We are delighted that you are considering sending your child to us here at The Prebendal School. Children may join in any year group depending on availability and the earliest possible entry is into the Kindergarten class during the term a child reaches the age of three. To find out more about how the School operates, please read our FAQs.
Visit Our School
To visit, please contact our Admissions Secretary, Lesa Burchell, on 01243 520970 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit & Registration
Parents are very welcome to make the initial visit either with or without their child(ren). The visit will include a meeting and tour of the School with the Head Master (and sometimes with some pupils) and where appropriate the Head of Pre-Prep. Following a visit the Head Master will write to the parents enclosing a Registration Form. The completed Registration Form together with a £75 Registration Fee should be submitted to the School as soon as possible thereafter. Parents should be aware that places in our Pre-Prep classes are booked some time in advance so early registration is advised.
The Taster Day is an opportunity for your child to spend a normal day with the pupils in his or her current year group. The day is designed to give children the opportunity to get to know their peers, teaching staff and to familiarise themselves with the School. If your child has a particular interest the taster day can be arranged on a day when this activity takes place. Children spending a taster day in the Nursery - Year 2 will be informally assessed by the form teacher. Children in Year 3 and above may in addition to informal testing undertake some assessments in English, Reading and Mathematics. No preparation is needed for this and these assessments will not take the form of a formal examination.
Offer of a Place
Following a Taster Day, the Head Master or in the case of the Pre-Prep the Head of Pre-Prep either at the end of the Taster Day or as soon as possible thereafter will contact the parents to discuss the day's events from both the School, the parents and the child's perspective and to answer any remaining questions. If all has gone well a verbal offer of a place will be made, which will be followed up in writing. It is expected that all Pre-Prep pupils will move to the Prep Department and continue to be educated at The Prebendal School. All places offered are subject to a satisfactory report from the child's current school.
Acceptance of a Place
This is requested, in writing, together with a non-returnable deposit of £300, which is payable before a pupil joins the School. This deposit is held as a credit against the final fee account that is presented after a pupil leaves the School.
Admissions Process for Cathedral Choristers
Auditions for the Cathedral Choir may take place at any time, by appointment, if there are vacancies in the Choir to be filled. The main voice auditions take place in November and February of each academic year, for entry the following September, or occasionally, more immediately. Children seeking a Chorister place also undertake general entrance assessments in verbal reasoning, English and mathematics. This testing is to ensure that the pupils will be able to cope with the additional demands of a choristership. Voice trialists who are already members of the School follow will not be asked to undergo any academic tests as the school will already hold appropriate academic data on the pupils. If a choristership is offered it is conditional upon the pupil remaining in the School and Choir until the age of 13 (the completion of Year 8).
An application for admission may be refused if, in the opinion of the Head Master it is not possible for the School to provide an appropriate education for the prospective pupil or the admission of the applicant is likely to jeopardise the safety and/or education of other pupils and/or jeopardise the good name and reputation of the School or if in the case of an applicant for the Nursery class, parents are unable to give an assurance that lavatory training has been satisfactorily completed by their child. Any appeal with regard to admission should be made in writing to the Head Master.
Applications for Awards
The Prebendal School is able to consider applications for a number of awards. All awards are subject to review and a final decision by the Governors.
* Bursarial Awards - means-tested for children from Years 3-8
* Sibling discounts
* Former Prebendalian discount
* Music Scholarships & Exhibitions
* Academic Scholarships
* Choral Scholarships
* Scholarship Awards from Year 7
* Forces Families discount
Our Fees 2016-17 gives further information about these awards as does our Bursary & Scholarships Policy.