Admissions Process

Admissions Process

I would like to extend a warm, personal welcome to Rydes Hill. I am Ms Jacqui O'Neill, the Registrar at Rydes Hill Prep School and will be on hand to guide you and your child through the admissions process and help in any way I can.

Rydes Hill is a non-selective School, so there are no entrance exams for children to pass to be accepted into the School, and we welcome families of all faiths and beliefs. Whilst the main class entry points are Nursery, Kindergarten (Reception) and Lower Preparatory (Year 3), pupils can be accepted into all year groups, places permitting, and at any point in the school year.

Our admissions process is designed to help you establish whether Rydes Hill is the right school for your child. Your child is encouraged to visit the school at any stage in this process.

The first step

The first step for parents considering the school is to visit us and meet with the Headmistress, Mrs Norville. You can either arrange a personal tour at a convenient time for you or attend our next Open Day. Both can be arranged at any time by emailing jacqui.oneill@rydeshill.com or calling my direct line on 01483 544 973. Alternatively, simply following the link below:

Arrange a visit

You may then wish to arrange a taster day or morning for your child to experience life at Rydes Hill. Whilst no formal tests are administered the taster day is a valuable opportunity for informal assessments to be carried out by our teaching staff.

Register your child

Should you wish to proceed, the next stage in the process is to complete our Registration Form. Once this is returned, together with the non-refundable Registration Fee of £100, your interest will then be registered for a place or your child placed on a waiting list if the class list is full. Registration Forms can be downloaded below, provided by me on request, or included with our Prospectus.

Registration Form

Nursery

If your child is joining our Nursery, they would be invited to attend a taster session during the term before they are due to join us. This taster session gives children the opportunity to meet with some of their peers and for you to meet the Nursery Team. Following the taster session we will write to formally offer a place and confirm your Nursery session requirements.

Main School

If your child is joining our Main School, Mrs Norville may wish to arrange a taster day or morning for your child to experience life at Rydes Hill. Whilst no formal tests are administered the taster day is also a valuable opportunity for informal assessments to be carried out by our teaching staff.

Following your child’s visit we will write to you to ask whether you wish to accept your child’s place on the class list and a deposit of £500 will be requested (for families living overseas, the deposit is one term’s fees). Once the deposit has been received, your child’s place is confirmed. The deposit is refundable after the end of a child’s final term in the School, and is offset against their final extras bill. The deposit will not be returned if parents subsequently choose not to enter their son or daughter to Rydes Hill. Once Acceptance of a Place has been confirmed, a term’s notice is required for withdrawal (for Kindergarten two terms notice is required). For detailed information please refer to our Term and Conditions via the link below:

Terms and Conditions