Major Entry Points

  • Nursery/Pre-School       (2-4 years of age)
  • Reception                      (4-5 years of age)

New Nursery/Pre-School placements are often offered at any time of the school year and prospective parents are advised to make contact with our School Secretary, Mrs Deidre Hutchinson, in the first instance to discuss availability and NEG payments.

Parents of children applying for placement in Reception should register by the December before their year of entry, however, if places are available, late registration may be possible and so parents are always encouraged to call and enquire as to availability. Children enter Reception in the September in which they are 4 years old.

Older children, in Y1-Y6 may be assessed and admitted at any time of the school year, providing there is availability

Buxlow accepts early registration from a young age. Once the Registration Form is received, your child will be placed on the Wait List until one year before entry, at which point the School will be in touch to set up an Assessment Morning and Interview.

Admissions Process


Following your expression of interest, whether in person, by phone or email, we will:

  • Record some basic details relating to your enquiry.
  • Answer any of your initial questions relating to the admission process.
  • Make you aware of school web-based resources, such as our prospectus, to help you with the decision-making process.
  • Give you an assessment of place availability and current wait list status.
  • Offer and arrange a private tour for you, if desired, to give you more information to assist you with your decision making.
  • Organise a return call from the Head, Deputy Head or Nursery Manager, if desired, to assist you with your decision making.
  • Give, email or mail you a registration pack with Registration Form and educational programme, fee and term date details.


Once you have made your decision to take your application further you should:

  • Complete, sign and return the Registration Form.
  • Pay the Registration Fee of £50.


We will respond to your registration application by:

  • Confirming all relevant data with you including date of application, birth date, sibling status, and preferred entry point.
  • Scheduling a morning visit from 9-10 during which time the interaction of Nursery/ Reception children will be observed.
    • Scheduling a morning visit from 9-12 during which time  Y 1-6 children will participate in class and take two assessments.
    • Scheduling an interview with parents and child at the conclusion of the Assessment morning to discuss the experience.

Please Note: Buxlow Preparatory is an academically non-selective school.  Assessments conducted during the enrolment process are carried out to inform conversations with prospective parents regarding current levels of achievement and expected progress from that point and establish a benchmark position in relation to this.  Observations of young children in Nursery and Reception focus on level of development in relation to Early Learning Goals.


We will review your application and consider the outcome of the Interview and will either:

  • Make an offer of enrolment
  • Make a conditional offer of enrolment
  • Decline enrolment

The letter of offer will be valid for a period of two weeks from the date on which it was written


Once you have made your decision to accept the offer, confirmation of placement is established when you:

  • Complete, sign and return the Acceptance of Placement.
  • Complete, sign and return Terms and Conditions.
  • Payment of the Deposit Fee of £700 (refundable on conclusion of enrolment) is received by the school.


Once confirmation of placement is in place we will write to welcome you and provide details relating to:

  • Term Dates and Joining Date
  • Class and Class teacher
  • Class timetable
  • Uniform
  • Music and Drama Provision
  • Clubs and After School Club