The Junior Department’s main intake of pupils is at age 5 (or nearly 5 if the child is born in September, October, November or December). We take pupils in the September of the calendar year in which they turn 5. Occasional places may occur further up the school.
All initial enquiries received by the Junior Department requesting a prospectus of the school are recorded in a Registration Book. The parents’ name, address, telephone number, child’s name and date of birth are recorded. A copy of the prospectus, the terms and conditions, the Information for Parents leaflet and details of the current fees are sent to each person who makes an enquiry.
Prospective parents, if they wish to proceed further, ask to put their name down on a waiting list for a tour of the school against the year in which their child will turn five.
One to one tours of the school are conducted for parents of children who have asked to be added to the waiting list and are conducted when their children are about 1 year old. We tour 80 sets of parents around the school for each entry year.
Parents who have put their names down on the waiting list for a tour of the school are contacted in the order in which they applied.
When parents have toured the school, they are invited to write and confirm their interest in the school. Their details are then recorded by the Registrar on the provisional entry list for the relevant entry year.
The year before entry an assessment list is drawn up by the Registrar in conjunction with the Head of the Junior School. We offer 50 assessment places (25 boys and 25 girls) to the children of parents who have confirmed in writing their interest following their tour of the school and the assessment list will comprise the first 50 children whose parents have expressed such an interest.
Parents on the assessment list are offered a date for an assessment of their child in either the Spring term (for older children) or Autumn term (for younger children) of the year before entry. If they do not wish to take up the offer of an assessment, then the place is offered to the next family on the list.
A total of 50 assessments are arranged for each year of entry and from the children who are assessed, we offer places to 9 boys and 9 girls.
For those children who are assessed in the Spring term, offers will be made by the end of March prior to the year of entry and for those children who are assessed in the Autumn term, offers will be made by the end of November prior to the year of entry.
Siblings of children already at the school are guaranteed an assessment but not necessarily a place at the school.