Each of our three Schools has its own registrar, so that your child’s application will be handled by someone who knows the School well. If you have children for entry to more than one of our Schools, our registrars will work together to look after your application.
When you first enquire, we will talk to you to ask you more about your child, and to discuss any specific questions that you might have. All of the information in our prospectus is available on our website, but we shall be very happy to send you a copy of our information pack, by post or email, on request.
After an initial conversation, it’s best to visit us, so that you can meet the Head and any other key members of staff, and get a feel for the atmosphere of the School. There are various ways to do this: Open Mornings are a good way to get an overview of the School, or an individual visit can be tailored to you and your child. Some families like to visit several years in advance, and others will only start their school selection process in the autumn of the year before their child joins us. We are very happy for you to visit us as many times as you need to to help you reach a decision – just as in choosing a house, you are weighing up “feel” as well as practicalities when you are considering schools for your child. We don’t recommend visiting us in the school holidays, unless you cannot avoid it: although we’re very proud of our facilities, it is the students and staff who will determine the ethos and atmosphere of a school, and let you judge whether we will be the right fit for your child.
For entry in September, we will carry out most assessments in January, although this can vary depending on your child’s age: there is no set assessment date for children for the Nursery or the Junior School, or for Sixth Form. If you apply later than January, we will carry out assessments when you apply, although you should be aware that we may not have spaces available in all year groups. If you’re considering immediate entry, and we have a place available, we will assess your child as soon as you apply.
We’ll write to you with our decision in February (or within a couple of weeks of the assessment).
Day or boarding?
If you aren’t yet sure whether or not boarding would be right for your family, we’ll arrange a taster stay as part of the application process. For many families, the most practical option is to board for a few nights a week, or even on occasional nights, and a taster stay will help you and your child to work out which option might be best for you.Contact us