Chesham Preparatory School is an independent day school for boys and girls aged from three to thirteen. There are three main entry points:

Early Years Foundation Stage at Nursery (3+) and Reception (4+)

Junior School in Year 3 (7+)

Senior School in Year 7 (11+)

Early registration is advised. However, a place can occur at any time in any year group, so please telephone the Registrar (014947 82619) for up-to-date information on availability in other years. This may be at the start of a term or part way through a term.

Visiting the school – You can either visit us during one of our Open Days or you can arrange a meeting with the Headmaster, Mr Beale and a tour of the school. Please contact the Registrar on 01494 782619 or email registrar@cheshamprep.co.uk.

Registering your child – Please download the registration form, complete and sign, and return together with a non-refundable cheque for £100 made payable to Chesham Prep School. Once you have registered your child you can arrange an assessment or visit.

Offer of a place – Offer letters and deposit forms are sent out to parents of children who have been successful at Assessment or visit. Parents complete this form and return it with a deposit cheque of £750.
Telephone 01494 782619/Email: registrar@cheshamprep.co.uk

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EYFS – Nursery and Reception

Places in EYFS tend to fill up very quickly and we advise parents to register early for entry into Nursery and Reception.

Children can enter Nursery the term after their 3rd birthday.

To enter Reception, children must have reached the age of 4 by 31st August prior to the start of the academic year in which they will become 5 years old.

Assessment – There are no formal assessment, interview or testing arrangements for entry into the Nursery. Children hoping to join in Reception are invited to the school for a morning or a day’s visit to allow them to familiarize themselves with the school’s surroundings and to see for themselves what it might be like to be a pupil at the school. It is also important that the Headmaster can make a judgement whether or not a child is likely to benefit from the education on offer within the context of the school’s stated aims, ethos and behaviour policy.

Junior School – Years 1 – 4

After Reception the next formal point of entry is into Year 3 at age 7+. An additional class is opened in Year 3 to take a maximum of 20 children, creating three forms within each year group, numbering 60 children in total. The sixty pupils are divided equally across three new mixed ability classes with an even spread of boys and girls.

A small number of places become available from time to time for Years 1, 2 & 4. Please contact the Registrar on 01494 782619 for advice about these places. Or email registrar@cheshamprep.co.uk

Assessment : Years 1 & 2

There are no formal assessment, interview or testing arrangements for entry into Years 1 & 2. Children are invited to the school for a morning or a day’s visit to allow them to familiarize themselves with the school’s surroundings and to see for themselves what it might be like to be a pupil at the school. It is also important that the Headmaster can make a judgement whether or not a child is likely to benefit from the education on offer within the context of the school’s stated aims, ethos and behaviour policy. In the event of an offer of a place not being made the Headmaster will make an explanation to the parents, in writing if requested, as to the reasons why it was felt that such an offer was not deemed appropriate.

Assessment: Years 3 & 4

From Year 3 upwards entry is via an assessment process which includes a reading, writing and maths test. Children are invited to the school for a morning or a day’s visit to allow them to familiarize themselves with the school’s surroundings and to see for themselves what it might be like to be a pupil at the school. A Report from the pupil’s feeder school is requested at this time.

Senior School Years 5 – 8

A small number of places become available from time to time for Years 5 & 6. Please contact the Registrar on 01494 782619 for advice about these places. Or email registrar@cheshamprep.co.uk

In Year 7 (post 11+)

There are two forms each of approximately 16 pupils. Most of these children are existing CPS pupils but many children join the school at this stage for the final two years of Prep school education. Parents send their children to CPS at this stage for a variety of very good reasons; they might be new to the area and wish their child to attend Prep school until 13 when they will probably sit Common Entrance exams to Public schools; they might wish their child to sit the 12+ entrance selection tests for Bucks Grammar Schools; or they may wish to delay the choice of secondary school until their child reaches 13. Come what may, all pupils follow the Common Entrance syllabus which provides an excellent preparation for whichever secondary school lies ahead.

Assessment Years 5 & 6

In Senior School entry is via an assessment process which includes a reading, writing and maths test. Children are invited to the school for a morning or a day’s visit to allow them to familiarize themselves with the school’s surroundings and to see for themselves what it might be like to be a pupil at the school. A Report from the pupil’s feeder school is requested at this time.

Assessment – Years 7 & 8

Entry to Year 7 is subject to a successful assessment day when pupils will sit tests in English, Maths, Verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Children are invited to the school for a morning or a day’s visit to allow them to familiarize themselves with the school’s surroundings and to see for themselves what it might be like to be a pupil at the school. A Report from the pupil’s feeder school is requested at this time.