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General FAQs

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How do I apply for a place for my child at the Alice Smith School? What are the conditions of entry?

To make an application, parents must submit a completed application form (123 KB). Students entering the School should be fluent in English, residing in Malaysia with at least one family member and have the intellectual capacity to access the English National Curriculum at their appropriate entry point to the school. Find out more details on How To Apply.

How does the school determine which year group my child will be placed in?

Students will be placed in year groups according to their date of birth. Our academic year starts in September. For example, students entering Year 1 in September must have turned 5 by 1st September and so on as we progress up the School.

Age on 31st August

Year Group

Foundation Stage

3

Pre-school

4

Reception

Key Stage 1

5

Year 1

6

Year 2

Key Stage 2

7

Year 3

8

Year 4

9

Year 5

10

Year 6

Key Stage 3

11

Year 7

12

Year 8

13

Year 9

Key Stage 4

14

Year 10

15

Year 11

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

16

Year 12

17

Year 13

What is the student population of the school like?

Currently almost 1,600 students attend the Alice Smith School with approximately 800 at each Campus. 36% of the student population are British citizens and have at least one parent who holds a British passport. Approximately 30% of our students are Malaysian passport holders. Entry is subject to regulations by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. The remaining students are drawn from more than 50 countries, with 10% coming from the other founding nations of the Alice Smith Schools Association - Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.

Are the teachers British expatriates?

The vast majority of classroom teachers, including subject specialists, are British. We also have teachers from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. All of our teachers hold a UK teaching qualification or an internationally recognised equivalent and all have at least two years experience teaching the English National curriculum in the UK or a leading British international school.  We also welcome specialist language teachers from Malaysia. The teaching staff receive excellent support from an extensive team of administrative, maintenance and support staff.

What curriculum is taught?

We teach a British curriculum, the New English Curriculum working towards (I)GCSEs and A levels.

We do not teach the International Baccalaureate but all Sixth Formers will work towards the AQA Baccalaureate, the components of which are similar to the core of the IBDP and where A levels are the academic element.

What is the definition of a non-profit school?

The school does not have shareholders and so all available money is used to develop the school.

Does my child need a student pass?

Either a Student Pass or a Permit to Study is required for all expatriate children who are in Year 1 onwards until the maximum age of 18 years old, except for children who are permanent residents of Malaysia or who hold a Residence Pass (this is different to a Dependent Pass). The period for processing is approximately 2 months for both new and extension applications of Student Pass and 1 day for a Permit to Study stamp in the passport. Parents can obtain these passes from the Immigration Department. A Permit to Study stamp can only be applied for once the child’s Dependent Pass has been issued. The child’s Dependent Pass is issued based on at least one parent holding an Employment Pass.

In the absence of a Permit to Study or Student Pass, students who are involved in school trips outside Malaysia without parents accompanying them can face problems at the immigration points of exit/entry. More details on applying for a Student Pass or a Permit to Study can be found here

Which universities do students go on to?

Over the last four years 95% of Alice Smith School students have gone onto Higher Education. The UK is still the most popular destination, followed by Australia, although there is an increasing number each year applying to high quality regional and North American universities. In 2014 85% of students received their first choice of university. Many Alice Smith students who apply to the UK secure places at Russell Group universities (24 highest ranked universities in the UK), with LSE, UCL, Imperial and Kings featuring in London placements. Top 100 universities world-wide feature in almost all applications and placements.

Which degree courses do students go on to study at university?

They study a wide variety of degree courses which reflects the diverse range of subjects available at A Level and the diversity of interests amongst students. Most popular in recent years are Engineering, Business/Economics and Medicine/Dentistry.

How many students go to Oxbridge each year?

From the last four graduating classes, thirteen students have gone to Oxbridge  - two in 2014 (four offered places); seven in 2013 and four in 2012 (five were offered places).

Does the School offer learning support and facilities for students with special needs?

Whilst our school is academically non-selective, we do offer British-based schooling to students who can intellectually access the English National Curriculum. Applications for students who require special assistance are considered on a case by case basis. Our team of Learning Support Specialists and Assistants are able to provide guidance and assistance to students who find particular aspects of the curriculum challenging.

What is the discipline policy in the school?

We have a comprehensive Code of Conduct for students and a supportive pastoral system for monitoring the personal welfare of students. A structured tiered system of sanctions for misbehaviour is in place.

What does the School do about bullying?

We do not tolerate bullying in any form. Any kind of discrimination is totally unacceptable and is not tolerated. We believe that every individual is entitled to work and learn in a safe and secure environment. Positive personal relationships, including an awareness of bullying are raised through the PSHE curriculum, assemblies and class discussions, and through special days such as GLUE days at the Secondary School. We have a detailed policy and procedures in place to investigate and deal effectively with incidents of bullying. If you would like more information on our policy please contact our Admissions team.

Do students have to wear uniform?

Yes. All students up to Year 11 must wear the school uniform. The School Uniform Shops on each campus sell all uniform items and most school supplies, with the exception of shoes.  There is a dress code for Years 12 and 13.

What time does school start and finish?

At the Primary Campus school starts at 7.45am and finishes at 2pm, except for Pre-School and Reception who start at 8.30am (soft drop-off at 7.45am) and finish at noon and 2pm respectively. The Secondary Campus starts at 8am and finishes at 2.40pm.

The majority of after school activities finish at 3.10pm at the Primary Campus and 4pm at the Secondary Campus. More details are available for the school routine at the Primary Campus and the Secondary Campus.

What if my child is sick during school hours?

A qualified nurse works at each campus. The nursing centre has beds and areas where first aid can be administered. The nurse contacts the parent or guardian if the decision is made that the student is too unwell to complete the school day or if further medical treatment is required.

Are there sufficient security measures in place at the School?

The safety and security of our students is of utmost importance. Security measures (including 24-hour guard services) at the school are constantly monitored and reviewed and the school takes advice from and liaises with specialist experts, the British High Commission and other authorities in Malaysia.

Do current students at the Primary Campus wishing to enter the Secondary Campus at Equine Park need to submit a new application?

No. A new application is not required to enter Year 7 for students currently in Year 6. However, families should indicate their intention to take up a Year 7 place at the Secondary Campus as early as possible in Year 6.

As a parent new to the school, are there opportunities for me to become involved in the School?

Yes. These include as a volunteer with the Parent-Teacher Association, as an elected member of the Council of Governors, helping in the classroom or as someone willing to share their skills and knowledge with our students. We look forward to welcoming you to the school.

How long will it take for my child to get to school?

That depends on where you live. School buses serve many areas; you can also request a list from the main office. More details are also available about bus routes and details on approximate journey times from different areas on the where our families live page of our website.

Are there any accreditations?

The school is accredited as a British School Overseas (BSO) and is regularly inspected by OFSTED. It is also a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS), FOBISIA (formerly known as FOBISSEA), EARCOS (East Asia Region Council of Schools) and COBIS (council of British International Schools).

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