Admission Policy

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REGISTRATION

  • To register a child, an application form must be completed and a registration fee of P200.00 paid.
  • A copy of the birth certificate is required to confirm the date of birth.
  • If a Founder Member is applying, a blue Founder Member form must also be completed and signed by the Managing Director of that Company.
  • Applications for places in Standard 1 to 7 should be accompanied by the student’s most recent school report or portfolio of work.
  • All applicants are assessed to determine appropriate placement, and the final decision regarding placement rests with the Northside Primary School administration.
  • Parents of a student receiving any special support, such as remedial support, speech/language therapy, occupational/physical therapy, or seeing an educational specialist outside of the regular classroom, must inform the school upon registration.

ASSESSMENT

Every student will be assessed prior to a place being offered.Assessments for Standard 1 to 7 are only offered once a place becomes available in the relevant standard. Admission may not be possible if severe learning / emotional problems are identified.

Readiness Assessment for Reception

Every student will be assessed prior to a place being offered.Assessments for Standard 1 to 7 are only offered once a place becomes available in the relevant standard. Admission may not be possible if severe learning / emotional problems are identified.

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 student on the waiting list for that year group will be called for an assessment.Applications are entered on the waiting lists in the following order:

  1. Siblings
  2. Staff
  3. Founder Members/Debenture Holders
  4. Date of application

Waiting lists are ordered by the date of registration.Preference is normally given to children who are not in a school.Applications from Founder Member / Debenture Companies, staff and siblings have priority on waiting lists providing they meet entrance requirements .
Periodically e-mails are sent to parents of children on the waiting lists to confirm their wish to remain on the list.

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 of 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

Children enter the Reception year in the year that they turn 5, if they turn 5 before 31 May. Children turning 5 after 31 May, will be admitted the following year

ENROLMENT

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

There are three classes from Reception, to Standard 6, labelled A, B and C for convenience. Class numbers are approximately 24 each. There are two classes in standard 7 with a maximum of 27 students.A teacher aide is allocated to each class from Reception to Standard 2.

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.

Admissions of Pupils with Disabilities

The school is only able to accept pupils with mild to moderate learning needs, i.e. those pupils who can work successfully in a regular classroom with the support that our Learning Support staff can offer.
In special circumstances the school may accept pupils with more severe learning needs. The parents must meet any additional costs relating to this acceptance, i.e. for a personal tutor.

It is important to note that the ongoing enrolment at Northside Primary 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.

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.

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.