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Applying to Clarence

Clarence International School (CIS) offers a creative, academically challenging educational programme based on the English Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum of England, for children aged 18 months to six years old. We place strong emphasis on the arts and creativity. Our curriculum is delivered in English and we expect all pupils to demonstrate reasonable, age-appropriate fluency in spoken English for admission. 

​We recommend that all families wishing to join our community come and ​meet us and take a tour with our Head of School.

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Admission Criteria
At the minimum, CIS expects that applicants fulfil the CIS Admission Criteria in order to be considered for admission. 


Applicants applying for admission to CIS are placed on a waiting list. Priority for admission will be based on the following:

  • Date of application

  • Siblings of applicant(s) already attending the school 

  • Child’s ability to demonstrate age-appropriate spoken English 

Before considering to apply to CIS, parents should ensure they have a clear understanding of the CIS philosophy and approach to early childhood education. Full details about our arts-rich curriculum and our educational system are shared during school tours, information is also available in our Parent Handbook, school website and school prospectus. 

Entry and year group placement

CIS does not administer any formal entry examination for admission at any stage. However, an informal in-school English assessment may be deemed necessary for any applicant seeking admission to Blue Sky, Rainbow, or Sunshine classes. The final decision on pupil admission and year group placement is made by the Head of School upon review of the application form.


If a pupil applies for a place outside the recommended age-group, placement will only be considered in exceptional circumstances after an assessment and recommendation by the Head of School. The school reserves the right to make the final decision on class placement.

Admissions for Children requiring additional support

CIS does not offer special support programmes for pupils with specific learning difficulties, or for those entering Rainbow classes at a relatively early stage of English language acquisition. However, admission may be granted to pupils whose individual learning requirements can be met within the mainstream programme without significant intervention.

CIS will do all that it can to support applicants with physical difficulties where it is practical to do so given the building constraints of our campus facilities. 

Parents of a child who has any disability or special educational needs should provide CIS with full details upon registration. CIS needs to be aware of any particular requirements which may affect a child's ability to take full advantage of the education provided at CIS. If we agree to accept a pupil requiring significant support, parents may be asked to pay for additional costs that may be incurred to make this possible.

Admissions timeline

The CIS school year starts at the end of August of each year. Children can however join CIS at any time during the year if space is available. Offers for 1st Term admission are issued from March onwards. Applications to join the waiting list can be made at any time of the year after that, as soon as the Application Fee has been paid and necessary documentation submitted.

Before accepting a place at CIS parents must acknowledge they have seen and agreed to all CIS policies, including the Finance and Fee Policy.

Admissions Process

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