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Our Admissions Process

 

  • To join Early Years (Green Shoots, Kindergarten & Reception)

The majority of children join Reigate St Mary’s into Green Shoots, Kindergarten or Reception, but we are pleased to welcome children into other year groups when spaces arise.

Children enter Green Shoots from 2 1/2 years old (Sept/Jan intake, according to age) or Kindergarten from 3 years, for the pre-school year.

  • To join Lower School (Years 1 & 2) or Upper School (Years 3-6)

Please contact us to find out if we have a space in the year group you require.

We do not have an annual entry point as standard into Year 3. Children are able to join us into Year 3 either if there is an ad hoc space due to Year 2 not being full at the end of the previous academic year, or if your application coincides with one of the years in which we do welcome an additional class at this level. Please do note however that the latter happens periodically rather than annually; please enquire for further information.

If you are considering us for entry into the Upper School (Years 3-6), we will invite your son or daughter in for a slightly more formal assessment of his/her current position and learning potential, particularly if you are considering our senior school Reigate Grammar School for Year 7 and beyond.

  • Enquiry

Please contact Jenny Myddleton (as below) and complete a brief online enquiry form in our Admissions portal OpenApply, so that we have your family’s essential details and requirements saved and can advise on availability of spaces in your year group/s. Please do note that an enquiry is not the same as a registration, the latter incurring a £100 fee (see below) and marking the first official step in the Admissions process.

  • Visit Us

Parents are warmly invited to one or more of our Working Open Morning events during the week, an Early Years Open House at the weekend, or to have a private tour.

  • Registration 

Once an enquiry has been made, Registration is the first official step in the Admissions process, formally adding your child’s name to the admissions list for his/her cohort, and ‘date stamping’ your application. This is essential when demand exceeds availability: offers are made taking into account sibling priority and chronological date of registration (not enquiry), among other factors.

Registration does not guarantee a place and may mean joining the waiting list if the year group is currently full.

Registration requires a £100 fee and you are requested to complete an online form and upload your child’s birth certificate. Registration can happen at any time once a baby is born and you have his/her name, DOB and birth certificate; some families complete this stage without having visited us, and others prefer to wait until they have toured the school before registering.

  • Taster Days and Stay & Play sessions

Once registered, and if we have a space, we will invite your child/children in for a Taster Day (Year 1 entry and above), a shorter hosted stay & play session (Kindergarten or Reception entry) or will make other arrangements with a view to getting to know you and your child (Green Shoots entry).

We endeavour to meet all children personally before an offer of a place is made, where possible. We hope very much that your child/ren will enjoy their taster visit, which also provides us with an opportunity for informal observations. We will also request your child’s most recent school or nursery report and with your permission will seek our own  ‘reference’  from your child’s current setting, where applicable.

  • Confirmation

Subject to availability, we then make a formal offer of place and request the deposit accordingly. The earliest that this stage will occur is a year in advance of start. After an offer has been made and accepted, we will keep in regular contact, and your family will be invited to a range of familiarisation and transition events particular to your child or children’s year group/s.

Please do contact our Admissions Officer Jenny Myddleton with any queries on 01737 244880 or jmy@reigatestmarys.org.