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The British School in The Netherlands

Admissions FAQs

Below, you will find a list of our most frequently asked questions, regarding admissions.

If you cannot find the answer to your question, please send us a message via our contact page, and contact the Admissions Department.


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Questions

General

  1. Where do most people live?
  2. What are the school opening hours?
  3. How many Students are British and how many nationalities are the in the school?
  4. Is the BSN a British School?
  5. My child does not speak English - How do you handle this when he/she starts school?
  6. Wil my child be able to keep up with their mother tongue language?
  7. What is the 'House' System?
  8. Do you have cafeteria facilities at your schools?
  9. What is the 1-to-1 Ipad Programme?
  10. What does Key Stage mean?
  11. Do you have waiting lists?
  12. How far in advance should we apply for a place?
  13. How many children are in each class?
  14. What if my child has additional needs?

BSN Bus Service

  1. Do you offer a school bus service and from what age?
  2. What happens if my child has an after school club/activity can they still come home on the bus?

Financial

  1. When do we need to pay?
  2. May I pay termly?
  3. Does the BSN offer a discount if applying for more than one child?
  4. What is the Enrolment Fee?
  5. What is the Capital Fee?

Junior School Specific

  1. Do I have a choice of junior school placement?
  2. Please give an example of a typical junior school day
  3. What does Foundation Stage mean?
  4. Is there a Part-Time Nursery (Foundation 1) option?
  5. What co-curricular activities are available to junior and senior school students?

Senior School Specific

  1. Is it possible to join the senior school in Year 11?
  2. What does the BSN do about bullying?
  3. Do you offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma or A Levels programme?
  4. What are the differences between A Levels and an IB Diploma?
  5. Will My Child be able to return to their home country for University if they study A Levels?
  6. Where do BSN students attend university?

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Answers

General

  1. Where do most people live?

    Our families have spread all over The Hague and surroundings areas as far afield as Amsterdam, Delft, Leiden, Leidschendam, Oegstgeest, Rijswijk, Rotterdam, Voorschoten, Voorburg, Wassenaar and Zoetermeer. For more information see our Interactive Campus Map.
  2. What are the school opening hours?

    The Junior School gates are open at 08:15 AM, but the school buildings are not opened for students until 08:30 AM. Any children arriving before 08:30 AM can wait and chat with their friends in the school playground until the doors open. The Senior School is open for students from 08:00 AM onwards, with most students arriving between 08:20 and 08:40 AM. Students arriving at school by bus will be dropped off on the school grounds.
    We do not close early on a Wednesday, as is common in The Netherlands.
  3. How many students are British and how many nationalities are there in the school?

    As an international British school, we have a wide diversity of nationalities in our student body and even many of our British children have never lived in the United Kingdom.  We have over 80 nationalities throughout our schools. We are proud of the rich educational and social experience that this provides to all our students. This rich international school community shares an ethos borne out daily in our classrooms – the values are typically British and are threaded through our curriculum and everything we do.
     
  4. Is the BSN a British school?

    The educational programme of the BSN is based on the British educational system. Our Year 12 and 13 students have a range of options to choose from, including  A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP).
     
  5. My child does not speak any English - how do you handle this when he/she starts school?

    With around 80 nationalities making up our school community our classes are rich with multi-cultural diversity. Our staff are extremely experienced in welcoming children and parents from all around the world for whom English is not their mother tongue (EAL). We deal with children of all levels, from those who do not speak or understand a word, to those who simply need a little extra support with spelling or grammar. We also use other children who act as translators or who can help a new child to settle in and feel welcome. At the beginning of each academic year, we offer ‘The EAL Welcome Programme’. Please click here for further information about our Junior School EAL Programme and click here for the Senior School EAL programme.
     
  6. Will my child be able to keep up with their mother tongue language?

    We place great value on the importance of language and do our best to help support students maintain their Mother Tongue. We have a wide range of after school Language Clubs which specialise in this in our Junior Schools. In the Senior School, our Native Speaker Programme provides support both during and outside of standard lesson time. For more information please visit our Languages pages - Junior / Senior.
     
  7. What is the ‘House’ system?

    Children in Years 3 to 13 are placed in one of our four ‘houses’. Various games, special days, sporting competitions and other rewards are run through this house system throughout the year.
     
  8. Do you have cafeteria facilities at your schools?

    All junior school children need to bring a packed lunch and separate morning snack to school, this is eaten in the classroom under supervision.
    The senior school has canteen facilities and offer a range of hot and cold snacks and light meals for those who prefer, but many students still bring a packed lunch from home. Students may pay with cash, PIN (bank debit card) or a ‘Student Lunch Card’ which can be purchased through the Student Café. 
     
  9. What is the BSN 1-to-1 iPad Programme?

    The BSN has been operating a 1 to1 iPad Programme in Years 6 to 13 since September 2012.  To support this programme, parents are offered the opportunity to purchase iPads for their children at a highly subsidised rate. Click here to read all about our iPad programme.
     
  10. What does Key Stage mean?
    The British System is organised in year groups, these year groups are then arranged into 'key stages' which go together to make up the structure of the curriculum.  Please click here for more information about the Early Years (3-5), Junior School (5-11), Senior School (11-18) and Sixth Form (16-18).
     
  11. Do you have waiting lists?
    Across the BSN campuses, we have places available in all year groups.  In some circumstances places are only available to certain sites and the admissions team will be able to inform you whether that is the case when you apply.
  12. How far in advance should we apply for a place?

    We are very used to assisting families at varying stages of their relocation - whether an initial tentative enquiry or a last minute urgent application.  In general, it takes about 2 weeks to process a straightforward application - this can be rushed through when required, but equally applications require further discussion (for example in relation to Special Needs or exam choices) can take longer. 

    Parents with pre-school children are welcome to put in advance applications for Foundation 1 or 2.
     
  13. How many children are there in each class?

    The maximum class size in the Junior Schools is 24, and the average is around 22. In practice, the class sizes in the Senior School are often much smaller. For example groups of 8-15 students are common in our Sixth Form (Y12-13).
  14. What if my child has additional needs?

    All applications for children with additional educational needs are dealt with individually and parents are closely involved in the admissions process. As part of this process, we keep a careful watch on the ratio of children with additional needs in each class and year group, to  ensure a balance across the school.  In situations where the Learning Support staff feel that we are currently unable to provide a suitable place for a new child, parents will be contacted about their options and given support in investigating these.
    *There are additional costs connected with the provision of a Learning Support Assistant – please send us a message via our contact page and contact our Admissions department for more details.

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BSN School Bus Service

  1. Do you offer a school bus service and from what age?

    Our school bus service is a ‘two-way’ service, picking your child up before the start of school and dropping them home at the end of the school day. Parents of younger children should note that the school bus service is not available for children in Foundation 1 (ages 3-4) and is only available for Foundation 2 (ages 4-5) after the half term holiday in October as we feel that Foundation 1 children are too young to use the school bus service.  Please click here to read more about the BSN bus service.
     
  2. What happens if my child has an after school club/activity can they still come home on the bus?  

    The school bus service only operates at the standards school home time. Children participating in after school clubs, sports or activities need to be collected by a parent or guardian. Senior School children are permitted to go home alone.

Financial

  1. When do we need to pay?

    New students starting the BSN will be invoiced within the first month of starting school.The invoices for returning students are due before the start of the new school year.
  2. May I pay termly?

    For Foundation Stage children aged 3-5, the annually invoiced tuition fees can be paid in 3 instalments, if preferred. For all other year groups, the tuition fees are invoiced annually. Termly payment arrangements can be made for special circumstances and will be taken on a case by case basis.  Payment arrangements don’t apply when a student’s fees are supported by an employer.
  3. Does the BSN offer a discount if applying for more than one child?

    The BSN does not offer a sibling discount.
  4. What is the Enrolment Fee?

    A single one off payment of €2,000 per student.  Parents with children starting in Foundation 1 or 2 will be charged this fee only once their child reaches Year 1 age.
  5. What is a Capital Fee?

    The Capital Fee is a charge that ensures the school’s quality over the longer term and is applied to the development of the school’s infrastructure and facilities. This is equivalent to a contribution of a 4% surcharge on the Tuition Fees.

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Junior School Specific

  1. Do I have a choice of junior school placement?

    We do our utmost to take parental preference into account when placing children on a particular junior campus, but ultimately the BSN admissions team has the final decision on placement. We always strive for a good balance of gender, levels of English, special needs and nationalities across all classes and year groups on each school site.
  2. Please give an example of a typical junior school day?

    Please click here for an example of a typical junior school day.
  3. What does Foundation Stage mean?

    The first chapter of a child’s education at the BSN begins at the Foundation Stage, which covers the ages between 3 - 5. During the formative years of the Foundation Stage, a carefully integrated two-year programme of learning is provided. Please click here for further information about The Foundation Stage offered at the BSN.
  4. Is there a Part Time Nursery (Foundation 1) option?

    We understand that some parents welcome the opportunity for their children to experience a more gradual start to full-time schooling. This is particularly true for children who may be young for their year group or may be unused to being away from home. 
    With this in mind, we have a ‘part week’ attendance option: Within each Foundation 1 class, a limited number of places will be available to accommodate a pattern of either 2 or 3 days per week attendance:

    3 Day Option: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
    2 Day Option: Thursday & Friday


    The costs for a part week attendance is fixed on a pro-rata basis.  These options have proved to be a valuable option for parents looking for a flexible attendance pattern.
  5. What co-curricular activities are available to junior and senior school students?

    Our a wide range of clubs, groups and activities going on both during and after school aimed at offering students the chance to extend and enrich their interests as well as providing opportunities for personal development. Students mix and form new friendships outside their own year group or campus as they learn new skills or perfect existing ones. Please click here for further information about co-curricular activities.   

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Senior School Specific

  1. Is it possible to join the senior school in Year 11?

    Unfortunately starting in year 11 is generally not an option at the BSN as the GCSE programme is a two-year programme (Year 10 & 11) and includes exam registrations. Our Year 12 and 13 students have a range of options to choose from – A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP). Please click here for further information about the BSN curriculum offered in Years 10-13. Students wishing to study the IB may start at The BSN in Year 12, depending on the age of the child at entry.
  2. What does the BSN do about bullying?

    We have a BSN anti-bullying policy, the aim of this is to ensure that pupils learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affects everyone; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at the BSN.
  3. Do you offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma or A Levels programme?

    We offer both, so students and parents families can choose the best programme for their needs. This choice does not need to be made until the student is in Year 11, and considerable support and advice are given during this process to help students come to the right decision.
  4. What are the differences between A Levels and an IB Diploma?

    The table below helps give a summary of the structure and differences between the two systems.
International Baccalaureate DiplomaA-Level
International qualification with IBO* based in GenevaInternationally recognised UK based qualification
Six subjects - 3 at standard level & 3 at higher a level. Compulsory breadth.Any 4 (or 5) subjects taken at AS level (Year 12). Three (or 4) of those subjects taken at A2 level. Free choice.
All 6 subjects together with the 3 core elements form part of the IB diploma which will be awarded if all subjects have been passedIndividual subject qualifications can be taken and will be recognised.
Regulated by IBO independent of national governmentsRegulated by QCA (UK government institution)
Linear assessment, i.e. no modules but final examinationModular assessment, i.e. periodic examinations taken in modules
Examinations cannot be retaken in the same yearModules can be retaken
Final assessment by external examination or internal assessment which is externally moderatedFinal assessment by external examination or internal assessment which is externally moderated

  1. Will my child be able to return to their home country to attend a university if they study A Levels?

    YES, students from the BSN are attending universities in every continent. As there are considerable differences in the way that universities handle admissions (for example, certain countries still require students to take an entrance exam in their mother tongue) so students are provided with personal careers/higher education advice from specialist staff. Assistance is given with applications to all universities.
  2. Where do BSN students attend university?

    As an international school, we have students that attend universities all over the world.
    The BSN's international focus and its broad mix of students means that university choices are equally diverse. Please click here for further information about the BSN University Placements.

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