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How to Apply 4+

Joining St Margaret’s School Reception Class

As a key entry point into the Junior School, demand is high for Reception places. We urge you to visit, take time to meet us and see our facilities. We know if your child is happy, you will be happy.

The guide below outlines the process and provides some key dates and actions; if you have questions, please do get in touch, we are here to help.

Visit Us

Join us on an Open Day or 1-1 Tour

We understand how important it is to visit a school, nothing can replace the experience of a face-to-face visit and the opportunity to meet the staff in the Junior School. Our next Open Day is on 8 June 2024, but if you would like to visit sooner than this, please do be in touch for a 1-1 or small group tour with our Head of Junior School.


Complete and submit a registration form and fee

The registration form provides us with key information about your child, their current pre-school and proposed date of entry.

Our registrations for Reception 2024 are now open and we will hold a 4+/Reception entrance assessment during the Spring Term.  All candidates that have registered will be invited to an assessment session.


Attend an assessment day and taster session

After we have received your registration form and fee, we will be in touch to invite your child into School for an age appropriate assessment and taster session. If your child already attends a pre-school, we will, at this stage, contact them to request a confidential reference report.

Offers and Acceptance

How to secure your place

Offers are sent out within 2 weeks of the assessment meeting and due to the high demand for places need to be formally accepted within 2 weeks of receipt. A non-refundable deposit of £1000 is required to secure your child’s place. This deposit (minus any costs that are still outstanding) is returned to you at the end of your child’s final term.

Preparing for School

Welcome to St Margaret's Junior School

Before your child starts at St Margaret’s you will receive our Joining Information Pack which requests detailed information regarding your child’s medical history, dietary needs and emergency contacts. During the summer term all new starters will be invited to attend in-school activities designed to smooth the transition in September.

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Take a look at our Prospectus

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