Lorraine Atkins BA (Hons), PGCE, CELTA


Charlie Freer BA (Hons), ACA
Mark Jeynes BSc (Hons), MBA


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Padworth College launches new partnership with NCUK to deliver International Foundation Year programme.

Padworth College are delighted to announce a new partnership with NCUK to offer NCUK’s International Foundation Year programme from September 2020, with an initial focus on the Business Pathway. Students wishing to study Business will now be able to benefit from the unique tutoring environment at Padworth for this one-year course.

NCUK is unique in UK higher education – it is a consortium of leading UK universities, including 6 Russell Group universities – dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities worldwide. Qualifications are recognised by NCUK’s own universities and by most other universities across the UK, including many in the Russell Group, as well as by universities internationally.

Students who successfully complete the NCUK International Foundation Year qualification gain guaranteed access to one of the 16 NCUK universities, namely: Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Bradford, University of Bristol, University of Huddersfield, University of Kent, Kingston University, University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, Liverpool John Moores University, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, queen Mary University of London, University of Salford, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

NCUK has helped tens of thousands of international students benefit from thousands of different courses, earning good undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a huge range of subjects.

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Padworth College helps to create largest UK orchard.

The Padworth College community were delighted to welcome Robin Fletcher, Chief Executive of BSA, for a visit on Thursday 12th September. Robin updated the Padworth team regarding training developments and best practice, enjoyed a tour of the boarding houses and following a wonderful lunch prepared by our talented chefs, Robin planted a beautiful apple tree in the grounds.

The BSA launched The Boarding Orchard in 2014, aiming to create the largest orchard, by distance, in the UK. Symbolising the school’s commitment to growth and the environment, the planting also reprensents the ‘tree of knowledge’. Many member schools have supported the initiative since its launch and more information about the scheme and school stories, can be found on the BSA website:

Padworth College also chose to use the tree planting to commemorate Matthew Baartman, a member of our boarding house team from 2017 to 2018, who tragically died age 30, in an accident last summer whilst on holiday. The tree was planted near the boys‘ boarding houses where it will be enjoyed by those who knew Matthew, including three boys who assisted Robin with the planting, Chaiwat (Thailand), Chinmay (India) and Emi (Mexico).

As a small tutorial style college for boys and girls age 13-18, Padworth College is grateful for the support of the Padworth Educational Trust whose Chair, Jonathan Rawes, was also in attendance to mark the occasion, along with valued neighbour and former trustee John Miller, as guests of Co-Proprietor Mark Jeynes.

Robin Fletcher gave positive feedback about the modern, single study room boarding accommodation at Padworth and the common room areas particularly.

The BSA’s new mission for the next five years is to ‘champion boarding excellence and provide support worldwide’ – Padworth College, which welcomes international students from over 30 countries to study alongside British students, is certainly proud to be a member of an organisation driving standards forward.

Padworth College welcomes new Principal, Lorraine Atkins.

Lorraine has a wealth of international education experience, spanning both the UK and overseas.  She started her teaching career as a geography teacher at Lawnside School, Malvern in 1988, before moving on to King’s School, Worcester in 1994 and then Wycliffe College, where she was Head of Geography and Housemistress from 1997 to 2007.  From 2007 to 2012, she was Senior Mistress and Head of Geography at Malvern College, before taking on a new role as Deputy Head of Malvern College Qingdao, China in 2012 and then Head in 2014.

More recently, since August 2015, Lorraine was Principal of Bishopstrow College, the leading independent international boarding school, offering English language and academic pathway programmes to prepare international students, aged 7-17 years, for onward entry to leading boarding schools in the UK.  During her time at Bishopstrow, the College secured an improved rating from the British Council under the Accreditation UK Scheme.  Bishopstrow is now the highest ranked boarding school in the UK under this Scheme.  The College also become a member of the Independent Schools Association and Boarding Schools Association, successfully completed inspections by OFSTED and ISI and grew enrolments, following the opening of two new boarding houses.

Lorraine has an extensive network of contacts and acquaintances across UK independent schools and agents around the world.  She is married and has four grown-up children.

Welcome to Padworth College from Lorraine Atkins, Principal

I am delighted that you are considering Padworth College for your sixth form studies.

At Padworth, we provide the foundations for independent learners to develop a passion for life and for learning.  Whilst every student is an individual, it is also important for them to work as a team player, whether it is in the classroom, on the sports field, participating in drama or music, or during a walk in the countryside.  Our classroom at Padworth operates in every environment and every day of the week!

The staff at Padworth are committed and caring.  They strive to support each and every student to achieve the very best.  Today, we all live and operate in a global environment.  Coming to study at Padworth College will provide you with a fantastic international experience for life.

Introduction to Padworth College

Padworth College was founded in 1963 by Oxford university tutor, Peter Fison, and a group of Oxford dons, whose vision was to bring Oxford’s educational philosophy of tutorial teaching to school-level education.

Today, the College is an international, co-educational boarding and day school for students aged 13 to 18.  The College can accommodate up to 100 boarders and 20 day students.  International students represent about 80% of overall enrolments, with 30 different nationalities represented.  The largest nationality represented is the UK, with British students representing about 20% of enrolments.

The College occupies a 12 acre site on the edge of the hamlet of Padworth, near the university town of Reading and only 35 miles from London Heathrow Airport.


The College offers a broad range of academic programmes to prepare international and British students for entry into top UK universities.  The key programmes are:

  • 2 Year I/GCSE programme
  • 1 Year I/GCSE Programme
  • 2 Year A Level Programme
  • 18 month A Level programme (January start)
  • NCUK International Foundation Year programme – Business and Engineering Pathways

College Life

Class sizes are small for optimum learning and to encourage student-teacher interaction.  Each student follows their own individual programme of learning, in a supportive environment.  Daily supervised prep (study periods) helps promote a mature approach to study, whilst weekly testing (on Saturday mornings) ensures progress is carefully monitored.  Individual support and guidance is provided with university applications, with students progressing to top British universities.

Boarding is central to the ethos of the College and the strong Padworth College community provides a home-from-home setting in a beautiful, calm environment.  Student welfare is a priority, ensuring there is a balance of academic study alongside recreational and social activities.  Through participation in a broad range of co-curricular activities, students develop skills and interests and lifelong friendships.

Day students are an integral part of the boarding community and enjoy the benefits of having time and space to develop their skills, interests and friendships.


Boarding students live on campus in boarding houses, with separate houses for boys and girls.  The majority of rooms are single study bedrooms.

All of the boarding houses have kitchen facilities and common room areas for student use, with a laundry facility close by.  The Principal and Director of Studies live on site, as well as the residential house staff, all ensuring a high staff ratio and level of supervision.

All meals are served in the College dining room, lovingly prepared by our team of chefs, who are able to cater for all requirements.

Enrichment Programme

The College’s Enrichment Programme includes a varied programme of sport, social and recreational activities.  On-site facilities include a Fitness Centre, Multi Use Games Area (for tennis, 5-a-side football, basketball, netball etc.) and open-air swimming pool!  In addition, the College has access to local sports facilities nearby.

As well as on site activities, we organise a stimulating and varied programme of fully-supervised trips at weekends.  These include London sightseeing, excursions to the nearby cities of Oxford and Reading, theme parks and attending live sports and other cultural events.


The College is located in a picturesque and safe countryside setting, in peaceful and tranquil natural surroundings, in the hamlet of Padworth, near the university town of Reading.  The College is housed in a former historic country estate and enjoys majestic views of the beautiful landscape of West Berkshire.

Padworth is situated to the south west of Reading, with London close by.  The nearest train stations are Aldermaston (4 minutes) and Theale (10 minutes).  Trains from these stations travel directly to Reading (15 minutes), with a connecting service to London Paddington (28 minutes from Reading).  By road, the College is easily accessible via the M4 motorway.

The College is a convenient distance from London Heathrow Airport (35 miles), which is a 40 minute drive from Padworth.

cife Scholarships

Padworth College offers Academic Scholarships to exceptional students enrolling in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 in September 2020 and to those students enrolling on the 18 month A Level Programme in January 2021.

Scholarships will normally only be awarded to those students enrolling for more than 18 months (i.e., those students joining Year 12 in January), although we will also award scholarships to exceptional students enrolling on the 1 Year IGCSE Programme in Year 11. For those enrolling in Years 9, 10 or 11, the scholarship award will end upon the completion of Year 11. Students are then able to apply for a new scholarship for Year 12 entry.

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