This section provides answers to some of the most frequent questions that we receive from prospective families. Our current families should refer in the first instance to reference information posted on the Parent Portal and provided within their Parent Handbook.
Accordion What is the application timeline?
Under normal circumstances, parents are usually informed as to whether the application meets the criteria, the student will be invited for assessment and an offer of place is to be made within 3 weeks of application. Different application timelines may apply to certain year groups.
(Please note that we will not assess applicants any earlier than 12 months prior intended enrolment date, and they will not be offered a place until the school is satisfied that all entry criteria, including successful assessment, have been met. Should a family wish to apply significantly in advance of the intended enrolment date, they should therefore expect a significant delay before any further action is taken with regards to assessment and decision)
Accordion Applying from Overseas
Where applications have to be made from overseas, provision can be made for older students to take the assessment tests at their current school and invigilated under examination conditions. This arrangement is made between the School Principals and is only available to students who are Year 4 age or above.
Accordion What does the assessment involve?
- EY1: Observation and interview with EY1 Leader / class teacher in company of parents (1 hour approx.)
- EY2: One-to-one child assessment and discussion with parents (30 minutes approx.)
- Y1-2: One-to-one child assessment of reading, phonics, numeracy and written English (30 minutes approx.)
- Y3-6: Written aptitude, Maths and English tests. Specialist assessment for children whose 1st language is not English
- Y7-11: Family interview with Vice / Assistant Principal. Written aptitude, Maths and English tests. Specialist assessment for children whose 1st language is not English. Thai language tests (reading and writing) for Thai Nationals
- Y12-13: Family interview with Vice / Assistant Principal. Review of formal evidence of public examination performance. Testing in subject specific areas if necessary
Accordion Is there a waiting list?
Where an applicant meets the entry criteria but there are no spaces available, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list. Parents will be contacted as soon as a place becomes available in the appropriate year group. Depending on the time elapsed since the last successful assessment, a further assessment may be required at that time to ascertain the child’s current progress; in these cases, the second assessment will be offered free of charge.
Accordion Are siblings admitted automatically?
Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate siblings, entry to Shrewsbury International School is by academic selection and place availability assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Accordion What learning support provisions are offered?
If during the course of gathering information, testing and / or interviews it is suggested that the applicant may have any special educational needs, then an assessment will be made by the Principal with advice taken from the Vice Principals and Special Educational Needs Staff as to the progression of the application. The SEN policy will be made available to parents and options discussed.
During the course of the internal admissions process, it may become apparent that further assessment by the school’s Special Educational Needs team or a professionally qualified Educational Psychologist (at cost to parents) is warranted. The school can help with the arrangements and the information provided will be taken into account in the final decision.
Other details regarding Shrewsbury’s general provisions for learning support can be found HERE.
Accordion Student:Teacher ratios and class sizes
The teachers at Shrewsbury International School pride themselves on the care they give to students and the partnership they form with parents to allow children to be happy as well as successful. In both academic development and pastoral care, we insist on the highest standards and ensure that they are adhered to through our rigorous appraisal system. Our student / teacher ratios are key in supporting these goals at every level in the school.
The overall student / teacher ratio in the school is 10:1 with, on average, teachers enjoying contact with students for 47 of the 60 periods in each 10-day cycle. Each period lasts for 55 minutes from Years 3 to 13.
In each EY1 class of 15 to 17 students, there is one full-time, fully-qualified teacher with specific Early Years qualifications and experience in teaching the Early Years Framework Strategy. The teacher is supported by at least two fully trained classroom assistant.
In each EY2 class there are between 15 and 18 children. The children are supported by one full-time, fully-qualified teacher with specific Early Years qualifications and experience in teaching the Early Years Framework Strategy and up to two teacher assistants.
Years 1 – 2 (Key Stage 1)
In each Key Stage 1 class, there are between 18 and 22 students. Children are supported by one full-time, fully-qualified teacher with specific primary school teaching qualifications and experience and knowledge of the English National Curriculum. Each class has a teaching assistant who has specific training in Key Stage 1, English as an Additional Language (EAL), Guided Reading and the Jolly Phonics language learning programme.
In Pre-Prep there is also a team of specialist teachers for Swimming, PE, Music, and Thai Language and Culture. In addition there are Teaching Assistants who have specific training in English as an Additional Language (EAL), Literacy and Early Years provision.
Years 3 – 6 (Key Stage 2)
In Year 3 to Year 6 class sizes are 20 to 24. Children are supported by one full-time, fully-qualified teacher with specific primary school teaching qualifications and experience and knowledge of the English National Curriculum. Each class has a teaching assistant who has specific training in Key Stage 2, English as an Additional Language, Guided Reading and the Jolly Phonics language learning programme. There is a team of specialist teachers who deliver Swimming, Modern Foreign Languages, Design Technology, PE, Music, Drama and Thai.
Years 7 – 9 (Key Stage 3)
In Key Stage 3, students move into the departmental system of the Senior School. Students study 15 subjects each in a programme which provides breadth in learning experience and opportunity. The average class size across the Key Stage is 22 with a maximum of 25 students per class.
Years 10 – 11 (Key Stage 4)
In Key Stage 4, students study 11 core and optional subjects each working towards their IGCSE and GCSE public examinations with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Edexcel at the end of Year 11. The average class size is 20 students. In many subjects, the number of students per class is even more favourable.
Years 12 – 13 – The Sixth Form (Key Stage 5)
Students study, on average, 4 subjects for their A Levels with an average class size of 10. Tutor Groups are kept to approximately 12 students per form but to ensure that high quality mentoring and higher education careers advice is guaranteed a highly experienced specialist team work alongside the tutors.
Working across the Senior School are 5 curriculum assistants, 2 Design Technology assistants, 2 Art technicians, 3 Science technicians, 3 English Language Specialist teachers, 1 Physical Education Assistant and a team of secretarial staff.
Special Educational Needs support maybe provided for children with specific needs with the costs borne by the parents.
Very occasionally, when children join the school mid-year, class sizes may expand a little temporarily.
Accordion Are classes grouped by ability?
The majority of lessons are taught in mixed ability classes. There are particular subjects where current ability and previous experiences will be taken into account.
Accordion Does Shrewsbury provide school transport?
Yes. We offer a school bus service to certain parts of the city (click HERE for more information). The School Bus service is available for students starting in Year 1 to Year 13. Early Years Students must be dropped off and picked up from school by an adult. A school boat also operates from Saphan Taksin pier, providing a connection with the BTS skytrain (click HERE for more information).
Accordion Is there a school uniform?
We have different school uniforms for different age ranges. The school uniform is compulsory for all students. There is also different sports and formal wear for different activities and occasions. Students are expected to wear their uniforms neatly and with pride.
Pre-Prep School - EY1 to EY2
A blue Shrewsbury International School polo shirt with your child’s first name or nickname embroidered on the left hand side beneath the logo. Worn with blue Shrewsbury International School shorts and white socks. A Shrewsbury hat should be brought to school every day. A school jumper if it is cold.
Children should wear trainers to school. Trainers must have non-marking soles, with a plain design (preferably white) and with no obvious logos, additional colours or fashion adornments.
On days where a child is due to take part in splash play, they should also bring their swimming kit to school (see swimwear section below for guidance).
Pre-Prep School: Year 1 and Year 2
A blue Shrewsbury International School polo shirt with your child’s first name or nickname embroidered on the left hand side beneath the logo. Worn with blue Shrewsbury International School shorts and white socks. A Shrewsbury hat should be brought to school every day.
On days when they have PE lessons, children should wear their PE kit to school instead.
EITHER A blue school dress with your child’s first name or nickname embroidered on the left hand side beneath the logo OR girls may wear the same as boys - A blue Shrewsbury International School polo shirt with your child’s first name or nickname embroidered on the left hand side beneath the logo. Worn with blue Shrewsbury International School shorts and white socks. A Shrewsbury hat should be brought to school every day.
On days when they have PE lessons, children should wear their PE kit to school instead.
Footwear for Boys and Girls:
On days where they have PE lessons, children should wear trainers to school. Trainers must have non-marking soles, with a plain design (preferably white) and with no obvious logos, additional colours or fashion adornments. On days where they do not have PE lessons, children may either wear their PE trainers or plain black leather shoes.
Prep School - Years 3 to 6
School shorts, shirt and blue tie with grey ankle socks and plain black leather shoes. School sweaters may be worn.
Green school skirt, shirt and blue tie with white ankle socks and plain black leather shoes. School sweaters may be worn.
Senior School - Years 7 to 11
Grey school trousers (which should be worn with a black leather belt), shirt and maroon tie, grey socks and plain black leather shoes.
Green school skirt, shirt and maroon tie with white ankle socks and plain black leather shoes.
Sixth Form - Years 12 to 13
Sixth Form students should wear smart business-style attire. Boys should wear a shirt and tie and formal trousers (no jeans). Girls may wear trousers, skirts and dresses.
House Shirts are worn for various house events, trips, sports days and celebration assemblies. In Year 1 and 2 they are worn to school every other Friday instead of the normal school uniform.
Except for EY children who should wear their school uniform (blue shorts and blue polo shirt), students must wear school PE kit for all PE lessons. In the Junior School, children wear blue school shorts and a white polo shirt with blue trim. In the Senior School, students wear maroon shorts and a white polo shirt with maroon trim. White non-marking trainers must be worn. Students will be informed if they are required to wear football boots. Sports Excellence teams have their own kits.
In Early Years, all children are expected to wear a swimsuit that provides good protection from the sun. The school swimsuit, which covers the body, shoulders, arms and legs is ideal for this. Non-Shrewsbury alternatives may be worn, but must be similar in style and length i.e. no short swimuits or bikinis.
From Year 1 onwards, all students are required to wear official Shrewsbury swimwear when using the school pool, which may be purchased in the school shop.
In addition to swimwear, swimmers will require a swim hat, suitable poolside footwear (flip flops or crocs) and a towel for their journey to and from the swimming pool. Goggles are an optional extra at your own discretion.
Unless informed otherwise, school blazers are worn by Prep School students only on formal occasions. In the Senior School (Year 7 to 11), students must wear their blazer for assembly each week and on formal occasions. Sixth Form should wear jackets for all formal occassions.
If on religious grounds parents or students wish to wear traditional dress this will only be permitted if the parent/student has first consulted the Principal. Once sanctioned by the Principal, traditional dress will be permitted conforming to the school’s colours where appropriate.
Hair, Make up and Jewellery
Hair should be neatly cut (Boys: above the collar) and conform to orthodox styles. Hair colour and style must be appropriate for school - extravagant cuts and colouring are not permitted.
Make-up (including nail polish) is not permitted.
Students may wear a single plain stud in each ear and a watch, but no other jewellery is permitted except for valid religious or cultural reasons.
Only Shrewsbury back packs and sports kit bags are allowed.
Name Tapes and Embroidery
All items of school uniform should be marked with the student’s name. It makes it very difficult for us to trace lost articles of clothing unless they are identifiable by name tape. Embroidery shops can be found in shopping malls such as Tesco or Big C. An open air emboridery stall (signposted in Thai) is located in Wat Worachanywat, Charoen Krung Soi 72 in front of the Buddha statues.
All students, staff and parents using the school boat service during core operating hours are expected to wear a life jacket whilst on the school boat. Students who normally travel by the shuttle boat are required have their own life jacket marked with their own name, as part of the school uniform. The School Shop stocks inflatable life jackets, which are lightweight and portable. The School Shop will also stock replacement inflation canisters (which can be used once only) and cartridge firing mechanisms (which should be replaced according to the expiry date printed on the firing cartridge). The School Shop can be contacted at: 02 675 1888 ext 1105
Accordion Are there school meals/lunch/snacks?
We provide your child with all their meal requirements during the day. For the safety of children who have serious allergies (e.g. to dairy, wheat or nuts) we do not allow any food to be brought into school from home. Our school is a nut free environment.
Your class teacher will manage any special dietary requirements based on the information disclosed on the medical form.
Even if your child is a fussy eater, usually in a school environment this is not as big a problem as it is at home and all staff are well trained in ensuring children get a balanced healthy meal.
The current 10 day lunch and snack menu is always available to view on the Parent Portal.
The lunch menu has been formulated to ensure:
- Each child is provided with a balanced nutritious meal. This means each lunch always comprises vegetables, carbohydrate and protein components
- Food is chosen bearing in mind the sort that children like to eat
- Children with individual dietary requirements (e.g. Halal, vegetarian, Jain) are catered for
The food is child-friendly i.e. bite-sized, colourful and tasty, whilst avoiding artificial preservatives, colouring, flavour enhancers and a high saturated fat content.
All lunches are cooked on-site and fresh on the day. Class teachers and assistants place emphasis upon encouraging each of their children to eat well and to enjoy mealtimes with one another.
There are four lunch choices every day. Fruit is served as a dessert everyday and on Fridays there is ice cream.
On birthdays, please liaise with the class teacher if you would like to bring in a cake or pizza for your child. Please do not hand over food or eat snacks in the garden areas of the school.
The School’s Food Committee consists of parents, academic and non-academic staff, and the caterer. The committee’s aims include reviewing the School’s provision for quality and appropriateness and recommending improvements. The committee welcomes suggestions and comments which parents and students can email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The School has implemented a school-wide healthy eating policy in liaison with the Food Committee. The menu is posted weekly onto the Parent Portal.
Accordion Are there guidelines for home learning?
Home learning refers to work or activities which students are asked to do outside lesson time either on their own or with parents/carers. Research around the world affirms that home learning makes a vital contribution to students’ progress at school.
A well-organised, regular programme of home-learning helps to develop an understanding of lifelong learning as well as reinforcing learning in the classroom. Home learning helps to develop a spirit of enquiry, curiosity and investigation in students. At Shrewsbury International School, home learning is designed to extend the challenges open to students and to complement – and not impede – a full programme of extra-curricular opportunities (such as “You-Time!”, Sports, Music, Drama Excellence).
The School’s general approach to home learning is described HERE
The following guidelines articulate the school’s broad expectations about the amount of time students might reasonably be expected to spend on home learning and provide a useful framework for parents. However, the precise amount of time spent on home learning is much less important than the quality of the tasks set and the way in which they are planned to support learning.
||Home Learning Activity
|1 to 2
||1 hour per week
||Reading, spelling, occasional literacy work or number work
|3 to 4
||2 hours per week
||Reading, spelling, numeracy and literacy
|5 to 6
||2 hours per week
||Regular weekly schedule with continued emphasis on literacy and numeracy but also ranging widely over the curriculum. This may include practical work or research projects
|7 to 9
||90 minutes per day
||Allocated by subject in accordance with the home learning timetable published at the start of each academic year and to include reading for pleasure.
|10 to 11
||2 hours per day
||Dependent upon the demands of IGCSE subjects and to include wider reading
|12 to 13
||Dependent upon the demands of A Levels and to include wider reading and university entrance preparation