The steps to join us are below and the next thing that happens depends on your particular circumstances.
1 - Attend an Open Event
We believe that making the choice for your child’s education is one of the most important you will undertake. To make things easier for you, we host monthly virtual Open Events and regular in-person Open Days to allow us to provide you with a taste of our school and what we offer.
2 - Register your Child
Once you wish to be placed on our waiting list for a place, we require you register your child with us. We will only accept registrations of children once born.
3 - Visit us in person or virtually
Once we have received your registration, we will be in touch to schedule either a personal visit of the school or a virtual meeting with our Headmistress. This will be the best opportunity for you to ask the questions you have, and for us to get to know you and your family better.
4 - Offers
Offers for children starting in Preschool (aged 3+) or Reception (aged 4+)
Places are offered in registration order with priority given to:
- brothers and sisters of children already at the school;
- Alumni children; and then
- in order of registration date.
In terms of timing, when you will receive an offer depends on how long it is before your child is due to start at Bassett House. For those children registered when they are babies, offers of places are sent out via email 16-18 months before the child is due to start.
Offers for children starting in Year 1 (aged 5+) to Year 6 (aged 10+)
If you wish for your child to join further up the school, please contact us, to find out whether a place might be available in the relevant year group. If it is, the school will then invite your child to undertake an assessment to establish your child’s level of attainment (focusing on Mathematics and English) to determine whether your child will be a good fit for the class and will be able to fully access the curriculum. For younger children, the assessment is more about whether your child will fit with the existing class than academic attainment.
5 - How to Accept an Offer of Place for Education
When you receive your offer, you will also be given instructions on how to accept the offer. This involves an advance payment of fees and a deposit of £2,500.
6 - Before the first Day
We want to make sure your child is comfortable with the move to their new school. For pupils being admitted to Bassett Bear House, we will host a number of events leading up to their first day which will include a time to meet their new teacher and their fellow classmates.
For children joining us in Year 1 to Year 6, we will invite them to attend a Taster Day whereby they will join us for a morning session with their new class and then they will be picked up after lunch.