Frequently asked questions about CIS.
Q. At what age, and using what criteria are children eligible for admission to CIS?
A. The Early Years stage is available to children who are 2 ½ years old. Foundation Stage 1 and 2 is available for children aged 3+ and 4+. Enrolment of a child in Early Years or Foundation stages is at the discretion of the Principal. For general information please call 026798777 and ask for the Admissions Officer.
Q. What documentation do I need to provide when registering my child in school?
A. Upon admission and prior to attendance at school, each child shall have on file:
Copy of residence certificate
Copy of birth certificate
Copy of each parent/s residence certificate and ID card
Copy of child’s and parent/s passport (for foreign students)
Previous school report – most recent
Q. Which curriculum does CIS offer?
A. CIS follows the British Curriculum from Early Years to Key Stage 4. In Early Years, children learn through play. In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) children learn independence, responsibility and the fundamentals of literacy and numeracy. In Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) they are taught the knowledge and skills enabling them to succeed in secondary education. In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) students study a wide range of subjects before opting for IGCSE subjects at the end of Year 9. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) students continue to study English, Maths and ICT alongside either Science or Business based IGCSE options, sitting the internationally recognised IGCSE exams at the end of Year 11.
Q. What is our homework policy?
A. Homework is used to reinforce skills, assess previous learning and prepare students for future learning. Homework is scheduled and carefully planned to challenge and stimulate students. Homework must be completed by students, with the supervision of parents or guardians.
Q. Is there any support available for children with special needs?
A. The school has learning support services for students who need reinforcement in core subjects such as Literacy, Maths and Science. Students who have limited proficiency in English receive support from an ESL teacher who works closely with the class teacher. After school tutorials are also available for advanced studies in Maths, English and Science and some other languages.
Q. When does the Academic year begin and end, and how long is the school day?
A. CIS usually begins the 2nd week of August and ends the last week of May. The school day for all students starts at 8.15am and ends at 3.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Q. What is the student enrolment and what are the class sizes?
A. We have a maximum capacity of 450 students. There are a maximum of 2 classes per year group, and all classes have a maximum of 25 students.
Q. Where are CIS teachers from?
A. Our teaching staff are our greatest asset. We have teachers from North America, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Africa, Sudan, Middle East, Philippines and Thailand. The vast majority are fully trained and experienced and large proportions have been teaching for over 10 years.
Q. What after school activities are available?
A. CIS offers a wide range of activities which may vary each term depending upon demand. Please contact the school for a current list.
Q. Is transport available?
A. Transport is available and is subject to space. There is an additional cost for this which may vary depending on your location.
Q. Are school meals provided?
A. We provide a hot meal at lunch time. All food is cooked in school and Halal. There is a vegetarian choice and also the option to bring lunch from home if preferred.
Q. What opportunities are there for Parental involvement?
A. During the academic year, parents are encouraged to be committed members of the school community. This can happen through membership of our supportive PTA Committee, or Parent volunteers. There are also various events and tournaments where we appreciate parental support.
Q. How do students prepare for IGCSE examinations?
A. At the end of Year 9, students will be aware of their areas of interest and strength. They will be required to make their choice of the subjects they will study in Years 10 and 11. We encourage students to choose as broad a range of subjects as possible and will consist of the core subjects (Maths, English and ICT) along with optional subjects. In Years 10 and 11, the focus is on critical thinking and problem solving. These will become lifelong skills.
During these 2 years regular assessments will take place allowing students and staff to see where more emphasis is needed. It will also allow more accurate predictions of how students will perform in the actual exam.
Q. What Islamic studies are available?
A. Islamic studies taught in English, Quran memorisation and reading, and Namaz are all offered as part of the curriculum. Tahfiz programme is also available as an after school activity.
Q. Why choose CIS?
A. This is a great place to learn. The physical environment is attractive and the facilities ensure that all aspects of the curriculum are well supported. We offer a small, secure and fun filled learning environment for all our students.
Unlike other international schools, CIS is a non-profit organisation. This effectively means that all profits are put back into the school to improve facilities and resources.
The inclusion of Arabic and Islamic Studies sets us apart from many of our peers, and forms a major part of the unique difference an education at CIS provides.
Finally, our students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills and independence. They become sensitive and creative thinkers who learn about the world and people around them. They become tolerant and mature individuals who have the confidence and maturity to meet the challenges that today’s world offers.