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Admissions


The British School of Bahrain is a selective school that provides a British-based schooling for students aged 3 to 18, from early years through GCSE to A Level. We are an international school and we welcome students of all nationalities and backgrounds. There are currently over sixty nationalities represented on our student roll.

If you would like to apply for admission to the BSB for your child or children please read:

  • The Admissions Guide
  • Application Process
  • Assessment
  • School Fee

You can also download the Download PDF

Admissions Terms and Conditions

Admissions Terms and Conditions


Once you have done that, our Admissions’ team are ready to assist and advise any parents thinking of applying to the British School of Bahrain for the admission of their children.

The Admissions Office can be contacted through the Reception on (+973)17610920/1 or by email at:  admissions@thebsbh.com

School Tours


The Admissions team is happy to schedule an informal school tour by prior appointment.

Please contact the Infant school directly for children applying to Nursery to Year 2 or contact the Admissions office for children applying to Year 3 to Year 12 if you would like to visit the school and have a look around.

Exit and Transfer Procedures


If your child is transferring to another school due to family relocation, please inform the Admissions team in the first instance. They will assist you in any entrance invigilation or references required for your child’s new school. Please also inform your child’s form tutor and the Head teacher of the relevant section in writing in good time before your child’s withdrawal from school. We require at least two full school weeks’ notice for exit documentation or references, transcripts and reports to be prepared.

Please note that this documentation will not be provided until all school fees are paid and all books and equipment belonging to the school have been returned. Your child’s form tutor will assist them with the necessary exit arrangements before he or she leaves the school.

For students traveling within the GCC – please be aware that some schools require the transfer certificate to be attested by:

1. Ministry of Education
2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
3. The Consulate or Embassy of the country your child will continue education

Please note that this is the correct order for this process and this is the responsibility of the parents.

Qualifications


A minimum of five passes at Grade C or above at GCSE or the equivalent.*This must include English and Mathematics, regardless of which subjects you wish to study.

Additionally, you will need a Grade B or above in the subject you wish to study at A Level.

*Further Mathematics: You will be expected to have achieved a grade A at higher tier IGCSE or GCSE and/ or a good grade in AS Level Mathematics.

Please look at our prospectus carefully and if you are attending our information evening, talk to individual Heads of Department if you have any questions. Some subjects, such as Economics or Government & Politics may be new to you. In all cases, entry to our Sixth Form will be based on careful discussions on an individual basis.

All students that enter our AS Level programmes in Year 12 are taken on a ‘trial’ basis and your suitability will be reviewed after a short period of 6 weeks. This gives you time to settle in to your studies and get to grips with the demands of studying at this level.

Non-British School Applications


Unless you have already attended the British School of Bahrain during KS4 (Years 10 and 11) and taken your GCSE’s with us, there are additional entry requirements.

If you have taken GCSEs in your previous school you will need to provide us with the original certificates and/or sit entrance tests to ascertain your suitability for Advanced Level study.

If you have not taken GCSEs in your previous school but have taken alternative qualifications you will need to provide original certification alongside sitting entrance tests.

In all cases of non-British School applications, you are required to provide the most up-to-date school reports and references. These are also taken into consideration when your application is being processed. Remember that you are making a considerable commitment when applying to join the Sixth Form at the BSB and we value hard work, contribution to our community and dedication.

Assessment


Our entry assessments are designed to ensure that the curriculum and teaching we offer is appropriate to your child’s learning needs. We place children age appropriately according to the British curriculum.

Nursery and Reception


Children applying to Nursery will be assessed on English language development, social skills and behaviour. Nursery assessments are held in January/February prior to the September start. Ideally, these Readiness for School assessments are conducted by the infant staff and allow the children to play and interact using educational toys provided.

At the start of the school year Reception children will be assessed in a similar way to the Nursery children. However, as the year progresses they will also be assessed on their phonic knowledge, ability to read, and early number skills.

Year 1 and Year 2


Children applying to Year 1 and Year 2 are given standardised tests in Math and English appropriate to their age.

In addition to this, they will also be evaluated on their ability to sustain a conversation, social skills and behaviour.

Year 3 to Year 6


Entry assessments for Year 3 – Year 6 are conducted under exam conditions. We allow students three hours to complete the assessments. These assessments are designed for the year group for which a student is seeking admission. They consist of a Math, English and Non-Verbal reasoning paper, and the applicant completes a short written piece.

Year 7 to Year 10


Entry assessments for Year 7- Year 10 are conducted under examination conditions. These are online controlled assessments which consist of a Maths, English and Non-Verbal. Once completed the applicant completes a short written piece.

Entry assessments for Year 12


As you may be aware, A Levels are more demanding than I/GCSEs and for that reason we have entry requirements. These requirements are based on good professional practice, our own experience and are typical for most schools and colleges around the world.

Application Timeline


Although we accept students throughout the school year, the usual time to start the application process for a September start would be to apply in October through to January for the Infant School. You can apply for Juniors & Seniors from December through to March. Please be aware, should the applications received exceed the places available we will close to any further applications at our discretion. Places for September are usually finalised by May.

Students who have met our admission requirements will be offered a place at the British School of Bahrain after full consideration of all the information provided by the parents or guardian. If the particular year group is full the student will be placed on the waiting list from the date the completed application form is received in the school.

Please note that we usually do not admit students for entry to Year 11 or Year 13 as this at the midway point in a two-year examination syllabus. We also do not usually admit students to Years 10 and 12 after the first term of the school year on account of the assessment and examination schedules of the GCSE and A Level programmes.

Admission Requirements


Admission to our school is based on:

  1. A student passing a standardised entry test that is designed to determine that a student will be able to fully access our curriculum and achieve academic success.
  2. Our curriculum is delivered though the medium of English only and we require that students applying for entry are proficient speakers of English.
  3. We also require a student’s previous records of academic attainment and references from their current school.
  4. We require applicants to submit all the documentation detailed in the checklist on the Application Form. Please note that we will not proceed with an incomplete application, which will delay the process of admission.

Age Qualification


Our students come from all parts of the world and we understand that different national school systems are not always the same. However, it is our policy to place students in their correct age grouping, according to the English National curriculum programme. We strongly discourage requests to place children out of their appropriate age group.

The following table is a guide to the right year group for your child:

 

School Year Child’s age on September 1st
of the academic year.
Nursery 3
Reception 4
Year 1 5
Year 2 6
Year 3 7
Year 4 8
Year 5 9
Year 6 10
Year 7 11
Year 8 12
Year 9 13
Year 10 14
Year 11 15
Year 12 16
Year 13 17

Waiting List


Waiting lists exist for most of our year groups so parents are encouraged to apply early for a place at the school. Throughout the academic year students will be admitted where and when a place becomes available. Providing that our admission criteria are met, entry to the school is based on the following priorities:

  • Order of application
  • Siblings already in the school
  • Ability to access a local education
  • Level of English proficiency
  • An even balance of gender – priority will be given to children of the minority sex where there is an imbalance in an individual class

Special Needs


The British School of Bahrain has only limited resources to cater for students whose learning needs require significant support. It is not in the best interests of anyone, and least of all of the student involved, if he or she is not able to benefit from the educational programme we offer and thrive within an academically high achieving environment.

Parents of children who have a history of requiring support that falls outside of the classroom are required to bring to the attention of the school detailed information regarding their child’s specific learning needs. This information should include previous school reports, SENCO reports, and copies of pervious IEPs (Individual Education Plans) and/or reports from educational psychologists. Parents are strongly advised to discuss possible application prior to making a formal application to ensure that the BSB is in a position to meet the needs of the student.

Failure to declare accurately at the stage of application the extent of a child’s individual learning needs may result in parents being asked subsequently to withdraw their child because the school is unable to meet his or her needs. This is a situation that we are anxious to avoid, because we know that it will impact adversely on the child’s self esteem and future learning prospects.

Arab Nationals


The passport presented at application determines an applicant’s nationality. If your child is applying for admission with a passport from an Arab state, then they are required by the Ministry of Education in Bahrain to take both Arabic and Islamic Studies as part of their curriculum programme. Students applying with Arab state passports are also required to sit an entry test in Arabic to determine their level of proficiency in the language.

If your child is applying with a non-Arab state passport but can speak fluent Arabic, then he or she will be considered for a place on our Arabic Language programme but will not be required to take Islamic Studies.

Updating your information


It is essential to keep the Admissions Office informed of any change of details. When a place becomes available, the school will attempt to notify the parents at the home or mobile numbers provided. If you are not in a position to commit at that time, the place will be offered to another applicant and your child will remain on the wait list until a 2nd opportunity arises. Should you not be able to accept a place when we offer again, your child’s application will be withdrawn. Any future interest in joining the BSB you would be required to make a new application.

We can accept a deferred application for up to 12 months.

If your child is on a waiting list and we have not been able to place throughout the academic year, we may require that he or she be re-evaluated for the new academic year so that we are able to judge his or her progress since the first assessment. The re-test will normally be offered in the Summer Term.

Acceptance


Once a student has qualified, and a vacancy becomes available, he or she will be offered a place according to the admission priority from the wait list. When a student is offered a place at the British School of Bahrain, parents are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of BD100 and must sign a school agreement to guarantee the place. In signing the school agreement, parents acknowledge their commitment by paying the school fees for each academic year when due. In addition a book deposit fee of BD50 should be paid. Upon withdrawal, and presentation of receipt the BD50/ deposit will be refunded, less the cost of any books and resources lost or damaged.

Enrolment to the school is not considered final until the registration fee, first term’s fees and all documentation have been received. Once a child has been admitted to the British School of Bahrain the first term is probationary.

Application Process


The first stage of making an application for a place at the British School of Bahrain is to complete and submit the Application Form to the Admissions team. The form must be completed fully and accurately and be signed by the parent or guardian. A separate form must be completed for each child. There is an administration charge of BD50 to process each form.

The following documentation is also required:

  1. Your child’s passport copy showing date of birth
  2. Your child’s most recent school report. All reports should be in English or a certified translation. (This is not required if your children have not yet been attending school.)
  3. If the report does not comment specifically on your child’s behaviour, you should ask the school to provide a confidential reference addressed to our Director
  4. Your child’s vaccination records from birth, along with the BSB Immunisation Record form completed & signed by a doctor or medical practitioner – which is a requirement of the Bahrain Ministry of  Health & Education.
  5. Two passport-size photographs
  6. Application fee BD50 which is non-refundable
  7. A copy of your child’s CPR card (Central Population Registration card) which is available once your residency permit has been granted.
  8. Signed copy of the Terms and Conditions.

Please note that a student’s assigned Nationality is determined by the passport held by the student.

Please also note that if information relevant to the extent of the child’s educational, emotional, social or health needs has not been disclosed during the admissions’ process, we reserve the right to ask the parents to withdraw the child when it becomes apparent at a later stage once the child has been admitted to the school.

The Application Form and supporting documents can be submitted by registered or courier  mail, by hand or be scanned and submitted by email. The date of the completed application (including the vaccination records, reports and registration fee) is received by the school will determine the applicant’s initial place on the waiting list.

Once you have submitted all the admissions’ documentation required you will be contacted by the Admissions team to schedule and appointment for the entry assessment test.

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