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Admissions process

VVIS welcomes applications for admission to Primary / Key Stages 1 & 2 (Years One to Six), Secondary / Key Stage 3 (Years Seven to Nine), IGCSE (Cambridge & Pearson International General Certificate of Secondary Education (Years 10 & 11) and Advanced Subsidiary & Advanced Levels (Years 12 & 13). PLEASE NOTE: VVIS does not offer boarding.

*Being two year courses, it is recommended that studies commence at Years 10 and 12 respectively, as it is difficult to align subject teaching to previous schools.   As places become available in the other Year Groups, these are filled from the relevant waiting list.  If you would like your child's name to be added to the waiting list, please email Ms Sónia Nogueira at    

The admissions process is guided by the Admissions Policy and managed through our central Admissions Office.   The Admissions team will be the point of communication with parents during the admissions process.

Applying to Vale Verde International School

Applying to VVIS is a four step process and the school is unable to admit your child until your file is complete. Steps 1 and 3 can be submitted at different times or concurrently.

An email will be sent to confirm receipt of the forms.  Acknowledgement of receipt of documents does not imply admission.  A student’s admission is regarded as provisional until the final step in the process has been concluded and the relevant fees have been paid.  The registration fee, which is non-refundable, allows a student to be considered as a candidate for admission to the school.  A student’s place is only guaranteed once all the steps in the admissions process have been completed.   

Step 1: Opening an Application File
In order to initiate the application process, an application form has to be submitted, accompanied by the non-refundable registration fee of €500.

Step 2: Placement Testing
Students applying who do not have English as their mother tongue will be asked to complete an English Placement Test. Students requiring additional language lessons in order to cope with the curriculum framework, may be recommended to take extra lessons after school, at the parents’ expense.

Subject specific placement tests might be required to place a student in the correct level of a course – i.e. mathematics, foreign language and science.  In addition, a personal interview is required prior to commencement of studies.

Step 3: Completing the Application File
The following documents need to be completed as soon as possible after submission of the Application Form, but have to be submitted prior to admission:

  • Copy of recent school records

  • Health record and vaccination certificates

  • Language Background Form

  • Any previous academic/emotional/physical assessment reports

  • Declaration of special needs in order to ensure the appropriate support is provided. An additional charge will apply for SEN support.

  • A copy of your child’s passport

  • A passport size photo

  • A copy of the parent’s (or fee paying guardian’s) tax (contribuinte) card

  • A signed copy of the Financial Regulations

  • Payment of an initial non-refundable registration fee of €500 upon application

  • €250 annual non-refundable re-registration fee to confirm space for the following year

All forms should be completed and mailed to:                                                                                                      

   VVIS Admissions
   Apartado 125
   8601-927 LUZ, Lagos

Or emailed as an attachment to: Ms. Sónia Nogueira at

Step 4: Acceptance

Once the Application File is completed, it will be sent to the Head of the relevant division for the final decision regarding the acceptance/grade placement of your child.

  • VVIS aims to provide every student with a balanced, quality education to ensure that all students achieve their best potential in accordance with their needs.

  • VVIS has limited facilities and resources for students with special educational needs.  Certain guidelines will apply in order to ensure that all students achieve their full potential - refer to the Admissions Policy.  

  • Previous school reports and other documents (refer to Step 3) have to be submitted prior to admission.

  • Students are accepted on a space-available basis throughout the current school year.  Applications will not be considered more than two years in advance of the expected date of entry.

  • For previously wait-listed students the Admissions Office will call as soon as a space becomes available. An acceptance letter will be emailed to you to welcome your family to our VVIS community.

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