Admissions Process


We are delighted that you are considering St Margaret’s for your son or daughter. Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make and so our Admissions Manager, Mrs Simone Hughes, is available to chat through the process and offer friendly, practical advice.

There are 3 main entry points:

Kindergarten (3+)
Reception (age 4)
Year 3 (age 7) 


We have one class per year in Kindergarten and Pre-Prep (Reception to Year 2), so we recommend entry at either Kindergarten or Reception to secure a place in Pre-Prep as classes often reach capacity. We then extend to two classes per year group from Year 3 to allow more children to join the Prep School, but as this is a popular time to join with families, we encourage you to register your interest early.
 
Children generally join us in September, but if spaces are available in a particular year group we are happy to consider pupils for entry at any time of the year. We welcome children of all abilities, subject to being confident that we can cater for their educational, physical and emotional needs.
 
In the current circumstances we are continually adapting our admissions process to ensure we meet Governement guidelines. At the moment, we ask that prospective parents initially meet the Headmaster, Mr Bromwich, via video call. If you then wish to continue on the admissions journey, we will ask for your child’s latest school report/learning journey and will arrange a further online meeting to talk to them. The most important part of the process is to meet parents and children face to face and so we will arrange for you to visit the school as a family, tour the facilities and meet the Headmaster and other staff in person. To reduce the risk for everyone we schedule these visits to begin at 4.30pm, once the majority of our children have left for the day. (Visits are currently not taking place until further guidance on 2nd December.)
 
Please contact the Admissions Manager, Mrs Simone Hughes, to discuss your requirements further or to make an appointment to speak with the Headmaster.

The 5 steps below outline the typical process and timeframe you’ll follow if you’d like your child to join us at the start of an academic year in September, but this is not prescriptive. 

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Step 1 - Registration

Following your visit to St Margaret's, if you wish to pursue a place, the first step is to register your child by completing our registration form and returning it to Mrs Simone Hughes, the Admissions Manager, with a non-refundable registration fee of £75.

REGISTRATION FORM


Step 2 - Admissions List

Mrs Hughes will place your child’s name on the appropriate class list and acknowledge safe receipt of your form and payment.

If all spaces are taken, your child’s name will be placed on a waiting list; either way she’ll keep you informed. Places are allocated based on the date your registration is received.


Step 3 - Acceptance

For a September start, we’ll contact you in the January prior to your child joining us to offer a conditional place (conditional upon successful Taster Days - see step 4 below).

Mrs Hughes will ask you to confirm your acceptance of the conditional offer by paying the acceptance fee of £500. This will be deducted from your final invoice at the end of Year 6, unless your child leaves prior to this, in which case it is non-refundable. If you don’t wish to accept your conditional place it will be made available to another pupil on the waiting list.  

In the event that you accept your child's place, but then circumstances mean that you are not able to proceed, we are sorry, but the acceptance fee is non-refundable.


Step 4 - Taster Days

We welcome children of all abilities to St Margaret's, subject to being confident that we can cater for their educational, physical and emotional needs.

Taster days, which are generally organised from March onwards (for September intake), enable us to assess and evaluate your child and make sure s/he will thrive with us. The nature of the taster day depends on the year group your child will be joining:

  • Kindergarten: taster session (half day or full day)
  • Reception: full taster day, review of most recent learning journey
  • Years 1 & 2: two consecutive taster days, review of learning journey and/or school report
  • Years 3 and above: two consecutive taster days, skills assessment, latest school report, current English and Maths books

Step 5 - Confirmation of Place

You’ll hear from us with confirmation of a guaranteed place very quickly after the Taster Days.

In the unlikely event that we are unable to offer your child a guaranteed place, we will refund your acceptance fee in full.

You'll appreciate that we are not able to hold places open indefinitely, so if your plans change following the acceptance of your child's place, you can defer for up to one academic year. However, in year groups which are reaching capacity, a place cannot be held open for more than one term from the original start date. 

If there is a waiting list for the year group your child is entering, once you have accepted the place, we will ask you to pay a non-refundable fee (50% of the prevailing annual fees), in order to guarantee the deferred place is held open for one term from the original start date.