The academic year begins in late August for Term 1. Entry to the school is preferable at that time but students may be accepted at any time in the year. Acceptance follows an evaluation of the child's previous academic record and an interview, if this is practical to arrange. An entry assessment test is often used to assist in the placement process.
All admissions to Brookhouse School are made through a senior member of staff. When seeking admission, prospective students are requested to provide copies of previous school reports, academic transcripts, and where applicable, a Leaving Certificate. Where practicable, prospective students will also be interviewed and may be asked to sit an entrance placement examination and/or reading test.
A student will only be admitted to Brookhouse if it is considered that they will benefit from the curriculum offered and if they are prepared to contribute positively to the life of the school.
At specific entry points the following criteria is applied:
Early Years (Pre-school – Year 1):
At this level there is an open door policy. If, after a period of assessment, it becomes apparent that a child has special needs that cannot be accommodated, appropriate advice will be given to parents.
Junior and Senior Prep (Year’s 2 – 6 and Year’s 7 - 8):
Standard entry requires that previous school reports be examined. Children are given a suitable Reading Test after which decisions are made regarding an appropriate programme of learning support for those in need. This will depend on the extent to which current support staff resources are being utilised. Where the reading age is very low, a decision is made as to whether the child will benefit from being at Brookhouse.
Middle School (Year 9, and Year’s 10 & 11 - IGCSE):
Standard entry requires that previous school reports be examined, with emphasis on ascertaining both
academic and behavioural suitability for the point of entry. Students entering from systems other than the British curriculum are given an appropriate test to assist in placement. A child may not be admitted if scores on the test given indicate they would not cope with curriculum expectations at Brookhouse. Chronological age in relation to reading age will also be considered for students with special needs. In such cases, admission will depend on whether the child can be suitably assisted by the Learning Support Unit.
Students joining Brookhouse from the local Kenyan system after Standard 8 will be considered on the basis of their KCPE scores. Applications to join the IGCSE programme also have to be considered in terms of subject combination availability and the ability of the pupil to cope with any syllabus content gaps in their educational background.
Senior School - Sixth Form (Year’s 12 & 13 – AS and A2 Levels)
Entry to A-level classes is based on performance in the IGCSE examinations. Normally, five passes at grade C or above is required, with the expectation of grade B in those subjects taken at IGCSE that the student wishes to pursue at AS level. Previous school reports will be examined, with emphasis on ascertaining both
academic and behavioural suitability for A-level studies. Applications to join the A-level programme also have to be considered in terms of subject combination availability and the ability of the pupil to cope with any syllabus content gaps in their educational background.
If a student wishes to enter Brookhouse from the local Kenyan system, a potential average of C+ at KCSE is required. Students with lower grades are considered, but only when the Mock exam results indicate considerable potential. Such students must successfully complete a probationary period, usually of three months duration.
Pre-University Foundation Year and BTEC Courses Art & Music:
Entry to the International Foundation Year (IFY) or the BTEC Music course is determined by previous academic profile. If a student wishes to join the IFY from the local Kenyan system, a potential average of C+ at KCSE is required. Students with lower grades are considered, but only when the Mock exam results indicate considerable potential.
Entry to the BTEC Music course requires an audition as well as a suitable academic history as outlined in the separate entry information sheet. Students joining these courses from other countries’ education systems will be admitted on the basis of their academic profile being suitable to the level of study.
The School does, however, reserve the right to admit a prospective student who does not meet the above criteria if it is considered that admission to Brookhouse is in the best interests of the student and the school.
Caution money and the Registration Fee must be paid before a child commences classes.
A student who is interested in joining Brookhouse should complete the application form available on line and forward it to the school. They should also request an interview if this is practical. Copies of previous school reports and any examination grades should be brought to the interview or forwarded with the application.
ADMISSION FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Whilst catering for mainstream children with SEN (Special Educational Needs), EAL (English as an Additional Language) or AEP (Academic Extension Programme) requirements, Brookhouse does not have the resources to cater for children with severe learning disabilities, nor for children with significant physical disabilities.
Children whose needs are borderline in this regard may be admitted only after consultation with parents regarding:
- The limits to the support available at the school
- Any specified school requirements are made clear, such as the need for a full-time helper for the child
- Any possible time frame limitations to the child staying at Brookhouse. In some instances a child may be admitted to the Preparatory School on the proviso that progression through the school from year to year is reviewed regularly. In such instances parents are advised one full year in advance if the school can no longer provide a suitable learning environment for the child. Progression from Preparatory School to Secondary is not automatic, and a review of progress for such children is typically undertaken at this stage.
Please note: Brookhouse School buildings are not wheelchair friendly. Therefore applicants with mobility limitations will only be admitted to Brookhouse if individual circumstances do not hinder movement around the campus.