Starting at a new school should be a very positive and exciting experience!
We are here to help with all the wonderful moments you will experience form the first visit to our school to the first few weeks in the classroom. We are happy to answer all your questions and to address any worries that you may have about your child starting this special journey as a student at The Academy.
The Academy operates a policy of equality, diversity and inclusion and we are committed to ensuring there is no discrimination in the admission of pupils on the grounds of race, gender, religion or physical disability.
Submitting applications and school visit:
Application forms are filled in online or in paper format. The IBDP application form includes a personal statement from the applicant. A school visit is arranged. The first visit is with the head of admissions to have a school tour, complete pre-entry assessment tests and discuss education at The Academy. The second visit is to meet with a member of the Leadership Team.
All applicants for Year 2 and above will be required to complete the corresponding entrance test in English and mathematics for their year.
Entrance tests are usually completed at our school at the time of the school visit. However, arrangements can be made for testing at another location if the applicant is not able to visit the island.
If we can offer your child place in school, we will be in touch to discuss the results of the entrance tests, and the nest steps in the admissions process.
If we are unable to offer your child a place in school, we will add your child’s application to our waiting list.
Following the offer of a place you will receive instructions for enrolment.
To secure your place, you should complete enrolment within 2 weeks.
We will contact you to inform you of any information meetings or sessions for new families prior to starting school.
The Academy is a partially selective school. Our Junior School is non-selective, whereas the Senior School takes academic achievement and ability into consideration to ensure that students will be able to have full access to the curriculum. For specific details about the admissions process to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at The Academy please see our Admissions Policy below.
The school requests references from previous schools and previous school reports, talks to applicants and their parents, and the applicant takes an entrance test.
The interview and tests are used to place a child in the correct group, considering the age and academic ability of the student. The waiting list is arranged in order of the dates the applications were made. Possible exceptions:
- Siblings already in the school. Applications should be submitted at the same time for children of school-going age.
- Staff children.
- Past pupils.
- To support diversity and avoid gender imbalance.
The school may refuse admission to a child if the school feels unable to meet his or her needs. The Leadership Team collaborate on admissions decisions.
Admissions offer of enrolment take place in Term 1 for Nursery. Admissions offer of enrolment to other year groups usually take place in April. However, places are offered throughout the school year as places become available.
Admission to Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):
An informal interview with the applicant and his/her parents. Being English speaking is an advantage but not a requisite.
Admission to primary:
Applicants to primary level are required to forward the previous year’s school reports, contact details of the previous school and have an informal interview.
Key Stage 1 (Year 2) applicants will do a written test in English and Mathematics.
Key Stage 2 applicants will do a reading test, and a written test in English and Mathematics.
We may accept a child below expected level for key stage 2 with a recommendation of support for the child, for example English support lessons.
Admission to secondary:
Applicants to secondary level are required to forward the previous year’s school reports, contact details of the previous school, and have an informal interview.
Key Stage 3 applicants will do a written test in English and mathematics. If the pupil is coming from a British school to Year 7, and has taken SATs we may waive the English and mathematics tests. Students coming from a Spanish school may be required to have English Support at school for at least the first term, and until they can join their year group at expected level. They have an informal interview with the headteacher or assistant head.
Key Stage 4 applicants will do a written test in English and mathematics. If the pupil is coming from a British school and has taken SATs, we may waive the English and mathematics tests. They have an informal interview with the headteacher or assistant head.
Admission to International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP):
First visit for a school tour, information pack and pre-entry testing. The first visit may be at an open day. Second visit: Meeting with IB Coordinator.
(If there is a place available the first and second visit procedure takes place at the first visit)
For admissions to DP2 the IBDP Coordinator contacts the previous school for information about the progress in each component of the IBDP that the student has completed.
Unfortunately The Academy has long waiting lists for different year groups. We do not follow a 1st come 1st serve policy and therefore re-evaluate our waiting lists every time a space comes up. Our waiting list policy includes factors like: if you have other siblings in school, interview results, when you visited the school etc. Once a place comes up our leadership team meets up to decide who is the best fit.
Online admission form
To enroll your child in The Academy please fill out the online form. We will contact you soon.