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Entry Requirements

The British International School Abu Dhabi is a co-educational, inclusive school that offers the English National Curriculum to students from the age of 3 to 16 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to students from the age of 16 to 18.

The British International School, Abu Dhabi was founded in 2009 by Nord Anglia Education to provide education for predominantly expatriate children that are residing in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Principal, along with the Admissions Manager, have responsibility for admissions to the school.

The school follows the UK entry system whereby the year a child enters is based on their age on or before the 31st August.

As we are an international school with children coming from a variety of curricula, there are occasions when the school does not place a child in their age appropriate class. In most instances, this is normally done for one or more of the following reasons:

  • The child is coming from a completely different curriculum where different content has been taught and different subjects.
  • The child is coming from a completely different curriculum where the start/end of the academic year are different.
  • The child’s report demonstrates that they are not performing at the required level to be considered for their age appropriate year.

In all cases such as these, the child’s educational history will be considered individually and they may be invited for an assessment in order to determine in which year they should be placed. We will not place a student in a year above the stated age appropriate guidelines.

Year Level

Age by 31st August





Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6


Year 7


Year 8


Year 9


Year 10


Year 11

15 (not accepted)

Year 12


Year 13

17 (not accepted)