All students from KG1 upwards are expected to sit entrance tests in English and Mathematics. Students entering Early Learners and Pre KG have an interview with the Class Teachers instead. Admission is based on a student’s performance on these tests, their reports from their previous school and their interviews with the Head of School. Although Elizabeth Moir School is academically selective, we aim to assess applicants based on their future potential rather than just their current attainment and we also take other factors into consideration, such as character, attitude and extra-curricular achievements.
We have limited resources to provide for students with Special Educational Needs, and these are normally devoted to students whose Special Needs are identified while they are in the school after joining at a young age. We are not normally able to admit students with Special Needs, therefore, and we will not take a student if we feel we cannot provide for their individual needs.
Each year, the school offers scholarships to both internal and external students for the IGCSE and A Level courses. The scholarships are highly prestigious: candidates are expected to have an exceptional academic record, and to have shown themselves to be leaders in the classroom in terms of effort and participation as well as achievement. We are looking for students who not only possess natural flair for their subjects but also display genuine interest in learning.
The scholarship papers are designed to challenge students of the highest calibre. They aim to assess students’ future potential by testing their ability to think independently and creatively in response to new ideas.
Identifying the correct class for your child can
be confusing as different countries call each year a different name: Year 6 in the UK, for example,
is the equivalent of Grade 5 in Sri Lanka and the USA. The table below shows how the classes at
Elizabeth Moir School correspond with those from other education systems:
Class sizes have strict limits to ensure that each child receives the individual attention they need. At the Junior School, Early Learners has a maximum of 12 students and no class is allowed to go above 22 students. All classes up to and including Junior 1 have 2 teachers. At the Senior School, classes are split in many subjects and the limit for any class is 24 students.
We take students' educational background into consideration when we mark entrance tests and assess students based on what they do know, not what they do not. As an international school, we are used to helping students adjust to our style of teaching and assessment if they have come from a different system.
Although it is always better for students to join at the start of the academic year in August, we recognise that this is not always possible. Teachers are used to students joining during a school year and will give them whatever help they need to catch up, even modifying end-of-term exams if required.
There are induction sessions for both the students and parents of the Early Learners class in the week before the academic year starts. A third teacher is also employed for the first month to help children settle quickly and easily.
The safety of the children entrusted to us is our first priority. Both the Junior and Senior Schools have gates which are permanently supervised by security guards and well-practised emergency drills. There are regular First Aid courses for staff from both schools run by St. John's Ambulance.