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Located near King’s Road in West London, Chelsea Independent College is a leading private College that specialises in a range of GCSE, A-level and Foundation programmes for international students.


  • 7 days boarding: 18,250 per term
  • Needs based aid: Offered
  • Merit scholarschips: Offered

School size and facilties

The boarding school's buildings are located in one of the most exclusive areas of London, and bordered by Kensington and Belgravia. The home ground of Chelsea Football Club is located a stone’s throw from the campus. Both buildings benefit from top of the range classrooms and laboratories, as well as private study areas and state of the art catering facilities. The houses of this prestigious boarding school are located very centrally, and the short travelling times using London’s outstanding public transport system mean you can be in class quickly and easily any time of day.



Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 29 27 56
Day School: 47 40 87

Director Details

  • Address: 517-523 Fulham Rd, London
  • Website: http://www.cic.ac
  • Rolling or fixed admission ? Rolling

Year Of Foundation


About the school

  • Dorm facilities:

    Boarding School Accommodation

    We offer boarding in two luxurious boarding houses in Fulham and Earl’s Court. Facilities at both boarding houses include:

    •Single and twin rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and kitchenette

    •Live in supervisors available 24 hours a day to ensure students welfare and safety

    •High speed internet access throughout the building

    •All meals included

    •Free use of laundry facilities

    •Secure access for our students only using electronic swipe key

    •CCTV coverage in all public areas

    The boarding houses are located very centrally and the short travelling times using London’s outstanding public transport system mean you can be in class quickly and easily any time of day. Fulham Palace Studios – for students aged 16+ on the first day of term

    Fulham Palace Studios is located in exclusive South West London, only 10 minutes from the College and is equipped with electronic key cards, CCTV and a 24-hour staffed reception. Our Boarding Supervisors live in the residence with you to ensure that you receive a high level of support and pastoral care outside of the classroom.

    Princess Beatrice House – for students aged under 16 on the first day of term

    Princess Beatrice House is located in exclusive Kensington, less than 20 minutes from the College and is equipped with electronic key cards, CCTV and a 24-hour staffed reception. Our Boarding Supervisors live in the residence and will accompany our younger students to and from the college every day.

  • Dress code: Casual

Social life & attractions

Chelsea Independent College in London, United Kingdom is a stone’s throw from King’s Road. King’s Road, synonymous with music and fashion since the 1960s and one of the world’s most trendy shopping streets is quite literally around the corner. It is brimming with independent clothes stores and boutiques belonging to both emerging and established designers as well as global fashion brands. Many world-renowned artists and writers have lived and worked in the area and The Saatchi Gallery, close to Sloane Square, hosts exhibitions of international contemporary art.

Places to visit around Chelsea and Fulham:

• Saatchi Gallery

• National Army Museum

• Royal Hospital, Chelsea

• Chelsea Physic Garden

• Carlyle’s House

• Oscar Wilde’s House

• Stamford Bridge - home of Chelsea Football Club

• Craven Cottage - home of Fulham Football Club

Why Should You Choose this School?

2017 was another fantastic year of academic success for students of this prestigious boarding school. Not only do students achieve outstanding examination results, they translate this into places on the most competitive degrees at the most selective universities.

A*A*A*A University of Cambridge Economics

A*A*A* UCL Mathematics

A*AAA UCL Engineering (Chemical)

A*AA University of Warwick Computer Science

A*AA LSE Management

A*AAC University of Edinburgh International Business

A*ABB City, University of London Accounting and Finance

AAA Queen Mary University Economics, Statistics & Mathematics

AAA University of Nottingham Economics

A*AB Lancaster University Economics

A*AB King’s College London Politics

A*AB University of Sheffield Civil Engineering

AAB City, University of London Management

AAB Leeds College of Art Graphic Design

AABC UCL Viking and Old Norse Studies

AAB City, University of London Business Studies

ABBB University of Liverpool Architecture

A*BB University of Exeter Mining Engineering

Academic life

  • What we offer ?

    Chelsea Independent boarding school has a thriving GCSE programme. With  small class sizes, excellent teaching and close-knit community, this top boarding school UK provides the ideal environment for GCSE students to excel in their studies and beyond.  GCSE courses are designed to give students a complete education in the core subjects of English, Maths and the Sciences. Students then choose additional subjects from a broad range of options such as IT, Art and Spanish to personalise their programme of study. This allows students to develop existing interests as well as try out new academic disciplines before specialising at A-Level.

    One and two year pathways

    At this top UK boarding school, alongside the standard 2-year GCSE programme, they  offer the option for students to complete their GCSEs in just one year. Students joining in year 10 on the two-year pathway will generally choose to study up to 9 subjects. Students studying the 1-year pathway tend to select 6 subjects due to the intensive nature of the course. Mathematically able students will also have the option to study Additional Maths. Beyond the syllabus Lessons are complemented by frequent exam practice periods that build up confidence for formal exams and monitor progression. Alongside academic study, students take part in regular PE and PSHE sessions. Every student at this top UK boarding school has a dedicated personal tutor who they meet with on a weekly basis to ensure they are staying on track.

    Age: 14+

    Course duration: 2 years, 1 year intensive

    Hours per week: 35

    Subjects: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics,  Additional Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business Studies, History, Geography, Art, ICT

    A-Levels are the most highly regarded qualifications by universities in the UK and are recognised by institutions world-wide. This prestigious boarding school with its outstanding A-Level results year upon year, is the ideal place for you to embark on your sixth-form career. This top UK boarding school provides excellence in education in a supportive and collaborative environment. A broad range of A-Level subjects and professional guidance on suitable study plans to meet  students’ aims and objectives. Subject choice is influenced by university pre-requisites whilst also keeping students’ degree options open. Students of this top UK boarding school will typically study four subjects in their first year and focus on three core subjects in their second year. All  teaching staff ofboarding school in London are experts in their fields and hold at least a first degree in their subject. Intensive courses are designed for only the most committed students wishing to complete an A-Level within a year. With weekly exam practice, constructive feedback and concise notes, students can achieve top grades in only a short period of time.

    Age: 16+

    Course duration: 2 years, 18 months,

    1 year intensive and retake programmes also available

    Hours per week: 20+

    Subjects: Accounting, Art & Design (including graphics), Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English Language, English Literature, Film Studies, Further Mathematics, Geography, Government & Politics, Graphic Communication, History, Mandarin, Mathematics, Media Studies, Philosophy, Photography, Physics, Psychology, Russian, Sociology,  Spanish, Textiles

  • Number of teachers and their qualifications :
    Number of teachers and their qualifications: we employ 22 highly experienced teaching staff, over 50% of whom hold a degree from a Russell Group university

  • Student/teacher ratio:
  • Average class size:
    7 (max 12; English lang classes max 15 students)
  • Course languages offered:

Sport and culture

  • Sport Facilities:

    Sports at this top Uk boarding school focus around Football, Basketball, Swimming and Tennis with students, along with the help of the Student Welfare Officer, setting up and running these clubs throughout the year.

  • Culture and arts:

    An integral part of our social programme is the Student Council. Members are elected at the beginning of each academic year and meet regularly with the Principal to provide feedback on all aspects of college life. The council is also responsible for the organisation of the two main social events at the college: the Christmas and Summer Balls.

    Extracurricular trips around London and overseas provide an excellent opportunity for students to broaden their horizons and make friends. We regularly visit London’s many museums and galleries including the Tate Modern, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum. Further afield recent college trips have included Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Barcelona.

  • Religions:

Interests & Activities

  • Support programs
    ESL: Advanced, ESL: Beginning, ESL: Intermediate, Learning Center, Study Skills Assistance, Subject Tutoring, Technology Center, Writing Center
  • Languages & Humanities Courses
    • English Courses
    • Foreign Languages Courses
      Chinese Cantonese, Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Russian, Spanish
    • Social Sciences
      Economics, Psychology, Sociology
  • Advanced programs
    International Baccalaureate
  • Science & IT Studies
    • Science
      Biology, Chemistry, Physics
    • Maths
      Algebra, Calculus, Functions, Geometry, Probability, Trigonometry
    • IT studies
      Applications, Computer science, Multimedia, Programming, Web design
  • Visual art & music & drama
    • Performing arts
      Video & film
    • Visual arts
      3-D design, Art, Design, Painting, Photography, Textiles
  • Sports
    • Winter Sports
      Alpine skiing
    • Ball games
      Basketball, Football
    • Racquet sports
      Badminton, Table tennis

Summer Programs

Summer Camps in London
Academic Summer Programme

The Academic Summer Courses at Chelsea Independent Boarding school offer you the opportunity to explore your favourite subjects in more depth and gain practical experience in your chosen career field. At the same time you will improve your English and have fun exploring this great and most international of cities with other students from around the world.


You will be taught in small groups in a relaxed and collaborative environment, meet leading professionals, take part in interactive workshops and seminars and of course visit some of London’s incredible cultural and commercial attractions.

Boarding school summer programs include

Art & Design - Visit a working art studio and take classes in Fine Art, Photography, Textiles or Graphics

Business & Finance - Learn how to trade on the stock exchange and compete in the class business challenge

Law, Politics & International Relations - Visit London’s highest criminal court: the Old Bailey and prosecute or defend in a classroom trial.

Medicine - Visit one of London’s major hospitals and learn what is required to win a place at medical school in the UK.

School Gallery

Chelsea Independent College: London, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Chelsea Independent College: London, UK | Best Boarding Schools


Location Description

Nearest international airport: Heathrow (22km)


517-523 Fulham Rd, London , London, United Kingdom, Postcode - SW6 1HD
Email - info@best-boarding-schools.net

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