Entry to Lower Prep (Years 1-3)
Applications for entry to Lower Prep are taken at any time subject to places being available.
Children firstly need to be registered with us; registration is by completion and return of a School Application Form, along with the registration fee, which can be paid in cash, by cheque or by bank transfer. Please see our fees page for the registration fee and bank details.
Children are then invited into School for a familiarisation assessment visit at a mutually convenient time. The assessment day lasts for most of a school day and is classroom based. Academic assessment takes place within the classroom environment and parents are required to provide copies of the child’s most recent reports from their current school either in advance or on the day of the assessment.
Towards the end of the school day, parents are invited to return to School to meet the Head of the Prep School, who will provide feedback on the day and advise about a place being offered. Children can be collected after this meeting.
Formal place offers are made in writing by the Headmaster, normally with a requirement to respond within 28 days or by a date specified in the letter. To accept a place, parents must complete, sign and return the Parent Acceptance Form, which is sent with the offer letter and which then forms the contract with the School, along with the fee deposit (see the fees page for details of this).
If the child will join the School the following September, he or she is invited to attend our Familiarisation Day for all September’s new starters which takes place in June. Joining information is provided on this day and there is also the opportunity for parents to visit the Uniform Shop, either to purchase pre-used items or have their child try on sample sizes of Schoolblazer.com garments to help with their ordering of uniform.
If the child is to start during the academic year, joining information is provided to parents on receipt of acceptance of a place and the Admissions team is able to provide assistance with other practical arrangements.