Admissions Process

Your child's journey starts here

It is our aim to make the admissions process here at the GEMS Cambridge International School, Kampala, as simple, straightforward and stress free as we can. Every prospective GEMS student is admitted in-line with the Education Ministry’s regulations and the GEMS admissions policy.

When considering your child for a place at our international primary and secondary school in Kampala, we will interview both you and your young learner. As part of the admissions process, there is an age related placement test for your child to sit to assess their progress and ensure we can fit them into the appropriate education level.

Throughout the admissions process, we do all we can to remove any pressure that might otherwise be felt. Looking at previous school reports is a great way to learn a little bit more about your child without the stress associated with further testing.

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Our step-by-step registration process

Step 1: Go to our online registration page to complete our online enrolment form. If you require any additional guidance, please get in touch with our team.

Step 2: Once you have completed the online enrolment form, you will then be sent your unique enquiry number. You will need this enquiry number for all future correspondence so please either print a copy of the receipt or write it down and keep it safe. You will then receive an email detailing the next step in the admissions process.

Step 3: The next step is to pay a one-off registration fee, details of which will be provided in the email. This fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and non-deductible, and covers the cost of administering your application.

To proceed with the application you must pay the registration fee and submit the following documents:

  • Two copies of your child’s passport or a government issued document
  • Two copies of both parents’ / legal guardians’ passports containing your residency visa (if applicable)
  • Five recent passport photos of your child (on photographic paper and against a white background please)
  • Copies of your child’s last two school reports (in English) for those entering Year 1 and above
  • A leaving certificate from your child’s previous school
  • Full details of any special educational needs, individual education plans or reports from educational psychologists or therapists (it is essential their entire educational is submitted before a place can be offered) 
  • Two copies of your child’s birth certificate (in English)
  • Full details of all vaccinations and immunisations your child has received
  • A completed medical form and a copy of your child’s medical history

Please note: a completed application submission does not guarantee your child a place at our school.

Step 4: Once steps 1-3 have been completed, you will then be contacted by the school registrar to arrange a convenient time to meet a member of our senior leadership team.

Terms and conditions

Once your initial enquiry has been submitted, our school registrar will be happy to help you complete all the relevant paperwork relating to your registration. And of course, GEMS Cambridge International School, Kampala, considers all applications equally, regardless of your child’s ethnicity, nationality, gender or religion.

Age requirements

To meet the requirements of the admission policy your child must have turned the age listed next to the grade level by 1st September. 

Grade/Year

Age (years)

 

Grade/Year

Age (years)

 

Grade/Year

Age (years)

FS1

3

 

Year 4

8

 

Year 9

13

FS2

4

 

Year 5

9

 

 

 

Year 1

5

 

Year 6

10

 

 

 

Year 2

6

 

Year 7

11

 

 

 

Year 3

7

 

Year 8

12

 

 

 

Grade placement

At our international primary and secondary school in Kampala, we always endeavour to place your child in the most appropriate grade for their age, academic, emotional and social development. For this reason, your child may be asked to complete an appropriate assessment to determine their best fit.

Previous schooling

Before your child can be offered a place at our school, we must see official documentation (in English) from all of their previous schools, including report cards and test scores. If necessary, we will request a translation from the consulate in the country of their previous school to meet our admission guidelines.

 

For any further information regarding our admissions process, please contact a member of our team.