Frequently Asked Questions
When will the school open?
The school will open in April 2020.
Which Grades will the school cater for?
We will accept primary school pupils from Grades 1-6.
Which Grades will you open for in 2020 (first year)?
We will offer places in Grades 1-3 for our opening year.
What will your total capacity be?
We will have 24 students in each grade for six grades (Grades 1-6), making a total of 144 students. However, for the opening year, we will recruit only 24 students for Grades 1-3.
What is your class size?
We plan to have 24 students per grade level. When full, we will have 2 classes of 12 pupils
What is your curriculum?
We will teach the National Curriculum of England and Wales enriched by teaching additional areas required for the Japanese National Curriculum such as Japanese and Social Studies. As such, we will align ourselves closely to the Cambridge Primary Curriculum. Within our unique setting in rural Hiroshima, we will offer a broad and varied curriculum within the classroom and beyond. There will be a focus on developing a passion for the natural world around us well fostering strong personal growth within all our pupils.
In what language are lessons taught?
Around 80% of the lessons will be taught mostly in English with the remainder of formal lessons being in Japanese. There will be support for both these lessons as required.
What type of English will be used for instruction?
Our curriculum will be based on British English, but the children will also be exposed to other English styles and accents through study and face-to-face interactions with teachers from non-British English-speaking countries.
What is your Japanese: Non-Japanese student ratio?
We will aim to have a strong mix of pupils from varied nationalities, genders, backgrounds and abilities. Over time, we will seek to have 50% international and 50% Japanese pupils.
What are your tuition fees?
Our tuition fees are 4,600,000 Japanese Yen per year, and our dormitory fees are 1,400,000 Japanese Yen per year.
What is your screening process?
We will assess children's key social attributes as well as their academic potential to access the curriculum. In addition, we will conduct an interview with both parents and children.
When is your Graduation month?
There will be a Graduation Ceremony in March to mark the completion of Grade 6. There will be an additional program prepared for internationally destined students who will complete Grade 6 in June.
How many school terms are there?
There will be three main terms (with mid-term breaks to be confirmed).
When will your school breaks be?
There will be Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring breaks.
Is the school full boarding?
There is an expectation that the children spend most of their weekends in school and participate in the trips and activities. Further to holidays, the school will offer some weekends for parents to visit the school and spend time in Jinseki as a family or take their children out for the weekend.
Are the school boarding houses next to the school?
The school is within a secure and self-contained site with adjoining boarding accommodation, a very short walk from the school building.
How many pupils will there be in each boarding house?
There will be 8 students in each boarding house under the care of their House Parents.
Is the accommodation included in the tuition fee?
The school tuition fees do not include accommodation fee. The dormitory fees are 1,400,000 Japanese Yen per year.
Can students go home at weekends?
We expect children will spend a majority of weekends at the school but with the opportunity for Open Weekends.
When can parents visit their child?
Parents are welcome to visit school at any time, but we recommend that visits are carefully planned so as to not disrupt their child's routines.
Is there any support for mother tongue languages besides English and Japanese?
We will offer extra support for children with both their English and Japanese studies. We will also seek external private tuition for pupils who wish to receive language lessons in their mother tongue, should this be different (e.g., Korean, French, Spanish).
When can my child transfer to Jinseki?
We accept pupils all year round if there is space available and the assessment is passed.
Where will the children go after graduation?
Children will have various choices upon graduation in Grade 6. There is an expectation that most of our children will attend international boarding schools through our contacts in Europe and the US. Alternatively, students may continue their education through either the Japanese or International School system in Japan.
Do you have relationships with possible future schools?
We will give full support and guidance to families with their children's educational journey after leaving Jinseki. We are already beginning to make links with other schools.
Will your teachers be qualified/licensed?
All teachers will be fully qualified with a recognised teaching qualification from their home country.
Is the school accredited?
As a new school, it is common to wait for a minimum of 2 years before seeking an internationally recognised accreditation. At such a time, we will seek accreditation from key companies such as the British Schools Abroad (BSA) as well as COBIS, th Council of International Schools. Upon opening, the school will be recognised by the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT)
Does the school provide meals?
All daily meals are provided as part of the boarding fee. There may be an occasion where the children are out of school and a fee is charged for a restaurant meal or similar.
What after-school activities will the school offer?
A wide range of activities will be run for the children every day beyond the usual school hours. Over the year the children will have opportunities to develop such interests as art, gardening, football, cooking, dance and computer coding. In addition, the school will offer private lessons for the students in areas such as music instrumental lessons, specialist dance, horse-riding and golf.
Do you offer a Summer School?
A Summer School runs for two weeks each summer. This gives potential pupils an opportunity to experience a boarding school.
Do you offer parents an opportunity to tour the school?
Do please contact us on email@example.com or call us to make an appointment. In addition, we offer information sessions in Tokyo as well as in Jinseki. Please check our website for more information.
What will the school entrance exam involve?
Each child will be assessed in a range of activities in order for us to evaluate their social, physical and academic abilities. This will be done in a stress-free manner. Once the school is established, the academic assessment will be set at the appropriate level expected for a child to access the curriculum for that Grade.
What kind of activities will the children do at weekends?
Weekends will predominantly involve extended activity sessions and trips. Saturdays will involve activity clubs and or mother tongue language lessons. Sundays will include a trip to an offsite landmark or arranged activity followed by a restaurant visit. Some weekends will involve an overnight stay in accommodation linked to the school (ski lodge, seaside park) or with other planned providers.
How secure is the school site?
The school will prioritise the safety of its pupils and parents. There will be a security guard presence 24 hours a day and security cameras surrounding the school. All school staff will receive training in Safeguarding Awareness as well.
Will there be medical provision on-site?
The school will have a nurse living on-site and available as well as staff who are medically trained. We have also secured a contract with the local hospital.
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