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.


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.

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.



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.



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
Promotion of the international character of our student body  


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.

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 enroll 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.