Admission Policy

1.0               AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

 

It is the policy of the school that our educational service is open to all families in the community. We are committed to operating an open and fair admissions process which is not prejudiced by race, colour, religion or gender.

Entry into the school is usually through Pre-Prep, although candidates applying for entry into other year groups are also considered by the Headmaster and Senior Leadership Team, where places permit, after taking required assessment tests where applicable.

 

2.0               PURPOSE

 

To provide a British based curriculum education catering for pupils who meet the following criteria: 

 

  • Pupils with attitudes and values that support the AGS Code of Conduct
  • Pupils who are willing to commit to hard work and best behaviour
  • A supportive family who are willing to assist their child’s education, personal development and English language development at home
  • Willingness to participate fully in all aspects of school life
  • An age appropriate fluency in spoken English, reading, writing and comprehension

 

3.0               ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

 

3.1         Entry Dates / Department Structure and Minimum Age Requirements

Please see the guidelines below regarding the minimum age requirements for each class entry;

 

Sultanate of Oman Class Terminology

UK Equivalent

Minimum age requirements

Department

KG 1

Nursery

Children must be 3 years of age before 1st July 2016

 

 

 

These classes will form the

Prep –Pre department

KG 2

Reception Class

Children must be 4 years of age before 1st July 2016

Grade 1

Year 1

Children must be 5 years of age before 1st July 2016

Grade 2

Year 2

Children must be 6 years of age before 1st July 2016

Grade 3

Year 3

Children must be 7 years of age before 1st July 2016

 

 

These classes will form the

Lower –Prep department

 

Grade 4

Year 4

Children must be 8 years of age before 1st July 2016

Grade 5

Year 5

Children must be 9 years of age before 1st July 2016

Grade 6

Year 6

Children must be 10 years of age before 1st July 2016

 

 

These classes will form the

Upper –Prep department

 

 

 

 

 

 


These classes will form the

Senior School.

Year 12 and 13 will be termed as Sixth Form

Grade 7

Year 7

Children must be 11 years of age before 1st July 2016

Grade 8

Year 8

Children must be 12 years of age before 1st July 2016

Grade 9

Year 9

Children must be 13 years of age before 1st July 2016

Grade 10

Year 10

Children must be 14 years of age before 1st July 2016

Grade 11

Year 11

Children must be 15 years of age before 1st July 2016

Grade 12

Year 12

Children must be 16 years of age before 1st July 2016

Grade 13 Year 13

Children must be 17 years of age before 1st July 2016.

Non-Omani's Only - Further A-Level Study.

 

 

Pupils entering into Pre, Lower and Upper Prep may start at AGS at the beginning of a term;

  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer

 

Students requiring entry into Year 10 or above may only start in September at the beginning of the academic year.

 

3.2     Admissions decisions are based on an assessment the following criteria;

  • 3-7 years of age

All pupils must be capable of using English as their working language. Where children are bilingual they must be able to demonstrate a good working capacity in English. Pupils may therefore be observed, if applicable, in a nursery school setting to assess their level of understanding.

Basic assessments in Literacy and Mathematics will be carried out for KG and Grade 1 (Year 1 & 2) children at a level appropriate to their age. Reports from their previous school or educational setting will be required.

  • 7-11 years of age

Children will be interviewed, evaluated and assessed in Literacy and Mathematics. The assessments will be set at an age appropriate level. Reports from any previous schools will be required. CAT tests to assess pupil potential will carried out on all pupils.

 

  • 11-16 years of age 

Students will be interviewed, evaluated and assessed in Literacy and Mathematics. The assessments will be set at an age appropriate level. Reports from the previous school will be required. CAT tests to assess pupil potential will be carried out on all students up to 14 years old.

Pupils must start this course at the beginning of Year 10 (Grade 9). Exceptions will only be considered where a student is moving to AGS from a similar setting providing the same curriculum.

  • Entry for Sixth Form 

Students must be able to dedicate two years of study to this phase and applications will only be considered from students who have achieved a minimum of 5 IGCSE’s at grades A-C from AGS or from a school following the same curriculum.

Character reference:  The Head of the candidate’s current school will be asked to provide a written reference as to the candidate’s academic ability, attitude and behaviour, involvement in the school community, talents and interests, and any other special circumstances. The reference will also include the results of tests taken at the school (such as SATs) and predicted grades at GCSE or A ‘level (if appropriate).

A certain level of academic achievement in these subjects is also required for the pupil to be successful and to enable them to progress to university. Guidance is given from subject teachers about a pupil’s suitability for a course and we strongly urge pupils and parents to act on such advice. 

Certain A-Level subjects have their own minimum requirements and this will be discussed with students and their parents where appropriate.

 

Examination entry 

The school reserves the right not to enter a pupil for external examinations if they fail to respond to academic interventions.  

 

3.3      Special circumstances

We recognise that a candidate’s performance may be affected by particular circumstances, for example:

a. If he/she is unwell when taking tests or has had a lengthy absence from his/her school;

b. If there are particular family circumstances such as a recent bereavement;

 

Special Circumstances such at the above will be taken in to consideration

 

3.4       Disclosures:

We kindly request that parents disclose any particular known or suspected circumstances relating to their child’s health, allergies, disabilities or learning difficulties. This information should include: previous school reports, SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) reports, copies of previous Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and any reports from outside professionals (e.g. educational psychologist, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist).

 

3.5     Allocation of places

School places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Priority will be given to

  • Siblings
  • Children currently attending Horizon Kids Nursery, The Wave.
  • Children of employees
  • Waiting list

 

3.5    The role of the school

The Headmaster will make final decisions on all student admissions to the school. The Headmaster will base his decision on the availability of places, assessment outcomes and on the school’s ability to provide an appropriate education to the child based on prior learning, current ability and potential to achieve based on CAT tests in the Lower and Upper-Prep and the Senior School.

AGS does not share test results or references with applicants, unless in exceptional circumstances. When classes reach optimum capacity, the school will open a waiting list. The school does not offer bursaries at this time.

 

3.6      Headmaster’s Discretion

The Headmaster has the authority to change and communicate the changes of the admissions policy at any such time as he feels appropriate. A period of notice will be given before any changes take effect.

 

4.0       AGS PUPIL PROGRESSION AND MONITIORING

 

Occasionally, a pupil may be highlighted as not making sufficient progress. The following steps will be taken -

 

4.1      Academic Pupil Focus Meeting

If a pupil is not making sufficient improvements, a Pupil Focus Meeting will be arranged involving the Department Head and parents will be requested to attend. AGS reserves the right to prevent progression to the next year group until it is deemed that the pupil is able to access that curriculum adequately.  

4.2      Behavioural Pupil Focus Meeting

Repeated difficulties with behaviour will lead to a Pupil Focus Meeting involving parents.

 

 

4.3     Suitability

 

Similarly, as a pupil progresses through the school, it may become apparent that AGS is not able to provide the most appropriate educational setting that is in the best interests of the pupil. In this rare event parents will be thoroughly consulted.  

 

 

5.0    PLACE OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE

 

You will receive a letter from the AGS registrar stating whether or not your child has been offered a place at the school.

If your child has been successful, a formal acceptance letter will be sent to parents for final signatures. This must be returned to school within 7 working days of the offer being given. If the school does not receive the signed acceptance letter within the allotted time, the school cannot guarantee the place offer.