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Admissions Procedure


Reception, Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 ENTRY TO STAFFORD PREPARATORY SCHOOL


Following a successful taster day/entrance assessment, a place will be offered, subject to a satisfactory current school reference (where appropriate). The offer will be conditional upon there still being a place available in the relevant class on the day the registration documents and deposit payment are received.

For the academic year 2016-2017, there will be a maximum of fifteen pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2,  twenty pupils in Year 3 and Year 4 and forty in Year 5 and Year 6 (2 classes per year group).

Children are welcome to join SPS during the current academic year subject to availability.

Entrance Process

In the first instance, parents are invited to make an appointment to visit SPS, to view the school, see the children at work and talk to the Headmaster and staff. Please telephone the Headmaster’s Secretary, Mrs Adams, to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Prospective pupils will then be invited to attend on a school day from 0915 until 1540 (or a morning visit until 1150). During the course of the morning the children (KS2) will undertake an entrance assessment lasting no more than 90 minutes and will also be able to join current SPS pupils for breaks, lunch and the rest of the day's activities. The entrance assessment will consist of short tests in literacy and numeracy – these will be designed to assess each child’s potential and will be taken in a relaxed atmosphere with a teacher on hand to explain any instructions the children do not understand. Our aim is to find out what each child can do, rather than what they can’t.

EYFS and Key Stage 1 children (for entry to Reception, Years 1 & 2) will spend the morning/day in our  KS1 department. There are no formal entry requirements.

Mr O’Donnell will write to parents on the day following the visit with an offer of a place if appropriate. If a place is offered, permission will be obtained to contact the pupil’s current school and registration documents will be forwarded to the parents.

There will be a charge of £30 (per child) for the taster day/assessment, payable by cash or cheque to ‘Stafford Grammar School’ on the day of the visit.

If you have any questions regarding any of the above information, please contact Mr O’Donnell, either by telephone (01785 251337) or email