Prep School Entry Process
The start of the Admissions process is a pupil’s registration for entry into the school. This consists of completing a Registration Form and paying the non-refundable Registration Fee and should be done after the ﬁrst visit and before the Welcome Day.
The ﬁrst visit involves a meeting with the Prep Headteacher and a tour of the school. Next, each child is invited to spend a Welcome Day/Taster Session in school as outlined below:
Upper Prep (Years 3-6)
Girls seeking a place in Year 3 come for an informal/interview and tour with the Prep Headteacher.
Girls seeking a place in Year 4 spend a “Welcome Day” at the Prep School. This gives them the opportunity to meet their peers and the class teacher and provides us with the opportunity to observe them in situ. At this time, the girls’ literacy and numeracy skills are assessed informally through classroom activities.
Girls seeking a place in Years 5 or 6 are also invited in for a ‘Welcome Day’ but are given more formal assessments in English and Mathematics during their day. We ensure that they are given an opportunity to socialise with their peers, have lunch and enjoy other classroom and social activities.
There will be an opportunity on the ‘Welcome Day’ to meet with the Prep Headteacher.
For all applications, prior to the visit we would need to be sent the candidate’s most recent school report (and other educational/medical reports where appropriate) and will have contacted the current school for a reference.
After the visit, we review the school report and reference and then confirm our decision.
On acceptance of a place, parents are asked to complete a Form of Acceptance and pay a deposit which is refundable when the pupil leaves the school.