Registration - the first step
Usually the first step of the independent school admissions journey is a phone call to the Registrar. You will be sent a prospectus to further inform you of all that Aldwickbury can offer your son (you can also request a prospectus here). You will then be invited to an Open Morning or to make an appointment for a personal visit to the School where you will meet the Head and Head of Pre-Prep. The majority of parents do both – the Open Morning is a good time to get a general overview of the school, have time to talk to current parents and the older boys. The personal visit is a time to discuss your son and family with the Head.
Following a visit to the School to meet with the Head of the Pre-Prep Department and/or the Headmaster, parents who wish their son to be considered for entry are asked to complete the school's registration form. His name is placed on the list of applicants for admission when this form, with the registration fee, has been received.
Boys are admitted to Aldwickbury at ages 4-13, usually at the beginning of the school terms but, exceptionally, throughout the year.
Admission to the Pre-Prep Department (4-7 year olds)
At Aldwickbury we do not have an entry test for boys starting in Reception, places are allocated for the Reception classes from the date of registration. We do not believe in failing boys aged 4. Parents are contacted in the Autumn preceding the academic year of entry to confirm that a place is still required. The Head of the Pre-Prep Department then offers the available places. A waiting list is kept for any parents who wish to take up a chance vacancy place.
Entry from the Pre-Prep Department to the Prep School is dependent on the boy reaching the appropriate standard. Should there be a problem in any curriculum area this would be discussed with the parents at an early stage.
Admission to the Prep School at Year 3
Boys wishing to join the Prep School are asked to attend a screening session in early January preceding the September entry. The Head of Junior Department reviews the level of literacy and numeracy before reporting to the Headmaster who then offers places based on this assessment.
Admission to the Prep School from Years 4 to 7
Boys wishing to join the Prep School in Years 4-7 are asked to attend a screening session after they have been registered at the school. The Head of Junior Department or the Academic Deputy Head reviews the level of literacy and numeracy before reporting to the Headmaster who then offers places based on this assessment.
Special Educational Needs
Boys with mild specific learning difficulties may be offered a place at Aldwickbury and often grow in our supportive environment.