Thank you for your interest in Pinewood. As Registrar, I am here to help you and your child(ren) with the admissions process and am always happy to answer any questions you may have. We hope that the website has helped to give you a taste of what Pinewood offers, but nothing is quite like seeing the environment first-hand, so please do get in touch and I would be delighted to arrange a time for you to have a personal tour of the school and a one-to-one meeting with the Headmaster, Neal Bailey.
Mrs Emily Miller – Registrar
Whilst we always recommend early registration, we recognise that this is not always possible and will always do our very best to accommodate where we can. We commence our admissions process in the Autumn Term of the year preceding proposed entry. This process predominately follows the order of registration, as stated within our Admissions Policy.
As a first step, please get in touch either via telephone (01793 782554) or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. At this point, I will be able to give you an indication of available places in your required year groups and talk you through the admissions process. An appointment will then be arranged for you to have a personal tour and one-to-one meeting with the Headmaster, Neal Bailey.
Once you have had the opportunity to see the school in action and 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. This will then secure your child’s position on their respective entry list. If you would like to register your child in advance of coming to view the school and meeting with the Headmaster please do just request the registration form.
We are a non-selective school and there is no formal entrance assessment. At the start of the Admissions process in the Autumn Term prior to the following Autumn’s entry, we contact families at the top of our entry lists.
Children coming into our Pre-Prep (Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) will be offered a place and, once the place has been accepted, they will be invited to spend a morning with their current year group in the term before entry. This is an opportunity to meet their new friends, teaching staff and to feel comfortable in their new school environment. The format of this session will be communicated nearer the time.
Children who are joining the Prep School in Years 3-8 are usually invited to spend a Taster Day with their current year group ahead of being formally offered a place. The purpose of the day is for the child to have the opportunity to experience everything that Pinewood has to offer, including lessons, extra-curricular activities and sports, and at the same time for the school to ensure we are able to fully meet the needs of the child. Ahead of joining, children will be asked to complete low key assessments in English, Maths and Reading to help with setting purposes. School reports from the child’s current school will also be used to assist a smooth transition to Pinewood.
If there are any learning support needs we will be delighted to arrange for our Head of SEND to contact parents to discuss this further.
When a place is formally offered, whether in the Pre-Prep or Prep, we will ask parents to complete and return the acceptance paperwork along with a deposit of £900.
The expectation is that your child will progress to the Prep School (Year 3) at age 7 as a matter of course.
We will assume that your child will continue at Pinewood until the end of Year 8 and that he/she will sit the relevant entrance exams for their chosen senior school at 13+. If you wish your child to leave earlier than this a term’s notice in writing is required, or payment of a term’s fees in lieu. 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.
If you have more questions about Pinewood, please do take a look at our FAQs page first.