How to Apply

How to Apply – Pre-Prep (3-7)

The majority of children start at St Edmund’s Pre-Prep School in the Nursery, although children can join any class as long as there are spaces available.

Nursery

Parents are invited to have a tour of the school with Julia Exley, Head of Pre-Prep. They can then register their child and bring them along for a Nursery session so that we can make sure they are ready to enjoy all the opportunities we offer. We also make an informal assessment of their readiness to play and learn harmoniously with others. Once a place has been offered and confirmed, children are invited to attend pre-entry sessions with their parents. These sessions help new pupils to become familiar with the setting and the staff so they are confident for their parents to leave when term begins. Places in Nursery are allocated in order of registration. We encourage all our Nursery children to progress through the Pre-Prep.

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Children aged three to five years joining the Nursery are entitled to Free Early Education Funding of up to 15 hours each week. At St Edmund’s, parents can claim three hours per day between 8.30am-11.30am with any extra hours charged at our normal fee rate. We recommend that children attend for a minimum of three mornings per week, as in our experience this helps them to settle and make friends.

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Nursery children have a choice of sessions: 8.30am–12 noon, 8.30am–1.30pm (with lunch), or the full day from 8.30am to 3.30pm.  Children can attend Nursery just for the Free Early Education hours (15 hours per week) from 8.30am-11.30am each morning. There is no cost for this option. However there is a late fee if your child is not picked up at 11.30am of £25 per day, and there is no option for children to stay beyond these hours. Nor can sessions be extended into the afternoons as the child becomes older. Parents are advised that school events and services are scheduled for afternoons.

Reception – Years 1 and 2

Parents are invited to tour the school with the Head of Pre-Prep. Then they can register their child and bring them along for a morning or day in school so that we can assess their progress in literacy and numeracy, and general attitude to learning and consideration of others. In this way, we hope to ensure that all children can enjoy their time in school together and progress to the best of their ability.  Whilst our standards and expectations are high, we accommodate children with a wide spread of abilities and talents and aim to provide appropriate challenge for them all. Once a place has been offered and confirmed, children are invited to attend pre-entry sessions. These help new pupils to become familiar with the setting and staff so they are more confident when they start.

Admissions contacts

Andrea Strong, Head of Admissions, will be happy to arrange for you to meet the Head of Pre-Prep and take a tour of the school. Email: admissions@stedmunds.org.uk or telephone: 01227 475601.