Is there a space for my child?
Please contact the admissions office to check for availability. We will be able to give you the current availability as well as an estimate of future availability based on new enrolments and notifications of withdrawal.
What is the policy for placement according to age?
In the UK children normally start Year 1 when they are aged 5. This is earlier than in many countries. We normally place students in the appropriate (British) Year group according to their age. This means students aged 5 before the start of the year join Year 1, those aged 6 join Year 2, etc.
Primary children joining the Bilingual Programme (CBZS) are expected to start PBIS in Year 1, ie at the age of 5. This is the equivalent of a 'preparatory class' in the Czech system. While it is possible to join in Year 2 or later, this is at the discretion of the school and pupils will be assessed accordingly at entry.
For children joining us from different educational systems we will make a recommendation on placement based on the information provided by parents, such as recent school reports.
We are happy to discuss placement with prospective parents and will also contact a child’s current school as part of the process. We will always make a recommendation based on what we believe to be in the best interest of the child.
My child doesn't speak much English. Will they cope?
Yes! With so many nationalities represented in our community we have a lot of experience teaching children English. It is not possible to say how long it takes before a student is proficient in English as it can be anything from a few weeks to many months.
We are a Czech family with a primary aged child. Is the Bilingual programme the best option for us?
There is no correct answer to this question. All the children who attend the bilingual programme are Czech, however there are also Czechs that follow the PBIS curriculum. It will depend on how you, as parents, want your child to be educated. Our school Heads and the Admissions team are happy to discuss the two options with you.
Will my child have to sit an entrance test?
We are an open enrolment school and, as such, there is no entrance test. All students applying to enter Year 7 and above must take either a language assessment (non-native English speakers) or a maths/literature assessment (native English speakers) before starting at PBIS. Students applying to join the IB programme are required to pass the required number of IGCSE exams (or recognised equivalent) as published on the school website for a given school year.
How can I reserve a place?
For details of how to apply, please see our application process.