FAQ’s

What is the entrance procedure?

If you are in Cape Town:

  • after the initial contact, background information and application forms are emailed to the parent/guardian.
  • an appointment is made to see the school and meet with the Admissions officer and Principal.
  • the application form is returned, with supporting documents (as requested on the form) and Registration Fee (R500 if paying in Rand, R650 if paying in foreign currency outside of South Africa).
  • for enrolment into Reception (Grade 0) to Year 10, an assessment will be organised. This usually takes place in the afternoon.
  • for enrolment into Year 10 and above, we consider various factors, in particular what curriculum they are currently enrolled in, and their previous grades and/or predicted grades in the case of AS/A level.
  • if the applicant is successful, and a place is available, an Offer of Place is made in writing, and sent together with certain documents that need to be completed, signed and returned to ISCT.
  • to confirm acceptance of the place and secure the place, we require a Placement Fee for each applicant, currently R8 500. This is a once-off, non-refundable fee.
  • we also require ALL paperwork to be complete before enrolment becomes official.
  • ISCT will supply a letter for the Department of Home Affairs if a Study Permit is needed.
  • all information needed for enrolment will also be given to the parent/guardian of the student.

If you and/or your child are not in Cape Town yet:

  • after the initial contact, background information and application forms are emailed to the parent/guardian.
  • the application form is returned, with supporting documents (as requested on the form) and Registration Fee (R500 if paying in Rand, R650 if paying in foreign currency outside of South Africa).
  • a PROVISIONAL Offer of Place is made in writing, and sent together with certain documents that need to be completed, signed and returned to ISCT via fax or email.
  • we will also supply a letter for the Department of Home Affairs if a Study Permit is needed.
  • to confirm acceptance of the place and secure the place, we require a Placement Fee for each applicant, currently R8 500. This is a once-off, non-refundable fee.
  • we also require ALL paperwork to be complete before enrolment becomes official.
  • all information needed for enrolment will be given to the parent/guardian of the student.
  • on arrival in Cape Town, an assessment will be done as soon as possible to confirm acceptance and also to confirm the correct Year placement.

How does British education differ from South African education?

  • We accept into our Nursery class from 3 1/2 years, and Reception (Grade 0) from 4 1/2. It is in the Reception year that Numeracy and Literacy are taught, so that by the end of the year most children are able to read, write sentences and do simple addition and subtraction. The South African system starts this literacy and numeracy in Grade 1, when the child is turning 7.
  • the second language is introduced in Year 3. Afrikaans is the only other South African language offered. Students may choose from French, Spanish or Afrikaans.
  • High School starts in Year 7.
  • external examinations, the IGCSE are written in the June of Year 11. AS level examinations are written in November of Year 12. There is an optional Year 13, which is the full A level qualification, which is necessary if the student wishes to study in most foreign countries.
  • a South African matric exemption is gained with a combination of AS and IGCSE results.

What is your class size?

  • the maximum class size up to Year 6 is 20 per class. After that we usually cap the numbers at 24. Our Key Stage 1 classes (Nursery to Year 2) have teacher assistants in addition to the qualified teacher.

When does your academic year begin?

  • we run according to the South African academic calendar. Students coming in to ISCT from the Northern Hemisphere usually ‘repeat’ part of the year they were in before they moved. In some instances we will allow a student to ‘jump’ into the next year, especially if they are in Cape Town for a short period of time and do not want to lose out on academic time. This is unusual, and only done keeping the best interest of the student in mind.
  • the IGCSE (Year 10-11) is usually a 2 year course. We have successfully shortened it to 18 months so as to accommodate Northern Hemisphere students wishing to return ‘home’ to start AS/A levels in the July of that year.

How many students do you have and where do they come from?

  • we have around 420 students from Nursery to A levels, from over 30 countries. Half of our students are South African.

I always thought an International School was for foreign students. Why are there so many local students?

South African parents choose ISCT for their children for a variety of reasons:

  • the British educational system is highly regarded world-wide, and we offer it at a high academic standard.
  • many families have a parent or parents who travel or who may be transferred internationally. The British system is a more ‘portable’ system in that it is offered in most countries, and allows a relatively seamless transition if moving from country to country.
  • we offer a flexible approach to education, in that we do not restrict formal learning to children who are turning 7. Formal numeracy and literacy starts in Reception (Grade 0) when the child turns 5. Every applicant is assessed to ascertain whether they are ready to begin formal schooling.