided will be attached to the application form, and where applicable a member of the Admissions team will contact you.

Can I make an appointment to discuss my child’s application?

Yes. Please contact the Admissions team to arrange an appointment with the Head of Admissions.

How do you prioritise applications?

Please refer to our Admissions Policy. St George’s is a non-selective school. International families locating to Rome from overseas are prioritised, as well as those applying from other British curriculum schools. Where space is available, we always endeavour to accommodate as many applicants as we are able to.

Do you have a waiting list?

Yes, at certain times throughout the school year there will be a waiting list for entry into some year groups, however new spaces become available regularly. We continually review our waiting lists and aim to process decisions on applications at the earliest opportunity.

When can I expect a decision regarding admission to the School?

The length of time from submission of application to receipt of a decision varies depending on the time of year, the availability of spaces, and the year group to which the application relates. Where all supporting documentation is provided, and where the relevant entry test has been completed, we can normally provide a fast confirmation of the application status.

Can I arrange a tour of the School?

Yes. The Admissions team are always happy to provide tours of the school to families that have submitted applications for admission. An appointment must be made in advance. Please contact the Admissions team.

Do you provide transport to and from the school?

Yes. We offer a door to door bus service that covers most areas of the city. Upon accepting an offer to enrol a child at St George’s, families are provided with a transport request form, and are contacted by the school’s Transport and General Services Coordinator to discuss their specific needs. Further information is available on the Transport page.

Do you offer after-school activities?

Yes, a growing range of after school activities is offered, catering for many different interests and talents. A full schedule is published at the beginning of each school year. A late school bus service is available from the La Storta site, departing at 5.00pm, for students who wish to stay behind to participate in after school activities.

Do you accommodate students that require learning support?

Yes. We assess the needs of individual applicants prior to the offer of a place. We always endeavor to accommodate students who require learning support where the appropriate structure is in place.

Do you offer EAL (English as an Additional Language) support?

Yes. Students whose first language is not English will be assessed and are able to access relevant support where required.

Do you have medical care or first-aiders available on site?

Yes. At both sites we have a number of trained staff who can administer first aid. A number of First-Aid team members are also trained as Second Responders.

Can I be involved in the school as a parent?

Yes. The Parents of St George’s group is active in organising a number of exciting events, fundraisers and other initiatives throughout the year. Please see the Parents of St George’s page for more information.

How can I keep up to date with news and events taking place at St George’s?

Families with children registered at St George’s receive regular communication via our Parent Portal, Firefly, and through periodic school newsletters. The St George’s website is a source of news, and the school maintains an active presence on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

How can I find out about employment opportunities?

All vacancies are published on the Employment page of the St George’s website as they become available. In addition, teaching vacancies are normally advertised on the TES website.