and thank you for showing interest in EIC. We recognize the importance of choosing the right school for your family and we are here to help. Please take the time to read through these pages to familiarise yourself with the admissions process, but don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

When you are ready please visit the Making an Enquiry page to begin the process of joining us.

The Admissions Process Explained

The Enquiry

To begin the application process you must make an initial enquiry. We ask you for some details about yourself and your child, and can give you advice regarding the admissions process, as well as send you further information about the school, such as fee schedules etc. This service is free of charge and does not commit you to formally applying for a placement.

You can submit an enquiry at any time, even if you are still only contemplating joining us. Parents who have completed an enquiry are invited to our Open Doors events in February or October, to discover first hand what makes EIC so special.

Interview and Assessment

Once you have made your enquiry and you wish to proceed with your application, we will contact you to arrange for a visit to the school for your child to be assessed. You can find more information about the assessment process below in the link Admissions - Assessment and Attendance

EIC is a British Curriculum school and will expect all students to have a high standard of spoken and written English. Placements are always into the correct chronological year group and students must be able to demonstrate that they are able to access the curriculum for their appropriate year group.

The Assessment Process has four possible outcomes:

  • the school offers an unconditional placement
  • the school offers a conditional placement
  • the school refuses a placement
  • you decide to withdraw from the process

If you are offered a placement

If you are offered a placement you will be sent a placement letter detailing the conditions, of the offer and collection of other informative documents about the school and a link to the Application Form. The Application Form requests some detailed information about you and your child. There are a number of documents which must be provided with your application, which are dependent upon the section of the school your child will be joining.

If you accept the placement offer the Administration Fee and Deposit are immediately payable, and required to secure the placement. Term fees are payable on published dates, prior to the commencement of term.

Places in each year group are limited and it is advised to apply early to ensure reserving a place.

Please note: the school does not offer placements to students in Year 11 or Year 13 as these students are in the second year of a two year programme of study

Admissions - Assessment and Attendance


The school assesses all students who apply for a placement, irrespective of status.

For applicants to Foundation Stage (Early Years and Reception), this process is informal and conducted by an experienced member of the teaching staff.

For applicants to Key Stage 1 and 2 (Year 1 to Year 6), this process is informal but includes written tests conducted by an experienced member of the teaching staff.

For applicants to the Secondary School (Year 7 to Year 10) children are assessed using Cognitive Ability Testing (CAT4). These tests are designed to analyse a pupil’s academic potential and indicate areas of strengths or weakness and are independent of prior learning.

For applicants to the Sixth Form (Year 12), assessment is by interview.

CAT4 Tests assess four key areas;

  • Verbal Reasoning – the ability to express ideas and reason through words is essential to subjects with a high language content, and the most obvious skill picked up by traditional assessment
  • Non-verbal Reasoning – problem-solving using pictures and diagrams; skills which are important in a wide range of school subjects, including mathematics and science-based subjects
  • Spatial Reasoning – the capacity to think and draw conclusions in three dimensions, needed for many STEM subjects, but not easily measured by other datasets
  • Quantitative Reasoning – the ability to use numerical skills to solve problems, applicable well beyond mathematics


There is clear evidence that achievement is linked to attendance.

A register is taken at the start of each day and attendance records are maintained in our School Information Management System (iSAMS) and these statistics are printed on school reports. Students must meet the minimum attendance requirement of 95%.

The school expects all children to attend school every day that classes are provided. The only reasons acceptable for not attending are medical and genuine emergencies. Families should not plan family holidays during term times and should always request leave in advance in writing/email of any planned absence. Families should advise the school when children are not able to attend and the school will contact parents/guardians to resolve unexplained or repeated absences.

Technology at EIC

New developments

Technology has become a quintessential part of the workplace, and education must prepare students to use it effectively. At EIC we have invested significantly in IT systems and hardware; it is not only a subject we teach every student, it underpins how we run the school, how we communicate with our community and how staff and students interact in the classroom.

All students, from Year 5 upwards, are expected to use a personal computing device, an iPAD in the lower years and, optionally, a laptop for older students. This bring your own device (BYOD) programme began with secondary and now includes upper primary (Years 5 and 6). The BYOD programme has been a huge success and students now use their equipment to access digital textbooks, video resources, and a wide range of Apps for curriculum enrichment, revision, mathematics & English reinforcement, and creativity.

However, technology is not confined to students and teachers, parents too, can now use the parent portal in iSAMS to access vital information about their children, timetables, teacher contacts, notices, reports and more. This year we are introducing our third major system, Firefly, to the school. Firefly will complete the triad of integrated systems with which we will manage and deliver learning. (Google GSuite, iSAMS, Firefly)

Firefly is a virtual learning environment (VLE) which will transform the way teachers, students and parents communicate and manage learning at EIC. It functions as a homework/classwork management tool, a diary, a home/school blog, a lesson delivery platform, a messaging system and more. One of the first impacts of Firefly will be to replace student diaries at ALL levels. For students who are too young to read, teachers and parents will use a blog to share insights and key information. Older students who can read and use an iPAD will have their own account and will be encouraged to use the combination of their iPAD and Firefly to manage their own education. Of course, the line of communication between teachers and parents will be maintained and notifications will mean vital, time sensitive information can be delivered straight to your phone (Apple IOS and Google Android) notification system. Firefly will be active in the school during the summer term and will be formally launched to parents in September. We believe this combination of lessons which teach students how to use technology, and how to use it safely, and the daily use of technology to learn and manage their school lives will help our students to become confident and successful users of technology in their adult lives. We look forward to your support and cooperation in the education of your children.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Our youngest students, from Early Years to Year 4 enjoy access to a suites of iPADS filled with exciting and stimulating Apps to support their learning, as well as our newly acquired Android Tables, kindly purchased by the PTA.

Students in Years 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 are expected to bring an iPAD to school for their personal use. In order for the school to manage the security of students online and to provide essential Apps and resources we are starting a new scheme from September 2019. This scheme will allow parents to lease an iPAD from the school for their child’s personal use and will include full insurance for use on and off campus. This will incur a small monthly charge of less than €20. Students who join the school in September or who enter Year 5, will not be permitted to bring equipment to school which is purchased independently unless it is digitally managed by the school. Full details of the scheme will be available on a separate document. Parents of students in other years will be able to join the scheme if their child’s iPAD needs replacement.

Students in Years 10 and above can switch to using their own laptop at school, although an iPAD with a keyboard would be sufficient in most cases, even at sixth-form for many students.

When considering a laptop purchase, the school’s systems are browser based and will work on both Microsoft Windows PCs and Apple Macs. However, students intending to study Computer Science at GCSE or above will need to be able to boot into Windows in order to run the Dot Net environment. More advice on this can be sought from the IT support staff or the Computing Department staff.

Future Developments

We are very excited to get to grips with our new tools and confidently expect that students, staff and parents will find a host of new possibilities and improved experiences. We have worked hard to introduce these new systems rapidly over the past three years and anticipate a period of stability and bedding-in for a while. However, with the pace of technological development we can never rest on our laurels, so look out for the next step forward.

Contact the Admissions Team