Starting school is an exciting time for children and their families. We strive to make the transition to Ilam School as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
We have strong relationships with local preschools and plenty of experience helping families from other parts of the country and overseas settle into our neighbourhood. We’d love your child to be part of our kura (school).
Here’s how to enrol your child:
Read our School Prospectus. It is full of up-to-date information about our school.
Complete the online Enrolment Form. We also need copies of supporting documents (like birth certificates, passports, proof of address and immunisation certificates etc) before we can confirm the enrolment — these can be emailed or delivered to the school office.
If you have questions with Steps 1 or 2, simply email email@example.com or phone the school office — we are happy to help.
Once we’ve received your Enrolment Form and supporting documents, we will contact you.
Cohort Entry for 5-year-olds
Ilam School operates cohort (group) entry for new entrants. Rather than starting on their fifth birthday, children start school in small groups at the next available intake.
The 2023 entry dates are:
Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child at Ilam School. Please contact our Executive Assistant, Jocelyn Hollis, (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you may have regarding international enrolments at Ilam.
For details on our fee structure and terms and conditions for International Students, please click on the "International Fee-Paying Student Information" button on this page.
"The school is highly effective in providing pastoral care, good quality education and ESOL tuition for its international students." 2017 Education Review Office Report.
The following enrolment process has been put in place so both the family and the school have as much information as possible to ensure the student has a secure, successful start to their education at Ilam School.
Please read and complete our Prospectus for International Students and International Student Enrolment Form, by clicking on the "Prospectus for International Students" and "International Student Enrolment Form" button on this page. Return the prospectus and enrolment form to email@example.com.
After we receive your application:
After we receive your application we will check the documentation and issue you with an international student fees invoice.
Once we receive the fees, we will issue an Offer of Place.
You then apply for a student visa.
Once the visa is approved start to make travel arrangements. Advise the school of your arrival date.
The school will provide you with a date and time for an interview with the Deputy Principal.
An interview (45 minutes) with the Deputy Principal will be held with the family to share information about the student and the school.
Once the information from the interview is assessed by the Deputy Principal, the family will be phoned with the student’s class and teacher’s name. A stationery list will be made available for the student.
The student may start school two or three days after the interview. This allows the student and their family time to settle into their new home, purchase stationery and uniform items, and allow any effects of jet lag to disappear.
Ilam School is a signatory to The Code of Practice for International Students and adhere to this document.
When should my child start school?
If you are unsure when to start your child in school, please ask us.
Do you need help with childcare either before or after school, or during the school holidays?
Ilam OSCAR may be able to help — Ilam School hosts this on-site programme to assist families with childcare.
More information can be found here.