3+ and 4+ Entry

We want to feel confident that all our pupils will be happy and successful within our school, and that they will be able to access the curriculum. To this end, all children are assessed so that we can look at his/her potential and their attitude to learning.

Our normal minimum standard for admission is above the average standard level of attainment for each age group, based on the National Curriculum.

Nursery (3+)

Familiarisation visit: Saturday 30th November 2019 (various times)

Assessment dates:

Tuesday 7th January 2020 (various times)

Wednesday 8th January 2020 (various times)

Offers will be posted: Wednesday 29th January 2020

Deadline to accept offer of place: 12 noon Wednesday 5th February 2020

Boys and girls start in September when they are three years old and have their fourth birthday in this academic year (between 1st September and 31st August).  Most children come to school full-time but some are part-time, mornings only, in the first term. The ratio of boys to girls is approximately 5:1.  After Nursery the girls move onto other local schools.

Reception (4+)

Familiarisation visit: End of November-beginning December 2019 (various dates and times)

Assessment date: Thursday 9th January 2020 (various times) 

Offers will be posted:  Friday 24th January 2020

Deadline to accept offer of place: 12 noon Friday 31st January 2020

Each year there are approximately 30 new Reception places in addition to the boys coming up from our Nursery.


Every child is unique and we are looking for children who will flourish in our environment and take full advantage of our outstanding provision in the crucially important Early Years.

We take great care to look after the children and want them to enjoy their visit. We are happy for them to bring in a toy to share with us if this would help them to settle.

Children are observed playing in small groups in the classrooms and our staff engage them with a variety of resources, such as construction toys and role-play. We usually have a short music session and finish with the children sitting together and listening to a story.

We ask parents to provide a copy of their child's most recent school report and with parent permission we will contact each child's current setting. We understand that some young children will not be attending a nursery before visiting us.

Whilst the children are playing, parents stay for tea or coffee and staff are available to answer any queries.

Waiting List

Each year we have a short waiting list which we keep open for a few weeks. Boys who are not offered a place for Nursery are put back into the application process for Reception, and many are successful at this stage.

Parents of children joining the school in the Early Years are invited to an informal evening in the June prior to their child’s entry in September.


Successful boys and girls are invited into school for a morning towards the end of the summer term to meet their new classmates and teachers. Parents are invited to a welcome evening to meet members of staff and fellow parents.