Admissions Guide | Thorpe Hall School

Preparatory School 5-11

Admissions Guide

Applying for a place at Thorpe Hall Preparatory School

Pupils attend our Preparatory School from age 5 to 11 years (School Year 1 to Year 6).

Applications are welcome at any time, depending on places being available in the chosen year group.

Below is an outline of the admissions process.



Ask for an appointment to tour the school with the Headteacher, Mr Stephen Duckitt or a member of our Senior Leadership Team.

Contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs Karena Sedgwick on 01702 582340 or email to book.

We encourage you to bring your child to this appointment.



Complete and submit an Application Form and pay £100 registration fee.

You can pay by BACS, credit or debit card. Please note, applications are registered from the date payment is received.

Please provide a copy of your child’s latest school report with this form. In order for us to fully support your child, it is essential that you provide all relevant and up-to-date information.

You can view and download the form here.


Day Visit

We will arrange for your child to spend two days with us.

We will arrange for your child to spend two days with us during which he/she will be assessed to ensure an education at Thorpe Hall School is appropriate for them. There is no additional cost for these days  (lunch is included) as it is covered by your Registration Fee.


Offer of a Place

Subject to a successful visit, the school will offer you a place for your child.

We will invite you to complete the relevant documentation for admission.


Contract & Deposit

To complete the application process and secure a place, parents/guardians are required sign a contract with the school and pay a deposit.

For entry into our Preparatory School, a deposit of £1,000 is required.  This deposit is returnable when you leave the school, provided the required notice has been given.

See our Terms and Conditions here.

Admissions Policy

Admission is offered to children who satisfy the entry criteria and are deemed to be suitable recipients of a Thorpe Hall School education.

Places are offered to completed applications on a first come, first served basis with the following exceptions: preference is given to children of staff, siblings of current pupils, siblings of ex-pupils.

The school will also give priority to creating a balance of genders. All decision will be made on the school’s ability to meet the educational needs of each child applying for a place. See our full Admissions Policy

* We are committed to meeting the individual needs of our pupils.  We will always assess if we have the structure and resources in place to support the learning and all-round development of every child. Occasionally, a child may need additional support which may affect the provision we can offer. The school will highlight concerns to parents as soon as possible and it is vital that parents advise us of any concerns they may have in relation to their child’s development before they start.

  • Small class sizes and spacious facilities
  • ISA Award for Pupils’ Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Sunday Times Top 100 Prep School
  • Accredited Forest & Beach Schools
  • Extensive Enrichment Programme