Admissions

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.

If you are interested in coming to visit Pinewood please contact our Registrar, Miss Sarah Walters, who would be delighted to talk and arrange an appointment or answer any questions. Her telephone number is 01793 782554 or email sarahwalters@pinewoodschool.co.uk.  Following a visit to the school you will be given an information pack to further supplement the information available on our website.

Alternatively you can click on ‘Enquiries’ at the very bottom of this page which will take you to the online enquiry form.  If you do not receive a response from this within a reasonable length of time, please contact Sarah directly on the above email address.

Please note that spaces 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.

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Entry Procedure

The first step is to contact the Registrar either via telephone, email or the website. 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 come and visit the school and meet the Headmaster. You are more than welcome to bring your child but this is not essential.

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 visiting the school then the Registrar can provided 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, they are invited to a familiarisation morning in the term prior to entry. Children who enter the Prep School are 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. The assessment is neither selective nor competitive and subject to there being no obvious academic or behavioural problems, a firm offer of a place is then made.

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.

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