The BIST way
FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN
Who can join the British school?
We’re delighted you’re considering the British International school of Tunis for your child’s education.
Offering a personalized education to students from ages 3 – 18, our COBIS-accredited school is at the heart of the international community in Tunis and prides itself on being a friendly, vibrant, and creative community where every child can feel they belong.
The British International school of Tunis is open to families coming from all over the world and academic backgrounds. Our admissions procedure is designed to be open, transparent and responsive to the needs of every single child.
Children with special needs and learning difficulties will be assessed carefully to determine whether the school is able to effectively address their individual needs.
Whether you live in Tunis or will be relocating here from another country, we recognise the importance of finding the right international school in Tunis for your family.
From the first point of contact up until your child’s first day of school, our friendly admissions team is ready to answer all your questions and accompany you throughout the enrollment and transition process.
The British curriculum
The education system in the UK is also split into “Key Stages” which breaks down as follows:
- Key Stage 1 (5 to 7 years old)
- Key Stage 2 (7 to 11 years old)
- Key Stage 3 (11 to 14 years old)
- Key Stage 4 (14 to 16 years old)
- Key Stage 5 (16 to 18 years old)
Generally Key Stages 1 and 2 will be undertaken at primary school and by the time pupil would reach 11 years old, they will move into secondary school and finish Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Pupils are assessed at the end of each stage.
|Date of birth range||Year group||Year group|
|01/09/2015||31/08/2016||Year 1||KS 1|
|01/09/2013||31/08/2014||Year 3||KS 2|
|01/09/2009||31/08/2010||Year 7||KS 3|
|01/09/2006||31/08/2007||Year 10||KS 4|
|01/09/2004||31/08/2005||Year 12||KS 5||Sixth form|
We understand how important it is to choose the right school for your family, and we appreciate the pivotal role you play in supporting your child’s education. On behalf of the entire British International school community, thank you for your interest in applying to our school. We are delighted that you are interested in becoming a member of our exceptional family.
We aim to do two things: to help guide you as you discover BIST and learn what’s most important and enduring about our beloved school, and to get to know you.
We understand that every family is unique and that every pupil has different goals, and we believe that choosing a school requires partnership and trust built around the shared value of education.
Applicants from all educational systems, nationalities and backgrounds are considered throughout the year. Applications from internationally mobile families and/or in-year school transfers are considered as well should there be vacancies in the appropriate year group.
We are proud to represent a diversity of experiences, talents, and aspirations in our student body. As you learn more about who we are, we are here to answer any questions along the way.
A step by step process
Create an online Application
Schedule an assessment
Secure enrollment and provide all required documents
BIST Entry Assessments
A child’s education from birth to age five forms a crucial foundation for all that follows. At the British International School of Tunis, we aim to provide children in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with educational experiences that will help them develop a positive approach to learning.
From our Early Years & Foundation stage up until Year 1, applicants are warmly invited to attend a taster day at school.
A Taster Session is a wonderful way for your child to experience life at the British International school of Tunis first hand.
Taster sessions would take place within a classroom environment in company of the appropriate class teacher and can last over several days to complete.
Care is taken to find out as much as possible about your child’s behavioural, social and cognitive abilities among other areas to ensure appropriate planning is conducted.
The assessment procedure for older pupils joining the school will involve a more formal assessment in addition to the reception of the applicant’s full previous school reports (last two years) prior to the scheduled entry assessment date.
The test that we administer at the British International School of Tunis is the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4); a diagnostic assessment that helps our teaching staff to understand the pupil’s current level. It is set up in accordance with the pupils age and the year group they will be admitting.
Prior preparation is not required, and the assessment is in multiple choice format.
To further evaluate the level of each applicant, some additional assessments may be required in the intention of planning accordingly.
The results help teachers decide what pace of learning is right for each student, whether a specific syllabus would be required, and whether additional support is needed.
At the British International school of Tunis, we recognize the importance of finding the right school for your child and offer the possibility of conducting our entry assessment online for any families abroad looking at joining us.
Year 11 – Year 13 admission requirements (from 15 to 18 years old):
- Entry to Year 11:
In Year’s 10 and 11 pupils follow courses leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations set by the UK examining boards.
Entry into Year 10 is subject to:
An interview with the secondary School Principal
The examination of the applicant’s previous school reports (last two years)
The results of the applicant’s entry BIST assessment(s)
Since the IGCSE programme is a two-year programme, we are hesitant to accept pupils coming from another academic system into Year 11 . Should the candidate be coming from another British school the examination of previous school reports (last two years) and the additional review of the subjects taken in Year 10 are evaluated; in such instances, the candidate might be elligible to sit for our entry assessment.
- Entry to Year 12 – Year 13:
In Year’s 12 and Year 13, pupils follow courses leading to the Advanced level qualifications (known as A-Levels). A-Levels are state examinations and are recognised by all UK universities and by institutions worldwide.
As an advanced course of study, acceptance into this programme is dependent upon the student’s scoring in the subjects taken at IGCSE. Following review of the candidate’s previous school reports and interview with our secondary School Principal, the candidate might be eligible to sit for our entry assessment.
Please note that we usually do not admit for entry to Year 11 or Year 12 students originating from a different program, as this is at the midway point in a two-year examination syllabus IGCSE and AS Programmes.