admissions process

We are delighted that you are considering Holmwood House Preparatory School for your child and are pleased to provide information for prospective parents here.

We recognise that selecting a school for your child will be one of the most important decisions that you will make as a parent, involving much investigation and discussion. The decision process can be a daunting experience but we are here to help and would urge you to contact the Admissions Registrar, Abigail Wills, who will be happy to guide you through the admissions process.  Please note that the admissions office is open throughout most of the school holidays, as well as term time.

Virtual Admissions Process

While Holmwood House is closed due to Government advice for all schools, unfortunately it will not be possible to visit us in person. During these unprecedented times we have amended our admissions process to ensure families who are considering Holmwood House for their child can still receive the information they need and meet with our Head and Registrar, albeit virtually. Find out more about our virtual admissions process for children aged 3 to 13.

If you are interested in our Nursery in Great Horkesley for children aged 6 months to 4 years, you can read the separate Nursery admissions process.

Standard Admissions Process

For reference, you can view the standard admissions process below, though it is not currently in operation.

Visiting the School

We believe that a personal visit to the school is invaluable and we very much hope that you will visit us. We hold two Open Mornings for prospective parents each year, one in September and one in March, but prospective parents are welcome to visit at any time throughout the year by contacting the Admissions Registrar to arrange a convenient time.

Taster Mornings are also offered for potential Reception pupils and their parents once a term on Saturday mornings. These events are an ideal occasion for a first visit to Holmwood House, as they provide a fun and relaxed way to meet the staff and see the facilities.  However, it is also beneficial for those children that are already registered to join the school to attend, as they will have the opportunity to meet other children also joining the school, enabling them to make friends before they start, as well as allowing them to familiarise themselves with their surroundings.  Taster mornings are free of charge to attend and open to any children in the age bracket given for each event.  Further details may be found in the admissions section of the school’s website.

The Entry Procedure

The main point of entry is from 4 years of age into our Reception, however, we admit pupils in to any year group that has available space.

Reception intakes can fill up quickly and so early registration is recommended.   All applications will be considered in the order in which they are received by the school and where a year group is already full, this will determine the child’s position on the waiting list.

Admission in to other year groups is based on a satisfactory result in an assessment test and taster day in school.  We aim to identify pupils who are able to benefit from our balanced and well rounded education and to make a positive contribution towards the life of the school.  We cater for a wide range of abilities.

The Application Procedure

1. Please contact the school directly by completing our enquiry form, emailing or calling 01206 673750. Abigail Wills, Admissions Registrar, will be able to advise if there is space in the year group you are considering for your child. We welcome admissions into all year groups throughout the academic year from Pre-Reception for 3 year olds to Year 8.

2. Following a meeting with the Headmaster, we will invite you to register for a place at Holmwood House, by completing the Registration Form and transferring the registration fee of £50. The receipt of this places your child on our class list for your chosen point of entry. Payments can be made electronically to Holmwood House Preparatory School: Account number: 43187330, Sort code: 20 58 69, (Reference: child’s name)
For children who are joining Pre-Prep, we would ask for a contact at your child's current school or nursery, whilst for pupils who are joining the Prep School, we will ask for a recent school report and a reference from your child's current school.

3. Once we have reviewed the information provided, we will be able to confirm whether we are able to offer a place for your child. Our Admissions Registrar will then send you an offer letter, parental responsibility form, final acceptance form and request for a deposit of £300. Return of this paperwork and deposit completely secures your child’s place at Holmwood. An email confirmation will be sent.
The deposit will be returned to you when your child leaves the school. In the event of the place being accepted and then cancelled in writing prior to entry, the deposit will be retained by the school.

4. A digital new joiner form will also need to be completed prior to your child’s entry so we can gather contact details, consents, medical information, etc.


Admissions Policy

Click here for a copy of the School's admissions policy.

Parent Terms & Conditions   

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