Pinewood is a co-educational day and boarding environment for children aged 3-13. Pinewood’s Pre-Prep consists of a Nursery (ages 3-4), Reception classes (ages 4-5), Year 1 classes (ages 5-6) and Year 2 classes (ages 6-7). Our Prep school is for children in Years 3 – 8 (ages 7-13). Entry can take place in any year group subject to space, but we have regular entries into Pre-Prep as well as Year 3 and Year 4. We are non-selective, welcoming and catering for pupils of a wide range of ability. Boarding is an option for children in Years 5 – 8.
Pinewood has always prided itself on having an ‘Open Door’ policy for both our current and prospective parents. Covid-19 has meant that we have had to adapt our admissions process slightly, however, we are thrilled to still be able to welcome you to the school for a one-to-one meeting with the Headmaster, Mr Neal Bailey and a tour of the school grounds.
If you are interested in finding out more please contact our Registrar, Mrs Emily Miller, who will be delighted to talk to you and arrange an appointment and/or answer any questions you may have. Her telephone number is 01793 782554 or email email@example.com. Following your tour and meeting with the Headmaster you will be sent an information pack giving you further details about life at Pinewood.
Whilst we always recommend early registration, we recognise that this is not always possible and will do our very best to accommodate if we can. Please note that places can become available during the school year and at the last minute, so it is always worth contacting us just in case we have some short notice availability.
The first step is to contact the Registrar either via telephone or email. The Registrar will be able to give you an indication of available places in year groups and talk you through the admissions process. An appointment will be arranged for you to have a personal virtual tour and one-to-one meeting with the Headmaster.
If you feel Pinewood is the right environment for your child, we would then ask you to complete the formal registration form and return this with a £40 non-refundable registration fee to the Registrar. Confirmation of a place, as either definite or waiting list, will be made following registration. We recommend that you register as soon as possible. If you would like to register your child in advance of your virtual meeting the Registrar can provide the registration form.
We commence our admissions process in the Autumn Term of the year preceding proposed entry, contacting those at the top of our registered list asking them to complete and return the acceptance paperwork along with an acceptance deposit of £650. This process predominately follows the order of registration, as stated within our Admissions Policy.
Children who enter the Pre-Prep have no formal assessment. Ordinarily they would be invited to a familiarisation morning in the term prior to entry; however, this will obviously be subject to the COVID-19 guidance at the time. The format of the familiarisation session will be advised by our Registrar. Children who enter the Prep School would have in the past been invited to Pinewood for a Taster Day. The purpose of the day is to allow the School to assess the suitability of Pinewood to meet the needs of the child. The day involves some formal testing (a Verbal Reasoning test and a Mathematics test paper) and a chance for the child to experience lessons and sport as well as whatever may be on offer as an extra-curricular activity that particular day. Sadly, we are not currently able to run our Taster Days but do hope to be able to offer familiarisation sessions later in the year for those wishing to start in September 21. In the absence of Taster days, we do rely on information from the child’s current school to ensure we are able to provide all the necessary support required.
The academic year runs from 1st September – 31st August.
The expectation would be that your child would be at Pinewood until the end of the academic year when he/she sits the entrance exam for the chosen senior school at 13+. Otherwise, a term’s notice in writing, or payment of a term’s fees in lieu, is required when you wish your child to leave the school. No reduction in fees is made for children absent through sickness, or any other cause, although optional insurance exists for this purpose. Parents may, at any time, be required without a term’s notice, to remove their child from the school if, in the opinion of the Headmaster, such is in the interest of the child and/or the school.