Assessment & Evaluation

Pre-Nursery & Nursery Assessment

A child being entered for Pre-Nursery should be at least two years old by March 31st of the year of entry to the Pre-Nursery. Nursery applicants should be at least three years old by March 31st of the year of entry to the Nursery. Parents making an application to the Pre-Nursery and Nursery will be interviewed with the child by the Head of Lower Primary before a decision on entry is made.

Screening of children takes place in small group sessions where the child is observed for evidence of academic potential, social skills and the level of development of the child’s native language.

Reception, Infants & Upper Primary Assessment

A child applying for Reception should be at least four years old by March 31st of the year of entry to Reception. Screening for children applying to Reception and Infants classes involves a range of tasks and activities and the child is sometimes observed within a group or a class. Screening looks for social and emotional stability, evidence of academic potential, apparent intellectual ability and the level of development of the child’s native and English language. Upper Primary (Classes 1 to 4) applicants are given a non-verbal reasoning test, a standardized reading test and written tests in Mathematics and English.

Secondary School Assessment

Screening for the Secondary School takes the form of:

  • a written, internally standardized test in Mathematics (corrected with recommendations by the Head of Mathematics);
  • a written test in English, at the appropriate level (corrected with recommendations by the Head of English);
  • an oral assessment by the Head of Secondary School and/or other Senior teachers

If the school feels it to be necessary, the applicant may be asked to take extra tests or agree to specific conditions as described below:

  • Candidates for Classes 5 to 7 will be asked to take an NVR (Non-verbal Reasoning) test in addition to the English, Mathematics and oral assessments.
  • Candidates for Classes 8 and 9 may be asked to take extra tests in Science and/or Humanities subjects.

In some circumstances, students may be admitted to these classes to follow a reduced number of IGCSE courses, provided that this route does not damage their future prospects, that they appear likely to be able to work independently and that the school feels that they will profit from the overall package which this represents.

Entry into Class 10 (or the end of Class 9) will involve more extensive testing in the subjects which the candidate is proposing to study in the IB course. The IB Coordinator will be involved in the interview process and in recommending suitable courses and combinations. Students may enter Class 10 to take the full Diploma or Certificates.

Entry into Class 11 is not possible unless the candidate is transferring from an IB course and has completed at least as much time in the course as the students at The British School. The results of these assessments must indicate an appropriate level of fluency and understanding in oral and written English if the candidate is to enter The British School. In every case, the candidate must be able, as far as can be gauged, to profit from the programme offered by the school at the level of entry.

Other factors are taken into account, particularly:

  • The candidate’s written reports from previous schools
  • evidence of past good behaviour and positive attitude;
  • special educational needs;
  • likely ease of adaptation to The British School programme, at the proposed level of entry;
  • the family’s plans for the applicant’s future schooling and Higher Education;
  • the attitude and outlook of students and parents in the interview.

In exceptional circumstances we may consider candidates with little English, provided they will be able to profit from the programme offered. We may also consider candidates who do not meet all the above criteria, provided that they fulfil stated conditions established by The British School.