Admissions

We have three main admission points: Nursery (children can join when they are 2 years and 6 months old), Reception (age 4+) and Year 3 (age 7+). We occasionally have places in other year groups.

If you are considering Rosemead for your child, the Headmaster and staff extend a warm invitation to visit our school. Group show-rounds take place frequently during term time and you can book yourself into a show-round here.

Alternatively, individual appointments can be arranged. If you would like further information please call the School Office on 020 8670 5865.

Our entrance procedures can be found below.

Admissions Procedure:

Please complete an Application for Admission form by clicking the button below and paying your £50 registration fee online.

Applicants are then invited for assessment. Dates of assessment will be confirmed once your application has been received.

If you would rather pay at the school office by card then please complete a paper Application for Admission. A hard copy can be obtained from the school office. The application form should be completed and returned to: The Admissions Registrar, Rosemead Preparatory School, 70 Thurlow Park Road, London, SE21 8HZ.

For children applying for Nursery or Reception places the assessment will be an informal two-hour play session. For children applying for years 1 to 6 there will be a variety of language and mathematical exercises over a morning session.

Entrance Procedures

PRE-NURSERY – children are eligible to join at the point when they become two years and six months old

Registration process

Typically, parents will visit the school either during an Open Morning or a Show Round. The next procedure is to fill in an Application for Admission form and submit it to the school with the £50 registration fee. This can be done via the Admissions section of the school website or in person. All children entering Pre-nursery at Rosemead are invited for an informal play session and the Admissions Registrar will make arrangements for this.

Dates and timing of play session

Our Pre-nursery informal play sessions take place in the term prior to entry. These play sessions will be arranged on an ad hoc basis at 9.30 – 11.00am or at 1.00 – 2.30pm.

What will happen during the play session?

Upon arrival, you will be met by the Head of Pre-Prep.  Parents and children are then taken to our Nursery. The children are observed playing and interacting with the other children and adults in our Nursery classroom. You do not need to prepare your child in any way for this informal session.

Offer date

Offer letters will be posted within a week of the play session.

Offer reply date

The offer reply deadline is within two weeks of the place offer date.

Waiting list places

You will be informed if your child is on a waiting list and we will let you know as soon as possible if a place becomes available.

NURSERY – for children starting in September having had their third birthday on or before 31st August

Registration process

Typically, parents will visit the school either during an Open Morning or a Show Round. The next procedure is to fill in an Application for Admission form and submit it to the school with the £50 registration fee. This can be done via the Admissions section of the school website or in person. All children entering Nursery class at Rosemead are invited for an informal play session and the Admissions Registrar will make arrangements for this.

Dates and timing of play session

This year our 3+ assessments will take place on several dates during January 2021 at 9.30 – 11am, 10.00 – 11.30am or 1.30 – 3pm. Please note that we also, typically, arrange additional dates later on in the Spring and Summer Terms.

What will happen during the play session?

Upon arrival, you will be met by the Head of Pre-prep.  Parents and children are then taken to our Nursery. The children are observed playing and interacting with the other children and adults in our Nursery classroom. You do not need to prepare your child in any way for this informal session.

Offer date

Offer letters will be posted within a week of the play session.

Offer reply date

The offer reply deadline is within two weeks of the place offer date.

Waiting list places

You will be informed if your child is on a waiting list and we will let you know as soon as possible if a place becomes available.

RECEPTION – for children starting in September having had their fourth birthday on or before 31st August

Registration process

Typically, parents will visit the school either during an Open Morning or a Show Round. The next procedure is to fill in an Application for Admission form and submit it to the school with the £50 registration fee. This can be done via the Admissions section of the school website or in person. All children entering Reception at Rosemead are invited for an informal 4+ observational session and the Admissions Registrar will make arrangements for this.

Dates and timing of session

This year our 4+ observational sessions will take place on several dates during November 2020 and during January 2021 at 9.30 – 11am, 10.00 – 11.30am or 1.30 – 3pm.

What will happen during the session?

Upon arrival, you will be met by the Head of Pre-prep.  Parents and children are then taken to our Nursery. The children are observed playing and interacting with the other children and adults in our Nursery classroom, and taking part in age appropriate activities. You do not need to prepare your child in any way for this informal session.

Number of places available

There are a small number of places available to join our pupils moving up from our own Nursery.

Offer date

Offer letters will be posted within a week of the session.

Offer reply date

The offer reply deadline is within two weeks of the place offer date.

Waiting list places

You will be informed if your child is on a waiting list and we will let you know as soon as possible if a place becomes available.

YEARS 1 AND 2 – we do have occasional vacancies on these year groups

Registration process

Typically, parents will visit the school either during an Open Morning or a Show Round. The next procedure is to fill in an Application for Admission form and submit it to the school with the £50 registration fee. This can be done via the Admissions section of the school website or in person. All children entering Years 1 and 2 at Rosemead will need to complete a selection Assessment and the Admissions Registrar will make arrangements for this. 

Dates and timing of assessment

Dates for Assessment are made at mutually convenient times. Assessment sessions can be either just for a morning, or for a full day, where the child will be able to spend some time in the classroom of the year group they are looking to join.

What do the children need to bring?

All stationery required will be provided by Rosemead. If your child has any specific medication, please bring this with you on the day. Children will need their coats for outdoor play.

What will happen during the morning?

Upon arrival, you will be met by the Head of Pre Prep who will welcome you and parents are then asked to leave the children and return at either the end of the morning session or the end of the school day.

The children will be assessed in English including reading for comprehension and a writing task. They will also be assessed in Mathematics, looking at numbers, shape, space and measures. The topics covered are the appropriate level for their age. You do not need to prepare your child in any way for the Assessment.

Some time will be spent speaking with the children before the Assessment begins. Throughout the Assessment the children will be given a number of short breaks in addition to one longer playtime break where they will receive refreshment. We aim to keep the time as relaxed as possible for the children and they will be given time to browse through books and draw.

Offer date

Offer letters will be posted within a week of the Assessment.

Offer reply date

The offer reply deadline is within two weeks of the place offer date.

Waiting list places

You will be informed if your child is on a waiting list and we will let you know as soon as possible if a place becomes available.

YEAR 3 – for children starting in September having had their seventh birthday on or before 31st August

Registration process

Typically, parents will visit the school either during an Open Morning or a Show Round. The next procedure is to fill in an Application for Admission form and submit it to the school with the £50 registration fee. This can be done via the Admissions section of the school website or in person. All children entering Year 3 class at Rosemead are invited for our 7+ Assessment and the Admissions Registrar will make arrangements for this.

Dates and timing of assessment

This year our 7+ Assessment week is Monday 11th – Friday 15th January 2021. Your child will be invited to attend one of our morning sessions (8.45am – 1pm), which includes joining us for lunch. Please advise of any dietary requirements when registering. The deadline date for registering for the 7+ Assessments is Monday 4th January 2021.

What do the children need to bring?

All stationery required will be provided by Rosemead. If your child has any specific medication, please bring this with you on the day. Children will need their coats for outdoor play.

What will happen during the morning?

Upon arrival, you will be met by the Admissions Registrar. The Headmaster will welcome the children, parents are then asked to leave the children and return at the end of the morning. A typical session consists of 18 – 20 children, who are placed in smaller groups with a teacher assigned to each group.

The children will be assessed in English including reading for comprehension and a writing task. They will also be assessed in Mathematics, looking at numbers, shape, space and measures. The topics covered are Year 2 level. You do not need to prepare your child in any way for the Assessment. Some of these assessments will be digitally based

Some time will be spent speaking with the children before the Assessment begins. Throughout the Assessment the children will be given a number of short breaks in addition to one longer playtime break where they will receive refreshment. We aim to keep the time as relaxed as possible for the children and they will be given time to browse through books and draw.

We offer a small number of Academic Scholarships for children who achieve highly on their 7+ Entrance Assessment and we feel have the potential to succeed at Rosemead. This offer is made purely on their Assessment results.

Number of places available

We usually have around 20 places available to join pupils moving up from our own Pre-Prep.

Offer dates

Offer letters will be posted on Monday 18th January 2021 and the offer reply deadline is Monday 1st February 2021.

Waiting list places

You will be informed if your child is on a waiting list and we will let you know as soon as possible if a place becomes available.

YEARS 4 TO 6 – we do have occasional vacancies on these year groups

Registration process

Typically, parents will visit the school either during an Open Morning or a Show Round. The next procedure is to fill in an Application for Admission form and submit it to the school with the £50 registration fee. This can be done via the Admissions section of the school website or in person. All children entering Years 4-6 at Rosemead will need to complete a selection Assessment and the Admissions Registrar will make arrangements for this. 

Dates and timing of assessment

Dates for Assessment are made at mutually convenient times. Assessment sessions can be either just for a morning, or for a full day, where the child will be able to spend some time in the classroom of the year group they are looking to join.

What do the children need to bring?

All stationery required will be provided by Rosemead. If your child has any specific medication, please bring this with you on the day. Children will need their coats for outdoor play.

What will happen during the morning?

Upon arrival, you will be met by the Admissions Registrar. The Headmaster will welcome you and parents are then asked to leave the children and return at either the end of the morning session or the end of the school day.

The children will be assessed in English including reading for comprehension and a writing task. They will also be assessed in Mathematics, looking at numbers, shape, space and measures. The topics covered are the appropriate level for their age. You do not need to prepare your child in any way for the Assessment.

Some time will be spent speaking with the children before the Assessment begins. Throughout the Assessment the children will be given a number of short breaks in addition to one longer playtime break where they will receive refreshment. We aim to keep the time as relaxed as possible for the children and they will be given time to browse through books and draw.

Offer date

Offer letters will be posted within a week of the Assessment.

Offer reply date

The offer reply deadline is within two weeks of the place offer date.

Waiting list places

You will be informed if your child is on a waiting list and we will let you know as soon as possible if a place becomes available.

Open Mornings

Usually this term we would be delighted to welcome prospective parents and their children into Rosemead at one of our major Open Mornings.

Due to the current restrictions, we are unable to do that so we have created a series of opportunities for a small group of visitors to join the Headmaster for a short tour of the school.

These showrounds are regular throughout the term and are limited in the number of visitors that we can allow, so please visit our website to learn more about the measures we have in place for this and the availability to book in.

We don’t want to deny parents the opportunity to see what Rosemead can offer your children both academically and pastorally – balance and excellence are key!

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