Information for EAL applications
K1 to Grade 5: applicants must have a level of English that allows them to thrive in the curriculum. Grade 1 to 5 applicants may be admitted to the EAL Programme if they demonstrate a level of English that will enable them to progress well with this additional support.
Applicants who typically have strong potential as EAL learners in our environment, for Grades 1 and above, are those who have had at least one to three years of exposure to English, either as their primary medium of instruction or in a bilingual learning environment, in addition to a strong foundation in their first or home language.
Grades 6–8: applicants to either campus may be admitted to our EAL programme if they demonstrate a level of English that will enable them to progress well in all other areas of the academic programme with the EAL support that we can offer, as well as proficiency in their first or home language.
Grades 9–11: applicants to either campus need to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to pursue their studies in all subjects, while pursuing the English as an Additional Language course within the Grade 9 IGCSE programme, the Grade 10 FIB programme, or the Grade 11 IB Diploma or High School Diploma programme. They are tested in English and may also be tested in any other language(s) suitable for the 'Language A' group 1 option in the IB Diploma.
When making an application, all applicants are asked to indicate their background and proficiency in English and other languages, in addition to submitting the last two years’ school reports. Based on this information, we may invite your child to take an English assessment to determine whether or not they would be able to access our learning programme with or without the EAL support we are able to provide.
For K1-Grade 8 applicants who would be placed in our EAL programme, we may not be able to consider your child for a place in the first round of offers even if you meet the application deadline for the first offer round, as we are not always able to confirm availability in the EAL programme in a specific grade until later in the year.
If you have previously applied and are re-applying, we may advise you not to apply too early in our application cycle in order to allow enough time for a new set of school reports to be submitted as part of your re-application.
After reviewing an application, our Admissions team will sometimes contact families to ask for more information on the level of English attainment. Even if you have not applied for the EAL programme, we will sometimes invite an applicant to participate in an English assessment. This can result in them being offered a place based on participation in the EAL programme, if we feel it will be in the best interests of the student.
K1, K2 and Grade 1: if there is not enough in the application that allows us to decide that an applicant will be ready to join our Infant School, we invite the applicant to attend a school readiness observation session. This is a chance for the applicant to play in a classroom setting, interacting with teachers. It is considered along with the application to help us to understand the degree to which a child is ready to begin in K1 or to join K2 or Grade 1 and the degree to which the child may need support with their English language development.
K1–Grade 5: in the Primary School, our EAL admissions assessment comprises age-appropriate speaking, reading and writing tasks to determine each student’s levels of listening, speaking, reading, and writing ability so that if an offer is made, students can thrive with the EAL support available.
Grades 6–8: if full reports are not available or are unclear, or if EAL support may be needed, interviews and assessments may be required.
Grades 9–11: all eligible applicants are required to participate in an immersion programme, which includes interactive activities and an interview, and may also include some assessments, particularly for students who may be EAL learners.
Applicants will have assessments in English (if English is not the applicant's first language) and, if applicable, alternative Language A (first language or mother tongue) and/or Language B (second language). The assessment results are used as a guide for subject selection; they typically do not play a role in the process of allocating places to eligible candidates.
Students are admitted after English assessments and consultation with our EAL departments demonstrate that we can effectively support the individual student’s need.
K1 to Grade 8: assessments and interviews are held during term time, beginning in September ahead of each new offer period. If your child needs to be assessed, we are typically unable to make offers in the first offer round as we do not know our space availability until later in the year. This is because we can only accurately assess current students’ needs for continued EAL support by February, and based on that, we can then more accurately identify how much EAL space availability we may have to support new students.
Grades 9–11: testing and interviews are held during the period October to March.