Admissions Procedure

How do I visit the school for more information?

Employees of European Agencies and Institutions are invited to the presentations given by the directors at each agency/institution during the first months of the calendar year.

Parents living in The Netherlands are invited to attend an Information Morning for Prospective Parents before submitting an application. The dates of these sessions are published here.

Parents who will be relocating to The Netherlands need to contact the Admissions Officers via admissions@eshthehague.nl (link sends e-mail) with a request to visit the school. Applications forms and school reports need to be submitted prior to the appointment.

If you wish to make an enquiry by telephone, the Admissions Officers are available between 09:30 and 12:00 (Mon-Fri) on +31 70 700 1600

When should I apply?

Parents applying for their children to start Early Years Cycle 1
Applications are accepted for children from the age of 2, but are processed at a later stage.

Applications for pupils to join at the start of the new school year
Applications should be submitted by the 1st of April, prior to the start of the new school year. Any applications received after this date, run the risk of delayed placement: meaning that the pupils may not be able to start at the beginning of the new school year.

Applications for pupils to join during the course of the school year
As soon as possible.

 What documents do I need to send first?

Category I (children of European Agency/Institute staff members)
• Application form
• Passport copy
• School reports from past two school years / completed pre-school report
• Any additional documents related to special educational needs and/or medical related issues
• Statement from European Institution confirming pupil’s Category I status

Category III (all other pupils)
• Application form
• Passport copy
• School reports from past two school years / completed pre-school report
• Any additional documents related to special educational needs and/or medical related issues
• Payment of the €300 registration fees

In most cases Category III pupils are required to provide proof of their eligibility for international education in The Netherlands. For more information on this please see 'Admission Conditions Category III pupils' in the menu on the left. 

What next?

1. Wait for confirmation of receipt, which may include a request for additional documents and/or forms to be completed.
2. Once all documents have been submitted (and if required the registration fee has been paid), the application is discussed and assessed by the directorate.
3. The admissions department contacts parents with director’s feedback, which may include a request for additional information, a meeting request, a confirmation of the placement offer or placement on the waiting list (Category III pupils).
4. With the approval of the director, confirmation of enrolment letters are sent to parents, to sign and return in acceptance of the offer.
5. The further arrangements for introduction days are made based upon the starting date of the pupil and are communicated in the confirmation of enrolment letter.

How long does the procedure take?

From the moment that all necessary documents have been submitted, it can take up to two weeks to process an application. In the event that more information is necessary, the process can take longer, depending on what needs to be discussed. In cases where the decision made by the director is not in line with parents’ expectations, the process can also take longer. It is therefore very important to apply on time, in order to avoid delayed placement.

Additional information for Category III applications:

Category III pupils are always initially placed on the waiting list. When the director decides that a place can be offered, parents are contacted by email with this offer. For category III pupils, the time between submitting the full application and a placement offer depends on the availability. It is possible that a Category III pupil is not offered a place for consecutive years, due to the availability in that particular year group and language section.

 

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