Whilst most pupils normally start in the Autumn Term, we welcome applications to the Prep School throughout the year, as long as there is availability. Places in popular year groups such as Reception, Year 3 and Year 5 can be subject to a waiting list.

The first step is to find out more about Leweston Prep either by joining one of our virtual Open Doors events or visiting to meet the Head.

Sadly we cannot currently offer our usual ‘taster days’ but families from the start of the summer term families will be welcome for a socially distanced tour of the school. Prospective pupils will then be invited to an informal, online interview with the Head, Miss Phillips. There will opportunities later in the summer for them to meet other pupils in their prospective year group, although this may be organised online.

After the interview we will request a reference from your current school. We are very aware that children have had a different experience of school in the last few months in both an academic and pastoral sense, and we will be sensitive to this. We will specifically ask schools how children have been affected, if at all, over the period so we can able to take this into consideration.

It is at this stage that offers are made. You will be asked to secure your place by paying a deposit (which is returned against your final school bill). A New Pupil’s Pack will then be shared with you ahead of your child’s start date.

Joining the Prep School - Frequently Asked Questions

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SCHOOL?

We encourage everyone to visit as it is important to get to know us and see the school in action. This can be either an individual family visit or at one of our Open Days which provide the opportunity to meet the Head, staff and pupils. An important advantage of these events is that all the facilities can be viewed at your leisure; you can visit lessons as they happen and ask questions of teachers and pupils.

However you make contact, all parents should have a private appointment with the Head to discuss their son or daughter in more detail before they join. If this cannot be arranged in person the Head is available by telephone or online.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO REGISTER?

We recommend visiting the school, either for an Open Day, or at a time to suit you, at least two years ahead of entry and registering after you have had the opportunity to have a good look round and meet staff and pupils. Registering secures your child’s place in their entry year group. This will be held until the admissions process is complete and an offer accepted.

Places in popular year groups such as Years 3, 5 and 6 can be confirmed more than a year in advance, but there may be space available after that time.

DO YOU ASSESS PROSPECTIVE PUPILS?

Pupils joining the Prep are not formally assessed and there are no entrance tests however pupils are informally monitored by staff during their taster day and any concerns will be discussed with parents at the end of the day.

WILL YOU REQUEST A REFERENCE FROM MY CURRENT SCHOOL?

We will liaise closely with your current school during the admissions process and require your current Headteacher to provide a confidential report before a place is offered. Towards the end of the summer term before your son or daughter joins us we will also request your child’s school file and last set of school reports.

WHEN WILL WE KNOW IF WE HAVE A PLACE?

A formal offer of a place will be made following your taster day. Interest in Leweston is strong and there are times when we have more applicants than places available. If this happens you may be put on a waiting list until a place becomes available or we have a sufficient number of pupils to open a supplementary class. The Admissions Team will remain in close contact with you during this time.

HOW DO WE ACCEPT A PLACE?

To accept an offer, you should return a signed copy of the acceptance form to the Admissions Team. A deposit of £500 per child will be required to secure a place. This deposit is returned to you at the end of your child’s career at the school but is non-refundable should you decide not to take up your place.

Places should be accepted by the first Monday in March in the year preceding entry. This enables us to start developing the curriculum and plan class sizes. Places accepted after this date will be subject to availability.

WHAT IS THE RATIO OF BOYS TO GIRLS?

In the Prep school the ratio of girls to boys is 60:40. In 2019 we opened Antony House, for boy boarders and currently have 14 boarders ranging from Years 5 to 13.

HOW MANY BOARDERS ARE THERE?

Leweston currently has 66 pupils who board on either a full, weekly or flexi basis. This range of options is designed to suit different family requirements and it is possible for pupils to start boarding on a flexi basis before moving to one of the other options.

DO THE BOARDERS AND DAY PUPILS INTEGRATE WELL?

Yes: the nature of boarding at Leweston means that all of the boarding houses are in the main school building. These means there is no need for boarders to travel back to house during the school day. Pupils spend all day together in lessons, lunch, co-curricular activities and in their common room. In addition, day pupils are welcome to join in with weekend activities and boarders may be invited out for weekends with day pupils.

CAN I REGISTER MY CHILD IF THEIR AGE FALLS OUTSIDE THE CORRECT BAND?

We would normally expect a child to be in their appropriate age group however we are happy to consider children who are either one year above or below the appropriate age band.

HOW DO YOU SUPPORT NEW PUPILS?

Every new pupil is assigned a “guardian angel” to guide them around, accompany them at break times, and help them get to know our routines. As part of the Year 6 prefect roles and responsibilities, they also care for new arrivals looking after them at playtimes and during other social events. There is also a ‘Buddy Bench’, f anyone would like someone to play with or just chat to, they sit on the bench where someone will come to them.