Admissions Policy 2018- 2019


The aim of our Admissions Policy is to ensure that pupils who join the school can be happy, successful and secure within our academic, cultural and pastoral environment.

Shema Admissions Process web BISC

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BISC is a co-educational private school which offers the Cambridge curriculum for children aged 3 to 18. During the academic year 2019-2019 we will accept pupils up to the age of 13. The usual points of entry are at age 3 (Nursery), age 5 (Year 1), age 11 (Year 7), age 12 (year 8), and age 13 (Year 9). The date by which all year group entries is calculated is 1st September. Therefore a pupil should be three by September 1st in the year of entry in order to enter our nursery:

Age as at 1st September

School Year






Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6


Year 7


Year 8


Year 9


We accept new pupils to start in the September of each academic year, and we consider applications throughout the year on a case by case basis.

Entry criteria

The maximum number of pupils per class is normally 22. In the event of applications exceeding demand, priority will be given based on the more relevant of the following two criteria:

  •  Those who already have a brother or sister in the school
  • Those who are most in need of the provision we offer


Entry requirements & assessment process

Before a place is offered we need to know that the applicant will be able to access the school’s curriculum. We recognise the central value of Art, Drama, Music, Service and Sport and look for and nurture the children’s enthusiasm for these. In addition, we take into consideration academic ability, English language proficiency and general character, as demonstrated through previous school reports and our admissions assessment process.

Open days are held at various points during the year. Prospective parents are most welcome to attend these events. After parents have completed an application form we schedule an assessment meeting, for which a non-refundable fee of 1500 dhs is payable. The assessment meeting involves a diagnostic assessment of the child’s academic levels, especially in English and Maths.


Applicants for Nursery and Reception will have an assessment comprising:


  • An interview with the parent(s) to gain an understanding of the physical, emotional and social development of the child and the parent’s motivation in applying to the school
  • A supervised session in the classroom to determine the child’s behaviour, habits and school-readiness in a classroom situation

At this level we do not use English language proficiency as a criterion for entry.


Applicants for Year 1 to Year 6:


  • A diagnostic academic assessment in English language and Maths. We look for neat written work, competent spelling and grammar and age-appropriate reading and mathematical skill. We appreciate that applicants come from a wide range of school backgrounds and we seek to discover the inherent potential of each candidate.

We accept applications from students with minimal or no English, on condition that:

  •  Students take an English language course before the start of the academic year
  • Students take part in our school EAL programme during the academic year

We monitor the student’s progress with English and depending on performance we may advise or require that the student receives extra and/or continued EAL support.


Applicants for the Secondary School


There is a further assessment for all children, including those already in the primary school, applying to enter the secondary school, and for entry to Year 12.

The admissions assessment includes a computer-generated assessment and an English Language assessment. The information generated by these assessments will help the school provide a suitable programme for each successful applicant.

We accept applications from students with minimal English on the condition that:

  •  Students take an English language course before the start of the academic year
  • Students take part in our school EAL programme during the academic year
  • Students take an English language assessment test at the school before the first half-term holiday

We monitor the student’s progress with English and depending on performance we may advise and require that the students receives extra and/or continued EAL support.

Our Decision

The decision to accept a pupil is taken by the School Management based on the criteria above. Decisions are final and are explained in the offer / rejection letter. Letters of offer are sent with an invoice outlining the fees payable. Payment terms are included with the letter, along with parental contracts and medical forms which must be returned to the school before the start of term. Where exceptional learning needs are identified the school reserves the right to charge additional fees for the additional support that a pupil may require.

Special Education Needs and Disabilities

We welcome applications from pupils with special educational needs and physical disabilities. We admit such pupils if we are satisfied that the school resources would allow for the pupil to have full access to the curriculum and to make progress. It is important that parents inform us of any special educational needs or physical disabilities at the application stage; we may ask for a medical report or Educational Psychologist’s report to assist us in reviewing the application.