Age Placement

Placement in all years is strictly determined by age as of September 1st in the academic year of entry as follows:


Entering Year Group Age by August 31st
Year 1  5
Year 2  6
Year 3  7
Year 4  8
Year 5  9
Year 6  10

Students come to the British International School in Ukraine from many different countries with varying school calendars and enrolment age practices. Our September 1st cut-off date and age placement policy reflects what we believe to be the most appropriate classification for the social, emotional and academic well-being of children attending the school. Therefore, while we recognize that some parents may wish to have their children placed in classes reflecting their home country systems, to ensure the most appropriate learning environment for all students in the Primary School, we do not allow exceptions to the above age placement policy.

Language Proficiency

Immersion in the English Language is usually sufficient for children to quickly develop proficient English language skills. However, it is recognised that extra support may be needed for children entering the primary school with little or no English. In year groups 1 to 5 there is an assistant teacher working in each class with additional English as additional language support provided for Year 6 if deemed necessary.

Screening and Interviews

Children applying for admission to Years 1-6 are required to have a meeting with the Principal and/or the Head of School. In reviewing an applicant’s eligibility we look at current/prior school records. If the student cannot provide previous school records a formal interview is required to assess their ability to access the curriculum.

Other Entry Requirements

Class organisation. Our classes are limited to 21 pupils from Reception to  Year 6. When these numbers are reached a waiting list system will apply. However, the school reserves the right to allow one additional member in any class from reception upwards if the child seeking a place comes from a native English speaking and/or international family.

Special Needs. Applicants with mild social/emotional issues, learning difficulties or other special needs are referred to our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) for evaluation. The decision to admit the child will be made by the Principal based on the recommendation of the SENCO. Unfortunately the school does not have the required facilities for wheelchair-users.

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