Frequently Asked Questions

Questions answered are:
  • What is examined?
  • When and where is the Year One entry exam?
  • Into which year groups can a pupil enter the School?
  • What are the entry procedures for students into Years 2, 3, 4, or 6?
  • What happens if my child does not pass the diagnostic English test?
  • What happens if my child does not pass the diagnostic Greek/Turkish test?
  • If I am Armenian and my child’s first language is not English or Greek, what exam will he/she take to enter Year 1?
  • What material will the diagnostic test in English be based on?
  • What are the English/Greek/Turkish Diagnostic tests?
  • Is there material available to help pupils to prepare for entry?
  • What is the Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR) test?
  • Is there a minimum score in the Entrance Examinations that a candidate needs to attain for acceptance?
  • Are there age restrictions?
  • What are the annual fees?
  • Is financial assistance with the fees available?
  • Is the School affiliated to any other school, and does it offer primary education?
 
What is examined?
  • 1st Form Greek-Cypriot candidates will be examined in Greek and Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning.  Each subject will be weighted equally and students selected accordingly.
  • 1st Form Native English candidates will be examined in English and Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Each subject will be weighted equally and students selected accordingly. 
  • 1st Form Turkish-Cypriot candidates will be examined in Turkish and Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Each subject will be weighted equally and students selected accordingly.
On registration for the new academic year, all new first form students will also sit a diagnostic tests in English/Greek/Turkish (Refer to: "What Are the English/Greek/Turkish diagnostic tests?")

When and where is the Year One entry exam?
Saturday, 26th March 2016 08.00-12.15 at the school

Into which year groups can a pupil enter the School?
The main point of entry is Year 1; Years 2, 3, 4, and 6 are also points of entry, subject to availability of places. These are known as Mid-Programme Entries.

What are the entry procedures for students into Years 2, 3, 4, or 6?
There will be very limited places available in these year groups. Parents will be required to bring the completed application form to the school with two recent passport-size photos of the candidate, the candidate’s birth certificate, copies of the candidate’s school reports for 2015-2016 and 2014-2015, and 100 euros application fee.

You will be able download the application form here later in the academic year.
 
  • Candidates for Forms 2, 3 and 4 will be examined in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Each subject will be weighted equally and students selected accordingly.
All candidates will be required to take a Greek or Turkish language diagnostic paper. This diagnostic test is designed to place accepted candidates at their appropriate level for Greek/Turkish language lessons. The score of this diagnostic test will not be considered in the final score for entry to the School but the test is important in order to ensure correct placement. Parents will be informed in writing if their child is offered a place.
 
  • Candidates for Forms 6 will be examined and interviewed by the relevant heads of Department at the school. Candidates are accepted subject to their performance in the interview and satisfactory IGCSE/GCSE results in the required subjects (a minimum of 6 passes, grade B and above.) Parents will be informed in writing if their child is offered a conditional place. This acceptance can only be confirmed after the external examination results are published in August. Acceptance is also subject to available places in the requested 'A' Level subject groups.
 
What happens if my child does not pass the diagnostic English test?
He/she will be required to take an intensive English course in July or will be required to attend a course of supplementary classes for English after school, during Term 1. The cost of these lessons must be paid prior to the commencement of the classes, to The English School Institute. Further information will be forwarded to you. Attendance at the course will be mandatory. If your child does not attend this course his/her offer of a place will be withdrawn. If he/she fails the English test again at the end of this course he/she will be required to continue with the classes into the Spring Term. It should be noted that English is the language of instruction in the school and thus students need to develop strength in the subject to succeed, across the curriculum.

What happens if my child does not pass the diagnostic Greek/Turkish test?
He/she may be placed in a Greek/Turkish non-native speaker language class and may be required to undertake supplementary classes.

If I am Armenian and my child’s first language is not English or Greek, what exam will he/she take to enter Year 1?
He/she will take a Non-Native English paper.

What material will the diagnostic test in English be based on?
It will be based on what the children formally cover in Year 5 and 6 of the Cyprus public primary schools (demotikon). No additional knowledge of English will be necessary although students will need to develop strong English skills once they enter the school.

What are the English/Greek/Turkish Diagnostic tests?
After the results of the entry examinations are released, successful candidates who have sat the entrance exams in Greek/Turkish will be required to sit a diagnostic test in English. This diagnostic test is designed to determine whether they will need to attend extra English lessons during their first year. Although this is a diagnostic test, it is essential that candidates put their best effort into the paper so accurate assessment can be made.

On the same day, students who sat the English Examination will sit a diagnostic test in Greek/Turkish.  This diagnostic test is designed to place new students at the appropriate level for Greek/Turkish language lessons and determine whether they will need to attend extra Greek/Turkish lessons during their first year. Although this is a diagnostic test, it is essential that candidates put their best effort into the paper so accurate placement can be made.

Is there material available to help pupils to prepare for entry?
Relevant material is available on this website.
 
How can I apply for Year 1?
You can apply online by downloading the form here (later in the academic year.) The completed application forms must be accompanied by a copy of the candidate's birth certificate and two recent passport-size photographs of the candidate. You will be required to pay a fee of 100 euros on lodging your application in person, at the school.

What is the Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR) test?
This is a test used to assess a child’s ability to work out problems regardless of their linguistic skills in English or prior educational background. Students use abstract figures to work out similarities in sequences of shapes or codes. It is used frequently in schools internationally as a tool to assess students’ intellectual potential.

Is there a minimum score in the Entrance Examinations that a candidate needs to attain for acceptance?
No, acceptance is in rank order. It should be noted, however, that these are very competitive examinations and candidates need to attain high scores if they are to have a realistic chance of gaining entry.

Are there age restrictions?
Successful completion of the relevant primary school education is a requirement.
 
What are the annual fees?
Tuition fees for the current academic year 2015-2016 are as follows:
Form Tuition Fees
1 € 7,250
2 € 7,250
3 € 7,250
4 € 7,250
5 € 7,250
6 € 7,250
7 € 7,250

Is financial assistance with the fees available?
  • Application for a bursary must be made by successful applicants when registering to the School.
  • The criteria, in order of priority, are:-
    • A maximum joint family income of €40.000 per annum verified by the Income Tax Return form of the Republic of Cyprus
    • Consideration of other family property and assets
  • The bursaries may continue throughout the seven years of the student's attendance at the School subject to:
  • The joint annual family income remaining below the threshold
  • Satisfactory academic performance, i.e. that the student's academic performance satisfies the School's expectations
  • Excellent conduct and behaviour
  • The second child in the family will receive a 10% discount in fees 
  • The third child of a family will pay 50% of the fees while all three children are simultaneously attending the School
Is the School affiliated to any other school, and does it offer primary education?
The English School is a school of secondary education only, and has no connection with any other educational institution of any level.



This information was correct at the time of posting onto the School web-site. The information will be up-dated as required and the School reserves the right to do this without notification.
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