FAQ

02 October 2020

General 

What are the holidays for the coming academic year?
Click on here to see an overview of the 2020/2021 school year.

What is the teacher and pupil turnover rate in your school? 
Average length of service amongst staff is currently 6 years. The average length of attendance for students is between 3-5 years. IPS Hilversum is designed to cater for transient families and we have chosen the IB PYP curriculum framework as it was purposely written to facilitate this. 

Are there early/late additional coach services to allow attending extra before/after-school activities?
Our fees are very competitive so do not include transportation.  

Can you indicate what the school offers in terms of before-/after-school care, if anything?
Before- and after-school care, including holidays, is organised in cooperation with a partner organisation and is available for all our students. As it is a separate organisation, fees are not included in school fees: https://binkkinderopvang.nl/en. Additionally, after-school activities are in abundance but mainly organised by local clubs and organisations. However, we do offer mother tongue groups for Dutch and German (NB This does vary annually).

What is the average/maximum pupil number per class? 
Our current average is 17 students. We aim for a maximum of 20 students with an absolute maximum of 22.

Is it possible to contact the parents' association in case of questions?  Yes. The email for the Parent Support Group is psg@ipshilversum.nl.  

Admissions

Does IPS Hilversum have a waiting list? 
All year groups have places available. However, a few year groups may have limited places.

Are pupils accepted to start mid-term and, if so, is there a risk they could lose a year?  Students join us throughout the year. Placement is made with the intention of moving up a year at the end of the academic year a student joins. 

When a place is confirmed, do students have to apply for re-enrolment the following academic school year(s)? 
Enrolment is continuous UNLESS we feel we can not need specific needs for a child or a family has not fulfilled all tuition fee payment requirements.

Is admission made based on a certain level reached in the subjects, or is it based on age? 
There is no streaming in any of our year groups. Every child is unique and circumstances can affect  placement that is always made in the BEST interest of the child and in full cooperation with the parents.

Is admission to IPS Hilversum based on the postcode of residence? 
Place of residence plays no role in admission. Our current families live in a wide area ranging from Amsterdam to Utrecht.

What are the provisions, admission requirements and support for children with special learning needs? 
Upon enrolment, you are asked to disclose any special learning needs your child/children may have. Within school, we have a learning support department with two coordinators and a number of remedial teachers. Support is given both in the class and out depending upon a child’s specific needs.

Do you have school sibling policies? 
No. There is no specific policy regarding siblings and placement. All applications are considered separately.   

Would it be possible to have the final exam pass rate and average grade obtained by pupils? 
As an IB World School implementing the Primary Years Programme there are no final exams but an Exhibition (see info in the Curriculum Guide). We do administer external standardised assessments during the year. These are used to inform teaching and personalisation of learning. Upon request, a meeting can be made with the Learning Support Coordinator to discuss the outcomes from the assessment . At the end of the final year of primary, the level of secondary education is reflected in the secondary school advice. Our graduates, aged 12, have averaged 90-95% acceptance to A level equivalent over the past 10 years.

What support/pastoral care is available in case of emotional/additional support needs? 
 In school we have a specialised school contact person. Locally, authorities provide all services that any Dutch primary school would receive, which is mostly free of charge.


Integration to Dutch Culture


Are there any activities offered out of school to support pupils learning of language and culture in advance of entering academic work? 
The local School Board and other external partners offer a number of possibilities.

Apart from teaching Dutch as a Host Country Language, are there any other activities and support offered to their students in order to learn or improve their Dutch out of school hours? 
We work in collaboration with an external organisation to host additional Dutch language lessons after school for our students. The financial implication for this is between parents and the responsible organisation. 

Partners