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.
The first opportunity to join St Michael’s Prep School is our Nursery where we have 45 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 45 on the waiting list in June, 15 months before entry.
Occasionally places become available higher up in Pre-Prep and, when such a vacancy arises, the next child on the waiting list will be invited to attend a Taster Day (remaining mindful of the balance of boys and girls in the year group). An offer of a place will be made following a successful Taster Day.
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 Learning Development Manager will be asked to assist with any further assessment and discussion. In such instances, a conditional offer may be made.
Year 3 (7+) is our next point of entry when we take on an additional 14 children. Candidates for entry at Year 3 will be invited to have a Taster Day with us during the Michaelmas Term when they are in Year 2. During the day they will be informally assessed; this will include reading aloud, written English and a standardised maths test. An offer of a place will be made following a successful Taster Day.
Year 7 (11+) is another point of entry. Candidates for entry at Year 7 are also invited to have a Taster Day with us, 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 Taster Day.
Occasionally places become available in other year groups 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 a Taster Day.
A recent report from their current school will be requested prior to their Taster Day.
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 2018 have been made. Please let us know if you would like to join the waiting list. There is always movement.
Offers for Nursery 2019 will be made in June/July 2018.
Yes, we run Parent and Toddler sessions on Monday afternoons for the two terms prior to joining.