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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.

Please note that registration for September 2021 entry is now closed. If you would like to discuss a chance place for your son or daughter, please email the Admissions team directly at admissions@dulwichpreplondon.org.

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 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.

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 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

Registration deadline:12 noon Friday 5th November 2021
Assessment date:Monday 10th January 2022 (various times). Please be aware that these dates may be subject to change.
Additional Assessment date:Tuesday 11th  January 2022 (various times). Please be aware that these dates may be subject to change.
Offers will be posted:Monday 31st January 2022
Deadline to accept offer:Monday 7th February 2022

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 members of staff 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 for 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. 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

Registration deadline:12 noon Friday 5th November 2021
Assessment date:Saturday 2nd October 2021 (various times)
Offers will be posted:Friday 21st January 2022
Deadline to accept offer:12 noon Friday 28th January 2022

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

Year 1 & 2 (5 & 6+ Entry)

Year 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

Year 1 (5+)
Registration deadline:12 noon Friday 5th November 2021
Assessment date:Tuesday 1st March 2022 (various times)
Offers will be posted:Tuesday 8th March 2022
Deadline to accept offer of place:12 noon Tuesday 15th March 2022

 

Year 2 (6+) 
Registration deadline:12 noon Friday 5th November 2021
Assessment date:Wednesday 2nd March 2022 (various times)
Offers will be posted:Wednesday 9th March 2022
Deadline to accept offer:12 noon Wednesday 16th March 2022

Offers

Successful boys 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.

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 writing a story) and boys will complete verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests on a computer. We also hear the boys read and give them an opportunity to play and have a look around the school. Boys also have the chance to play some 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. The Heads of Years 3 and 4 and other Dulwich Prep staff also meet the boys in various contexts throughout the day. Lunch is provided for the boys.

Parents are invited to join the Headmaster 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:12 noon Friday 5th November 2021
Assessment date:Wednesday 19th January 2022  9.00am-2.00pm

Thursday 20th  January 2022  9.00am-2.00pm

Friday 21st  January 2022        9.00am-2.00pm

Offers will be posted:Friday 4th February 2022
Deadline to accept offer:12 noon Friday 11th February 2022

 

Year 4 (8+) 
Registration deadline:12 noon Friday 5th November 2021
Assessment date:Wednesday 26th January 2022   9.00am-2.00pm
Offers will be posted:Thursday 3rd February 2022
Deadline to accept offer:12 noon Thursday 10th February 2022

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 members of staff and fellow parents.

Waiting List

Following the assessment, parents are contacted to let them know whether their son has been offered a place, has been put on a waiting list or has not been offered a place. 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 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

Year 5 (9+) 
Registration deadline:12 noon Friday 5th November 2021
Assessment date:Thursday 13th  January 2022  9.15am-3.00pm
Offers will be posted:Thursday 27th January 2022
Deadline to accept offer:12 noon Thursday 3rd February 2022

 

Year 6 (10+) 
Registration deadline:12 noon Friday 5th November 2021
Assessment date:Friday 28th January 2022    9.15am-3.00pm
Offers will be posted:Wednesday 9th February 2022
Deadline to accept offer:12 noon Wednesday 16th February 2022

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

Year 7 (11+) 
Registration deadline:12 noon Friday 5th November 2021 
Assessment date:Wednesday 2nd February 2022  9.15am-3.00pm
Additional Assessment date:Tuesday 15th March 2022
Offers will be posted:Wednesday 9th February 2022
Additional date:Tuesday 22nd March 2022
Deadline to accept offer:12 noon Tuesday 16th February 2022
Additional deadline to accept offer:Tuesday 29th March 2022

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 as such include a wide range of elements beyond simple ‘tests’. It is important that our pupils enjoy every moment of their time with us and that begins 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 his or 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.