Admission policy

Whom do we serve?

The British International School in Ukraine (BISU) serves the educational needs of the International community in Kiev who are on temporary assignment for which the local Ukrainian education system is not a viable option. We also welcome children from incoming and resident Ukrainian families committed to the ethos of an International education taught through the medium of English although recognising and offering a bilingual component if required. We are a non-sectarian, coeducational institution and welcome boys and girls of all races, religions and cultures.


English is the language of instruction. The ability to successfully access the International component of the curriculum within a reasonable time framework and to thrive in our English-language learning environment are the guiding principles for admission to the school. 

Early years (Nursery and Reception) Immersion in the English language is usually sufficient for children to quickly develop proficient English language skills. On this basis, children may be admitted to our Early Years Section regardless of their level of English proficiency. BISU teachers are trained to support language acquisition and learning by non-native English speakers. 

Primary school (Years 1 to 6). 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 in each class with additional EAL support provided for Year 6 if deemed necessary. 

Secondary School (Year 7 – 9) Students are expected to have sufficient competency in English in order to benefit from our academic programmes. Should we have some concern regarding an applicant’s ability to access the curriculum, we test applicants’ level of English, and if necessary the school will consider options which would allow the child to receive additional EAL support within the school. 

Secondary School (Year 10 - 13), We offer challenging academic programmes geared towards students who are planning to go on to college or university in Europe, North America and other areas of the world. At this level, students must have a fairly high degree of competency in English. All students applying to BISU High School must provide school records for the previous two academic years and/or other documentation regarding their level of English language proficiency. They may also be asked to take an academic assessment test. Provided academic ability is evidenced, the School will consider options which would allow the child to receive additional EAL support within the school. 


Special Needs
Applicants with mild social/emotional issues, learning difficulties or other special needs are referred to our Special Needs Coordinator for evaluation. The decision to admit the child will be made by the Principal based on the recommendation of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator. If it is determined that the school is unable to accommodate a candidate’s special needs, we will endeavour to direct parents to a more suitable option. However, parents should be aware that there are unfortunately very few English language-based resources to support children with special needs in Kiev. 

Academic Achievement – Although BISU offers a stimulating and challenging educational programme, we accommodate students with a range of academic abilities, provided they are able to adequately access and benefit from our curriculums. We make this determination primarily by reviewing applicants’ school records and in Secondary School also taking academic assessment tests in English and Mathematics. 

Residence – BISU is a day school and does not have boarding facilities. Students must therefore reside with their parent(s) or other legal guardian in a location within commuting distance to the school.

Parent Communication – English, Ukrainian or Russian are the primary languages for communicating with parents. At least one parent or guardian should be able to communicate comfortably with school personnel in the stated languages. 

Early years (Nursery/Reception) – All Early Years students must be toilet-trained. 

Wheelchair Users - Unfortunately the school does not have the required facilities for wheelchair-users. 

As a co educational International school, we try our best to maintain a balance of genders, abilities and nationalities in each of our grade years and classes. 
Our classes are limited to 25 pupils in Nursery and 21 pupils in Reception up to Year 6. Classes from Year 7 to 13 are limited to 20 pupils per class. When these numbers are reached a waiting list sys

Age Placement 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. 

Early Years (Nursery and Reception) – There are two levels within the Early Years. Nursery is for children who have turned 3 years of age by September 1st in the year of entry; Reception is for children who have turned 4 years of age by September 1st in the year of entry. 

Primary School – 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 September 1

Year 1 5
Year 2 6
Year 3 7
Year 4 8
Year 5 9
Year 6 10

Students come to BISU 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 years 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. 
Secondary School – Age placement for Years 7 – 13 is likewise made according to the September 1st cut-off date. The age and grade placement categories are as follows:  
Entering Year Group Age by September 1

Year 7 11
Year 8 12
Year 9 13
Year 10 14
Year 11 15
Year 12 16
Year 13 17

For the same reasons mentioned above, age placement for Secondary School is almost always according to the above protocol. At the discretion of the Principal, exceptions may be made if a student is already established in an equivalent class in another school system (for example, students transferring from schools in the Southern Hemisphere) and is considered able to access the relevant BISU curriculum for the year group.