Headmaster, President Headmaster, Head of Admissions
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CONTENT 1. PURPOSE 2. SCOPE 3. POLICY 4. PROCEDURE 5. REVISION HISTORY 1. PURPOSE This policy reflects the school’s vision and mission statement as an educational foundation when recruiting international and local students to the school.
2. SCOPE Entry to the British School of Bucharest is open to any member of the community from anywhere in the world. From time to time however and depending on individual circumstances, prospective students may find themselves on a waiting list or unable to gain a place. We are always pleased to meet parents and discuss the admission of children to BSB. It is important that parents can see our facilities and ask questions about the education that is available. After initial contact with the school, an appointment is often made to tour the school and to meet with the Headmaster or relevant member of the Senior Leadership team, whenever possible.
3. POLICY Enrolling a new pupil at the beginning of an academic year Proof of the child’s date of birth, such as a birth certificate, passport or visa, is required for full enrolment. Priority is given to families with siblings already in school. Each year a deadline date is set for the reregistration of current pupils. Once this has passed, children from our waiting lists will be enrolled. Students enrolled later are often able to gain a place, although this cannot necessarily be guaranteed at the popular entry points. It is always preferable for a new student to start at the beginning of an academic year, however, we understand that this is not always possible, and in these instances an appropriate assessment will take place. Pre-nursery: Children must be two years old by the 31st August of the year of entry. Nursery & Reception: For Nursery, children must be three years old by the 31st August of the year of entry. Reception children must be four years old by the 31st August of the year of entry. Year 1 and above: To be enrolled in Year 1 in September, children must be five years old by 31st August of the year of entry. We seek to follow this rule as appropriate for our other Year Groups, in most instances, though we also take into account the year group which will have been completed in a previous school. Secondary: Students are eligible to enter the first year of secondary school, Year 7, after completing at least five years of primary education. Students must be 11 years old by the 31st August of the year of entry. For students who have not come directly from a British School, IGCSE examinations can only be taken, in the majority of cases, if the complete course is followed at the British School of Bucharest. Year 10 entry is open to students aged 14 by the 31st August of the year of entry.
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN ENROLLING NEW STUDENTS British School of Bucharest has a range of policies which have been adopted for the benefit of all students in the School. Two of these policies have a direct bearing on enrolment availability. In almost all cases, class sizes at BSB are restricted to 20 in
primary and secondary classes. This places a restriction on the availability of places, particularly in the popular entry points to the school. The School is concerned that large nationality imbalances do not occur to the detriment of the smaller groups. Part of the academic success of BSB can be attributed to the happy balance of nationalities throughout the School and the steps taken to reduce the potential for one nationality to dominate others. Our academic performance indicates that this policy is important in maintaining a good educational outcome in an international school. At any time, no nationality will have more than 35% within the school body. BSB has a Special Educational Needs department. There may though be certain cases where we feel that we cannot provide appropriately for a child. Entry into the Sixth Form for Year 12 and 13 (A Level study) is also limited to those students that achieve passing grades in at least 5 IGCSE subjects or their equivalent if they are being educated in a different educational system. This applies to both existing BSB students and those applying for a place in the Sixth Form. In addition to this, we admit students based on these other factors: Intellectual ability: All candidates must be capable of keeping up with the requirements of the British Curriculum. Linguistic Ability in English (relevant especially for years 8-13): To be admitted to the BSB in Pre-nursery – Year 7, children can commence with little or no English Language; from Year 8 (age 12) upwards, it is important to be at least at beginner level of English language though support is available; from Year 12 upwards, students should be fluent or close to fluency. Character and Values: At BSB, it is important that the values identified in our code (Self-control, Honesty, Respect, Equality, Concern for others) are shared by students and their families. BSB favours students that are curious, ambitious and supportive of the continued growth of their peers. Some candidates, may not be admitted to the British School of Bucharest: • Students or families exhibit sexist or racist attitudes. BSB prides itself on great diversity and inclusivity, catering for all nationalities and religions. The BSB community is founded on respect for others and their differences. • Transition into the expectations of BSB could also be very difficult for families where children are not used to an expectation of high levels of self-control and respect for those around them. • Students with any evidence of significant previous misdemeanours especially those including drugs or alcohol will not be accepted.
TRANSFERRING FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL A transfer certificate detailing the child’s attendance should be obtained if a student transfers to BSB. References will be sought from previous schools, if appropriate. Additional information, such as school reports, placement tests or samples of written work, help staff assign the student to the most appropriate class or determine likely levels of support required.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-2022 ROLLING ADMISSIONS SYSTEM Once the online application forms as well as all of the other required documents have been received candidates are invited on campus as soon as possible to get to know the school and to take their admissions tests in: • Pre-Nursery – Reception Students are not required to undertake admissions tests • Year 1 & 2 are given a short writing evaluation, assessing their fine motor skills and writing ability • Years 3-6 are given a CAT 4* cognitive ability test • Years 7 – 11 are given a Mathematics, English and a CAT 4 Cognitive ability test • Years 12 & 13 will be given tests according to their A-level subject choices as well as a CAT 4 Cognitive ability test Candidates are then invited for a trial experience or interviewed by academic heads at which point they have the chance to ask
questions. Parents will also be asked on campus for an interview. (Individual student interviews commence in Year 5, student below this age group will be met alongside their Parents or invited for trial experiences) The Admissions Team gathers every week to discuss applications and correct admissions tests. One of four decisions is possible: Acceptance Deferral: in cases where the competition is fierce (because of nationality quotas for example) or where the latest transcripts or reports have not been received, the Committee reviews all completed dossiers together at a later date before making a final decision. In such cases, parents are informed of the time that they may need to wait and of the date when the dossier will be re-examined. Waiting List: when all places for next year have been awarded, candidates with the level to be admitted are placed on a Waiting List and may be admitted as and when places become available, often in spring but sometimes as late as during the summer. Denial Candidates who has been refused a place can always re-apply for the following year. To increase their chances of admission, candidates are urged to apply as early as possible.
4. PROCEDURE ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE • Complete the application form for the British School of Bucharest. Through our online application platform, you will be able to submit, track the status of and see any additional documents that maybe required towards the application (supporting documents must be submitted on the registration platform or sent via mail to firstname.lastname@example.org). • Once the application form with all the supporting documents have been received, candidates will be scheduled for their admissions tests. • Once the admissions tests have been completed, candidates will be invited for trial experiences or interviews (dependant on age) with appropriate year group teachers or academic heads. • Parents will then be scheduled for an interview with BSB heads. • Once a place is offered within school or on the waiting list, parents/guardians will have 48 hours to confirm via email if they would like to accept the offered place.
APPLICATION DOCUMENTATION • Online application Form • Student’s proof of age (copy of passport/birth certificate) • Copy of parents’ or legal guardian’s passports/ID card • Copy of previous school report - if applicable • Copy of the vaccination file • Assessment Placement Tests - for applicants for Years 1 to 13 • Copy of divorce and custody documents - if applicable
REGISTRATION FILE & ACCEPTANCE/WAITING LIST Documentation requested when confirming your acceptance of a place at BSB: • Registration Files
• Modern Foreign Language Form - for applicants for Years 3 to 11 • KS4/KS5 Options Form - for applicants for Years 10 to 12 • Confirmation of any child protection/safeguarding issues from previous school • Confidential Reference form from previous school
REGISTRATION FEES • Application Fee For new pupils only. A one-off payment. To be paid before or on the day of the assessment day. This fee is non-refundable, regardless of the enrollment decision from the school. • Admissions & Waiting List Fee For new pupils only. A one-off payment, non–refundable, for any pupil who has been offered a place at BSB, as a result of meeting the conditions to be admitted and start enrolling in school, when there will be a place available. If a candidate has been accepted but there are no places available at that time, the fee must be paid in order to secure a place on the waiting list. It does not guarantee enrolment at school. If a child is placed on a waiting list and a place is not available within 12 months of the pupil’s placing on the waiting list, the admissions and waiting list fee will be reimbursed in full after the 12 months have passed from the payment of this fee, upon request. Alternatively, the Parent / Guardian can request for the pupil to remain on the waiting list and the admissions and waiting list fee will be refunded at a later date if a place is not available. • Reservation Deposit & School Fees Once the file is approved, the admissions office will send the appropriate invoice to the parent/guardian. Payment of the Reservation Deposit of 4500 Euro is an option and reserves a place until 15th April 2021, at which point the balance of the full year’s fees must be paid in order to finally secure the place. If a registration is started after the 15th April 2021, the parent must pay all the fees and reservation deposit within 5 working days from the date of the issuing of pro-forma invoices, but no later than within 10 working days from the date of the signing of this agreement by the Crawford House Foundation and BSB Sports and Services SRL, regardless of the issuance or non-issuance (for whatever reason) of the pro-forma invoice. If the balance of fees is not received in full within this period of time, a place will not be reserved, the pupils will not be enrolled.
FINAL ACCEPTANCE The place is finally confirmed once all academic fees have been paid.
5. REVISION HISTORY REVISION Ver. 1 Ver. 2
SHAREPOINT REVISION NO
NOTES Initial Revision
DATE APPROVED January 2020 January 2021