How to Apply


How to Apply

The school follows the southern hemisphere calendar with classes running from February to December. We will also take that into consideration once recommending a year group to your child. All places at The British School are conditional on good effort and a level of academic progress which allows the student to proceed to the next stage with good prospects of profiting from it.

To apply to our school, please fill in the online Application process at Once the application is received, the Admissions team will contact the family to schedule a visit to the school and to talk about the next steps in the admissions process.

All applicants are observed, screened or tested before a decision on entry is made. The procedure depends on the age of the child, as does the criteria applied. Children applying to Pre-Nursery and Nursery are not required to have knowledge of English, but, from Reception, the level of the child’s English becomes important. 

Placement of Students

Placement of students in a year group depends on the applicant’s academic record, level of English and age (for more information on class equivalency please check our table of comparison.

Assessment & Evaluation


    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 Pre-Nursery and Nursery will be interviewed with the child by the Head of Lower Primary before a decision on entry is made.

    A play date with the children takes place in small group sessions where the child is observed for evidence of potentials, social skills and the level of development of the child’s native language.


    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 Years 1 & 2 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 (Years 3 to 6) applicants are given a non-verbal reasoning test, a standardized reading test and written tests in Mathematics and English.


    Screening for the Secondary School takes the form of:

    • Standardized test in Mathematics
    • A written test in English, at the appropriate level
    • 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 as described below:

    • Candidates for Years 7 to 9 will be asked to take an NVR (Non-verbal Reasoning) test in addition to the English, Mathematics and oral assessments.
    • Candidates for Years 10 and 11 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 Year 12 (or the end of Year 11) 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 Year 13 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;
    • 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.


    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.

Waiting List

There are times when there is a high demand for places and a year group is full. In such cases, should a child qualify for entry, he or she may be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list operates strictly according to the date of receipt of the application form, however, priority will be given to children who fulfil the criteria stated in the admissions policy.


“Igor Tumasov’2008, scored 40 in the IB, and was offered a place at Georgetown (USA), and a place at Emory University (USA) where he received a US$50,000 per annum Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship, and also places for several other universities.

Igor Tumasov - Class of 2008