Admission & Registration

The admission procedure begins with registration, which in itself does not guarantee admission. Dates for registration are announced individually by each school. A registration fee is charged to cover clerical and administrative costs and, on payment of this fee, the school office issues a receipt and a registration form for completion by the parent or guardian. The Beaconhouse School System prospectus is also provided.

Registration will usually be done if it is thought probable that a vacancy may exist in the appropriate class at the expected time of admission. The school reserves the right to accept or refuse admission without assigning a reason.

Normal ages of pupils at the time of admission

CLASSAGE
Pre-Nursery (Montessori) 3+
Nursery 4+
Kindergarten 5+
I 6+
II 7+
III 8+
IV 9+
V 10+
VI 11+
VII 12+
VIII 13+
IX 14+
X 15+
XI / O Level 16+
A Level first year 17+

Admission test/interview timings

Admission tests and interviews are normally held in February/March of each year. Admissions are confirmed latest by April/May to successful candidates who are required to join the school in the following August or September. Parents of successful candidates will be asked to call at the school office to collect the first fee 'challan' form. The first fee 'challan' form will include charges for a security deposit (refundable at the time of withdrawal only), admission fees, two months' tuition fees and any other incidental charges. Methods of payment will be explained by the school office. When this procedure is complete the child's name will be entered in the admission register and the child may join their class.

Withdrawals and Transfers

If parents wish to withdraw their child from the school, one month's notice in writing must be given to the school. One month's fees must be paid to the school in lieu of such notice. No notice is required, however, if a student is withdrawn one month after the final examination.

Notwithstanding the above, a student shall be considered to be withdrawn from the school if:

  1. They have not attended the school for a period of one month, unless arrangements for such absence have been agreed to by the Head of the concerned branch of the school.
  2. Their fees have remained unpaid for two consecutive months.
  3. They have been asked to withdraw from the school due to disciplinary reasons. In the event of such a withdrawal the school shall not be required to give any notice before enforcing its decision, which shall be within the absolute and sole discretion of the school.
  4. They have failed in the same class for two consecutive years or have failed to qualify for promotion on two different occasions in their school career.

In cases (a), (b), (c) and (d) above, outstanding fees shall be adjusted against the security deposit paid to the school.

A student shall be deemed to be enrolled in the school until they have completed their normal education, having taken their final public examination (Matriculation / O Level / A Level), and all their dues with the school have been finally settled. They shall only be considered to be withdrawn after the outstanding fees / other dues (if any) payable up to the last month during which they appear for their last public examination paper, are fully settled, or the outstanding amount shall be adjusted against the security deposit and the balance, if any, shall be recoverable from the parent.

Inter-city and International transfer

Beaconhouse offers as one of its advantages the facility to transfer from a Beaconhouse school in one city of Pakistan to a Beaconhouse school in another city. In addition, we are now pleased to offer an international transfer facility to schools in Bangladesh, Oman, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and the UK.

Eligibility

A student is eligible to apply for inter-city/international transfer facilities, provided that:

  1. They have completed twelve months or one academic year at the branch from which they are seeking transfer;
  2. They have cleared all their dues from the branch they are studying in and from which they are seeking transfer;
  3. There is no gap between the date of withdrawal from one branch and the date of admission in another branch;
  4. They have not been suspended or received more than one disciplinary warning;
If a student qualifies for transfer:
  • No admission fees will be charged by the branch to which the student is transferred.
  • The security deposit of the student will automatically be transferred to the new branch.

Even if a student is eligible for transfer, they shall only qualify for it subject to the availability of a vacancy in the requested branch in cities where there is more than one branch of the Beaconhouse School System. The decision of the relevant Regional Office will be final in this regard.

Students, in their own interest, are advised not to seek transfers in the final two years of their schooling, i.e. Classes IX (Matriculation) and X (Matriculation), and the last three years of O and A Levels, since the range of subjects offered in different schools varies. Also, in the case of Matriculation, different Boards have different requirements. As such, Beaconhouse does not take any responsibility for the consequences resulting from transfers during the periods mentioned.

Not all BSS schools offer O and A Levels. Therefore, students transferring out of the Cambridge stream need to ascertain whether the school to which they are seeking transfer offers the Cambridge stream or not.

Since the academic year in Quetta and Abbottabad is approximately six months out of line with the academic year in the rest of the system, it follows that a student transferring to or from these cities must move ahead or drop back by one term. The decision is made by the Head of the second school after consultation with the Head of the first school and is made, as far as possible, in the long-term interests of the student.

Intra-city transfer

Beaconhouse School System does not offer transfer facility from one school campus to another within the same city.

Academic Procedures

Internal Assessment / Reporting

A student's academic progress is monitored in various ways: informally by the teacher's observation, and more formally by assessment of class work, tests and examinations. We realise, however, that even the best designed tests and examinations are able to evaluate only limited areas of a student's development, and we are, therefore, constantly looking for more effective ways to assess and report on the overall progress of students.

In all classes a progress report on each student is sent to parents at the end of each term. Parents are strongly advised to attend Parent-Teacher Meetings, where they can discuss all aspects of their child's progress in more detail. When necessary, parents can meet teachers at other times too, but arrangements for such meetings are only made through the Principal or Head Teacher.

  • Selection
In classes up to and including Class VIII, all students follow the same curriculum. At the end of Class VIII, students continue either in the Cambridge or the Matriculation stream according to laid down criteria. 
  • Promotion
In normal circumstances a student is promoted to the next class at the end of a school year. This promotion depends on their overall performance throughout the year, and not solely on any final test or examination. If a student's progress and performance is unsatisfactory (for example, if they have failed twice to obtain promotion at the end of a school year), the student will be suspended from the school. The decision of the Head of the school will be final in these matters. 


Scholarships and Fees

Beaconhouse offers a scholarship scheme that covers a number of circumstances based on merit and means. Each school is allocated a certain number of scholarships to be given annually, therefore the decision of the school in the awarding of scholarships is final. Further information can be obtained from the Regional Office in your area. The school reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship scheme at any time and/or amend the rules governing the scholarship scheme at its sole discretion.

There are variations in the fee structure at different schools within the system. Information can be obtained from the school of your choice.

School fees

School fees and other charges shall be paid every two months in advance, through a local bank. This is payable for all twelve calendar months. The school has the discretion to review and increase the school fees and all other fees, charges and deposits ancillary thereto, without prior written notice. No concessions can be provided in the case of two or more siblings attending any school in the Beaconhouse School System.