Criteria for Admission to Ascot International School
Admissions are open to all students who would benefit from the education offered at Ascot International School through the medium of English and those whose parents believe and support the philosophy of the school.
Ascot admits students whose needs can be met by the school’s programs and services. All students accepted to Ascot are expected to function in the regular classroom. Children with mild to moderate learning disabilities or physical, mental and emotional/social difficulties are accepted if adequate provision can be offered, enabling the child to function within the regular program.
All children in KS1 / 2 / Secondary are required to take oral and written English assessments to determine whether they can be admitted. Admission may be dependent on the child receiving EAL support, which is provided free of charge..
It is the responsibility of the parent to inform the school of any serious condition. Failure to do so could result in reviewing the child’s position at school. Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year. All applications to the school must be accompanied by previous educational records, any significant medical conditions, proof of age and copies of the most recent educational/psychological assessment and the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) from the applicant’s current school if appropriate.
Acceptance by the Headteacher, Heads of Early Years,Primary Years and Secondary Years, and Special Educational Needs Coordinator, is tentative and the school may reassess the child’s placement after the child’s abilities have been thoroughly observed in class or through additional testing. Children entering Ascot will be placed according to their age as of September 1 of the year they enter. A spreadsheet showing birthdate and the relevant placement is used to advise parents during the admissions process.
A child will be placed in the relevant year class (dependent on their chronological age), in exceptional cases, a child may be accepted into a class one year below their chronological age. In this situation, previous school records and internal assessment will determine the placement, on approval by the Head of School.
The procedure for admission is as follows:
- There is a designated Admissions Team. The function of the team is to facilitate the Admissions Procedure, ensure that necessary documents are obtained prior to admission and regularly evaluate and review the admissions policy and the admissions data.
- When there is any concern about the qualification of the applicant, the potential of the applicant shall be judged by the admissions team in terms of the following kinds of data:
- Previous National Curriculum levels or specific course grades
- Continuity of previous education
- Previous educational experience
- Evidence of emotional stability or maturity
- Test scores from previous tests or Ascot placement tests
- Former teacher and/or administrator comments
- The capacity of Ascot to meet the needs of the applicant shall be judged in relation to:
- breadth of curriculum
- depth of curriculum
- EAL support services available
- SEN support services available
- Physical limitation of School facilities (ie ramps, elevators etc)
- Students who do not speak English shall be evaluated in the following ways:
- Early Years students who do not speak English will be admitted once they have been assessed by the EAL Coordinator or EAL teacher as prescribed in previous sections of this policy
- Primary students who do not speak English will be admitted once they have been assessed by the SENCO or EAL teacher and it is decided that adequate provision can be offered to enable the child to function within the regular programme in the future.
- Secondary students will be evaluated by EAL teacher to determine whether Ascot can provide the appropriate level of EAL support. Students will be enrolled who have reached a level of English proficiency which enables them to function in the mainstream classroom with some EAL support. It is the intent at Ascot that Secondary students take a range of IGCSEs in Year 11. In some cases, students applying for entry into KS3 and 4 with limited English proficiency, there are 2 options currently available:
- KS3 Intensive Programme (IPG3) – students receive 17 hours of English study plus Science and Maths. Students join mainstream classes for PHSE, CAS, PE and registration. The aim of this intensive course is to prepare students for entry into mainstream classes.
- KS4 English Support – students study 5 IGCSE subjects for 50% of their timetable, the rest is targeted English tutoring using materials from the 5 IGCSE syllabuses.
- Students with special needs may apply for enrollment but parents of these students should be aware that Ascot does not have an extensive special needs department.
- Admission for special needs students will be limited to those whose needs can be met at As
- All special needs students will be required to furnish previous IEPs (Individualised Educational Plans), formal medical evaluations and all previous records to be reviewed by the admissions team.
Role of Parents:
Ascot International School expects parents to
- Support the philosophy of the school and take an active role in School life
- Support school events such as day trips, residentials and special days in the school calendar such as International day and sports day etc.
- Be willing to work with the child at home in their native tongue (i.e. encourage reading, help with homework, etc.)
- Pay fees promptly, upon receipt of invoice, as outlined under Payment Procedures
There are no additional fees for children with special educational needs. However, if the child requires one-to-one paraprofessional support, the cost of this will be met by the parents.