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Preschool, Pre-Prep & Prep Admissions

Preschool, Pre-Prep & Prep Admissions
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General admissions information

Our year 5 and year 6 classes for 2023-24 full. To join our waiting list please contact admissions. At the moment there are a small number of places available in other year groups.

The prep school welcomes children into any year group where there are spaces available.

Our preschool admits girls and boys following their third birthday, and girls are welcomed into reception in the September following their fourth birthday. They remain until they are 11 and are prepared for entrance examinations, including Common Entrance, to a variety of independent senior schools, including St Swithun’s senior school.

The first step for prospective families is to make an enquiry to the school. Upon receipt the admissions team will invite the family for a meeting with Mrs Norris, the Head.

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For preschool and reception classes, there is no formal assessment for entry, assuming children can access the curriculum. 

For years 1 to 3, where assessment and familiarisation days are currently not available, entry is at the head's discretion based on the prospective student's latest school report, recent assessment results and (where applicable) educational psychology report.

For year 3 entry to the school in September 2024, parents are invited to arrange to visit the school now before registering their daughter for our day of fun practical and academic assessments which will take place this November.

For years 4 and 5, in addition to the information above, prospective students will be required to sit a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT4) online to determine their learning pattern and academic potential.

Application to the school is made via submission of a completed online registration form which is  available from the admissions team. To register there is a £75 non-refundable fee.

Places for September entry are offered in the preceding autumn term. Assuming places are available, mid-year entry is also welcome for the majority of year groups. When a place is offered for a child, a deposit of £500 is required to secure this. (£250 of which will be offset against the first term’s fees for those taking up a place. The remaining £250 is deducted from the final term’s fees).

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Girls who joined the prep school before year 5 are eligible for internal transfer into the senior school. For more information, please contact the senior school registrar.


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