School Policies


In order to uphold the highest standard of education for all who enter, we abide by the following educational criteria. 


The International School of Cape Town is able to consider for admission only those children for whom it is able to provide an appropriate educational programme. Previous educational records and, where possible, interviews and  cognitive ability assessments are used to determine suitability for entry and appropriate placement.

All applicants who have previously attended a school will be asked to provide previous school records. These will include school reports, any educational psychological assessment reports and results of recent standardised tests or examinations. Applicants should also provide copies of birth certificates or evidence of date of birth.

All applicants should visit the school and meet the Key Stage heads (for admission to Key Stages 1, 2, 3) and the Director of Studies (Key Stages 4,5) or other designated person. This meeting should be used to determine whether the applicant would meet the criteria for admission and this is supplemented by written tests.

For entry to Key Stages 2 – 5, students are required to take a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT4) which is used as a guide for students academic expectations. .
For entry to A level courses, applicants will usually be required to produce evidence of having obtained the necessary preliminary qualifications at O, GCSE or IGCSE levels.In exceptional circumstances a student may be admitted to the School with a provisional placement and a final decision made on admission after an initial assessment period.


  1. Children entering Reception should normally have reached the age of 4 1/2 years by 1 January in that school year. The minimum age for admission to subsequent grades will be correspondingly increased. The maximum age of admission to any year group will be at the discretion of the Head of School but will not usually exceed 12 months beyond the above recommendation.
  2. Children entering Year 7 (the first year of secondary education) must normally be at least 12 years by 31 July in that school year. The maximum age of admission to any year group is more flexible in the Secondary School, but it is unlikely that any student will be admitted to a year group if he or she is more than two years of age above the norm for that year group.


  1. Students may not be transferred from one year group to another without the consent of thePrincipal.
  2. The Principal’s decision on the admission of a student and his or her placement shall be final.