Halstead Preparatory School is a day School for girls from the term in which they turn 2 – 11 years. The School operates a policy of equal opportunity in matters of disability, race, religion and social background. The School does not discriminate on sexual grounds.
We recognise the importance of choosing the right school for your daughter. Our website and school prospectus will give you some insight into what Halstead has to offer your daughter but we encourage you to visit us too to see the school in action. You are very welcome to come along to an Open Morning and/or to make an appointment for a personal tour and meeting with Mrs Austin to discuss your daughter.
Entry points to Halstead
The usual points of entry are into the Nursery or into Year 3 (age 7). There is an expectation that girls entering Nursery will continue into Reception.Girls may be offered places at other ages if a place is available.
HOW TO JOIN HALSTEAD
Upon deciding that you would like your daughter to join Halstead the registration form should be completed fully and returned to the Registrar. The School will acknowledge its receipt.
If the School is able to offer a place, an offer letter is sent to parents of girls wishing to join the Nursery.
Girls wishing to join other years are invited to spend a day in School before an offer is made. For girls joining from Year 2 upwards the day will include assessments in English and Maths. These assessments are used to indicate specific areas of strength and / or weakness so that the class teacher can prepare and plan according to the needs of the child.
Parents will be notified, in writing, within one week of the visit/assessment as to whether a place at the School is available and is being offered.
The completion of the registration form and the payment of a registration fee, currently set at £100, does not guarantee a place for your daughter but it does ensure that the appropriate documentation for subsequent stages in the admissions process are sent to parents in good time.
Siblings must be registered separately. Siblings will take priority over other applications provided the registration form has been received at least six months prior to the date of entry to the school.
Payment to the school can be made via cheque or electronic transfer. Please make cheques payable to Halstead (Educational Trust) Limited. Our bank details are detailed below for BACS payments.
HSBC Bank, 6 Commercial Way, Woking, Surrey. GU21 1EZ
Account Name : Halstead Educational Trust Ltd
Account Number : 81037250
Sort Code : 40 47 08
Please use your daughter’s name as the reference. Thank you.
ACCEPTANCE OF A PLACE
On being offered a place at the School parents will be asked to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, currently set at £500.00 in order to secure a place at the School. This will be deducted from the fees for the pupil’s final term at the School, provided that a term’s notice of withdrawal is given. This deposit will form part of the funds of the School until it is credited to parents, without interest, when their daughter leaves the School. Deposits are not reimbursed if a pupil leaves during Nursery.
BURSARIES AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Hardship bursaries are available in line with the Bursaries Policy available from the Bursar.
For entry to Year 3 (age 7+) a small number of scholarships worth up to 10% of school fees may be awarded to girls who show exceptional academic or musical ability. Current Halstead girls in Year 2 and girls who will be joining Halstead in Year 3 may be considered. Scholarship assessments and interviews will be held in the Summer Term of Year 2.
Disability and Special Educational Needs
Parents are requested to give full written details of any disabilities and/or special educational needs in good time and to inform the School of any changes to their daughter’s condition that become apparent prior to entry to the School. The School will consider carefully whether it is able to provide adequately for such needs and will make all reasonable adjustments to avoid putting such a child at a substantial disadvantage. Further details may be read in the School’s Disability/Special Educational Needs Policy.