Placement and Progression
Placement of a student in a specific year group is determined by the Headteacher/Principal after a consideration of the student’s birth date as indicated on the Schedule of Fees and the school’s assessment of the pupil’s academic level, maturity and language ability at the time of application. Any placement outside of this year group is unlikely.
Early enrolment into a pre-nursery class can be considered, but may result in a second year at pre-nursery before progressing to a nursery class.
Progression through the school from one year group to the next is usually automatic. The progress of each child is assessed on a continuous basis and a placement for the following year will depend on whether the school is able to continue to meet the particular needs of the child. In exceptional circumstances the school may be unable to do this in which case it reserves the right not to offer a place in the next year group. In the British education system children do not normally repeat a year.
If a family already has one or more siblings studying at a BVIS school, priority will be given to a new sibling, but a place is not guaranteed.
Assessment and Interview
All applicants are required to sit an entrance test and/or attend an interview to establish academic potential.
If the applicant is unable to visit the school to take an entrance test parents must provide the school with the means of assessing the child’s academic potential (this could be examination certificates, school reports, recommendations or a transcript). If the Heads of Primary or Secondary requires further clarification the applicant will be required to take an entrance test at a later stage.
If a child has specific learning difficulties, additional relevant assessment documentation will be required and an interview with the Learning Support Coordinator will occur before a place can be offered.
A place will only be offered for a child when all of the required documents are submitted to the Admissions department and the Application Fee has been paid.
List of required documents for application:
- Application Fee
- most recent school records translated into English where appropriate
- two current passport photographs of the student
- Medical/Physical Record signed by a Doctor (using School’s form)
- copy of birth certificate
- copy of student’s passport (if applicable)
- any other certificates, qualifications (if applicable)
- Previous Learning Support assessment documentation attached (if applicable)
The relevant forms are available to download at the bottom of this page.
The final decision on all applications is made by the Principal and/ or Headteacher.
A re-application for a school place more than 12 months after a child has withdrawn from the school is treated as a new application including the payment of appropriate fees.
Each offer of a school place must be accepted within one week after which it is automatically withdrawn and may be offered to another family. To formally accept an offer the parent should:
- write a formal acceptance email or letter to the Admissions Department
- sign and return the Admissions Agreement to the Admissions Department
- pay the non-refundable Registration Fee to the Accounts Department
Each offer of a school place will include a date for the child to start school. Places cannot be held beyond this date without the payment of the relevant tuition fees.