We hope you will find all the information you need to complete the registration process for a place at Blackheath Prep. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Office on 020 8305 5062 or email admissions@blackheathprep.co.uk

Register Online

Applications for a place at Blackheath Prep should be completed online together with payment of a £100 non-refundable fee to complete the registration process.  

Nursery is the usual point of entry to the school and pupils join the school at the intake following their 3rd birthday. We accept children by assessment, not on a first come first served basis.

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 to arrange an assessment for your child when a place becomes available.

Admissions Policy

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, 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.

Siblings policy  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. 

Read our Admissions Policy.

Assessments 

All children applying for a place at Blackheath Prep are assessed.

Nursery – What to expect 
Our Nursery assessments take place in the morning, as part of a play-based session. Each session includes 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. 

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

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, leaving as quickly as possible. 

  • 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 space 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. 

Offers

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. 

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.  Deposits are returned upon final settlement of the pupil’s account when they leave the school. 

We keep a reserve list of children and, should a place become available in the year group for which they have been assessed, we will contact candidates on our reserve list with an offer of a place.  

Joining the Nursery

Nursery intake
Most children join Blackheath Prep in the Nursery. Children join us in the intake following their third birthday.  We have two intakes, one in January and one in September. 

January 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 intake into a small Nursery class of up to 16 pupils. These pupils automatically transfer into the main Nursery classes in the September of the same year.   

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 intake and are unsuccessful, they will be unable to be reassessed for the following September entry.  

September entry (Nursery 1 and 2) 
If your child’s birthday falls between 1 September and the 31 August your child is eligible for entry in September.

The mandatory Nursery day runs from 8.30am until 3.15pm. An optional late stay until 5pm or 5.45pm is available (charges apply).

3+ (Nursery) - Key Admission Dates
January 2023 Nursery Admissions
Application DeadlineMonday 12 September 2022 12 noon
AssessmentsWednesday 28 - Friday 30 September 2022 
Offers made Wednesday 5 October 2022
Acceptance DeadlineWednesday 12 October 2022 12 noon
September 2023 Nursery Admissions
Application Deadline  Wednesday 2 November 2022 12 noon
Assessments Week commencing Monday 14 November 2022
Offers made Friday 25 November 2022
Acceptance DeadlineMonday 5 December 2022 12 noon

Entry at 7+ (Year 3)

We offer a 7+ entry point into Year 3.

We currently have a few places available for children wishing to join us in Y5 from the Autumn term 2022.

Following your registration, your child will be invited to attend an assessment morning during the Spring Term preceding the September of entry. They will be assessed individually in reading, writing and maths. As a group, they will also complete exercises in oral problem solving with our Head, Alex Matthews. The number of spaces varies each year. 

7+ (Year 3) Key Admission Dates
September 2022 entry
Application DeadlineDeadline passed
AssessmentsCompleted
Offers made Friday 28 January 2022
Acceptance DeadlineFriday 25 February 2022 12 noon

Occasional vacancies

Occasionally places become available in other years. Assessments take place at all entry points into the school and will be age appropriate. To register your child for an occasional vacancy, please click below and complete the online registration form.