Nursery & Pre-Prep Schools Admissions

Most pupils enter the Nursery School at 3 or 4 years of age into either Kindergarten or Reception Class.

Places at the Pre-Prep (Years 1 and 2) are a little more limited.


Entry into Early Years and Years 1 and 2 is determined as follows:

  • Each new child will be expected to attend for a taster day’s visit prior to the offer of a place.
  • Kindergarten children are expected to be completely out of nappies.
  • Parents are asked to be as candid as possible about any issues relating to their child.
  • In Years 1 and 2 assessments are made of the child in literacy and numeracy by the class teacher during the taster day.
  • In all cases where a child has been in school or nursery previously, information may be sought.
  • The individual is invited to spend a taster day in school where an assessment is made by the class and/or subject teacher. Feedback is provided to the parents/guardian by the Headmaster at the end of the taster day.

The preconditions for admission are:

  • The applicant is of the appropriate age.
  • The applicant enjoys satisfactory general health and will be able to attend lessons and fully participate in the life of the School.
  • The applicant meets the minimum entry standard for the quality of academic work.
  • The applicant’s learning difficulties and other special needs (if any) have been fully disclosed at the point of registration to the School and are, in the opinion of the Head, with input from the SENCo, within both the school’s and pupil’s capacity to cope. The school will endeavour to make all possible reasonable adjustments for a disabled child.
  • The present school report, if requested, is satisfactory in respect of conduct and attitude.

Specific Learning Difficulties or other Disabilities

The School is committed to securing equality of opportunity through the creation of an environment in which individuals are treated on the sole basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

Parents/Guardians are required to disclose their knowledge of any specific learning difficulty or disability relating to their child on registration.  In addition, pupils will normally be interviewed and, if appropriate, referred to the Head of Learning Support who will undertake an assessment of an individual’s learning needs.

Should a request be made regarding special conditions required to take the Entrance Examination, or any other special provision, then the School will require evidence of a formal diagnosis pertaining to that specific learning difficulty or disability. In the event of such a request being made, then a senior member of staff will assess and evaluate the applicant’s needs, with regards to making any reasonable adjustments to provide equality of opportunity.