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 visit request form can all be found on the tabs to the left of this page.

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 the Summer Term, commencing 20 April 2020, we have availability in the following year groups
Updated 2 April 2020
  • Reception - Children aged 4 on 1 September 2019
  • Year 1 - Children aged 5 on 1 September 2019
  • Year 4 - Children aged 8 on 1 September 2019
  • Year 5 - Children aged 9 on 1 September 2019
  • Year 7 - Children aged 11 on September 1 2019
We have waiting lists for the following year groups and are still accepting applications
  • Year 8 - Children aged 12 on 1 September 2019
  • Year 9 - Children aged 13 on 1 September 2019

We do not have any places in the Nursery for the Summer term.

We are no longer accepting applications for Year 2, Year 3, Year 6

For 2020-21 we have places for the following Year Groups
  • 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 4 - Children aged 8 on 1 September 2020
  • Year 5 - Children aged 9 on 1 September 2020
  • Year 6 - Children aged 10 on 1 September 2020
For 2020-21 we have short waiting list for the following Year Groups, applications are welcome
Updated 2 April 2020
  • Year 2 - Children aged 6 on 1 September 2020
  • Year 3 - Children aged 7 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
  • Sixth Form - Children aged 16 on 1 September 2020

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

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

Year group




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 (and/or the Principal) if 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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