Admissions

The British School of Bahrain is a selective school that provides a British-based schooling for students aged 3 to 18, from early years through GCSE to A Level. We are an international school and we welcome students of all nationalities and backgrounds. There are currently over sixty nationalities represented on our student roll.

If you would like to apply for admission to the BSB for your child or children please read:

Once you have done that, our Admissions’ team are ready to assist and advise any parents thinking of applying to the British School of Bahrain for the admission of their children.

The Admissions Office can be contacted through the Reception on (+973)17610920/1 or by email at:  admissions@thebsbh.com

School Tours

The Admissions team is happy to schedule an informal school tour by prior appointment.

Please contact the Infant school directly for children applying to Kindergarten to Year 2 or contact the Admissions office for children applying to Year 3 to Year 12 if you would like to visit the school and have a look around.

Exit and Transfer Procedures

If your child is transferring to another school due to family relocation, please inform the Admissions team in the first instance. They will assist you in any entrance invigilation or references required for your child’s new school. Please also inform your child’s form tutor and the Head teacher of the relevant section in writing in good time before your child’s withdrawal from school. We require at least two full school weeks’ notice for exit documentation or references, transcripts and reports to be prepared.

Please note that this documentation will not be provided until all school fees are paid and all books and equipment belonging to the school have been returned. Your child’s form tutor will assist them with the necessary exit arrangements before he or she leaves the school.

For students traveling within the GCC – please be aware that some schools require the transfer certificate to be attested by:

1. Ministry of Education
2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
3. The Consulate or Embassy of the country your child will continue education

Please note that this is the correct order for this process and this is the responsibility of the parents.

Living in Bahrain

This section is intended to be a helpful and informative introductory guide for newcomers to Bahrain or for people considering coming to live here.

Language

The official language in Bahrain is Arabic but, in practice, Bahrain is bilingual and English is very widely spoken and used for business communication. If you should consider learning Arabic, there are three possibilities, apart from private tutors:

Religion

Even though Bahrain is considered to be one of the most westernised of the Gulf States, Islam and the Muslim traditions are very important in everyday life here. The five “pillars” of Islam, namely, Faith, Prayer, Giving alms, Fasting and the Pilgrimage all play an important part in every Muslim’s life. It makes sense for an expatriate coming to live and work in Bahrain to do some reading to gain at least a basic understanding of Islam.

There are two distinct Islamic sects in Bahrain, the Shiites and the Sunnis. The ruling family, headed by the King, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, is Sunni and so are many of the more influential and more affluent families, while the majority of the Bahrain population are Shi’a.

Ramadan: Ramadan is a Muslim religious observance that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is believed to be the month in which the Qur’an began to be revealed. During Ramadan, Muslims from all continents unite in a period of spiritual reflection, community, family bonds and fasting during daylight hours. When Muslims are fasting during Ramadan, non-Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, chewing gum, drinking and smoking in public places where they may be visible to any Muslim. Anyone may eat after the moon has risen and before it sets again. It is projected that Ramadan in 2010 will start on the evening of Wednesday, 11th of August and will continue for 30 days until Friday, the 10th of September.

Religious Holidays

All Muslims celebrate two major religious holidays in Bahrain:

  • Eid al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan
  • Eid al Adha, 69 days after the start of Eid al Fitr on the 10th day of the pilgrimage to Mecca called the Hajj.
  • Eid al Adha is the day of the pilgrims’ ritual offering of sheep to God.
  • In addition, the Shi’a Muslims observe a holiday called Ashoora which is significant day of mourning for them.

Schools are closed on these holidays but it is difficult to plan for them exactly because they are dependant on the sighting of the moon and are normally announced only two or three days in advance. The Islamic calendar is based on a lunar month, compared with the Gregorian calendar. All months in the Islamic calendar move forward by 11 days a year, and so do the two Eid holidays.

In the Muslim world there is no official celebration of Christmas or Easter and these days are not official holidays. Christians, however, are entitled to celebrate these festivals and all the commercial trappings associated with these festivals are readily available on the island. Bahrain is a tolerant society and other religions are allowed freedom of worship.

Other holidays

In addition to school holidays, the school will be closed on local public holidays. Some of these holiday dates are not fixed and are only announced to the community when official confirmation is received. Typically, they are:

  • National Day: Celebrating the independence of the Kingdom of Bahrain and held annually on December 16th.
  • Accession Day: Celebrating the accession of the Kingdom of Bahrain and held annually on December 17th.
  • Al Hijra (Islamic New Year’s Day): January/February
  • The Prophet’s (PbuH) Birthday: March/April
  • National Labour Day: May 1st

More about Bahrain’s holidays, Click here

Time

Bahrain is GMT plus three hours (two hours before United Kingdom in the winter and one hour in the summer.) The working hours in Bahrain are rather variable:

Government Offices are open on 5 days a week from 7 a.m. to 2.15 p.m. (closed on Fridays and Saturdays.)

The weekend in Bahrain falls on Friday and Saturday, with Friday being the day when all adult male Muslims are expected to attend the special Friday prayers in a mosque.

Private companies are normally open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a 2-3 hours lunch break on 5 or 6 days a week (closed on Fridays).

The Suq (local market) is normally open on 6 days from 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon/1.00 p.m. and again from 4.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. On Fridays a limited number of shops may be open between 9.00 a.m. and 12 noon.

Large supermarkets are open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Smaller supermarkets and cold stores are also open at these hours and sometimes on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or later.

Children in Bahrain

Bahrain is a great place for kids. It is very safe and most compounds have their own pools and play areas for children. Bahrain also has a great deal to offer children with amusement parks and centres, sports clubs and entertainment venues. Most clubs have their own children’s programmes and hotels also often provide programmes particularly during school breaks.

Health and Medical Facilities

The medical and dental facilities available in Bahrain are good. Treatment is available from five hospitals: The International Hospital (IHB), the American Mission Hospital (direct payment by the Medical Aid Company), the Awali Hospital and the state-owned Salmaniya Hospital and the military hospital – the Bahrain Defence Force. There are numerous of Government Health Centres all over the island. There are also other private institutions like the Bahrain Specialist Hospital (BSH) and the Ibn Al-Nafees Hospital. There are a number of very good 24-hour pharmacies available on the island

Climate

The climate of Bahrain follows a seasonal variation in many ways similar to Northern Europe with temperatures some 15-20آ°C higher throughout the year. The summer (June to September) is mostly very hot, with temperatures daily in the range 35-48 آ°C. The maximum in the middle of the day often reaches 40-48 آ°C. The humidity can be high during this period, restricting outdoor activities and making this part of the year rather fatiguing.

Spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November) are the most pleasant with temperatures of 20-35 آ°C. The rain, which normally falls during the winter months, is rather limited (average total 70 mm per year), but when it rains it may be very wet on the ground for days because the water does not run off so easily. In winter, from December to February, you may see night temperatures between 10 and 15 آ°C

Dress

Dress is usually quite casual in Bahrain as befits a hot climate. However, you are strongly advised to observe the local cultural expectations that you dress modestly and not expose your body when in public. Short shorts or beach attire should not be worn by either men or women in public places other than hotel pools, clubs and private or secluded beaches. Women should not wear sleeveless, low-cut or midriff tops in public places and dresses or skirts should be of a modest length.

Accommodation

There are currently a wide range of apartments and villas available for rent because of the construction boom. However, there are usually only a limited number of 1-bedroom apartments available. During the induction week we will give you further information and guidance on finding your own accommodation but, generally, there are several ways to find real estate information:

  • “Word of mouth”: your colleagues may be able to assist you
  • Estate agents who have been recommended by other people
  • Advertisements in the national newspapers under the Classifieds Section

There is tap water in all apartments and houses. The tap water is rather salty and therefore not suitable for drinking in large quantities (although not contaminated with germs). Because of the high salt content, appliances tend to rust e.g. washing machines.

Drinking water, referred to as “sweet water”, is available from purification plants of which there are quite a few on the island The sweet water is collected from these plants in plastic containers (20-25 litres) costing about 700 fils each. In some residential areas, sweet water is supplied by water tanker twice a week. Al Manal Water and Aqua Cool deliver good quality fresh drinking water to your home. Boxes of 1 litre bottles of water can also be bought from the supermarkets.

Refuse is collected regularly from all flats and houses, several times a week. This is arranged by the Public Sector of the Municipality Services at no cost to the individual.

Furnishing and appliances

Accommodation is mostly available on fully furnished basis so you would not need to purchase much household furniture. You may expect the following to come with your new home:

  • Hard furniture and white goods (refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer)
  • Ordinary kitchen and household equipment like kettle, toaster, electrical hand-mixer, thermos, pots, pans, knives, forks, spoons, plates, cups and glasses.

Should you decide to rent an unfurnished or semi-furnished apartment, your landlord will provide you with air-conditioners, cooker, refrigerator and television.

There is a very wide range of furniture available in Bahrain, including some very high end European designer brands, but there is no IKEA here as yet. There are expat sales advertised on noticeboards in clubs and at the supermarkets at which you can get very reasonably priced furniture.

There is a very good range of electrical appliances available in Bahrain. The electricity supply is 230 volts, 50 Hz alternating current. Plugs are normally 3 pin (similar to UK). Adapters for different types of plugs are available.

Telecommunications

Bahrain has a highly developed communication network, locally as well as internationally. It is normal practice to have a telephone installed in your apartment or house. This is not done through the school but in your own name. The telephone service is reliable and a connection is usually given within 3 days of applying for a telephone.

Mobile phones are extremely popular and “pay-as-you-talk” cards (called SIMSIM are widely available) through telecommunication companies like Batelco, Viva or Zain.

Fax is widely used in business communication locally as well as internationally.
The Internet is also freely available with various packages available to residents. This is acquired through the local telecommunications companies like Batelco, Zain or Viva.

Driving in Bahrain

Cars drive on the right hand side of the road i.e. left hand drive. The roads in Bahrain are good although you may encounter traffic congestion, especially during rush-hours at a few locations, mainly in the downtown area. All traffic signs are printed in both Arabic and English.

The standard of driving is variable and it is recommended that you drive with due care and attention. Special attention should be given to the fact that overtaking occurs to the left as well as to the right side.

If you have an accident, however small, you must call the police. If the accident is minor you will be referred to the nearest police station to report the accident. If there have been any injuries or serious damage, you will be directed to remain at the scene of the accident until the traffic police arrive. You cannot get a car repaired in Bahrain without a police report. The maximum speed is 100 km/hour, unless otherwise stipulated.

Driving after consuming alcohol (even a single glass) is strictly prohibited. The standard penalty in the case of drivers who are found to have been drinking is 2-3 days in prison, which you will undoubtedly find very unpleasant, and at least a BD 500 fine.

Buying a car

It is really not possible to go anywhere in Bahrain without a car, so you probably have to consider buying one or two cars (for a family) as an establishment expense. Car loans can be arranged through most banks. Most makes of new cars are available in Bahrain at prices which are low, compared to most European countries. Second-hand cars are also available. When buying a second-hand car it is advisable to have it checked at an authorised garage before finalising the deal.

If you plan to buy your own car try to get a “No Claim Letter” from your car insurance company at home. This can reduce the insurance premium considerably.

Petrol is also very inexpensive compared to many other countries.

What to bring with you

If you are planning to ship goods to Bahrain you should contact your local shipping agent. However, most things you might want are available locally. Do not send bottles of alcoholic liquor with your luggage. Preferably you should also avoid bringing DVDs and videos, since they may have to be checked for pornographic content. There is a wide range of DVDs and CDs available in Bahrain

Clothing

In the summer, temperatures are up to 40-48 ºC during midday and over 30 ºC during the night so you should bring the coolest clothes you have got. However, please do bear in mind, the local sensitivities about revealing clothing.

In the winter, temperatures are down to 10-15 ºC and many houses are without heating, so do bring some warm clothes. Some restaurants and cinemas may be quite chilly and you are likely to need a pullover or jacket for just that purpose.

Personal items

Even if your accommodation will be furnished, it goes without saying that the setting may be somewhat impersonal, so bring light items of a personal nature (e.g. family pictures, something to put on the walls, a few smaller lamps which you like, etc.) to make your accommodation more cosy.

A list of things you may find useful to bring:

  • 1-2 woollen sweaters and possibly other woollen clothes for the winter which can be as cold as a really bad English summer
  • If you like classical music, you should bring some CDs with you as there is only a very small selection of classical music CDs available in Bahrain

Shopping

Generally speaking, you can buy just about anything you want in Bahrain. It is not very expensive to live in Bahrain but the cost of living obviously depends on your needs and habits. Inflation in Bahrain is quite low although no official statistics are available. In the markets, Suq Area and in some stores you can bargain for the “best price”.

All types of clothing can be bought in Bahrain, also good quality shoes, dresses, and shirts. Tailors are fairly inexpensive but they are best when having an example to copy, so if you plan to have things made you are well advised to take an example to the tailor as well. There are five large shopping malls that have an excellent selection of high street stores like Marks & Spenser, Evans, Monsoon, Debenhams and BHS.

General consumer items are also available in an impressive variety in shops as well as in the Suq Area. These include such things as cars, colour TVs, cameras, kitchen equipment, electrical goods of any type, clothing etc. etc.

Food is available from a great number of supermarkets, both in Manama and in some of the various residential areas outside Manama:

  • Canned food and any type of vacuum packed food are available in great quantities and variety
  • Meat bought in western-style supermarkets is imported (Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Denmark, South America) and is of good quality. Some is frozen. Any type of meat (beef, lamb, chicken, duck and even pork) can be obtained. It is recommended that you should only buy fresh meat from recognised supermarkets.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables can be bought from supermarkets but also, and more cheaply, from the Central Market located near the King Faisal Highway in northern Manama, as well as from a couple of local markets. This is also the place to go for fresh fish of which there is a very good selection. The supply and prices of these items obviously vary a great deal with the seasons. You can negotiate for “the best price” at these outlets.
  • Fresh dairy products such as milk, cream and yoghurt are also available in all supermarkets, and so are cheeses from Denmark as well as from other European countries.
  • Liquor may be obtained from a number of licensed shops in Manama although it is quite expensive. There are no limitations on the purchase of alcohol and the supply includes a great variety of products including beer (South African, Danish, and German), wine and liquor (e.g., whiskey, gin, etc.). Alcohol cannot be bought during Ramadan so you may need to buy in supplies beforehand.

Leisure and entertainment

In spite of the small size of Bahrain there are many possibilities for all sorts of activities in your leisure time. There are several good quality cinemas showing current release western films. There are bars, nightclubs and discos but little or no theatre or classical music orchestras. There are occasional exhibitions of local painters’ work. Also several times during the year the British Council, Alliance Franأ§aise and some of the larger hotels arrange cultural evenings when international entertainers perform in plays, classical music performances, opera and even ballet. If you like acting there is the Manama Theatre Group who produces their own plays several times a year. The Manama Singers is a choir that also performs several times each year.

Sports

There are a great number of sport clubs in Bahrain where good facilities are available for a wide range of activities such as tennis, squash, football, swimming, sailing, diving, riding, golf etc. Family membership fees are from around BD 100 to BD 400 per year, depending on the club.

Sailing is very popular and can be enjoyed throughout the year. The Bahrain Yacht Club provides facilities for the water sports activities and has a good private beach and outdoor swimming pool. There are small dinghies for the children, Lasers, Hobie Cats, Kestrels, Windsurfers and Sailing Cruisers (18 – 28 ft. yachts.) There is also a large power boat section. Full sailing and power boat instruction is available from fully recognised qualified instructors. The club also holds a wide variety of social functions throughout the year.

Horse riding can be enjoyed from a number of riding schools where lessons are given and where horses can be hired.

Some of the other clubs which provide a number of possible activities are:

  • The Royal Golf Club – located in Riffa Views – offers Golf to visitors and members. Also offers Golf lessons, country club, lounge and a range of fine resturants.
  • The Dilmun Club, located off the Budaiya Road near Saar Village, offers such activities as swimming, horse riding, tennis & squash with a library for members.
  • The Country Club, located in Karranah off the Budaiya highway in lush green environment with swimming, riding, tennis, handball, squash, an excellent gym with a ladies gym and a variety of restaurants.
  • The British Club, located in southern Manama (close to the Adliya site) has an excellent gym, tennis, squash, Taekwando and other activities.
  • The Gulf Hotel Recreation Club – near the school – offers excellent gym facilities and a chilled pool in the summer.

Radio and TV

Radio Bahrain broadcasts in English 24 hours a day with frequent news bulletins. Amongst the most popular English speaking stations are Bahrain Channel 55 and Dubai Channel 33. BBC World News service television is screened 24 hours a day. There are also a number of subscription satellite channels available.

Restaurants

All the large hotels have restaurants and there are an impressive number of good individual restaurants are located mainly in Manama and Adliya. The variety is extensive from Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Arabic traditional food to European dishes. Prices are quite reasonable. A number of restaurants have a buffet lunch and normally a-la-carte for dinner. Most of the larger restaurants have a liquor licence, while some of the smaller ones are not permitted to sell alcoholic beverages.
There are also many takeaway and home delivery food outlets like Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizzerias, MacDonald’s and other Hamburger outlets, Chinese, Indian etc.

Useful links to Bahrain websites

  1. General Information about Bahrain:
  2. Information about shopping, restaurants and so on:

  3. Bahrain English newspapers and magazines:
  4. Good books about Bahrain:Click on the title to go to the book’s entry on www.amazon.co.uk:

Qualifications

A minimum of five passes at Grade C or above at GCSE or the equivalent.*This must include English and Mathematics, regardless of which subjects you wish to study.

Additionally, you will need a Grade B or above in the subject you wish to study at A Level.

*Further Mathematics: You will be expected to have achieved a grade A at higher tier IGCSE or GCSE and/ or a good grade in AS Level Mathematics.

Please look at our prospectus carefully and if you are attending our information evening, talk to individual Heads of Department if you have any questions. Some subjects, such as Economics or Government & Politics may be new to you. In all cases, entry to our Sixth Form will be based on careful discussions on an individual basis.

All students that enter our AS Level programmes in Year 12 are taken on a ‘trial’ basis and your suitability will be reviewed after a short period of 6 weeks. This gives you time to settle in to your studies and get to grips with the demands of studying at this level.

Non-British School Applications

Unless you have already attended the British School of Bahrain during KS4 (Years 10 and 11) and taken your GCSE’s with us, there are additional entry requirements.

If you have taken GCSEs in your previous school you will need to provide us with the original certificates and/or sit entrance tests to ascertain your suitability for Advanced Level study.

If you have not taken GCSEs in your previous school but have taken alternative qualifications you will need to provide original certification alongside sitting entrance tests.

In all cases of non-British School applications, you are required to provide the most up-to-date school reports and references. These are also taken into consideration when your application is being processed. Remember that you are making a considerable commitment when applying to join the Sixth Form at the BSB and we value hard work, contribution to our community and dedication.

Our entry assessments are designed to ensure that the curriculum and teaching we offer is appropriate to your child’s learning needs. We place children age appropriately according to the British curriculum.

Nursery and Reception

Children applying to Nursery will be assessed on English language development, social skills and behaviour. Nursery assessments are held in January/February prior to the September start. Ideally, these Readiness for School assessments are conducted by the infant staff and allow the children to play and interact using educational toys provided.

At the start of the school year Reception children will be assessed in a similar way to the Nursery children. However, as the year progresses they will also be assessed on their phonic knowledge, ability to read, and early number skills.

Year 1 and Year 2

Children applying to Year 1 and Year 2 are given standardised tests in Math and English appropriate to their age.

In addition to this, they will also be evaluated on their ability to sustain a conversation, social skills and behaviour.

Year 3 to Year 6

Entry assessments for Year 3 – Year 6 are conducted under exam conditions. We allow students three hours to complete the assessments. These assessments are designed for the year group for which a student is seeking admission. They consist of a Math, English and Non-Verbal reasoning paper, and the applicant completes a short written piece.

Year 7 to Year 10

Entry assessments for Year 7- Year 10 are conducted under examination conditions. These are online controlled assessments which consist of a Maths, English and Non-Verbal. Once completed the applicant completes a short written piece.

Entry assessments for Year 12

As you may be aware, A Levels are more demanding than I/GCSEs and for that reason we have entry requirements. These requirements are based on good professional practice, our own experience and are typical for most schools and colleges around the world.

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

Although we accept students throughout the school year, the usual time to start the application process for a September start would be to apply in October through to January for the Infant School. You can apply for Juniors & Seniors from December through to March. Please be aware, should the applications received exceed the places available we will close to any further applications at our discretion. Places for September are usually finalised by May.

Students who have met our admission requirements will be offered a place at the British School of Bahrain after full consideration of all the information provided by the parents or guardian. If the particular year group is full the student will be placed on the waiting list from the date the completed application form is received in the school.

Please note that we usually do not admit students for entry to Year 11 or Year 13 as this at the midway point in a two-year examination syllabus. We also do not usually admit students to Years 10 and 12 after the first term of the school year on account of the assessment and examination schedules of the GCSE and A Level programmes.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission to our school is based on:
1. A student passing a standardised entry test that is designed to determine that a student will be able to fully access our curriculum and achieve academic success.
2. Our curriculum is delivered though the medium of English only and we require that students applying for entry are proficient speakers of English.
3. We also require a student’s previous records of academic attainment and references from their current school.
4. We require applicants to submit all the documentation detailed in the checklist on the Application Form. Please note that we will not proceed with an incomplete application, which will delay the process of admission.

Age Qualification

Age Qualification

Our students come from all parts of the world and we understand that different national school systems are not always the same. However, it is our policy to place students in their correct age grouping, according to the English National curriculum programme. We strongly discourage requests to place children out of their appropriate age group.

The following table is a guide to the right year group for your child:

School Year

Child’s age on September 1st
of the academic year.

Kindergarten

3

Reception

4

Year 1

5

Year 2

6

Year 3

7

Year 4

8

Year 5

9

Year 6

10

Year 7

11

Year 8

12

Year 9

13

Year 10

14

Year 11

15

Year 12

16

Year 13

17

Waiting List

Waiting List

Waiting lists exist for most of our year groups so parents are encouraged to apply early for a place at the school. Throughout the academic year students will be admitted where and when a place becomes available. Providing that our admission criteria are met, entry to the school is based on the following priorities:

  • Order of application
  • Siblings already in the school
  • Ability to access a local education
  • Level of English proficiency
  • An even balance of gender – priority will be given to children of the minority sex where there is an imbalance in an individual class

English as an Additional Language

English as an Additional Language

At present, we do not provide any programmes to teach students for whom English is an additional language and who are at an early stage of acquiring English.

Special Needs

Special Needs

The British School of Bahrain has only limited resources to cater for students whose learning needs require significant support. It is not in the best interests of anyone, and least of all of the student involved, if he or she is not able to benefit from the educational programme we offer and thrive within an academically high achieving environment.

Parents of children who have a history of requiring support that falls outside of the classroom are required to bring to the attention of the school detailed information regarding their child’s specific learning needs. This information should include previous school reports, SENCO reports, and copies of pervious IEPs (Individual Education Plans) and/or reports from educational psychologists. Parents are strongly advised to discuss possible application prior to making a formal application to ensure that the BSB is in a position to meet the needs of the student.

Failure to declare accurately at the stage of application the extent of a child’s individual learning needs may result in parents being asked subsequently to withdraw their child because the school is unable to meet his or her needs. This is a situation that we are anxious to avoid, because we know that it will impact adversely on the child’s self esteem and future learning prospects.

Arab Nationals

Arab Nationals

The passport presented at application determines an applicant’s nationality. If your child is applying for admission with a passport from an Arab state, then they are required by the Ministry of Education in Bahrain to take both Arabic and Islamic Studies as part of their curriculum programme. Students applying with Arab state passports are also required to sit an entry test in Arabic to determine their level of proficiency in the language.

If your child is applying with a non-Arab state passport but can speak fluent Arabic, then he or she will be considered for a place on our Arabic Language programme but will not be required to take Islamic Studies.

Updating your information

Updating your information

It is essential to keep the Admissions Office informed of any change of details. When a place becomes available, the school will attempt to notify the parents at the home or mobile numbers provided. If you are not in a position to commit at that time, the place will be offered to another applicant and your child will remain on the wait list until a 2nd opportunity arises. Should you not be able to accept a place when we offer again, your child’s application will be withdrawn. Any future interest in joining the BSB you would be required to make a new application.

We can accept a deferred application for up to 12 months.

If your child is on a waiting list and we have not been able to place throughout the academic year, we may require that he or she be re-evaluated for the new academic year so that we are able to judge his or her progress since the first assessment. The re-test will normally be offered in the Summer Term.

Acceptance

Acceptance

Once a student has qualified, and a vacancy becomes available, he or she will be offered a place according to the admission priority from the wait list. When a student is offered a place at the British School of Bahrain, parents are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of BD100 and must sign a school agreement to guarantee the place. In signing the school agreement, parents acknowledge their commitment by paying the school fees for each academic year when due. In addition a book deposit fee of BD50 should be paid. Upon withdrawal, and presentation of receipt the BD50/ deposit will be refunded, less the cost of any books and resources lost or damaged.

Enrolment to the school is not considered final until the registration fee, first term’s fees and all documentation have been received. Once a child has been admitted to the British School of Bahrain the first term is probationary.

The first stage of making an application for a place at the British School of Bahrain is to complete and submit the Application Form to the Admissions team. The form must be completed fully and accurately and be signed by the parent or guardian. A separate form must be completed for each child. There is an administration charge of BD50 to process each form.

The following documentation is also required:

  1. Your child’s passport copy showing date of birth
  2. Your child’s most recent school report. All reports should be in English or a certified translation. (This is not required if your children have not yet been attending school.)
  3. If the report does not comment specifically on your child’s behaviour, you should ask the school to provide a confidential reference addressed to our Director
  4. Your child’s vaccination records from birth, along with the BSB Immunisation Record form completed & signed by a doctor or medical practitioner – which is a requirement of the Bahrain Ministry of  Health & Education.
  5. Two passport-size photographs
  6. Application fee BD50 which is non-refundable
  7. A copy of your child’s CPR card (Central Population Registration card) which is available once your residency permit has been granted.
  8. Signed copy of the Terms and Conditions.

Please note that a student’s assigned Nationality is determined by the passport held by the student.

Please also note that if information relevant to the extent of the child’s educational, emotional, social or health needs has not been disclosed during the admissions’ process, we reserve the right to ask the parents to withdraw the child when it becomes apparent at a later stage once the child has been admitted to the school.

The Application Form and supporting documents can be submitted by registered or courier  mail, by hand or be scanned and submitted by email. The date of the completed application (including the vaccination records, reports and registration fee) is received by the school will determine the applicant’s initial place on the waiting list.

Once you have submitted all the admissions’ documentation required you will be contacted by the Admissions team to schedule and appointment for the entry assessment test.