1. How do I apply for a place for my child at The British School Kathmandu? What are the conditions for entry and what documents are required?
• Complete the Registration forms, Medical information forms and EAL Pupil Profile (only for those student, whose first language is other than English), which can be downloaded from our website http://www.tbskathmandu.org/tbs-admissions/tbs-forms/registration/tbs-admission-and-registration-forms/
• Supply the school with a copy of your child’s birth certificate and passport.
• If your son/daughter has been to school before, submit a copy of last two years’ school reports.
• Pay the nonrefundable registration fee which is £175 per child.
• This process will then place the children on our waiting list. The date of registration is part of the process for awarding places as and when they become available.
• When a place becomes available the TBS Admissions Officer will contact parents.
• Children of all ages will be invited to participate in an age-appropriate entry assessment. This is needed in part to ensure a smooth and fully supported transition of the child into TBS - we are an inclusive school and take children of all abilities so it is just part of the ‘getting to know you’ process.
• Where there are English as Additional Language (EAL) needs then a further assessment may be required by our Head of Learning Support to ensure the school can meet the child’s needs. (We have a very hard-working and flexible Learning Support team so we usually can!)
2. What are the admission procedures for a returning student?
A - Returning after a long break - Students returning who left a deposit with the school will be charged only the tuition fee and a school place will be kept available if the return dates are known. School needs to be informed 3 months in advance if a child is returning after a long leave (if dates are not known at the time of leave starting).
B - If children want to return after a deposit is refunded the process is the same as for a newly registering child. They will be billed as a new applicant, although priority may be given as places become available.
3. How does the school determine which year group my child will be placed in?
|FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 1/08/2017- 1/07/2018||YEAR|
|01 September 99 - 01 August 00||13|
|01 September 00- 01 August 01||12|
|September 01- August 02||11|
|September 02- August 03||10|
|September 03- August 04||9|
|September 04- August 05||8|
|September 05- August 06||7|
|September 06- August 07||6|
|September 07- August 08||5|
|September 08- August 09||4|
|September 09- August 10||3|
|September 10- August 11||2|
|September 11- August 12||1|
|September 12- August 13||Foundation 2|
|September 13- August 14||Foundation 1(Nursery)|
4. What time does the school start and finish?
Children should arrive at school between 8.00am and 8.15am. Foundation 1 to Year 1 children go straight to their classroom and Years 2 to 6 children line up in front of the primary buildings with the rest of their class. Secondary students make their way to their lockers where they organize their equipment for the day then proceed to their mentor rooms for mentor time. Children should not be left unsupervised anywhere on the school grounds before 8am.
5. What is the class size here and what is the academic staff to student ratio?
All our UK trained teachers are used to having 30 students in their class so theoretically 30 students is the maximum class size. In reality the class sizes vary and they are rarely anywhere near this level. Most classes will generally be no bigger than 22 or 23 in primary and smaller than this in most secondary subject lessons. They can be as small as 2 or 3 students in some A Level classes. We have an extremely generous teacher/class learning support/learning support to student ratio of 1 academic professional to every 4 learners.
6. Do students have to wear uniforms?
No, but many children choose to wear their PE uniform or house T shirts during the rest of the week as well as during their PE lessons and other school sports activities. This can be purchased from our community shop.
7. Where are the teachers from?
Most of our teaching staff are British nationals but we also have teachers from various other countries like Canada, Australia, Ireland, France, and Netherlands. More details - TBS Staffing List 2017-18. They are all fully trained and have either taught in the UK or taught the UK curriculum internationally.
8. Does the school offer learning support facilities?
Yes, school has a very well staffed Learning support department. Also please check the policy - TBS Learning Support Policy. We have regular visits from an educational psychologist from the UK and we have our own Speech and Language Therapist. We also have a full time school counsellor to support children with any emotional issues that they may face.
9. What if my child is sick during school hours?
If your child is sick, s/he will be taken to the school nurse accompanied by an assistant if in primary or a sick note will be issued from the teacher if in secondary. If your son or daughter needs to be sent home, the school nurse will contact parents and inform about the situation. More details - TBS Administration of Medicines to Children Policy
10. How does the school deal with bullying issues?
The school strictly follows a zero tolerance approach with bullying. More details - TBS
Anti Bullying Policy. Parents will be consulted if there is a case of bullying and we will work proactively with all parties to ensure all children are free from any form of bullying. Our children are generally excellent and treat each other extremely kindly. We monitor their well-being and happiness constantly and liaise with parents closely.
11. Where are the students at TBS from?
The school is rich in diversity. Currently, school has more than 40 different nationalities, with the highest number of international students being British nationals. We try to be inclusive in every way and celebrate our international character with regular cultural and celebratory events such as our international week and in the taught curriculum.
12. Does the school have a bus service?
Yes, school has a transportation service which covers most areas of Kathmandu and Patan. To find out more about the routes and seat availability, please contact the
Finance department. As an Eco school we try to adjust routes to suit parents so we can reduce individual travel where possible.
13. As a parent new to the school, are there opportunities for me to become involved in the school?
Yes, for details please contact TBS Owls (Parent community) to get involve in various school events. The Board of Governors is also made up of elected parents and we encourage people to stand for election. The school welcomes parents at the beginning and end of the day and attendance at weekly Primary assemblies is also encouraged! There is a TBS Visitors policy to ensure everyone is aware of safeguarding and appropriate behaviour on the TBS site and car park.
14. What extra curricular activities are available?
School offers more than 160 after school activities every term and the most popular ones are swimming, football, tennis, cricket, art and crafts, Karate, Yoga, Eco Club, cooking and gymnastics. Parents help children to sign up for these after school clubs through the parent portal. Please check After school extra curricular activities or
Physical Education or Sport for more details. School's club coordinator oversees this programme and is on hand every morning to help parents who need more information.
15. Does school have lunch facilities?
We encourage students to bring packed snacks and lunches. However, school has outsourced two different lunch providers from whom your child can order vegetarian lunches. This is done via the school shop at the current time or place an order online.
16. What is the schools’ attitude to technology?
When it is used well, technology can be transformative in supporting children’s learning. It can also hinder learning at times and we are judicious in when to use technology and to balance its use with other methods. We are very well resourced and we can provide IPADs and tablets in each classes in the Primary section as well as laptops and other portable devices. Secondary students are provided with laptop/IPADs and free access to ICT facilities. Sixth formers are provided with Macbooks. Each class has overhead projectors. School ensures that students have all the latest tools and have strong awareness of how to stay safe online and how to use technology efficiently and appropriately.