We work hard to make sure that our admissions procedures reflect the character of our school at every step, so that they are as transparent, welcoming and stress free as possible for parents and students alike. We are always available to answer questions and we warmly welcome visits from prospective families.
Please click on the links on the menu to learn more about our admissions procedures at different entry points. The general admissions process is summarised below.
Although our admissions procedures differ for different entry points, the first step for all prospective parents and pupils is to visit our school. In the first instance this is usually through attending one of our Open Events, although families are always most welcome to arrange a private meeting and tour with our Prep or Senior School Head.
Register Your Child
To go ahead with an application, we would ask you please to submit a registration form and registration fee. The fee is £100 for Senior School and £50 for Nursery and Prep School registrations.
Getting to Know One Other
After registration, the admissions procedures diverge for the different entry points, although in one form or another all children are invited in to the school, so that we can get to know them and, equally importantly, they can get to know us. During this process, we try to offer various opportunities for families to visit and learn about our school so that you and your child can build up an authentic feel for the school to support your decision making.
Assessments and Offers of Places
Notre Dame School is a selective, though not highly selective school and all children are assessed in some way prior to offers being made (as a rough guide, our pupils typically sit in the top 50% of the ability range). We assess children to make sure that they would sit comfortably within their cohort, so that they will be happy with us and so that we can properly support their learning. For Nursery and Reception entry this process is extremely informal. At other entry points, we make the process as friendly and relaxed as possible - we are absolutely committed to our school-wide philosophy that happy and relaxed children are better able to give of their best.
For overseas applicants, we are able to arrange for assessments to be carried in a child's existing school as necessary.
For all applicants, we request a reference from a child's exisiting school and ask for copies of the most recent school reports as part of the assessment process.
Offers are made subject to an assessment of all the available information.
Find out more
For Prep and Senior School enquiries and admissions, your points of contact throughout the admissions process are our Admissions Manager, Mrs Natalie Foreman and Director of Admissions and Marketing, Mrs Beccy Johnson. Please do not hesitate to get in touch at any time if you have any questions or if you would like to arrange a private visit - firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01932 869993.
Your main contact for Nursery enquiries and admissions is our Admissions Manager, Mrs Natalie Foreman. Please feel free to contact her at any time if you have any questions - email email@example.com or telephone on 01932 589090.
Please click on the links on the menu to learn more about admissions at Notre Dame at different entry points.