Welcome to Admissions for the International School in Breda.
Hello, my name is Claire Cant and I am the Admissions Manager here at the ISB. Originally from the UK, I moved to the Netherlands with my family in the Summer of 2016. Both of my daughters attended the ISB, my youngest daughter made the move to a Dutch secondary school in 2019 and my eldest graduated with her IB Diploma in Summer 2020.
I have been in the position you now find yourself in and therefore can appreciate the challenges you and your family may face when moving to a new country and finding the right school for your children. In my experience as a parent, I have found the school and students here to be incredibly welcoming and supportive. Our educational team is dedicated to providing an atmosphere that is both challenging and inspiring and strive to motivate each student according to their needs.
If you think the ISB may be the right choice for your children, please continue to the application process at the top of this page, you should find this a straightforward process, however, if you have more questions before you wish to proceed then please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
After the initial contact I will be happy to arrange a visit to the school for you and your children, when it will be possible to meet with members of our Leadership Team to discuss your needs and expectations in more detail. We understand that it may not always be possible to arrange a face to face meeting especially if you are still living abroad, in this case we can arrange a video or telephone meeting.
Please take your time to browse through the Website where you will find a wealth of information when following the many links. Feel free to contact me if at any time during the process you have any unanswered questions.
I am available each week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, in my absence it is possible to speak with our Reception team who may be able to assist or take a message for me.
Step 1 – First Contact
The admissions process begins when you first contact the ISB. We ask that you begin by completing an enquiry form through our admission portal. Once we have received this form, we are happy to answer any specific question you may have, either by email or telephone and/or we can organise an appointment* to visit the school.
*restrictions have been placed on appointments due to the current pandemic.
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. We are available by phone +31 (0) 76 560 7870 or by email email@example.com . We can also arrange a meeting via Skype or Google Meet 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:
- 400 euros admission fee
- 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 according to our admissions policy (This could include a letter from your employer or a statement from you if this is not possible.) If you need assistance with this, please email or call us and we will be happy to help.
- Special educational needs documentation.
At the time of application to the school, an admission fee of €400 is required. This one-off family fee is non-refundable and must be received before we can process your application for admission. Please note that this fee does not guarantee admission; it merely covers the cost of administration. The admission fee will not be invoiced if there isn’t a place available at the point of application.
Please do not send money directly to our school. All invoices are requested by us but will be sent to you from SKVOB (Stichting Katholiek Voortgezet Onderwijs Breda) for both Primary and Secondary.
Step 4 – Confirmation
Once we have received all the admissions documentation and relevant placement tests have been completed during a visit to the school, 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 may support your application. In some cases, we may contact a child’s current school. Our education team feels it is important to meet with you and your child before offering you a place. If you have not already visited the school, you will be invited to meet with either the Head of Primary or the coordinator of MYP or DP, 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 additional assessments prior to a place being offered. If this is required, we will do this as soon as 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 a place is offered, we will send a letter of confirmation and inform you of the ways in which you can settle the school fees.
For new admissions for the next school year 2020-2021, places will only be confirmed from April/May onwards. Students enrolling for the next school year who have successfully completed the steps above, will be allocated a place on a waiting list on a first-come-first-served basis. As we need to keep places for the following academic year open for students who register during the course of the current school year, we are only able to confirm places for students in April/May.
Year Group Placement
When your son/daughter joins the ISB, it is school policy to place the student according to age. There may be exceptions made, but any subsequent decision to place a student in a different year group will only be made if it is in their 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 admissions policy criteria listed above but who are resident in Belgium may also apply for a place at the ISB. Priority will, however, be given to those applicants who reside in the Netherlands as the school is subsidised by the Dutch local and national governments in support of international relocations to companies established in the Netherlands. Belgian applicants will be automatically placed on our waiting list and after applicants residing in the Netherlands have been enrolled, the remaining places will be opened to those resident in Belgium. Places will be allocated in April/May for the following academic year. If places become available during the course of the on-going school year, applications from students resident in Belgium fulfilling one or more of the above criteria will be considered.
- Applicants who have a place at a Dutch or Belgian school but need to be educated in English (see point 3 of the admissions criteria) will also be placed on a waiting list. A place will only be allocated after the admission of students who do not have a place or who are unable to follow education at a regular Dutch or Belgian school. Occasionally there are exceptions to this rule; please contact the admissions office for further details.
For more information regarding the Admissions Policy click here