The aims of this policy are to:
i) ensure compliance with the School’s aims and the Hong Kong Government requirements for an International School;
ii) identify and admit children who will benefit from the ethos, education and activities of our community.
Mount Kelly School Hong Kong (MKSHK) is a British curriculum School within an international setting. It has a strong UK Independent School ethos based on that of Mount Kelly, UK in terms of its values, curriculum and all-round education. English is the School’s language of operation and all pupils will need to be proficient in it. Therefore, MKSHK assesses children for entry in order to ensure that they are capable of accessing all aspects of the curriculum and to aid planning for teaching and learning. The evaluation of children seeks to ensure their happiness and well-being within the environment on offer. As such, the School is not selective solely on an academic set of criteria.
2. Government Requirements and Equal Opportunities
MKSHK will comply with the Hong Kong Government’s requirement that as an International School we aim to maintain a minimum of 70% non-Hong Kong passport holders.
We welcome children from different ethnic groups, backgrounds and creeds. Human rights and freedoms are respected and are balanced within the lawful needs of Hong Kong and the rights and freedoms of others. All candidates for admissions will be treated equally, irrespective of their or their parents’ race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, orientation, birth or other status.
3. Disability and Special Educational Needs
Presently the School has limited facilities for children with disabilities and special educational needs but will do all that is reasonable to comply with its legal and moral responsibilities under the auspices of Hong Kong law. The School needs to be made aware of any known disability or special educational needs which may affect a child’s ability to take full advantage of the education provided at the School. Parents of a child who has any disability or special educational needs should provide the School with full written details at registration, or subsequently, before accepting the offer of a place.
The School needs this information so that, in the case of any child with particular needs, we can assess those needs and consult with parents about the adjustments which can reasonably be made to cater adequately for the child’s needs both during the admissions process and if an offer of a place is made.
Similarly, if special education needs or a disability become apparent after admissions, the School will consult with parents about reasonable adjustments that may allow the child to continue at the School.
4. Age Guidelines for Entry
The placement of the children in the appropriate year group is a joint decision of the School and the parent. Our primary consideration when selecting the most appropriate year group will be the child’s date of birth. Please click here for our Age Guideline reference.
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The School will also take into consideration previous school reports. These reports must be translated into English if necessary. On occasions, the School may offer a place to children whose command of English is below age related expectations on condition that parents pay for additional English as an Additional Language (EAL) sessions.
In exceptional circumstances, the School may agree, with the consent of the parents, to place their child in a class with younger pupils. This is only done if it is agreed that it is in the best interests of the child. Such a decision is at the discretion of the Head of School.
Places will be offered in the standard year of the child within the UK National Curriculum wherever possible, according to the child’s date of birth; or based upon the year following the completed year on their transfer certificate; or by mutual agreement with the parents, a child may be placed back a year if it is deemed by all involved to be in the best interests of the child.
5. Admissions Procedures
Our admissions procedure is designed to evaluate your child’s suitability for MKSHK and this then informs our teachers and their planning for your child’s individual learning. The admissions procedure is reviewed by the Admissions Office in order to ensure each child will benefit from an MKSHK education. These following procedures apply at all main points of entry.
i) Application Form
Application Form can be obtained from our Admissions Office or downloaded from our school website or you can complete the application form through our on-line application form.
If you are posting the Application Form and supporting documents, please include all copies of documents listed below. At the Assessment and Interview stage, we will request to sight the necessary originals. If you are using the postal service, we recommend using Registered Post to ensure delivery.
You are also welcome to personally deliver the Application Form and supporting documents to our Admissions Office. If you choose this option, please bring the necessary original documents for our sighting.
All the requirements above must be completed before the assessment and interview will be arranged.
You may apply for a place two year in advance of the desired year of entry.
ii) Required Documents
The following documents are required for each child, and the copies must be submitted with the completed Application Form. Documents not in English or Chinese should be translated by a professional translator or consular service.
a) Child’s valid passport – sight of the original and one copy of photo page only
b) Child’s birth certificate – sight of the original and one copy
c) Child’s Hong Kong Identity Card or visa label (where applicable) – sight of the original and one copy
d) Copy of both parent’s passport photo pages only
e) Both parent’s Hong Kong Identity Card (where applicable) – sight of original and one copy
f) Proof of address (recent utility bill or bank statement)
g) Copies of the pupil’s two most recent school reports
h) Name of pupil’s current school and the Head’s contact details for a reference
i) Copies of any previous Educational Psychologist’s evaluations (if applicable)
j) Two recent passport sized photos of child
– Taken within the past three months
– Plain background
– Showing full frontal face with clear facial features
– Dimensions: 40mm (width) x 50mm (height)
iii) Assessment and Interview
Assessment and interview will take place for all children applying to Mount Kelly School Hong Kong. Parents and children are invited to attend our appointment for assessment and interview. For children entering Preschool or Years 1 and 2, you should allow approximately one hour; for children entering Years 3 and above, allow up to two hours. Our assessment sessions are child-friendly and developmentally appropriate.
The parent interview is an opportunity to discuss Mount Kelly’s educational programme, your child’s future potential at our premier British School and alignment of our School’s ethos.
iv) Invitation to accept your place
Within two weeks of your assessment and interview, you will be informed of the outcome by email. If your application has been successful, you will be invited to take up your place at Mount Kelly School Hong Kong.
v) Offer and Acceptance
An offer of a School place will be made upon successfully passed our Admissions Assessment and Interview.
For oversubscribed year groups, children will be offered a place on the waiting list.
6. Admissions Assessments and Evaluation
For children entering Preschool (Kindergarten) Nursery (K1) and Reception (K2), and Preparatory School (Primary) Years 1 and 2, there will be an observational process and assessment. Children entering Year 3 and above will sit an evaluation which serves to provide the School with a clear indication on each child’s academic ability. This ensures that all children entering Mount Kelly School Hong Kong are able to access the curriculum on offer at the School. The School will further use the results of this evaluation when base lining the pupils following entry, to track and monitor individual progress.
The assessment and evaluative aspects of the admissions procedure itself has three components:
Entry observational and/or evaluations are used in order to ensure that all children are able to readily access the MKSHK curriculum. Baseline assessment is used in order to provide information to teachers for their planning of teaching and learning, in the case of each individual and/or cohort.
Confidential references – The Head or Class Teacher of the child’s current School will be asked to provide a written reference or school report about the child’s academic ability, attitude and behavior, involvement in the School community, talents and interests, and any other special circumstances such as special education needs, or a disability. The reference may also include the results of tests taken at the School (such as NFER or SATs).
Disability assessments – where applicable.
Admissions assessments are structured in the following way for different entry points:
Preschool (Nursery and Reception) or Preparatory School Years 1 and 2 (3 – 6 years old)
For children entering Preschool or Years 1 and 2, each child will be assessed within a warm and nurturing small group environment.
Children will be observed whilst participating in planned group activities. These observations will focus on School readiness. ‘School Readiness’ is a term that relates more to a child’s characteristics rather than their competencies in Literacy and Numeracy. Some of the expected characteristics of School readiness at Mount Kelly School Hong Kong include:
• Confident and good self-esteem
• Age appropriate abilities in:
– separation from parents/caregiver
– focus and attention
– taking turns and sharing
– responding to simple questions
• Enthusiastic and active in learning and inquiry
Years 3 and beyond
For children entering at Year 3 or above, an assessment will be completed in Mathematics, Reading and Writing. During this time, your child will also meet with our Head of Preparatory or one of the Admissions Team members to discuss their interests and answer any questions they may have. At all times we endeavour to provide your child with support, comfort and encouragement.
For admissions to Year 3 and above, an evaluation will be completed in the child’s current School under formal arrangements with that School and an interview will be conducted via Skype. A confidential report from the current Head, including supplementary standardised assessment scores, will be required. For Preschool and Years 1 and 2, previous school reports as well as a letter of recommendation from the Head will be required. We will also conduct a Skype call to speak with the child.
The parent interview for overseas candidates is conducted via Skype at the same time we speak with the candidates.
7. Special Circumstances
We will recognise that a child’s performance may well be affected by particular circumstances, if
• s/he is unwell when taking tests or has had a lengthy absence from his/her School;
• there are particular family circumstances such as a recent bereavement;
• there is a relevant educational history, for example education outside the British system;
• s/he has a disability or specific learning difficulties;
In any of these cases, we may request further information such as a medical certificate or educational psychologist’s report and any associated correspondence or details from the child’s current school (including samples of work) or any family history of dyslexia, as we consider necessary to make a fair assessment.
Parents must, as soon as possible, disclose any particular known or suspected circumstances relating to their child’s health, allergies, disabilities or learning difficulties.
9. Admissions Priority
The School is likely to be oversubscribed in many year groups. If we have to decide between two or more children who meet our admissions requirements, after all appropriate allowances and special consideration have been taken into account.
• Children that are enrolled in the Playgroup Programmes at the time of application will receive priority admissions into the Preschool Nursery Programme Assessments.
• There is not an admissions assessment for Pre-Nursery.
• Applications are open two years in advance for Preschool and Prep School; and one year in advance for Pre-Nursery.
• All admissions assessments of children from Mount Kelly International Preschool into Year 1, will take place in the classroom setting by Mount Kelly International Preschool teachers and School Head. A seamless transition.
Individual/Corporate Nomination Certificate (INC/CNC) Admissions Priority
• INC/CNC holders are exempted from the Annual non-refundable Capital levy.
• INC/CNC nominated children enrolled in the Preschool will receive guaranteed admissions into the Preparatory School.
• INC/CNC nominated children, not yet enrolled in the Preschool, will receive priority placement into the Preschool or Preparatory School (depending on age).
• In our foundation year 2017/18 children attending the Preschool, will receive guaranteed admissions into Year 1 of the Preparatory School. When places become limited INC holders will always receive priority in admissions to the Preparatory School.
• INCs can be purchased at any time, so long as a child is nominated on the INC.
• INC holders will always receive priority placement into Mount Kelly School Hong Kong – Preschool and Preparatory School.