Organisation of Year Groups
Year Groups 2022-23
The International Department works with 30th September as the key entry date for each year and is arranged by age into year groups:
HSV International department Year Group
Dutch group equivalent
US grade equivalent
|Age||Date of Birth|
(VHS location only)
|0/1||–||4||For children born after 01/10/2018|
|Year 1||2||K||5-6||01/10/2016– 30/09/2017|
|Year 2||3||1||6-7||01/10/2015 – 30/09/2016|
|Year 3||4||2||7-8||01/10/2014 – 30/09/2015|
|Year 4||5||3||8-9||01/10/2013 – 30/09/2014|
|Year 5||6||4||9-10||01/10/2012– 30/09/2013|
|Year 6||7||5||10-11||01/10/2011 – 30/09/2012|
Our Year Groups are organised according to the British system of year group placement. Reception is equivalent to groep 1 in the Dutch system and Pre-K in the US system.
Please note that we do not admit children on their 4th birthdays as our reception classes are full at the beginning of the school year and parents should be aware of this when submitting an application.
VACANCIES ARE EXPECTED IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR GROUPS FOR THE 22-23 SCHOOL YEAR:
KONINGIN SOPHIESTRAAT (KSS) LOCATION: YEAR 5, YEAR 6
NASSAULAAN (NSL) LOCATION: YEAR 2, YEAR 6
VAN HEUTSZSTRAAT (VHS) LOCATION: YEAR 2, YEAR 6
VAN NIJENRODESTRAAT (VNS) LOCATION: RECEPTION, YEAR 5, YEAR 6
Pre-school class: Three Little Ships
For families with younger children, we have an international Pre-School, The Three Little Ships at our Van Heutszstraat location. This has places for children from the age of 3 and priority is given to the children in this class for the Foundation class at VHS as well as the reception classes at all locations. Please note that they have a separate admissions process, so please contact them directly to register.
Foundation class 2022-23
At our Van Heutszstraat location, we have a Foundation class. This is for children who are 4 after 1st October 2018. Eligible candidates are sorted automatically through our admissions portal each year as it is not currently possible to apply directly for the Foundation class. Please note that due to limited classroom space, we are not able to offer the Foundation class at the other HSV international department locations.
Placement in the reception classes
Priority is given to children who are 4 before 1st October each year. Our formal learning starts in the reception class and reception follows the UK Early Learning curriculum where children are turning 5 during the school year. We do not make exceptions to the priority cut-off date of 1st October. For children who are 4 between 1st October and 31st December each year, we offer one Foundation class at our Van Heutszstraat location. Our online admissions system selects the applicants who are eligible for this class each year based on our waiting lists.
However, the International department of the HSV is not part of the Gemeente Den Haag’s school registration process. Subsequently we cannot tell you at the time of application if you will be offered a place if applying for entry in September 2022 and beyond, as we work actively only with the coming school year (and for all year groups).
Applications for 2023 and beyond
We do not work with deadlines for the admissions process. We accept applications for the reception class when a child is 1 year old, however generally people apply once their child has turned 2. As we only work with the upcoming year, all applicants for 2023 and beyond will be waitlisted and we are not able to tell you at the time of application if your child has a guaranteed place with us. We normally confirm the reception places 8 months before the start of the school year.