How to apply

Welcome to the Admissions Department

We are delighted that you are considering The British School of Amsterdam and we hope that you are able to find all the information that you need on this website. We realise that choosing the right school is a very big decision and would be delighted to answer any questions you may have. We hope to make your child's admission into The British School of Amsterdam as smooth as possible.

Information on the admissions process, including links to our online application form and a arrange a virtual visit form can all be found on the tabs to the left of this page.  Due to COVID-19 we are unable to have visitors to the school but we can still arrange online meetings for prospective parents with heads of school or their deputies. We can also share with you a virtual tour of the different school sections. 


Children who are rising 3

Children may enter the Nursery in the term that they celebrate their third birthday. Children who join as a rising 3 will be in the Nursery for more than one academic year. In such instances, to ensure continuity, the children remain in the same classroom for the second academic year. Children enter Reception in the academic year that they turn 5 years old. The school year runs from 1 September to 31 August.

We do not normally offer places in Year 11 (last year of international GCSEs) or Year 13 (last year of A levels).

For 2020-21 we have places for the following Year Groups

Updated 3 July 2020
- Nursery - Children aged 3 on 1 September 2020
- Reception - Children aged 4 on 1 September 2020
- Year 1 - Children aged 5 on 1 September 2020
- Year 2 - Children aged 6 on 1 September 2020
- Year 6 - Children aged 10 on 1 September 2020

For 2020-21 we are welcoming applications for the following Year Groups

Updated 3 July 2020
- Year 3- Children aged 7 on 1 September 2020
- Year 4 - Children aged 8 on 1 September 2020
- Year 5 - Children aged 9 on 1 September 2020
- Year 8 - Children aged 12 on 1 September 2020
- Year 9 - Children aged 13 on 1 September 2020
- Year 10 - Children aged 14 on 1 September 2020
- Year 12 - Children aged 16 on 1 September 2020

At the moment, Year 7 is full for September 2020 we are no longer accepting applications. Should this change, we will post an update on this page.

If you have any questions about the admissions process then please do contact the Admissions Team.

The Admissions Team
Nathalie Edghill, Admissions Manager
Ann Gibson Assistant, Assistant Admissions Officer
Gwendolyn de Groot, Admissions Assistant | +31 (0) 20 679 7840 | Office hours from 8am to 5pm during term time and 9am to 3pm during school holidays.

Application process

To begin the application process you will need to complete an online application form for each child you wish to enrol. The year group that a child applicant would join is determined by their age on the 1 September. For example, a child who is 8 years old on 1 September would join Year 4. Please use the table below to guide you.

Early Years School


Infant School


Junior School


Senior School

Age on 1 September

Year group


Age on 1 September

Year group


Age on 1 September

Year group


Age on 1 September

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Year 1



Year 3



Year 7





Year 2



Year 4



Year 8



Year 5



Year 9



Year 6



Year 10



Year 11



Year 12



Year 13

Making an application for a Nursery place
In the Nursery the week is divided into 10 sessions, five in the morning and five in the afternoon. The minimum number of sessions a child can attend is five. It is possible to combine both a morning and an afternoon session to make a full day. Children under three may only attend five sessions. Morning sessions are from 8.45 to 11.45 and the afternoon sessions are from 12.10 to 3.10. Children must also be fully toilet trained to join the Nursery. More information can be found here.

As per the conditions of enrolment, for each application, the following documents are required. These can be uploaded as part of the online application form. The application form can be saved and you can return to it later.

  • A passport size photograph of your child
  • Your child's birth/adoption certificate
  • Proof of identity for both parents or where parents are separated or divorced, Custody Agreement or Court Ordered Restriction to be provided
  • Proof of address, for example a utility bill
  • If applicable, any statement for special educational needs, or reports from educational professionals such as speech therapist or psychologist
  • Your child's most recent school report, in English
  • A confidential reference from the child's current school (for applications for Year 1 to Year 13)

All applications require a non-refundable Registration Fee of €250 to be paid. Upon receipt of your application you will receive details of how to make the registration fee payment. Please note that if payment is not received within 5 working days the application will be cancelled.

For applications for entry into the Infant, Junior or Senior schools the School will request a confidential reference from the child’s current school.

Once all the required documents have been received and the €250 Registration Fee is paid, the Admissions Department will process the enrolment and send an invoice for the Deposit which must be paid within 30 days of the invoice being sent. The Deposit for entry into the Reception, Infant School, Junior School and Senior School is €2,500. The Deposit for entry into the Nursery is €1,500. Children who transfer from the Nursery to Reception will be required to increase their Deposit by €1,000.

Once the School has received the Deposit we will confirm with the Head of School or the Principal if a place can be offered or if your child will be placed on a waiting list. If we cannot offer a place and therefore the application is withdrawn, the Deposit is refunded in full.

Expatriate parent who qualifies for the 30% ruling
If an expatriate parent, as an employee, is eligible for the 30% ruling, the employer can also reimburse the international school fees tax free besides the tax-free 30% allowance. For the purposes of the 30% ruling, The British School of Amsterdam is categorised as an international school. Please visit the website of the Dutch tax authority for more details (Belastingdienst).

Primary School Profile

Senior School Profile
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