Admissions policy

Students qualify for places if they are:

  • Children from countries outside of the Netherlands who are part of the mobile international community (OC & W – Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science - regulations define this as those who are working in the Netherlands for a ‘certain period of time’)
  • Children from Dutch families who have been internationally mobile (OC&W regulations define this as those who have spent ‘at least’ two years in a school abroad; we would interpret this as being immediately prior to application here for all applications apart from Pre-reception and Reception)
  • and in need to be educated in an international school to ensure continuity of education.

Background and intention

Our school is currently full in most year groups. We intend to be fair in meeting, as far as we are able, the education needs of the internationally mobile community, to provide continuity of education, and especially to provide places for children who could not easily obtain suitable education elsewhere.

Application process and waiting lists

For those who qualify for admission to the school under our admissions policy it is possible to join our waiting lists. The waiting lists are in prioritised sections, with children placed in order of receipt of applications.

Students will be considered for admission to the school upon receipt by the Admissions Officer of a signed application form accompanied by payment of the non-refundable registration fee of €325.

Applications for Pre-Reception and Reception

No applications will be considered before a child is two (2) years old. At this point it is possible to apply to be placed on the waiting lists for the following sections:

  1. Siblings of children already at the school and children of new teaching staff
  2. Children from our sponsoring companies (Shell, Buitenlandse Zaken – Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Patent Office - EPO)
  3. Children whose nationality and language is not Dutch, so they cannot access standard Dutch schools easily
  4. Other qualifying children
  5. No more than 20% of places in Pre-Reception, or 10% of places in Reception, will be allocated to children from any one company or organisation. Applications from companies or organisations that exceed this quota will be placed on the waiting list at the appropriate criteria level.

In each section applications will be placed in order of receipt. Children will be admitted when places are allocated, and when there are no children on the list ahead of them in any higher sections.

Applications for other year groups

No applications will be considered more than two years prior to the entry date. At this point it is possible to apply to be placed on the waiting lists for the following sections:

  1. Siblings of children already at the school and children of new teaching staff
  2. Children from our sponsoring companies (Shell, Buitenlandse Zaken – Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Patent Office - EPO)
  3. Children coming directly from outside the country
  4. Children transferring from another international school in the Netherlands *
  5. Other qualifying children (children who meet the Admissions Policy but do not fall into sections 1-4)

The allocation of available school places for the next school year in Years 1 – 13 for sections 1 to 4 will be made after 15 April annually, and for section 5 after 31 May annually.

In each section applications will be placed in order of receipt. Children will be admitted when the places are allocated, and when there are no children on the list ahead of them in any higher sections.

It would not normally be our practice to admit students directly from Dutch national schools as we would not then be providing continuity of education.

* Admission of children in section 4 will only be done during a school year, (rather than at the start of a school year) if there are exceptional circumstances.



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