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Admissions

Grimsdell is a co-educational pre-prep school for children aged 3-7. Entry is available at 3+ (Nursery) and 4+ (Reception).

3+ and 4+ Entry

You can Register your child for a possible place in our 3+ Nursery or 4+ Reception from birth.

We offer either an A.M or P.M. Nursery provision and parents are asked to submit a preference at the time of Registering with us. Our Nursery assessments take place in the November prior to the year of entry.

Alternatively, you may wish to Register your child with us for entry into our 4+ Reception. Assessments for this Year Group take place in the January of the year of entry.

Interviews and Assessment – 3+ Nursery

Our interview and assessment process consists of an informal parent interview with the Head and a child-led, play-based assessment for the child. The process takes place in our superb outdoor Cabin, our ‘Cabin in the Woods’ and the family group will remain together for the duration of the assessment. Please note that it is not possible to defer offers for our Nursery to our Reception year group the following year. If you are offered a place in the Nursery and you are unable to accept for any reason, you would be invited back to join us for a further assessment the following year for a possible place in our Reception year group.

Interviews and Assessment – 4+ Reception

We conduct a two phase assessment process for entry into our 4+ Reception year group. The first round assessment consists of a group assessment for children. Assessments take place in our Outdoor Learning Area and are overseen by our Early Years Team. For those applicants who are invited to join us the second round of assessments, they will take part in a family assessment, consisting of an individual assessment with our Early Years Team and an informal interview for the parents, conducted by our Head, Mrs Simon.

We do operate a Sibling Policy and priority is given to applicants who already have a sibling in the Foundation, subject to our assessment programme.

3+ Entry 2022

The Interviews and Assessments for this in-take have now concluded. Please contact our Head of Admissions to discuss alternative entry points.

4+ Entry 2022

The Initial Registration List for 4+ entrance for September 2022 has now closed. Please contact the Admissions team to discuss placement on the Reserve Registration List.

Chance Vacancies

Occasionally there are places available in other years, known as ‘Chance Vacancies’.  Contact us to find out about possible places.

The Best Way to Visit Us

We love nothing more than welcoming new families to our School and sharing with them all that we have to offer at Grimsdell Pre-Prep. Our School sits within a spectacularly green setting and we are surrounded by nature, we make full use of this and the children are fully immersed in their outdoor learning – our outside facilities are a real highlight of a visit to Grimsdell.

The Foundation hosts two Open Mornings a year and this is the best way to visit us. Our next Open Morning will take place on Saturday 7th May 2022, to register your interest for this event please click here. We look forward to welcoming you.

Registering Your Child

If you are ready to Register your child with us, please complete our on-line Registration Form here, making payment of the non-refundable Registration Deposit of £150.00.