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Admissions

The Admissions team are delighted that you are considering Dulwich Prep London for your son or daughter. Boys can begin their time at Dulwich Prep when they are 3 years old and stay until they are 13 in Year 8. Girls stay for Nursery only. Our main entry points are Nursery (age 3+ for boys and girls),  Reception (age 4+), Year 3 (age 7+) and Year 7 (age 11+).

A few additional places may arise from time to time in other year groups so do get in touch to check if spaces are available.

As a possible future school for your child, we would like to extend a warm welcome and guide you through the next steps in the process.

 

Nursery (3+ Entry)

Nursery (3+ Entry)

Boys and girls start in September when they are three years old and have their fourth birthday in this academic year (between 1 September and 31 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 on to other local schools.

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. In addition, 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, and we are happy for prospective pupils to bring in a toy to share with us if this would help them to settle.

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

Dates

Nursery (3+) 
Registration deadline:Friday 4 November 2022, 12.00pm
Assessment date:Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 January 2023
Offers date:Friday 4 February 2023
Acceptance deadline:Friday 11 February 2023, 12.00pm

Registration for September 2023 entry closes on Friday 4 November 2022. To enquire about an occasional place in our Nursery for your child, please email admissions@dulwichpreplondon.org.

Offers

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 staff members and fellow parents.

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 in the Nursery are put back into the application process for Reception, and many are successful at this stage.

Reception (4+ Entry)

Reception (4+ Entry)

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

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. In addition, 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, and we are happy for prospective pupils to bring in a toy to share with us if this would help them to settle.

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

Dates

Reception (4+) 
Registration deadline:Friday 4 November 2022, 12.00pm 
Assessment date:Saturday 19 November 2022
Offers date:Friday 20 January 2023
Acceptance deadline:Friday 27 January 2023, 12.00pm

Registration for September 2023 entry closes on Friday 4 November 2022. To enquire about an occasional place in Reception for your child, please email admissions@dulwichpreplondon.org.

Offers

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 staff members and fellow parents.

Waiting List

Parents of boys who are not offered a place are asked whether they would like to be put back into the application process for the following year.

Years 1 & 2 (5 & 6+ Entry)

Years 1 & 2 (5 & 6+ Entry)

Our assessments for boys entering the Pre-Prep are carried out in small groups. We will hear the boys read, and they will be asked to do some maths and writing. We will also look at their socialising and listening skills as the boys play together.

We ask parents to provide a copy of their son’s most recent school reports, and we will also contact each boy’s current school to ask for a reference.

Dates

Years 1 & 2 (5 & 6+) 
Registration deadline:Friday 4 November 2022, 12.00pm 
Assessment date:Monday 27 February 2023
Offers date:Monday 6 March 2023
Acceptance deadline:Monday 13 March 2023, 12.00pm

Registration for September 2023 entry closes on Friday 4 November 2022. To enquire about an occasional place in Year 1 or 2 for your child, please email admissions@dulwichpreplondon.org.

Offers

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

Waiting List

Parents of boys who are not offered a place are asked whether they would like to be put back into the application process for the following year.

Year 3 & 4 (7 & 8+ Entry)

Year 3 & 4 (7 & 8+ Entry)

In our assessment, boys are invited to spend half a day with us. There are papers in Mathematics and English (including comprehension and story writing), and boys will complete verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests on a computer. We also hear the boys read and allow them to play and look around the school. Boys also have the chance to play ball games in the sports hall and join in some fun singing in the music department. Each boy meets the Head of Lower School (Years 3 and 4) for an informal chat. In addition, the Heads of Years 3 and 4 and other Dulwich Prep London staff meet the boys in various contexts throughout the day. Lunch is provided for the boys.

Parents are invited to join the Head Master for coffee when they drop the boys off for their assessments.

We ask parents to provide a copy of their son’s most recent school report, and we will also contact each boy’s current school to ask for a reference before the assessment takes place.

Dates

 Year 3 (7+) 
Registration deadline:Friday 4 November 2022, 12.00pm 
Assessment date:Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 January 2023
Offers date:Friday 3 February 2023
Acceptance deadline:Friday 10 February 2023, 12.00pm

 

 Year 4 (8+) 
Registration deadline:Friday 4 November 2022, 12.00pm 
Assessment date:Monday 23 January 2023
Offers date:Thursday 2 February 2023
Acceptance deadline:Thursday 9 February 2023, 12.00pm

Registration for September 2023 entry closes on Friday 4 November 2022. To enquire about an occasional place in Year 3 or 4 for your child, please email admissions@dulwichpreplondon.org.

Offers

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

Waiting List

Parents of boys who are not offered a place are asked whether they would like to be put back into the application process for the following year.

Year 5 & 6 (9 & 10+ Entry)

Year 5 & 6 (9 & 10+ Entry)

Boys sit reasoning tests on an IPad (verbal, non-verbal and quantitative) and are asked to undertake some written English (writing and comprehension) and Maths work. We also ask the boys to participate in some team tasks with other boys of a similar age and will conduct an informal interview. The assessment aims to ensure that the boys who join us will thrive in a selective school with high academic standards.

We ask parents to provide a copy of their son’s most recent school report, and we will also contact each boy’s current school to ask for a reference.

Dates

 Years 5 & 6 (9 & 10+) 
Registration deadline:Friday 4 November 2022, 12.00pm 
Assessment date:Wednesday 18 January 2023
Offers date:Thursday 26 January 2023
Acceptance deadline:Thursday 2 February 2023, 12.00pm

Registration for September 2023 entry closes on Friday 4 November 2022. To enquire about an occasional place in Year 5 or 6 for your child, please email admissions@dulwichpreplondon.org.

Offers

Boys are invited to a taster day in the Summer term to meet their new teachers and classmates.

Waiting list

We operate a short waiting list for entry at 9+ and 10+.

Year 7 & 8 (11 & 12+ Entry)

Year 7 & 8 (11 & 12+ Entry)

Boys sit reasoning tests on an IPad (verbal, non-verbal and quantitative) and are asked to undertake some written English (writing and comprehension) and Maths work. We also ask the boys to take part in some team tasks with other boys of a similar age and will carry out an informal interview. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure that the boys who join us will thrive in a selective school with high academic standards.

We ask parents to provide a copy of their son’s most recent school report and we will also contact each boy’s current school to ask for a reference.

Dates

 Years 7 & 8 (11+ & 12+) 
Registration deadline:Friday 4 November 2022, 12.00pm 
Assessment date:Wednesday 15 March 2023
Offers date:Wednesday 22 March 2023
Acceptance deadline:Wednesday 29 March 2023, 12.00pm

Year 8 (12+)

We would normally only accept boys into Year 8, the final year at Dulwich Prep London if they already have an offer at a senior school.

Offers

Boys are invited to a taster day in the summer term to meet their new teachers and classmates.

Waiting list

We operate a short waiting list for entry at 11+ and 12+.

Every child is unique, and we are looking for children who will flourish in our environment and take full advantage of our outstanding provision. Our assessments are designed to allow each applicant to demonstrate their strengths and include a wide range of elements beyond simple ‘tests’. We want our pupils to enjoy every moment of their time with us, beginning with the assessment day for prospective pupils.

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 their potential and their attitude to learning. Our normal minimum for admission is above the average level of attainment for each age group, based on the National Curriculum.