Interested in starting your journey with us?
The main entry point to the school is from your child’s 3rd birthday via the Kindergarten. However, we are very happy to accommodate parental requests throughout the year for any year group, subject to availability.
We encourage and welcome prospective parents to visit the school. You can either register for one of our Open Mornings (March and October) or make a 1:1 appointment during term time to see the school in action and to meet staff and children. Subject to you wishing to pursue a place, we would ask your child(ren) to attend Taster days which will give them a true flavour of the school. Taster days also gives us the opportunity to meet your child and gather important information about their character and learning style. We welcome children of all abilities to St Margaret's, subject to being confident that we can cater for their educational, physical and emotional needs.
The 5 steps below outline the typical process and timeframe you’ll follow if you’d like your child to join us at the start of an academic year in September. If your circumstances necessitate a start at any other time of year, and we have a place available, we’ll do all we can to meet your needs, even if it means some steps happen concurrently or in a slightly different order.
We understand that circumstances can change, or house moves fall through. If your plans change, you can defer your place for up to one academic year. If there is a waiting list for the year group you are interested in, we will ask you to pay a non-refundable fee (50% of the prevailing annual fees for the relevant year group), in order to guarantee the deferred place is held open.
STEP 1 – Registration
The first step is to register your child for a place at St Margaret’s by completing our application form and returning it to Mrs Simone Hughes, the Marketing & Admissions Manager, with a non-refundable registration fee of £75.
Registration Form (Printable)
STEP 2 - Admissions list
The Marketing & Admissions Manager, Mrs Simone Hughes, will place your child’s name on the appropriate class list and acknowledge safe receipt of your form and payment. If all spaces are taken, your child’s name will be placed on a waiting list; either way she’ll keep you informed. Places are allocated based on the date your registration is received
STEP 3 – Acceptance
For a September start, we’ll contact you in the January prior to your child joining us to offer a conditional place (conditional upon successful Taster Days - see step 4 below). Mrs Simone Hughes will ask you to confirm your acceptance of the conditional offer by paying the acceptance fee of £500. This will be deducted from your final invoice at the end of Year 6, unless your child leaves prior to this, in which case it is non-refundable. If you don’t wish to accept your conditional place it will be made available to the waiting list
STEP 4 - Taster days
We welcome children of all abilities to St Margaret's, subject to being confident that we can cater for their educational, physical and emotional needs. Taster days, which are generally organised from March onwards (for September intake), enable us to assess and evaluate your child and make sure s/he will thrive with us. The nature of the taster day depends on the year group your child will be joining:
- Kindergarten: taster session (half day or full day)
- Reception: full taster day, latest learning journey
- Years 1 & 2: two consecutive taster days, latest learning journey and/or school report
- Years 3 and above: two consecutive taster days, skills assessment, latest school report, current English and Maths books
STEP 5 - Confirmation of place
You’ll hear from us with confirmation of a guaranteed place very quickly after the Taster Days. In the unlikely event that we are unable to offer your child a guaranteed place, we will refund your acceptance fee in full.