At St. Margaret’s Prep School, we understand that choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. We would like to assist you in every way possible with this momentous decision.
Traditionally, the main points of entry are Nursery, Reception and Year 3. However, at St. Margaret’s we have welcomed many children mid-year in all year groups, throughout the course of the academic year.
We understand that there could be several reasons why you would be considering changing your child or children’s school during the academic year. Reasons such a relocation, children needing to be more academically challenged or not being happy with your child’s current school, are all situations that we at St. Margaret’s have previously successfully assisted parents with.
We would be delighted to welcome you to the school and show you how well your child or children, can settle into St. Margaret’s, during any stage of the academic year. We pride ourselves on the rich and stimulating school experience that we offer and the academic achievements that our children gain throughout their time at St. Margaret’s.
A private tour from our Headteacher or a visit during one of our upcoming open events, is the perfect way to find out more about our school and answer any questions that you might have.
To register your interest, please call our friendly Admissions Manager, Kate Cryne on 01787 273 050 or complete the enquiry form to register your interest.
Step Two: Visit Us
Attend an open morning or arrange a private tour of the school with our Headteacher, Carolyn Moss.
We will be delighted to take you and your child on a tour of our facilities, to meet our pupils and staff. We also encourage prospective parents to book a space to come along to one of our open mornings here
Step Three: Complete and return a registration form
When you are ready to apply for a place at St. Margaret’s Preparatory School, please complete the registration form, which can be found here, and return it to us together with payment of a non-refundable registration fee of £75. The Admissions Manager will then contact you to confirm safe receipt of your child’s registration and to discuss the next steps.
Step Four: Invitation to attend a taster day/session
Your child will be invited to come in for a taster day or taster session.
St. Margaret’s is a non-selective school so children do not sit an entrance exam, but for entry from Reception onwards, children will be given age-appropriate assessments during their taster day to enable staff to measure their ability in class so ensuring a smooth transition on entry and to allow us to help them to fulfil their potential.
- Early Years taster session – children over two years of age joining the Nursery, Transition and those joining Reception in the following Autumn Term, will be invited to spend the morning with us, usually between 09:30 am and 11:30 am.
- ‘Stay & Play’ session – for children who are too young to attend an Early Years taster session – i.e. children who have not yet had their second birthday – attendance at a ‘Stay & Play’ session will also allow us to offer a place in the nursery which can be taken up in due course.
- Taster Days for Year 1 to Year 6 pupils – children spend the whole school day with us and take part in normal class activities. Lunch will be provided. Children joining St. Margaret’s mid way through the year in one of our current Reception classes will join us for a full day too.
Step Five: Offer of a Place
Following a successful Taster Day or Session, the Headteacher will write to you (the prospective parents), officially offering your child a place at St. Margaret’s. Upon receipt of the admissions paperwork and the accompanying deposit to secure the place, the Admissions Manager will then contact you to discuss a start date for your child.