Prep School Admissions
The usual entry points at Abbot’s Hill are Reception (4+), Year 3 (7+) and Year 7 (11+). Occasional vacancies do arise in other year groups. We currently have vacancies in Years 1-4. Please contact Miss Amberley Cooper for more details.
The usual age for entry to Abbot’s Hill Prep is Rising 5 (Reception), or 7 (Year 3). Please contact our Registrar for information regarding occasional vacancies.
We are currently accepting applications for September 2021 entry. Spaces are available in Reception and Years 1-4. Years 5 and 6 are currently full but please do contact our Registrar as occasional vacancies do arise. Due to rising demand, we may expand the number of classes in Year 5 and 6 from September 2021.
Prospective pupils may be registered for admissions at any time after their birth and ideally a full year before the desired date of admission. Registration takes place by completing the Registration and Confidential Information Forms which are included with the prospectus information pack, together with the £100 non-returnable Registration Fee.
Starting school is a big step for any child. At Abbot’s Hill, we understand and cater for the needs of your child as she joins our assessment process. This is overseen by our Head of Pre-Prep, Mrs Jo Wallace. Children work and play in a relaxed environment with expert staff on the assessment day. Toys, books and 1-1 tasks are used to engage her in conversation and to find out more about her. Your daughter will enjoy the experience because the staff will look after her and ensure that she feels at ease. These assessments take place in the December prior to the academic year that your child wishes to start school. Once you have registered, we will be in contact nearer the time to explain any changes we are required to make in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Entry for Year 3
Applications are welcome for 7+ entry. Our Assessment Process is overseen by Claire Worrell, Deputy Head Prep and your daughter will join us for an assessment day in the January prior to the academic year that your daughter wishes to join the school. Pupils will have an interview with a member of the Prep school leadership team and parents will also be able to discuss their daughter’s application with the Head of Prep. No preparation is required for the interview. Pupils enjoy this opportunity which is a chance for them to ask any questions they might have about the school. This and the parent meeting forms part of the process and enables parents to gain a greater insight into the ethos of the school. Once you have registered, we will be in contact nearer the time to explain any changes we are required to make in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
We currently have vacancies in Pre-Prep and a small number of places in Year 3 and Year 4. Applications for Year 5 and 6 are welcome although at this current time, we are full in those Year groups for 2020-21. Due to rising demand, we may expand the number of classes in Year 5 and 6 from September 2021.
The Offer of a Place
The offer of a place at either the Prep School is at the discretion of the Head of Prep at Abbot’s Hill who will take fully into consideration a child’s record at her previous school (where applicable), the recommendations of their Headteacher and the results of the entrance assessment. The offer of a place does not depend on the date when a child’s name was registered.
If your child is successful in the admission procedures for the Prep School and there is a vacancy, a place will be offered by letter. Places at Abbot’s Hill are offered only after assessment and interview. An Acceptance Form will be sent to you and the place can be accepted by completing the Form and returning it to us with your deposit of £1,000, £500 of which will be credited towards your first term’s bill.