Admissions Policy

Admissions Priorities & Times 

Age for Admission

Reach British School’s admission policy requires children to be minimum age of 3 years old for FS1 and 4 years old for FS2 on the 1st September. After FS2, the year group will be according to the child’s transfer letter from their previous school.


Students are eligible for re-registration for the next academic year, unless there are significant behavioural issues. Fees must be up to date to enable re-registration.

Waiting Lists

Where a year group is at capacity, a child may be placed on the waiting list. The parent will be contacted if and when a place becomes available, and if a place is offered it must be accepted or declined within 1 week.



Siblings of current students are given priority if the year group is at capacity.

Applications for next academic year

These can be made at any time, and admissions assessments will begin in January.  The admissions team will try to respond to your application within 15 working days.

Staff Children

Staff children are guaranteed a school place, subject to the terms of our admissions policy,  but must still complete an enrolment form and supply requested documentation.

Accepting An Offer and Registration

Once a place is offered we request you accept or decline within 2 weeks. Any missing documents will be requested of you and a meeting will be set with the Registrar to confirm your child’s enrolment, before meeting our Finance Office. Your child’s place will only be confirmed once we have received all documents and payment of the registration fee.

Placement of Students After Enrollment 

Class sizes will not exceed 25 students in FS1 to Year 1, and will not exceed 25 in the rest of the school unless under exceptional circumstances. To maintain equality and diversity in these classes, and to allow students to better support each other’s academic and social development, we place children in class by considering nationality, language ability, gender, and additional learning needs.


Reach British School operates a fair and non-discriminatory approach to selection of students, to enable a diverse and rich cultural experience for all children and members of the school community.


Reach British School is currently co-educational up to Year 5. Should the school’s enrolment increase, Reach British School will request approval from PQSA to implement co-educational classes for Year 6. The school tries to maintain a 50:50 boy girl ratio.

English Language

Reach British School delivers the National Curriculum for England to students in English. Language proficiency in Early Years is not used as an indication for admissions. In Primary and Secondary, language proficiency is assessed to ensure students can access the curriculum, in order to progress to the best of their ability in our school.


Reach British School celebrates and respects the individuality of each child. We will always call our multiple birth children by name and will avoid referring to them as ‘the twins’ and take care in assessing children individually, taking account that they may have different learning and development need. Siblings will be placed in different classes where possible.

Additional Learning Requirements

Reach British School is an inclusive school for gifted and talented students and students with special educational needs, offering additional learning support where we can help the child to progress. We do expect parents to be honest regarding additional learning support requirements, and request copies of all external documents such as professional assessments, individual learning plans, and one to one learning requirements. Extra learning support may incur additional costs to the parents.


Reach British School believes that good student behaviour is fundamental in enabling the best learning experience possible, and all students enrolled at the school should have a positive attitude to learning, and respect for the school community. Registration and re-registration is offered as long as there are no behaviour issues that justify refusal.

Medical Records

The School requires current and accurate information regarding your child’s medical requirements, and that you update the School should the circumstances change. We require records of previous medical treatments, allergies, and immunization records on registration.

This policy is reviewed on an annual basis by the School Principal and the Head of Admissions. This will be updated should new policies issues by the Abu Dhabi Education Council. Policy actioned from September 2017 to September 2018. You can download this policy here