Children are admitted to Reception in the Autumn Term of the school year in which they turn 5. Early registration is advised: Fulham Pre-Prep is non-selective and offers of places are considered on a first-come, first-served, basis, taking into account the desire to achieve a balanced intake of girls and boys and a mix of birth dates within the academic year, as well as sibling priority.
Depending on date of registration, gender and birth date applicants are placed on one of three lists:
- Main list: guaranteed an offer of a place
- Reserve list: likely to be offered a place once main list responses are processed
- Wait list: offered places in strict order as and when they become available
All registered families are invited to regular open mornings and a formal tour with the Head in the academic year before entry. Main list offers are made in the January of the starting year, and reserve list offers in February. After acceptance of a place staff visit children at their nursery settings and new pupils are invited to an orientation morning in June prior to entry.
Procedure for entry to Reception from 2020
An amended procedure applies to applicants for entry from 2020. All families will be contacted at the end of the October prior to September entry and informed whether they are on the main, reserve or wait list. Main list applicants will be offered three options:
- Accept directly to secure the place
- Defer acceptance until the main offers go out in January
- Decline the offer
This procedure enables us to provide clarity to all families and move applicants up from the reserve and wait lists as expeditiously as possible.
Prep and Senior
Entry to the Prep is automatic for pupils from the Pre-Prep. We do not prepare children for 7+ or 8+ entry to other prep schools. Entry to Fulham Senior is in turn automatically available for pupils from the Prep, who reserve places in March of the year they turn 11 (school year 6). In any one year it is envisaged that around half of the pupils from the Prep may continue to the Senior School with others continuing to achieve places at a wide range of day and boarding schools.
External applicants to join from ages 7, 8, 11 and 13 (school years 3, 4, 7 and 9) must register by 31 October in the year prior to September entry. Applicants for the 6th Form (school years 12 and 13) must register by 12 December in the year prior to September entry. All registered candidates complete a process of assessment and interview by the January of the school year before they start. The process is designed to help us maintain a balanced cohort with a diverse mix of abilities. Academic ability is one element and helps to inform the support we offer successful applicants but in line with our inclusive approach children are not selected on purely academic grounds. Non-academic abilities and aptitudes are given significant weight in the process.
Occasional places may be available outside of the formal entry points. This will generally involve interview and informal assessment, with children invited to spend some time in a class of pupils of a similar age.
Registration and Deposits
From September 2019, a non-refundable fee of £125 per child is payable at time of registration (note that registration does not guarantee a place). This fee is £135 if paying from an overseas bank account. Acceptance of offers must be confirmed with a deposit of £2,000 per child and signed acceptance of the terms and conditions. Registration fees and deposits are reviewed annually.
Deposits will be returned at the end of the final term of attendance at the School, subject to a term’s notice and after the deduction of any monies owed. New parents should note that if they decide not to take up a place which they have already accepted the deposit is in these circumstances non-refundable. All parents, including new parents, must give a term’s notice of intended departure or pay a term’s fees in lieu of notice.