At Blackheath Prep we offer an education without boundaries and strive to ensure that every child shines and reaches their full potential. We are committed to achieving academic excellence with an ethos of strong pastoral care and supported by a rich and varied co-curricular programme.
We welcome applications from all children, regardless of background, who will thrive in this academically stimulating environment and who will benefit from, and contribute to all areas of school life. Read our Admissions Policy.
Registrations should be completed online together with payment of a £100 non-refundable fee to complete the registration process.
Children join the School Nursery at the intake following their 3rd birthday and we accept children by assessment, not on a first come first served basis. Nursery is the usual point of entry to the School although occasionally places become available in other year groups.
If you are interested in registering your child for a place in another year group, please complete the registration form and we will contact you when a place becomes available to arrange an assessment for your child.
|January 2022 Admissions|
|Application Deadline||Monday 14th September 2021|
|Assessments||Monday 27th September and Friday 1st October 2021|
|Offers made||Wednesday 6th October 2021|
|Acceptance Deadline||Wednesday 13th October 2021|
|September 2022 Admissions|
|Application Deadline||Monday 1st November 2021|
|Assessments||Week commencing Monday 15th November 2021|
|Offers made||Friday 26th November 2021|
|Acceptance Deadline||Friday 10th December 2021|
Offers are made in writing once all assessments have been completed. Places are offered to pupils who meet our admissions requirements according to the number of places available. We aim for an equal split of boys and girls.
When you accept a place, we ask you to pay a deposit of £1000 and sign a contract which outlines the standard terms and conditions under which your child is accepted as a pupil at Blackheath Prep.
We keep a reserve list of children and should a place become available we will contact the next family on the list with an offer of a place.
Children are admitted to the Nursery once they have turned 3 years of age. We have two intakes, one in January and one in September.
January 2022 entry (Nursery A)
If your child’s birthday falls between 1 September and the 31 December, you have the option for them to join our January 2022 intake into a small Nursery class of up to 16 pupils. These pupils automatically transfer into the main Nursery classes in September 2022.
The assessments for this intake will be held on Monday 27 September and Friday 1 October 2021.
Please note, children eligible for the January intake may wish to be assessed instead for the September intake. However, if children attend the assessment for the January 2022 intake and are unsuccessful, they will be unable to be reassessed for September 2022 entry.
September 2022 entry (Nursery 1 and 2)
If your child’s birthday falls between 1 September and the 31 August and you would like your child to be considered for the September 2022 intake, assessments will take place during the week commencing Monday 15 November 2021.
Nursery A (January intake)
Parents can choose for their child to attend for the morning (without lunch) from 9am–12.20pm or for a full day until either 3.15pm or 5pm.
Nursery 1 and 2 (September intake)
For the Autumn term, parents can choose whether their child stays for the morning (without lunch) from 9am–12.20pm or for a full day until either 3.15pm or 5pm.
From the Spring and Summer terms of Nursery 1 and 2, the mandatory Nursery day runs from 9am–3.15pm for all children. Children may continue to arrive anytime between 8.30am–9am and remain at school until 5pm if parents wish them to do so.
To enable us to plan staffing, we only accept changes to specified hours half termly. If you would like to change your child’s Nursery hours after they have started, please first confirm this with Mrs Melissa Forbes, Head of Nursery, before advising the Accounts department.
Nursery Assessment – What to expect
Our Nursery assessments take place in the morning, as part of a play-based session. Each session may include up to 12 children. Our aim is for your child to have a positive experience with us, in a warm and friendly environment, with adults that are kind and responsive to their individual needs and interests.
On the day of the assessment one of our experienced staff will greet you and your child and walk with them over to our Nursery classroom where the play session will be held. It is our experience that children settle quickly and interact more fully, without a parent present. However, should your child feel daunted by the experience, especially those children that are younger, you are welcome to come in and settle them.
All staff engaging with your child during the play session are highly experienced and will take into account the month in which your child was born. If your child’s first language is not English, this will also be considered, as will any developmental delays. There will be an opportunity for you to make us aware of any additional information prior to the assessment.
On the Day
- Talk to your child about what to expect. Explain to them that they will be in a room that has been set up with activities and toys, ready for them to have fun and explore.
- Make sure your child is well rested and has had enough to eat that morning.
- Arrive as close to the time as possible, as waiting too long before the session can unsettle your child.
- The assessment process will take one hour, during which time refreshments will be provided for waiting parents and there will also be the opportunity to meet our Head and members of the Senior Leadership Team.
The play session
- The Nursery environment will be set up with a selection of activities aimed at engaging children’s interests. These will include construction, small world play, malleable play, drawing and puzzles.
- Each child will be encouraged to complete an activity, working 1:1 with an adult during the play session.
- We will be looking to see how curious the children are and how well they engage with the activities provided. We will also observe how the children focus on the activities and how well they engage and communicate with the adults and children working alongside them.
- We will conclude the session with a story read to the group.
7+ Entry (Year 3)
We offer a 7+ entry point into Year 3 although the number of spaces vary each year.
Children are invited to attend an assessment day during the Spring Term preceding the September of entry. We complete assessments in English, Maths and Reasoning. In the afternoon children take part in a range of fun and stimulating activities.
Entry into other years
Assessments take place at all entry points into the school and will be age appropriate.
In keeping with our family ethos, where possible, priority will be given to siblings of current Blackheath Prep pupils and to those with a recent family connection with the school.