HEATHFIELD INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL is a caring British international community school for children aged 2-16.
In keeping with our philosophy as a multicultural school serving international and local communities, we are proud to welcome students of all nationalities, religious and ethnic backgrounds. We operate a non-selective admissions policy, we seek to admit children of a range of abilities into our learning community, helping them reach their full potential.
We seek always to promote equal opportunity, applying our regulations on admissions fairly and without prejudice. All admission applications are carefully reviewed and updated in consultation with stakeholders both within and external to the school, including the governors of Heathfield School, UK.
AGES AT ENTRY
|Age||National Curriculum of England||Equivalent Year Groups|
|Before Sept 1st||Year||Stage||USA, DE, JP|
|3||Reception 1||Foundation Stage||Pre-School|
|5||Year 1||Key Stage 1||Kindergarten|
|6||Year 2||Grade 1|
|7||Year 3||Key Stage 2||Grade 2|
|8||Year 4||Grade 3|
|9||Year 5||Grade 4|
|10||Year 6||Grade 5|
|11||Year 7||Key Stage 3||Grade 6|
|12||Year 8||Grade 7|
|13||Year 9||Grade 8|
Key Stage 4
|15||Year 11||Grade 10|
|16||Year 12||Key Stage 5
The British education system operates on the premise that students thrive best in their correct class age groups. Differentiated teaching caters for differences in needs and abilities; the most able children are challenged, while children needing support or more time are cared for and encouraged to fulfil their potential.
At Heathfield International School, we believe that it is important for children to be with peers at a similar stage in social maturity, and experience and educational research tells us that changes made early on may have negative consequences later. For these reasons, we adhere to the policy of keeping children within their correct age band except in the following circumstances:
If the child’s birthday falls within a month either side of 1st September.
In cases such as these, if parents feel that their child would benefit from being placed out of age, the school will assess the child, talk to the child’s parents and, where possible, to former teachers to ascertain the best position. In general it is much more advantageous for a child to be older rather than younger in a class.
If a student in Year 10 or upwards and working in a second language does not have a level of English high enough to follow successfully the IGCSE programme.
Provided there is evidence of academic ability and the student has a reasonable basic level of English, the school will consider options which would allow the student time to focus on English skills and then join the appropriate programme.
PROVISION OF CARE & SUPPORT
At Heathfield International School we carefully assess students through the admissions tests and counsel parents against placing their child in the school if we do not feel we can offer the appropriate provision for that child. Should we feel that we are not able to offer the appropriate support and level of care that your child demands, we will do our utmost to find a place at another school. This policy encompasses special emotional, social, academic, physical and behavioural needs. It is important that parents discuss any special needs their child may have with the Headmaster.
At Heathfield International School, the maximum class size in the Primary School is 25 pupils, and in the Secondary School the maximum class size is 20, although the average class size is usually well under 20. It is possible that for very brief, limited periods, these class sizes may be exceeded as new children join a group during a school term.
In managing the composition of classes within a year group, our policy is to achieve as close a balance as possible, considering the following factors: language experience, nationality, ability and gender. If it is felt it will be beneficial to the year group as a whole, existing class groups may be re-organised at the start of the academic year to ensure an appropriate balance. The children are given many opportunities to work and socialise with all of their peers across the year group, and this is especially encouraged by the House system, extra-curricular clubs and music and PE classes.
As we often have a significant new intake of children throughout the year at Heathfield International School, we reserve the right, in extreme circumstances, to re-organise classes to maintain the appropriate balance.
Parents may express a preference for a particular class or teacher, although it must be understood that the final decision has to remain with the Headmaster. In all issues of child placement the Headmaster’s decision is final.
English Entry Requirements
The English level required is dependent on the age of the child and the year group to which entry is sought. Please consult the Headmaster and the Heathfield International School’s English Support Policy for further details.
SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS
Heathfield International School has a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Policy based on provision available. The acceptance of students with learning needs will only be confirmed by the Headmaster after discussion with parents and the appropriate professional educational support services. It is important that parents share all of the information regarding their child’s learning needs, including any professional assessments, upon application. Failure to do so might risk the loss of the place once the child has joined Heathfield International School if we discover that we are not equipped to best assist and support the child’s development.
The following information concerning the Admissions Procedures forms part of the Admissions Policy and is given to prospective parent when they first make contact with Heathfield International School.
A visit to the school is an obvious starting point to the entry procedure, but we have listed those things which you may require to see, receive, or have explained to you when you visit. You should also read our Admissions Policy. Our admissions procedures are described in four stages as set out below, though some stages may, in practice, be concurrent.
Stage 1—Initial Visit
It is helpful if your children are able to accompany you on your initial visit to Heathfield International School, but we recognise that this is not always possible. However, it is certainly the case that the more information we have, the easier it is for us to prepare for your children’s first day at school.
You will be shown around the school and this tour should include:
- a general tour of the school;
- a particular look at the areas of the school most relevant to your children
- specialist facilities including music, drama, science, art, physical education, the library and the information technology suites
During your visit, we will explain to you:
- the formal admissions procedure
- the details of our educational philosophy and objectives
- all payments due, stating refund and notice requirements
- whether or not there is a waiting list at your child’s level (we generally place children in the correct chronological year group according to the British system).
We will expect to answer your queries on these or other matters and we will provide you with a school brochure and a copy of our Admissions Procedures. You will then be introduced to the Headmaster, Mr Stephen O’Connor. It may also be helpful for you to meet other senior or specialist teachers, though this may not always be possible on your initial visit. Khun Nayada and the Headmaster will be able to guide you through the process and advise you on class placement. However, it must be clearly understood that such advice does not constitute part of the formal offer. Only the Headmaster can confirm such details after receipt of the formal application and following initial assessments.
At this stage it is possible for children to attend a free day trial at the school. This must be arranged with the Headmaster. A formal assessment of any trial will be made by the classroom teacher and the results passed on to parents and the Headmaster.
Stage 2 – Admissions testing and interview
At this stage we assess all students for years 1-10 using our standard admission tests for English and mathematics in order to ascertain the applicant’s abilities and to screen for any learning difficulties. Although we do not impose rigorous academic entry criteria, the level of attainment at Heathfield International School is high and we need to be sure that your child will cope and settle happily with us. The headmaster will also interview students in order to gauge their English language communication skills.
A fee of 2,500 Baht per child is charged for administering and processing the admissions tests and interview. The Headmaster will discuss the results of the tests and interview with you personally.
Stage 3 – Application
Should you decide to apply formally for admission to Heathfield International School, on behalf of your children, we will require:
- a completed Application Form;
- copies of your children’s latest school reports (preferably translated into English where possible) and any other relevant details such as examination results;
- a copy of your children’s birth certificates;
- 2 copies of a recent passport size photograph of each applicant;
- a photocopy of the passport (particulars page) of the father, mother and children.
At this stage we will answer any more detailed questions you may have on such matters as school uniform, transport, school routines, extra-curricular activities and lunch arrangements. If you wish to discuss the particulars of your application further with the Headmaster, we will be pleased to make an appointment for you. We will acknowledge your application as soon as we receive it, and, if there is a waiting list, will then contact you when a place becomes available.
Stage 4 – Admission to the school
Based on the results of the admissions tests and an interview with the Headmaster, a formal offer of a place may be made immediately should a place be available or alternatively when a place becomes available if there is a waiting list at your child’s year level.
In some cases the Headmaster may feel that a special diagnostic test is required and recommend parents visit the ‘ATOC’ centre, or a similar establishment, in Bangkok before a formal offer can be made. Please note that parents are responsible for meeting the cost of these diagnostic tests. Test results should be submitted to the Headmaster and SEN co-ordinator for consideration. It is important to note that we do not have a specialist unit at HIS to deal with complex learning and behavioural difficulties and if your child has such needs, this could result in the child not being offered a place. We do offer an English support program, the details of which may be found in our ESP Policy. Such support may incur an additional fee.
Your acceptance of the offer should be made prior to your child starting school. The payment of all school fees, a 40,000 Baht registration fee and a 20,000 Baht book deposit (10,000 Baht returnable on leaving the school) for each child constitutes your acceptance of a place.
At this stage you will receive the Parent Handbook covering general school routines, transport, uniform and lunch arrangements and you will be shown how to access the Curriculum Handbook relevant to your child’s Key Stage from our school website.