Entry for places in Reception is non-competitive.
Children entering Reception join one of three parallel classes of mixed age range. The younger children (March to August birthdays) have the option of two half-days in the Autumn term and one in the Spring term to provide a gentler, staged introduction to full days.
Entry into Reception is decided by ballot. Siblings are be exempt from the ballot and are automatically be offered places if they are available.
The ballot for entry takes place sixteen months prior to September entry, eg. in May 2020 for September 2021 entry. The ballot will be split – for September to February birthdays and for March to August birthdays.
Parents of children who are successful in the ballot will be asked to pay a deposit to secure the place. The names of children who have not been successful at this stage will automatically be placed on our waiting list. In the event that there are still places once the deposits have been received, offers will be made to those on the waiting list until the classes are full and all the deposits have been received.
Year 1 and above
Pupils entering Year 1 and above are assessed to ensure that the school’s educational facilities meet their needs. Most children will be assessed in the Spring term for entry the following September. The assessment procedure will comprise: papers in English and Mathematics; problem solving and verbal and non-verbal reasoning activities; an interview with the Headmistress or Deputy Head. Parents will be informed of the results no later than two weeks after the last assessment date.
Efforts will be made to balance the number of boys and girls in each class.