Frequently Asked Questions about the British School, New Delhi
Here you will know answers to the most commonly asked questions about the British School, New Delhi. All these questions and answers will help you understand the admission process and education structure followed in the school.
The British School in New Delhi is a not-for-profit English Medium co-educational international school. It is located in the heart of the diplomatic area of New Delhi. The 54-year old school offers high quality education to expatriate and local families. It represents a multi-national and multi-cultural community with more than 1,100 students from over 55 nationalities studying at one place.
The British School offers the National Curriculum of England adapted to an international context, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) programme, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
There are some general Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about The British School, New Delhi, regarding the school’s overall education system and other related aspects.
Given below are the most commonly asked questions about the school with answers provided for each:
1. How is The British School, New Delhi different from other international schools?
Working for last 54 years, the British School has been known for its excellence in education. Its focus is on high quality teaching and learning, a broad and rich curriculum including a robust enrichment programme, diverse extra-curricular opportunities and a supportive guidance programme. The school provides a blend of cultures with students coming from over 55 nationalities. Within this well knit community we promote tolerance, mutual respect and valuing others’ views, even when different, or rather particularly when different from one’s own.
2. What curriculum does the school follow?
The school follows an adapted version of the National Curriculum of England from Nursery to Year 9, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Years 10 and 11 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Years 12 and 13.
3. What are the timings for the school?
Timings of school for different standards are as below:
Nursery and Reception (EYFS) : 7.55 am - 2 pm.
Years 1 to 6 (Primary): 7.55 am – 2.20 pm
Secondary – Years 7-11
7.55 am – 2.20 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
7.55 am – 3.10 pm on Mondays & Wednesdays
Secondary - Years 12 & 13 (IB)
7.55 am – 2.20 pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays
7.55 am – 3.10 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
The timings remain the same throughout the year.
4. Does the school have boarding (residential) facilities?
No, The British School is a day school. Students have to be residing with at least one parent/guardian in Delhi who should have full responsibility for the child.
5. Does one needs to take an appointment to visit The British School?
Yes. In order to make your visit informative and useful, you will have to fix an appointment via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more details, you may visit the appointments and school tours page of the school’s website.
6. Does the school have expat teachers?
90% of the teachers are Indian nationals and about 10% are overseas hires in both teaching and leadership positions. The teaching staff is highly qualified and 1/3rd are IB Examiners/workshop leaders/syllabus developers.
7. What is the teacher student ratio in the school?
The teacher student ratio averages 1:8.
8. When are the admission applications submitted?
The Admissions Office starts accepting applications normally in November every year for admission into the academic year beginning the following August. However, the applications are also accepted at other times if a place is available. An application is processed only when all required documents and necessary payments have been submitted.
9. In case a parent or his/her child possess a British passport, does it automatically guarantee admission of that child?
No, all applicants, regardless of nationality and status, must complete the application process and clear the admission test before they can be admitted.
10. Is there a policy for offering admissions to siblings of students in school?
We give preference to siblings of students already in the school in which siblings automatically move to the top of their respective category in the waiting list.
11. How should my child's confidential recommendations be submitted?
Confidential recommendations are school-to-school documents and must arrive at the Admissions Office directly from either the teacher or the school of the applicant. Confidential recommendations may be sent via email, fax, or post in a sealed/stamped envelope.
12. What are the next steps once the application is submitted?
Once an application is complete (all required documents have been submitted and appropriate fee payments have been made) the applicant’s name will be put on the waiting list. Admission will be offered in place of leavers from the class, which may be at any point in the academic year. The Admissions Office will get in touch with you whenever a place is available as per your waiting list status.
13. What is the current waiting list for all the year groups?
There is a healthy waiting list for all the year groups in the school.
14. What is the age criterion for admissions?
The British School has an age policy which it follows diligently for all admission applications. Nursery is the first year group and the school accepts students from the age of 3 years plus.
15. Is the online registration possible?
Only the online registration format is applicable here. Some key documents (passport copy, photograph) need to be uploaded at the time of registration itself and others such as transcripts of previous 2 years, health information are required to be delivered by hand or by courier.
16. Does the school accept student applicants from other educational systems?
Yes, students from different educational systems can apply as long as they fulfil all the admissions criteria. They will be placed in the school’s year groups according to the age policy.
17. What is the payment mode for registration fees?
Payment can be made using a credit/debit card option as convenient. This option shows up when you have filled in and submitted the registration form.
Bank charges may apply for this transaction.
18. Is the Registration fee refundable?
The registration fee of Rs 20,000/- is completely non-refundable and does not guarantee admission.
19. When is the school tuition fee to be paid?
When the school makes the offer of admission, the fees for students residing in India are to be paid within five working days of the date of the invoice. Fees for students residing abroad are to be paid within ten working days of the date of the invoice.
20. Can my child join school late as long I have paid the fees?
No, new students must be in school physically within one week after the offer of admission. Exceptions will be made only after prior approval from the relevant Principal. If no information is provided by the parents in a week’s time, the offer of admission will be void and the seat will be forfeited. Returning students should refer to the school attendance policy for their particular section of the school.
21. What is the school’s policy for refunds of deposits if a child is leaving the school?
If a child is leaving school, a written notice must be given to the Admissions Office before specific dates for every term. Refundable deposits are fully refundable only if the notice is given in writing to the Accounts office with a copy to the Admissions office. Families who are uncertain of the exact date of their departure may give provisional withdrawal notice to ensure the refund of deposits.
22. Is it possible to sit in a classroom or meet with a teacher, counsellor or the principal while visiting the school?
Due to the high number of applicants each year and to ensure that services to our current students do not suffer, applicants may not sit in a class (although classrooms are visited during a school tour) and the Admissions Office will check if the secondary staff is available. If there are any questions which the Admissions Office is unable to answer, then correct information will be sent to you later and the same office may organise a meeting with teachers/curriculum leaders at a later stage if still required.
23. Is there a school uniform?
Yes, we have school uniforms for students from Nursery to Year 11. There are separate winter and summer uniforms for daily wear and Physical Education (PE). Years 12 and 13 (IB students) have no uniform but a dress code.
Uniforms may be bought from the school on specific days of the week.
24. Does the school have provision for hot meals and snacks for the students?
The British School has introduced organic meals for the hot lunch programme. All meals are prepared fresh on site and use locally produced, seasonal and flavourful products.
In addition to the hot lunch programme, the Snack Shop and Tuck Shop also provide healthy options.
25. Does the school have buses for students?
The school has nine air-conditioned buses currently and runs a bus service to most South Delhi areas and Gurgaon (NCR) areas. The routing of the buses is dependent upon demand in certain areas and is run on a no-profit-no-loss basis
26. Does the school offer afterschool activities?
There is a variety of afterschool/afternoon activities offered to primary and secondary students. Primary activities are voluntary and take place daily for primary students and on Mondays and Wednesdays for Key Stage 3 students as part of their timetable.
These were the answers to the most common queries about the school. For more queries and any other detailed information one can visit the school’s website: www.british-school.org.