Please find below information to help and guide you through the Admissions process.
If, having read this, you have any further questions please contact Jane Thornton, Director of Admissions & Marketing, who will be delighted to answer them.
The school aims to offer the best possible access to the curriculum for every pupil in its care. It is therefore necessary to have a full understanding of each pupil’s needs. Parents will hence be asked to complete a confidential family questionnaire before their child is invited to visit the school.
Please read through the Procedures and then take a look at the questions at the bottom of the page.
Pre- Prep Procedures
The first opportunity to join St Michael’s Prep School is our Nursery where we have 40 places available for children who are two years old by the 1st September of that academic year. Registrations for a potential place are accepted from birth. Places are offered to the first 40 on the waiting list in June 15 months before entry e.g. Nursery September 2016 places will be offered in June 2015. Siblings are given priority.
Occasionally places become available higher up in the Pre-Prep department and, when such a vacancy arises, the next child on the waiting list will be invited to attend an experience day (keeping in mind the balance of boys and girls in the year group). An offer of a place will be made following a successful informal assessment.
Should there be any concerns about a child, the parents will be invited to discuss these with the Head of Pre-Prep and the child may be invited to attend a second visit. If appropriate, the Additional Educational Needs Co-ordinator will be asked to assist with any further assessment and discussion. In such instances, a conditional offer may be made subject to a termly review whilst progress is being monitored. Parents will be an integral part of that termly review. At this point the criteria for observation purposes will be behavioural and health.
Prep School Procedures
Candidates for entry at 7+ (Year 3) will be invited to spend a full day in school during the Michaelmas Term when they are in Year 2. During the day their assessment will include reading aloud, written English and a standardised maths test. An offer of a place will be made following a successful assessment.
Candidates for entry at 11+ (Year 7) will be invited to spend a full day in school during which they will be assessed in maths and English and observed as they participate in a full range of normal school lessons and activities. An offer of a place will be made following a successful assessment.
Some pupils join us because they have just moved to the area, others have passed the 11+ but are not happy with the secondary school they have been allocated. Some pupils join us with the intention of joining Tonbridge and Sevenoaks at 13+ and others because they missed an 11+ place by a point or two.
Occasionally places become available in the Prep School and the next child on the waiting list (remaining mindful of the balance of boys and girls in the year group) will be invited to attend an experience day during which they will be assessed in maths and English and observed as they participate in a full range of normal school lessons and activities. An offer of a place will be made following a successful assessment.
Should any concerns arise the parents will be invited to discuss these with the Head and the child may then be asked to attend a second experience day. At this time the child will be assessed by the AEN coordinator. A recent report from their current school may be requested and offers of a place will be made soon afterwards. As for Pre-Prep, parents are asked to complete a confidential family questionnaire prior to the visit.
In the Event of a Pupil with a Disability/Additional Educational Need
Every prospective pupil’s case will be individually considered and therefore it is important we have all the relevant information to hand. Where the school feels confident that it can carry out its duty of care, a conditional offer of a place will be made subject to termly reviews. Parents may be asked to pay for any additional support offered to their child.
If the needs of the pupil are greater than that for which the school can realistically provide (refer to the Disability Policy), given the constraints of the school facilities, levels of staffing and expertise, etc. the school will inform the parents accordingly. While it is the school’s aim to remain non-selective, it has a responsibility to clearly define its parameters and we would be acting in breach of our duty to the child by accepting him/her as a pupil knowing that the school could not adequately safeguard and promote the child’s welfare (which includes meeting his/her additional educational need).
Frequently asked Questions
Yes. We hold Open Mornings in June and October. You are welcome to come to Open Morning or to book an individual tour. If you would like to arrange a visit please ring Jane Thornton, Director of Admissions and Marketing 01959 526042.
You will find an application form in the prospectus pack or we can email one to you. Complete the application form and send it to us with a non-refundable fee of £100. Please be aware that registration places your son/ daughter on the waiting list, it does not guarantee a place.
We accept registrations from birth.
The earliest opportunity to join St Michael’s Pre-Prep is into the Nursery, where children have to be two years old by the 1st September of that academic year.
No we do not at present.
Offers for Nursery 2017 have been made. Please let us know if you would like to join the waiting list. There is always movement.
Offers for Nursery 2018 will be made in May 2017.
Yes, we run Parent and Toddler sessions on Monday afternoons for the two terms prior to joining.