• Introduction

    Welcome to the source of information about the Admissions process of The British Schools, Montevideo. The decision of where and how children are to be educated is surely the most important that parents make, and you are encouraged to inform yourselves as thoroughly as possible about The British Schools, and,indeed, about the education offered by other similar schools.

    It is a truism that there is no such thing as a perfect school and, similarly no school has a clear idea of the changes that will occur in the world over the course of the years of education of your children. Far less would a school pretend to comprehend that range of skills, abilities and aptitudes that will be desirable for your children in a world that will change beyond recognition in their lifetimes. In this context a “good school” is one which adapts with agility to changing demands and realities, whilst preserving a proven core of values and traditions which serve students whatever the maelstrom that is occurring around them.

    The British Schools is focused on “learning” in the belief that learning is the key element in striving for excellence, and in meeting the challenges of an ever changing world. Learning transcends classroom instruction and embraces a joy in discovering, comprehending and moulding the unknown.

    The British Schools is a community of learners embracing students, ex- students, parents and teachers. It is a community not defined by geography, nor religion, but rather by shared aspirations. Those aspirations are evident each day in the full, demanding and rewarding activities offered to our students.

    Because the education of your children is so important, we would invite you to explore The British Schools as thoroughly as possible. This portal, students, alumni, parents, members of staff all can help to inform you on what this potentially life-long experience entails.

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  • Admissions Policy

    The British Schools is a secular school, and admits students regardless of their creed or ethnic origins.

    Application to The British Schools is, therefore, open to all students. Our admissions process seeks to ensure that every child who is offered a place will be able to benefit from the academic and extra-curricular programmes, and will engage and flourish in a demanding yet caring environment.

    Applications for admission are accepted for entry once a year. Applications for admissions for mid-year entry are evaluated on an exceptional basis. All applications for admission must be accompanied by a copy of the Identity Card or Passport, previous educational records and any appropriate medical records.

    The School does not currently have the facilities to admit students with severe learning, physical or mental disabilities, or emotional needs. Applications for students with moderate learning, physical or mental disabilities, or emotional needs, are evaluated individually and will only be admitted if the School Authorities consider that appropriate provision and/or special programmes can be implemented to meet the student’s specific learning needs. Fees for any special materials, supplies, and/or additional instruction that may be required will be the responsibility of the parents or guardians. These fees will be in addition to the regular tuition fees.

    All applications must be submitted before the 1st April of the year prior to entry into the School.Exceptions to this deadline may be considered by the Admissions Committee. In April, parents who have submitted applications in previous years will be contacted to confirm their interest.

    The Admissions Office will receive all application forms. Families who wish to visit The British Schools to obtain a more detailed view of the School, may do so by prior appointment with the Admissions Secretary.

    Visits are conducted from Monday to Friday between 0830 and 1200 and from 1330 to 1500. Parents from abroad should contact the School via e-mail to make any enquiries.

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  • Kinder Application Process

    Prerequisites:

    Parents/guardians must complete The British Schools Application Form and submit the following:

    • A photocopy of the identity card or passport (submitted with the Application Form);
    • Application Fee of US$100 (due upon confirmation of interest) only for new families.
    • Children applying to Kinder must be four years of age by 1st January in the year of entry.

     

    The Evaluation Process:

    The evaluation process begins when parents or guardians bring the Kinder candidate, to the Early Years Centre to be observed in groups. Group members will be selected where possible, to have children accompanied by their peers from their pre-school group. The observation session lasts approximately 40 minutes. The evaluation is not a diagnostic assessment of the candidate, but rather an opportunity to observe behaviours that each child should have reached at this stage of his/her personal development in order to benefit from the School’s kinder classes.

    Parental Interviews:

    The parents and guardians of candidates will be called to schedule a personal interview at the School. Parents and guardians of current The British Schools’ students will not be interviewed. The number of parents and guardians interviewed will normally be greater than the number of vacancies available.

    Results:

    Once the interview and evaluation process is complete, The British Schools Admissions Committee will identify suitable Kinder applicants and match these to the available places. A waiting list will also be generated. The parents or guardians of each child will be informed of the results of the application process on an established date in August.

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  • Preparatory Application Process

    Prerequisites:

    Parents/guardians must complete The British Schools Application Form and submit the following:

    • A photocopy of the identity card or passport (submitted with the Application Form);
    • Application Fee of US$100 (due upon confirmation of interest).
    • Children applying to Preparatory level must be five years of age by 1st January in the year of entry.

     

    The Evaluation Process:

    The evaluation process begins when parents or guardians bring the Prep candidate, to the Early Years Centre to be observed. Children will be assessed in groups and individually. The group observation session lasts approximately 40 minutes. The evaluation is not a diagnostic assessment of the candidate, but rather an opportunity to observe behaviours that each child should have reached at this stage of his/her personal development in order to benefit from the School’s Prep classes. The second stage of the process consists of an individual assessment of the child’s level of maturity and basic competency in English.

    Parental Interviews:

    The parents and guardians of candidates will be called to schedule a personal interview at the School. Parents and guardians of current The British Schools’ students will not be interviewed.

    Results:

    Once the interview and evaluation process is complete, The British Schools Admissions Committee will identify suitable preparatory applicants and match these to the available places. A waiting list will also be generated. The parents or guardians of each child will be informed of the results of the application process on an established date in August.

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  • Students Applying to Forms 1 to 6 (Junior) and to Years 1 to 5 (Senior/Liceo)

    All applications must be submitted before the 1st April of the year prior to the projected entry. Exceptions to this deadline may be considered by the Admissions Committee.

    Prerequisites:

    Parents/guardians must complete The British Schools Application Form and submit the following:

    • An academic report including grades covering the previous academic year issued by his or her most recent school.
    • A report on the applicant's character and conduct issued by his or her most recent school.
    • All applicants from Form 1 Junior to Year 5 Senior must be appropriately proficient in English.
    • Application Fee of US$ 100 (due upon confirmation of interest) for new families.

     

    Parental Interviews:

    The parents and guardians of candidates will be called to schedule a personal interview at the School. Parents and guardians of current The British Schools’ students will not be interviewed. Parental interviews may also be conducted via video Conference (Skype).

    The British Schools generally has a limited number of available spaces for the following school year.
    In order to be admitted to The British Schools, the student must take an entrance admission test in English, Math and Spanish. Applicants to the Senior School are required to attend a personal interview administered by the Pastoral Department.
    Students are accepted on the basis of the results of this process, and of there being available places.

    Results:

    Once the interview and evaluation process is complete, The British Schools Admissions Committee will identify suitable applicants and match these to the available places. A waiting list will also be generated. The parents or guardians of each student will be informed of the results of the application process via email at an established date in August.

    Applicants from Abroad:

    As demand for admission to the School is high, we are not in a position to leave space for candidates who present Applications Forms once the regular admissions process has ended. Nevertheless, if there is a place for them, students coming from abroad can apply to the School at any time of the year.

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  • Summary

    Level/Area Age Requirement Other Requirements Reception of Application Form Assessment
    Kindergarten Aged of 4 years by 1st January of the year of prospective entry. Appropriate tests on visual and auditory functions. April of the year prior to prospective entry. Group observation with school staff to assess “readiness”.
    Preparatory Aged of 5 years by 1st January of the year of prospective entry. Appropriate tests on visual and auditory functions. April of the year prior to prospective entry. Group and individual observation to assess “readiness".
    Forms 1-6 Junior Appropriate age as of 1st January of the year of prospective entry. Forms 1 and 2:
    Appropriate tests on visual and auditory functions. Level appropriate fluency in English.
    April of the year prior to prospective entry. Level appropriate examinations in English, Mathematics and Spanish.
    Years 1-5 Senior Appropriate age as of 1st January of the year of prospective entry.

    Appropriate tests on visual and auditory functions.

    Primary School studies approved. Level appropriate proficiency in English.

    April of the year prior to prospective entry. Level appropriate examinations in English, Mathematics and Spanish.

    The parents and guardians of all candidates will be called to schedule a personal interview at the School. Parents and guardians of current The British Schools’ students will not be interviewed.

    Thank you for considering The British Schools in this most important of decisions for the future of your children. We appreciate your interest. Please contact the Admissions Office if you require further information.

    Joyce Tatton
    Admissions Office
    Monday to Friday 0830 to 1200 and 1330 to 1500.
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Phone: (598) 26003421 ext. 101

    Please note that the School is closed for summer holidays in January.

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