Pre-Prep admissions

Pre-Prep Admissions

The information below is to help guide prospective parents through
our admissions process and provide clarification of year-groups, ages and
minimum attendance. Please note that we do not take children outside their chronological age group unless there are exceptional circumstances and at the sole discretion of the Nursery Manager. Our full Admissions policy is available for download below our Admissions Q&A section below.

Online Registration Form

We have an online Registration Form for the Pre-Prep.
Please click below to register your child.
PRE-PREP REGISTRATION FORM
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Pre-Prep Class structure

ROOM / YEAR GROUPAGEAPPROX. NUMBER OF PLACESMINIMUM ATTENDANCE
CaterpillarsChildren from age of 2222 days a week
LadybirdsChildren from age of 2222 days a week
ButterfliesRotation of:
Children from age 2.5+
Children in their pre-school year
30

36
3 days a week
DragonfliesChildren in their pre-school year443 days a week

PRE-PREP ADMISSIONS Q&A

How do I apply if my child is already at The Villa?

Parents can apply at any point using the online application form (there is no reservation fee for internal candidates).

Parents can book tours by contacting the main office.  Tours are on Tuesday mornings, subject to availability.

If your child is at the Nursery you have the opportunity to reserve a place in the Pre-Prep on a first come, first served basis.

You will be invited to an Information Evening in the Summer and/or Autumn term in the year before your child is due to start school.  This will give you the opportunity to hear more information about the Pre-Prep school and meet key staff.

A timetable of key dates will be sent to all applicants/enquiries.

You will receive a letter just before the Autumn half term (the year before entry) detailing the date from which you can return the signed terms and conditions and reservation fee and also the closing date.

At the end of this period, the school will formally offer places taking into account some/all of the following factors:

  • Children who have siblings already attending The Villa Pre-Prep (present and then past)
  • Children of The Villa employees
  • Gender balance
  • The school’s ability/capacity to provide the facilities for the welfare/needs of the child
  • Extenuating circumstances affecting the child’s welfare or his/her family
  • The date and time the signed declaration and reservation fee is returned
  • Once the offer has been confirmed, the reservation fee (£1,500) becomes the deposit (this is non-refundable) and is subject to a 14-day cooling off period from the date of the letter confirming the offer 
  • If we are unable to offer a place, the reservation fee will be refunded in full
  • Please note that if you decide not to accept the place after this period, the deposit will be retained.  If you do not inform the school in writing that you no longer require the place before the first day of the Summer Term before starting (please see the website for the applicable term dates), you will be liable for the Autumn Term fees. Please see our terms and conditions for more details.

My child is not at The Villa, how and when can I apply?

Parents can apply at any point after birth using the online application form and make a bank transfer of the £75 registration fee directly to the bank account detailed on the for

Parents can book tours by contacting the main office.  Tours are on Tuesday mornings, subject to availability.

The Villa will be in touch early in the Autumn Term the year before your child is due to start school when a timetable of key dates will be sent to all applicants/enquirie

  • Your child will then be invited to have a ‘play session’ as part of a small group during the Autumn Term (the year before entry)
  • A report will be requested from your child’s current nursery/setting and a Nursery visit may be arranged
  • Offers will then be made depending on the number of places available taking into account some/all of the following factors:
  • Children who have siblings already attending The Villa Pre-Prep (present and then past)
  • Children of The Villa employees
  • Gender balance
  • The school’s ability/capacity to provide the facilities for the welfare/needs of the child
  • Extenuating circumstances affecting the child’s welfare or his/her family
  • The date and time the signed declaration and reservation fee is returned
  • When an offer is made, parents are asked to return the signed terms and conditions to accept the place and pay the deposit of £1,500 (this is non-refundable)
  • The deposit is subject to a 14-day cooling off period.  Please note that if you decide not to accept the place after this period, the deposit will be retained.  If you do not inform the school in writing that you no longer require the place before the first day of the Summer Term before starting (please see website for term dates), you will be liable for the Autumn Term fees.  Please see our terms and conditions for more details.

How will you help my child settle in?

Your child will be invited to take part in a ‘taster session’ in the summer term before they start at the school.  All children start on a full time basis from the start of the Autumn term.

Do places ever become available during the school year?

Please contact the School Administrator who will be able to tell you if there are any places available within other year groups or after the initial intake into Reception.

Parents can apply using the online application form and make a bank transfer of the £75 registration fee directly to the bank account detailed on the form.

Your child will be invited to an informal assessment at the school and a report will be requested from your child’s current school.  This is to ensure that they are at a standard which will enable them to perform competently and confidently within their chronological age group.

Following the assessment and receiving a report from your child’s current school, you will be notified in writing if there is a place available.

 If an offer is made parents have one week to decide if they wish to accept the offer of a place and must confirm the decision in writing with the deposit.

ADMISSIONS POLICY

PRE-PREP ADMISSIONS
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