Questions for us?
Below are a number of questions that members of the admissions team are often asked by our families.
Who can attend Dulwich College Yangon?
Our Pun Hlaing campus currently caters to students from age 2 to 11 and will expand from a Primary School into a Middle School in August 2016 with the commencement of a Year 7 class.
From 1 August 2017, the Star City campus of Dulwich College Yangon will accept students from 2 – 13 years old from the Toddler classes through to Year 8.
Our students are placed in the appropriate year levels on the basis of the child’s age before September 1st of the year of application. Enrolment at the College is open to students of all nationalities subject to the requirements of the admissions process.
What is English as an Additional Language (EAL)?
Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme is designed to enable students who have had little exposure to English language to develop fluency and competence in English, so that they may be able to benefit from the English National Curriculum at Dulwich College Yangon.
What is Additional Educational Needs Language (AEN)?
Students with Additional Educational needs are those who have been identified as requiring either support or enrichment at some level throughout all or some of their time at the College. This includes those students who will benefit from extra English language support (EAL) or may be described as ‘gifted and talented’.
Does the College offer Learning Support and facilities for students with special educational needs?
Dulwich College Yangon is academically selective and offers the enhanced English National Curriculum. We do not offer an additional curriculum to those with special learning needs. However, our teachers and EAL specialists may be able to provide assistance to students who find particular aspects of the curriculum challenging. We enrol students with learning challenges when the information available indicates that the student’s learning needs can be met by the services we provide.
When should I apply for a place at the College?
We welcome applications all year round and students will be able to join the College any time throughout the academic year upon opening. Waiting lists may have to be put in place for some year groups, so parents are encouraged to apply early for a place at the College. Please click here to apply to Pun Hlaing International School and here to apply to the Star City campus.
What does the testing part of the admissions process involve?
Dulwich College Yangon is an academically selective school. Please click here to learn more about student testing in the admissions process.
When will we know if we have been accepted?
Once the application form and supporting documents have been received, the prospective student has visited the school and the relevant assessment procedures have been taken, the school will be able to notify the parents about the child’s placement. At this time, most decisions will be made within five working days, and often in less time. For those students unable to visit the school, provisional places can be granted subject to meeting certain criteria.
I do not plan to visit Yangon before we move. Where can my child be tested?
Academic assessments can be arranged at your child’s current school if you are living overseas.
Do you have a waiting list?
Where there are more qualified candidates than places available, we establish a waiting list and offer placements to students as and when they become available.
How are admissions prioritised?
We enrol students in accordance with the spaces available in the appropriate year level. When few places are available, we will give priority to the siblings of enrolled students. Other applicants are allocated places in accordance with our Language Support Policy.
How big are your classes?
There are a maximum of 16 students in our Toddlers classes (for students aged 2-3). Classes are led by a qualified teacher and a suitable number of Assistant Teachers to maintain a 4:1 student – teacher ratio. In Nursery classes (for students aged 3-4), we allow a maximum of 16 students and a maximum of 18 students in Reception classes (for students aged 4-5). In Years 1 and 2 (for students aged 5-7) there are a maximum of 20 students per class and in Years 3 to 8 (for students aged 7-13) a maximum number of 22 students.
What are your student/teacher ratios?
Each class is lead by fully qualified teachers and an appropriate number of Assistant Teachers in each class in the Early Years and Junior School. We apply a student-teacher ratio of 4:1 in Toddlers classes and a ratio of 8:1 and 9:1 is maintained in the Nursery and Reception classes (for students aged 3-5).
Can my child bring lunch to school?
Parents are encouraged to provide their children with a packed lunch and healthy snacks for their consumption during the day. The packed lunches will be eaten in the school’s dining hall under the supervision of staff to ensure that all students consume a healthy lunch.
In the future development of the new campuses in Pun Hlaing and Star City, dedicated school kitchens and dining hall facilities are included to provide a fresh and healthy school lunch for all students.
What time do the children eat lunch?
The timing of lunch is dependent on the student’s age and timetable.
Why is the school called a ‘College’?
The term College stems from our links to the prestigious Dulwich College in London. In 1619 when Dulwich College was founded, the term College was traditionally applied to schools that accepted children from Junior to Senior School ages, and not just the High School aged students that are typically in modern day Colleges who do not have this historical link. The word ‘College’ can also be confused with the term given to tertiary education institutions in North America. As explained above, College is an historic term from the UK for a private school educating students from Junior School through to Senior School. Our Colleges educate children from age 2 to 18 years of age. We do not offer any tertiary education programmes.
What is the relationship between Dulwich College Yangon and Dulwich College International?
The Dulwich College International (DCI) education group was established to bring the Dulwich education to students around the world. In doing so, Dulwich has pioneered the introduction of British independent education overseas. DCI has grown rapidly over the ten years since its foundation in 2003 into a family of schools embracing the same core values and practices - one College, many campuses.
Dulwich College in London acts as educational advisor to the Dulwich College International schools, including Dulwich College Yangon and the Deputy Master (External) will inspect our College each year to ensure we uphold the Dulwich reputation for excellence.
Can you sum up the College’s vision and ethos in one phrase?
Quite simply, ‘children come first’.
What curriculum is taught at the College?
The youngest students at Dulwich College Yangon will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, from Toddler to Reception (students age 2 - 5). From Year 1 to Year 9 our teaching follows the English National Curriculum, enhanced and adapted to serve the academic and pastoral needs of our student body.
What extra-curricular activities does Dulwich College Yangon offer?
The College offers an extensive range of clubs and extra-curricular activities. These are offered on an optional basis as part of the tuition fees. In addition a number of out-sourced providers offer activities at the College to complement the expertise of the staff i.e. ballet, martial arts. There is an additional charge for these activities.
What languages does Dulwich College Yangon teach?
At the College all students study a comprehensive Mandarin language programme. Mandarin will be taught as a foreign, second and native language and will be streamed according to ability, from absolute beginner to native speaker. Senior School students will also have the opportunity to learn French or Spanish as they approach their exam years.
Dulwich College Yangon fully recognises the language and culture of its host country. Myanmar Studies lessons are provided for all Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 students (aged 5-11). The College will also offer an additional Myanmar language programme for those students already proficient in the language, allowing them to build expertise in their mother tongue.
How much homework will my child receive?
The amount of homework students at Dulwich College Yangon will receive is dependent on each student’s age and timetable. Our teachers will set homework when relevant. Homework tasks are assigned with clear objectives and are differentiated to enhance student learning and given with reasonable deadlines.
Where do your teachers come from?
Our teachers are predominantly from the UK, alongside other English speaking countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and US. Our language teachers will often come from countries where the language is native - such as China for Mandarin.
What specialist teaching do you have?
Dulwich College Yangon will have specialist teachers for art and design, English, humanities, Mandarin, mathematics, music, Myanmar, Myanmar studies, PE and science.
As a parent new to Dulwich College Yangon are there opportunities for me to become involved in the College?
Yes, as either a member of the parent organisation called Friends of Dulwich and/or as a volunteer in the classroom. As a parent you belong to our ‘Friends’ organisation. This group has been formed to help forge a real sense of community at our school for all parents, students and staff. Teachers are also members. It will also give us the means to contribute to our local community and the wider locale within Shanghai. Friends of Dulwich help keep all our families informed about what is happening at the school and in the wider community. This will be done through social events and fund raising activities organised throughout the year. Parents are always welcome at Friends of Dulwich and we look forward to welcoming you to the College.
Is Dulwich College Yangon involved in any projects in the local community?
Our students will be involved in carefully chosen outreach programmes which help to benefit the local communities in which our schools are located. As we grow as a school, we hope that these activities will shift from being primarily fund raising events, to a more hands-on approach to developing a sense of active social responsibility in our young people. Yangon has also been chosen as the first venue to launch the Dulwich International Schools Foundation, through our support of Magic Bus Myanmar. Once established, our school community will be fully involved in supporting this initiative to alleviate poverty and provide livelihoods.