Prep FAQs

Do I need to register to attend an Open Event?

Yes, please visit our Open Day page here . Alternatively, please contact Admissions Manager, Mrs Alexandra Jackson, on or telephone 0121 454 5831. 

What is the Nursery and Kindergarten assessment process?

We are looking for inquisitive and curious girls who are excited to learn!

Our play-based assessments take place during the Spring and Summer Terms. We welcome all candidates into our friendly ‘Westbourne’ area of school for a small group playtime and some fun activities designed to explore language and social skills, physical and creative skills, and enable girls to relax and be themselves.

Can you tell me more about the Reception assessment process?

During the pre-admission visit (PAV), we are looking for academic potential and how girls engage with the learning process. We aim for the session to be informal, fun and enjoyable for the girls and it will involve group and individual activities covering language and social skills, number, physical and creative skills. We do not expect girls to have early reading, writing or maths skills. The assessment will last around 30 - 45 minutes.

My daughter's first language is not English. Is this taken into account in the assessment?

Yes. Many children who attend our assessments come from international families and are exposed to two or more languages throughout their early years. Our Early Years assessors are experienced in working with children who have English as a second language. 

Does the school have a catchment area?

No. We accept applications from families based in a very wide area, and do not give preference to those living locally.

What is the application process for entry to Year 3?

Our entrance assessments for entry to Year 3 generally take place during March but can be arranged at other times. During their day with us girls will take part in class activities as well as completing assessments in maths and English and spending time with pupils in the playground.

How can I apply for help with fees?

In the Preparatory School, we offer Bursaries on entry to Reception and Year 3 only. When registering your daughter to be considered for a place, please indicate on the Registration Form that you are interested in applying for a bursary. Once your form has been received, we will forward an application form and this must be returned to EHS by the closing date Friday 9 February 2024 . All applications are subject to a Home Visit from a third party organisation ‘Bursary Administration’. 

When will I receive the results of my daughter's assessment or play-based assessment?

Offers are normally posted to parents the week following your daughter’s assessment.