Welcome to Admissions for the International School in Breda.
Current situation admissions as a result of the Coronavirus
As a nation we are currently following strict government guidelines to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. All schools in the Netherlands have been ordered to close as from Monday the 16th of March and as a school we have since continued with on-line education and all personnel, including management, teachers and support staff are doing their utmost to perform duties ‘as usual’ from home.
The admissions department remains open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and we will answer all your queries and support you with admission of your children for this or future school years. You are still able to secure places (note; in some year groups there are waiting lists), however we cannot offer you a school visit. Should you have queries and wish to speak to either myself or members of our management team, there is always the opportunity to organise a telephone or SKYPE appointment. However, our management team’s first priority, at this moment, is the support to our teachers, facilitating the most appropriate available on-line platform ensuring we can continue to offer our pupils the necessary level of educational interaction and development during these extraordinary times.
We therefore ask you for your patience and understanding, whilst we await how the situation develops, as a nation and school and hope to re-instigate personal visits as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
My name is Esther Wassmann and I combine the role of Admissions Manager with being a mum to 5 children, of which 3 are attending/have attended the International School of Breda since 2012; my eldest has just graduated with an IB Diploma and has started university in London, one is currently in the Diploma Programme and one moved after 4 years to continue at the Dutch Secondary next door to the ISB. I have 2 other children attending Dutch Secondary schools in Breda.
Having spent 27 years in the UK, where I worked for a number of international organisations I understand the needs and challenges of the international community. Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make and it’s my job to help you making that choice an easy one. Drawing from my own experience, I have found the school to be incredibly welcoming to parents and children alike and having seen my kids flourish here; the atmosphere is both academically inspiring and challenging and the educational team dedicated to support and motivate each student according to their individual needs.
If the ISB has sparked your interest, please give me a call or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to contact me in English or in Dutch, I will be glad to guide you through the process in either language.
After our initial contact, I recommend that you visit the school with your children to meet with our education team to discuss the best option for your family. Of course I understand that this may not always be possible if you are living abroad, in which case we can set up a telephone meeting.
The information on our website is comprehensive, so have a browse through the links and please contact me if you are unsure of anything and I will be happy to advise.
Should the ISB be the right choice for you and your family, feel free to make a start with the process of admission, which is fully described within this section of the website in easy-to-follow steps. Again, should you have any queries, I am here to help.
My days of work are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Step 1 – First Contact
The admission process begins when you first contact the ISB. We ask that you begin by completing an inquiry form through our admissions portal. Once we have received this form, we are happy to answer any specific questions you may have, either by email or telephone and/or can organise an appointment to visit the school.
Step 2 – Introductory Meeting
We encourage you to visit our school and meet with a member of the education team. However, we appreciate that this is not always possible, due to the logistics of living in another country. In which case, we are available by phone +31 (0)76 560 7870 or by email email@example.com. We can also arrange a meeting via Skype as an alternative option.
Step 3 – Admission Application
Once you have decided that the ISB is the right school for your child, please complete the general admissions application and the relevant supplementary forms through our admissions portal. You will also be asked to provide:
- A copy of your child’s passport
- Copies of your child’s most recent school reports
- Confirmation that your child qualifies for admission to the ISB as per our admissions policy. This could be a copy of your contract or a letter from your employer. If you need assistance with this, please email or call us and we will be happy to help.
A 400 Euro admissions fee is required in order to complete the admissions process. To be considered for admission to the International School Breda, please note that a request for an admissions fee invoice needs to be send to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then automatically receive the invoice with an invoice number which you need to quote with your payment.
NOTE; failure to quote the invoice number may mean that your payment will not be allocated.
Payments will need to be made to SKVOB e.o. and paid in Euros. Please do not send monies directly to our school.
Only when the admission fee of €400 per family is paid can we confirm the enrolment at our school or a position on the waiting list. This fee is non-refundable and does not form part of the school fees; it is a one-off payment to cover the costs of the admission process.
Step 4 – Confirmation
Once we have received all the admissions documentation, our Admissions Committee will meet to determine whether we are able to offer your child the education he or she requires. The decision of the Admissions Committee is based on the information you provide, so please forward any additional information you think is relevant. Our education team feel it is important to meet with you and your child prior to confirming a place. If you have not already visited the school, you will be invited to meet with either the Head of Primary or the Head of Secondary, where possible. Please note this is not an assessment or an interview.
On the advice of the Admissions Committee, it may be necessary for your child to undertake some additional assessment prior to placement being offered. If this is required, we will do this as soon as is possible. We will contact you to discuss and arrange a suitable date.
As soon as the Admissions Committee has made a decision, we will contact you to confirm the outcome. If placement is offered, we will send a letter of confirmation and inform you of the ways in which you can settle the school fees.
For enrolment in school year 2019-2020 we can only confirm a place from May 2019 onwards, with the exception of our Nursery. Upon completion of all the above steps we can give you a place on the waiting list. Places will be confirmed to those who are on our waiting list on a first come, first served basis from May onwards.
The reason for this is that we want to keep spaces open for those wishing to enrol during the current school year.
Year Group Placement
On joining the ISB, it is school policy to place children according to age. Any exception to this may be discussed with the Head of Primary or Head of Secondary and any decision to place a child in a different year group will only be made if it is in the child’s interest.
Children and students qualify for the ISB if they are members of the international community who need to be educated in English to ensure continuity of education. The ISB is a member of the Dutch International Schools organisation.
According to Dutch law, access to a Dutch International School is open to:
- Children from another country who reside in the Netherlands for a temporary period while their parents are employed in the country.
- Dutch children who have been in international education while their parents had employment overseas.
- Dutch children who are planning to be educated overseas in the foreseeable future due to their parents’ employment outside of the Netherlands.
Dutch International Schools can also offer the IB Diploma Programme to regular Dutch and Belgian students.
Dutch International Schools provide primary and secondary education for children of internationally-mobile parents of all nationalities. Dutch International Schools offer international education in an international environment, embedded in a Dutch context. The language of instruction is English.
Points of clarification;
- Applicants, who fulfil one of the above admissions policy criteria, but live in Belgium, can also apply, however priority will be given to those applicants who reside in the Netherlands, whilst the school is subsidised by the Dutch local and national government in support of company relocations from the international community to companies established in the Netherlands. Belgian applicants will be automatically placed on our waiting list and once all residents in the Netherlands have been enrolled, we will open the places remaining to those living in Belgium. This will be around April/May time for a new school year and does not apply for in-year applicants which we will accept if places are available during the year.
- Applicants who have a place at a Dutch or Belgian school but wish to switch to be educated in English according to point 3 of our admissions policy will also be placed on our waiting list and only be offered a place if these are available after placement of all students who are unable to be educated and have no place in a regular Dutch or Belgian school. There are always exceptions to this rule and in that case please contact the admissions department.