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Prep School Admissions


Following a visit, if you would like your child to be considered for a place at Hurst Prep School please complete the registration form as soon as possible and return to Admissions together with payment of the £100 registration fee (which can also be paid online from the Fees and online payments page). This will reserve a place for your child in the year group required, but does not guarantee a place. Please register your child at least 18 months prior to when you would like them to join.

General admissions process for all year groups

Taster days and assessments

Due to the current government guidelines regarding COVID-19, we are, unfortunately, unable to offer taster days.  Discussions are currently being held about assessment days, so do keep in touch via this page for updates.  In the meantime, do register your interest by clicking here and we will be in touch.

Year 7 entry (11+)

Assessment days are held in the January of the year of entry. Pupils sit the Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning aspects of the ISEB on-line pre-tests, which are standardised tests to measure ability and attainment. These tests are designed by ISEB so that pupils do not need to prepare for them, in order to give fair results. For information on these tests please visit the ISEB website.  Please note that the ISEB online pre tests consist of 4 parts (Reasoning tests as well as Maths and English) and if your child is also looking to apply to an independent senior school who uses these tests, it is likely that they will require all 4 parts of the test to be completed.  We encourage children who are at independent prep schools to sit all 4 parts at their current school.  If your child is not at an independent school, but is likely to apply to other independent schools who use the ISEB online pre test, then please contact us to discuss options.

In addition, pupils will be asked to complete a writing task and will participate in interactive tasks which will usually include Design and Technology, Science and games. All pupils will have an interview with a senior member of staff and join current pupils for lunch.

All pupils sitting the Year 7 assessments will be automatically considered for an Academic Scholarship based on the results of the tests.

2021 Year 7 key admissions information

Year 3 entry (7+)

Assessments for entry into Year 3 will be held during the Michaelmas (Autumn) term whilst a pupil is in Year 2. Pupils will be invited to spend the morning with current Year 2 pupils, joining them for lunch in the dining hall before then completing a small number of entry tests. The tests will consist of Maths, English and Reasoning tests.

2021 Year 3 key admissions information

Reception entry

Assessment days are held in January of the year of entry. Your child will be invited to spend an hour in the current Reception classroom – a friendly, informal environment – where they will participate in group activities and games. The sessions are relaxed and parents are invited to stay for refreshments in a room close by.

2021 Reception key admissions information


Based on the results of the assessments in conjunction with school references and interviews, offers of a place will be made to pupils and a deposit requested. All offers are conditional upon receipt of a satisfactory reference from your child’s current school.

Pupils who currently receive Learning Support will be invited to meet with our Learning Support department so that, if required, support can be put in place for when your child joins Hurst.

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