Admission Policy

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Eligibility

Registration

Registration forms are available on our school web site and hard copies are available from the School Office. A Registration Fee of P200.00 must be paid and submitted with the registration form. A copy of the child’s birth certificate is required to confirm the date of birth. If the birth certificate is not in English, a certified translated copy must be submitted with the original copy. A Founder Member/Debenture Company applying must complete the blue form and this form needs to be signed and stamped by the Managing Director of that company only.

Applications for places in Standard 1-7 should be accompanied by the student’s most recent school report or portfolio of work. Upon registration, parents are required to provide details of any previous learning or behavior support, giving rise to a special educational need. This includes a confirmed or suspected learning difficulty or disability (for example, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, attention deficit disorder, visual or hearing impairment or any condition requiring counseling, speech or occupational therapy). Parents must provide copies of all written reports and other relevant information.

The Admissions Staff (in consultation with the Headteacher) has the right to accept or refuse any application based on the applicant’s suitability.

Assessment

All applicants are assessed prior to being offered a place to determine appropriate placement, and the final decision regarding placement rests with the Northside School administration and school management. Assessments remain the property of the school and may not be used for legal purposes.The admission assessments are indicative only. Parents will be notified if a formal assessment is required to determine the extent of a student’s learning needs prior to a place being offered. Children are assessed to enter Reception in the year they turn 5, if they turn 5 before 31st May. Children turning 5 after the 31st May may be considered for admission the following year. Children are assessed on developmental, social and emotional maturity. Children who are considered not ready for formal school may be invited to return for re-assessment the following year.

Admissions

Criteria to decide which student on the waiting list is offered a place includes some of the following considerations:

Sibling already attending or admitted

Founder member/ Debenture Holders

Existing gender balance of the class

Existing student support requirements of the class

Existing language balance fo the class

Ability of Northside to meet the student’s needs

A family’s planned length of stay

Background experience of an IB programme

Maintenance of diversity

Live close to the school

Student’s capacity to access and benefit from our curriculum

Students who are not in school

Once a student is offered a place at Northside School, a reference letter will be sent to the student’s most recent school. If there is any concern/query as a result of the reference letter, a member of the Northside Management team will phone the school for additional information.

Admissions Policy

Applicants will be considered as candidates for admission and entry to Northside School when the Registration Form has been completed and returned to us, and the non-refundable Registration Fee paid. Admission will be subject to the availability of a place and the Student and Parents satisfying the admission requirements at the time.

Waiting lists

Year groups reaching the maximum size limits will continue to accept applications, which will be placed on a waiting list.  When a place becomes available, the next admissible student on the waiting list for that year group will be called for an assessment. Periodically e-mails are sent to parents of children on the waiting lists to confirm their wish to remain on the list.

Admission of students with disabilities

The school is only able to accept students with mild to moderate learning needs i.e. those students who can work successfully in a regular classroom with the support that our Student Support Services Staff can offer. In special circumstances, the school may accept students with more severe learning needs. Parents must meet any additional costs relating to this acceptance, i.e. for a personal tutor or private therapy. It is important to note that the ongoing enrolment at Northside School for students with special needs, will be based on the students’ ability to function within the regular programme and the special needs support currently offered by the school at a particular standard.

Parents will be asked to withdraw the student, without being charged fees in lieu of notice if, in the professional judgement of the Headteacher and after consultation with the Parents, the school cannot provide adequately for a student’s special educational or behavioural needs.

Students may enrol at any time during the year, which commences in January and runs through to December.Once an application for admission has been approved, parents will be required to arrange fee payments with the Bursar. This act completes the admission process and the student can begin classes as per arrangement with the school administration.

There are three classes from Reception to Standard 7 labeled A, B and C for convenience. Class numbers are approximately 24 each. A teacher aide is allocated to each class from Reception to Standard 2.

A great deal of research plus years of experience in our own school indicate that it is to the benefit of the child to be placed within their age range. Where the child’s birth date is very close to the cut off date, the child will still be placed in the appropriate standard level according to our admissions policy.

Students may, in exceptional circumstances, be ‘moved’ from that standard level after a period of observation and upon the recommendation of the appropriate teachers. Our teachers are trained and experienced in dealing with a full range of ability and achievement. Promotion takes place at the end of the school year when students move on to the next year group. If there is any doubt that a student will not be ready to move to the next year group, full discussions will be held between parents and staff.

It is important for the school Bursar and Admissions Administrator to be informed as early as possible if there is any intention to withdraw your child from school. It is a requirement of the school that a minimum of one full term’s notice is given to inform the school that your child will be leaving. If a full term’s notice is not given to the school, you will be charged for the subsequent term’s fees. Such a policy is necessary to allow the school to adequately replace students who may leave without giving adequate notice.

A positive, collaborative working relationship between the school and a student’s parents/guardians is essential to the fulfilment of the School’s Philosophy & Objectives. One of the parameters of that Philosophy & Objective is that the school does not tolerate behaviour that is detrimental to the safety, integrity or dignity of any individual or group. Therefore, the school reserves the right to discontinue student enrolment if it concludes that the actions of a student/parent/guardian make such a relationship impossible, or otherwise; seriously interfere with the School’s accomplishment of its educational purposes.