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Our aim is for every child to be enabled to develop to his or her potential in every way. We are an academically non-selective school and welcome pupils of all faiths or none.

Our admissions team are on hand to answer any preliminary questions, discuss available places and arrange for a personal tour of the school or an appointment at one of our future Open Mornings.

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We recommend that you register your child as early as possible, and this can be done at any point after birth. Their year group of entry is determined by their age on 1st September. The main ages of entry are 3, 4, and 7 years but places may be available at other ages.

Registrations will be considered in the order they are received, and priority of a place will be given to those who transfer through to Reception from our Sunflowers Nursery. Offers of places are subject to availability and the admission requirements of the school at the time offers are made.  A copy of the school’s Terms and Conditions can be found on our website.

On receipt of a completed registration form, copy of your child’s birth certificate and registration fee (£100), your child’s name is entered on the entry list for a given year group.

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Offer and Acceptance of a Place

As the school has a non-selective entrance policy, places will be offered following receipt of the registration form and a visit to the school by parent and child.

If this is more than two terms prior to entry the place will be conditionally offered subject to a ‘getting to know you session’ for Nursery and Reception children or an assessment for older ages approximately six months prior to the child’s entry date.

Pupils wishing to join SPS after the Reception Year will be assessed to ensure they are placed in an appropriate class upon entry. It should be noted that in Years 4-6, where the children are streamed, places may not be available in all classes. Where necessary, the results of the assessments are discussed with parents.

Parents of candidates with special needs, whether physical, behavioural or educational, should discuss these with the Headmistress, prior to a place being offered, to ensure that SPS is an appropriate placement for the child.

A returnable deposit is payable with the acceptance form. The acceptance of this deposit by the school guarantees that a place will be available subject to assessment. The deposit will only be returned at the end of Year 6, once the child has completed their education at Staines Preparatory School or earlier, on the condition a full term’s notice has been received as per the school’s Terms and Conditions. If a place is not taken up then the deposit is non-refundable.

Waiting Lists

Parents will be informed if the year group list is full and asked if they wish their child to be placed on a waiting list.

Where a waiting list operates, parents who wish their child to be included on the waiting list must inform the school in writing. Any places that become available will be allocated according to the following priority criteria.

  1. Children of staff
  2. Siblings of current pupils
  3. Children of former pupils or parents
  4. Order of registration

Sunflowers Nursery

Sunflowers Nursery is the Nursery Department of Staines Preparatory School. Sunflowers Nursery accepts pupils from the age of ‘rising three’, i.e. children can be admitted in the term in which they have their third birthday based on the dates issued by the DFE given below:

Autumn Term 1st September – 31st December
Spring Term 1st January – 31st March
Summer Term 1st April – 31st August

Children may join at the beginning of any subsequent term subject to availability of places.

In order to maintain continuity, pupils attending Sunflowers Nursery need to be able to attend a minimum number of sessions as follows:

  • Seedlings (N1) 3 x sessions
  • Petals (N2) 5 x sessions

A session can be a morning (08:30 to 12:30 incl. lunch) or a full day (08:30 to 16:00). It is also recommended that pupils build up to full time in readiness for their transfer into Reception (subject to availability).

Sunflowers Nursery children receive a guaranteed place in Reception. All children who join our Sunflowers Nursery are expected to transfer through to our Main School. If a place is not taken up or your child does not progress from Sunflowers Nursery into Reception then the deposit is non-refundable.

To register for a place please complete the form below, uploading a copy of your child’s birth certificate. A £100 non-refundable registration fee can be sent via bank transfer. Our bank details can be found on the Registration Form via the link below.

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