Entry procedures

Offers of a place in Kindergarten (by far the largest entry point with the best chances of acceptance), Pre-Reception and Reception are made on the basis of:

  • Sibling priority (a sibling who is a present pupil in the Pre-Prep or a past pupil who has gone through the Pre-Prep)
  • Date of registration
  • An informal assessment (this entails a visit where the children are invited to join a play session in which we observe their social interaction, language, numeracy, physical development and concentration skills, appropriate for their age; ideally, children should be toilet trained before they commence)
  • Our perception of the family’s long-term commitment to Herne Hill School, including whether or not older siblings who attended the school transitioned to the next year group and stayed throughout the Pre-Prep.

For the autumn term entry at the beginning of each academic year, offers to external candidates are typically made in the preceding January for Reception and Pre-Reception and in April/May for Kindergarten. Late registrations can be accepted at any time for chance vacancies.

Progression through the school is usually automatic, unless it is felt that the child would not be able to cope with the curriculum or that this would not be in the best interests of the child or the other children. In such cases, there would have been consultations with the Headteacher well in advance and the parents would have been given advice regarding their child’s needs.

In its admissions, as in all other policies, procedures and practices, the school operates an equal opportunities policy and will not discriminate against a child (current or prospective) on grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or disability. With regard to disabled pupils, the School is committed to making reasonable adjustments so that disabled pupils would not be placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled pupils.

To register, please fill out our online registration form.