Prep School Admissions

The main intake point is at 7+ (Year 3), however, we try to help as many applicants throughout Years 4-6 as possible, depending on availability.

If you are ready to apply for a place, the first step is to fill in the registration form which can be found here.

Existing members of the school in Year 6 moving into Year 7:

Existing members of the school in Year 6 moving into Year 7 are offered places in the Senior School at the start of the Autumn Term in Year 6 based upon their standardised test results and performance throughout their time in the Prep School. The Headteacher will meet in advance with the parents of any pupils for whom progression into the Senior School is not considered appropriate. Where this is the case, the Headteacher will work to assist parents in finding a more appropriate school to meet the needs of the child.

Prep School pupils are admitted in the following way:

  • 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 Headteacher at the end of the taster day.
  • Assessments in Mathematics and English are administered. When entering the Senior School beyond Year 7, tests are also administered in Science. Where students are entering Year 10, individual subject assessments will be made.
  • In all cases where an individual seeks entry to the school, the present school may be contacted for a report or reference, which can be either oral or written.
  • Where a taster day cannot be carried out, we may ask your child to complete an online assessment and/or meet the Head on a video call.

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.

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