Admissions Policy

BISA follows the admission policy of the Braeburn Group of International Schools.

Supporting documents

All applicants must provide copies of their passport or copies of birth certificate plus leaving certificate or letter of recommendation from previous school.

Year groups

Year group

Age requirement

(age on or before 1 September in the year of entry, must not exceed the higher limit)

Creche (where applicable) 2
FS1 3
FS2 4
Year 1 5
Year 2 6
Year 3 7
Year 4 8
Year 5 9
Year 6 10
Year 7 11
Year 8 12
Year 9 13-14
Year 10 14-15
Year 11 15-16

Children are only placed in year groups according to their age. In exceptional circumstances a child may be placed in a year group below their age band. The reasons for this are normally identified Additional Educational Needs and it is considered in the child’s best interest. This is only agreed with substantial evidence that supports the decision (for example, assessments by an Educational Psychologist).

Waiting lists

Where a year group is full, new admissions will be placed on a waiting list. Waiting lists operate on a first come, first served basis. Priority may be given to siblings of children who have a place in the school.

Differentiation and setting

At Braeburn, children are in mixed ability classes, and differentiation takes place within all classes to ensure children’s needs are met. This may be done through variation of teaching methods, task or expected learning outcomes. Teachers will often group children within their classes to assist with differentiation. The learning objectives covered for all children in a year group is the same.

Additional education provision

The school welcomes children with additional educational needs and offers a range of additional support. There is a policy of inclusion in most mainstream classes with withdrawal from one or two subjects decided in consultation with parents, the pupil (age dependent) and teachers.

Where known or suspected, parents are expected to make the school aware of any additional needs their child may have, before admission into the school.

English as an additional language

The school has provision for children who have little to no knowledge of the English language. The approach and support offered by the school is age dependent and is outlined in the table below.

Key stage Provision
EYU and KS1 Pupils are supported in mainstream classes – both beginners and those with a more advanced knowledge.
KS2 and KS3 Beginners undergo an intensive English course for an hour a day for 10 weeks, being withdrawn from Literacy, preferably in the morning lessons.

Admission testing

We use pre and post admission testing to:

  • ensure all pupils can access our curriculum,
  • provide teachers with an idea of a child’s needs and strengths
  • help with target setting for academic performance

Medical form

This must be completed by parents as soon as the child has joined the school.

Leaving the school

The headteacher must receive one term’s notice in writing. If notice is not received, one term’s fees in lieu of notice will be charged.