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Admissions FAQs

Accordion What is the timeline for Admissions?

Under normal circumstances, parents are usually informed as to whether the application meets the criteria, the student will be invited for assessment and an offer of a place will be made within 3 weeks of application. Different application timelines may apply to certain year groups.

Please note that we will not assess applicants any earlier than 12 months prior to intended enrolment date. 

Accordion Applying from Overseas

Where applications have to be made from overseas, provision can be made for older students to take the assessment tests at their current school and invigilated under examination conditions. This arrangement is made by arrangement between the school Principals and is only available to students who are Year 4 age (8 years) or above.

Accordion What do assessments involve?
  • EY1: Observation and interview with EY1 Leader / class teacher in company of parents (1 hour approx.)
  • EY2: One-to-one child assessment and discussion with parents (30 minutes approx.)
  • Y1-2: One-to-one child assessment of reading, phonics, numeracy and written English (30 minutes approx.)
  • Y3-6: Written aptitude, Maths and English tests. Specialist assessment for children whose 1st language is not English
Accordion Is there a waiting list?

Where an applicant meets the entry criteria but there are no spaces available, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list. Parents will be contacted as soon as a place becomes available in the appropriate year group. Depending on the time elapsed since the last successful assessment, a further assessment may be required at that time to ascertain the child’s current progress; in these cases, the second assessment will be offered free of charge.

Accordion Are siblings automatically accepted?

Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate siblings, entry to Shrewsbury International School is by academic selection and place availability assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Accordion What learning support provisions are offered?

If during the course of gathering information, testing and / or interviews it is suggested that the applicant may have any special educational needs, then an assessment will be made by the Principal with advice taken from colleagues and specialist staff (as deemed necessary) as to the progression of the application. The SEN policy will be made available to parents and options discussed.

During the course of the internal admissions process, it may become apparent that further assessment by a Special Educational Needs specialist or a qualified Educational Psychologist (at cost to parents) is warranted. The school can help with the arrangements and the information provided will be taken into account in the final decision.

Accordion Ratios and Class Sizes

Shrewsbury focuses on recruiting staff who pride themselves on the care they provide to students. The partnership that teachers form with parents is pivotal in ensuring that children are happy as well as successful. In both academic development and pastoral care, we insist on the highest standards and ensure that they are adhered to through our rigorous appraisal system. Our student / teacher ratios are key in supporting these goals at every level in the school.


Early Years 


When fully operational, we envisage a maximum of 15 students in each EY1 class, led by one full-time, fully-qualified teacher with specific Early Years qualifications and experience in teaching the Early Years Framework Strategy. The teacher will be supported by at least two fully trained classroom assistants.
In each EY2 class there will be a maximum of 17 children. The children will be supported by one full-time, fully-qualified teacher with specific Early Years qualifications and experience in teaching the Early Years Framework Strategy. The Teacher will be supported by trained classroom assistants. 

Years 1 – 2 (Key Stage 1)

In each Key Stage 1 class, there will be a maximum of 20 students. Children will be supported by one full-time, fully-qualified teacher with specific primary school teaching qualifications and experience and knowledge of the English National Curriculum. Each class will have a teaching assistant who has specific training in Key Stage 1, English as an Additional Language (EAL), Guided Reading and Phonics.


In Pre-Prep (Early Years and Key Stage 1) there will also be a team of specialist teachers for  Swimming, PE, Music, Mandarin and Thai Language and Culture. In addition there will be Teaching Assistants who have specific training in English as an Additional Language (EAL), Literacy and Early Years provision. 


Years 3 – 6 (Key Stage 2)

In Year 3 to Year 6 there will be a maximum class size of 22. Children will be supported by one full-time, fully-qualified teacher with specific primary school teaching qualifications and experience and knowledge of the English National Curriculum. Each class will have teaching assistant who has specific training in Key Stage 2, English as an Additional Language, Guided Reading and Phonics. There will be a team of specialist teachers to deliver Swimming, Modern Foreign Languages, Design Technology, PE, Music, Thai and Mandarin. 


Notes:

Special Educational Needs support maybe provided for children with specific needs with the costs borne by the parents. 

Very occasionally, when children join the school mid-year, class sizes may expand a little temporarily.

Accordion Will classes be grouped by ability?

The majority of lessons are taught in mixed ability classes. There are particular subjects where current ability and previous experiences will be taken into account

Accordion Will there be a school bus service?

We intend to offer a school bus service to certain parts of the city, subject to demand. This service would be available for students starting in Year 1 or above. Early Years Students must be dropped off and picked up from school by an adult. 

Accordion Will the school provide lunch?

We will provide your child with all their meal requirements during the day. For the safety of children who have serious allergies (e.g. to dairy, wheat or nuts) we do not allow any food to be brought into school from home. Our school is a nut free environment.

Your class teacher will manage any special dietary requirements based on the information disclosed on the medical form.

Even if your child is a fussy eater, usually in a school environment this is not as big a problem as it is at home and all staff are well trained in ensuring children get a balanced healthy meal.

The current 10 day lunch and snack menu will always available for parents to view.

The lunch menu will ensure:

  • Each child is provided with a balanced nutritious meal. This means each lunch always comprises vegetables, carbohydrate and protein components
  • Food is chosen bearing in mind the sort that children like to eat
  • Children with individual dietary requirements (e.g. Halal, vegetarian, Jain) are catered for

The food is child-friendly i.e. bite-sized, colourful and tasty, whilst avoiding artificial preservatives, colouring, flavour enhancers and a high saturated fat content.

All lunches will be cooked on-site and fresh on the day. Class teachers and assistants place emphasis upon encouraging each of their children to eat well and to enjoy mealtimes with one another.