The choice of a school is one of the most important decisions parents will take for their child and it has to be right. Our prospectus (available in soft copy here, or in hard copy by emailing the school office at email@example.com) can give you only a flavour of Prospect House. We encourage you to come and see for yourself.
Children enter the school in the autumn term (starting early in September) unless a place becomes available at other times. They start either in the Nursery aged 3 or into Reception aged 4.
Places occasionally become available for older children. Children below the age of 6 are not assessed for entry. For older children going into later year groups, the school will assess your child’s level of attainment (focusing on mathematics, verbal reasoning and English) to determine whether your child will be a good fit for the class. This is to judge whether your child will be able to fully access the curriculum that the intended class is following.
The final decision whether or not to offer a place always rests with the headmistress.
There are four steps to our entrance procedure: visit, register your child, receive the offer of a place (if available) and, finally, acceptance of the offer.
If you can, please start by visiting us.You’ll find more information about coming to see Prospect House under the VISIT US section above.You do not need to have visited the school before you register your child (more on registration below).But that said, we do require you to have visited the school before you finally commit to sending your child to us. So please do make time to schedule a visit before the offers of places are sent out.
Once you have decided that Prospect House is the right school for your son or daughter (or think it might be), the next step is to register your child.Registration has two steps: completing the online registration form and paying the registration fee of £100 per child. (Alternatively, you can fill in a hard copy form, available from our registrar, telephone 020 8246 4897, and arrange payment by bank transfer or credit/debit card.)By registering you are formalising your interest in Prospect House and you are securing your child’s position on the waiting list for your chosen start date.We will acknowledge your registration.
Once you’ve registered, the next thing that happens is either that you visit the school (if you didn’t visit before registering) or that you await an offer of a place for your child.Places are offered in registration order with priority given to brothers and sisters of children already at the school.
In terms of timing, when you will receive an offer depends on how long it is before your child is due to start at Prospect House. For those children registered when they are babies for entry into the Nursery (which is most of our entrants), offers of places are sent out by post about 16 months before the child is due to start. For children who are registered closer to their start date, the registrar will let you know when you can expect to receive an offer (subject to a place being available).
When you receive your offer, you will also be given instructions on how to accept the offer.In brief, this will involve:
Returning the acceptance form, agreeing to the terms of the contract with the school.
Making a payment of the amount indicated on the offer letter, which will be equivalent to a term’s fees at the time the offer is sent.
On your child’s first day at Prospect House, paying (via direct debit) the balance of fees for the first term at the rate that then applies, along with a deposit of £2,500. (The school will return the deposit to you when your child leaves Prospect House, so long as the school has received payment of all monies due.)
We have tried to keep the entrance process as straightforward as we can, but we know lots of parents will still have questions about it. We are here to help. If you would like to discuss any aspect of admission, please contact the school’s registrar, Mrs Emily Porter, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +44 20 8246 4897.
The above is a summary of our Admissions Policy.You can access the full Admissions Policy (which takes precedence over this summary) via this link:
The Nursery: mornings only (5 mornings each week)*
The Nursery: optional afternoon attendance (per day per week)
Reception*, Years 1 and 2
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
The fees under SCHEME T are payable in a single lump sum collected by direct debit on the first day of term.
The fees under SCHEME M are payable in four equal instalments collected by direct debit as follows:
AUTUMN TERM – the first working day of August, September, October and November.
SPRING TERM – the first working day of December, January, February and March.
SUMMER TERM – the first working day of April, May, June and July.
(Charges for any extras, for example optional subjects, are added to the second instalment.)
A deposit of £2,500 is payable upon entry to the school. This is returned when the child leaves the school, subject to the school having received payment of all sums due to it.**
*LOCAL AUTHORITY GRANT AND CHILDCARE VOUCHERS: For children under 5 years of age on the first day of the month in which a term begins, the fees shown above will be reduced by the amount of the Local Authority Grant (otherwise known as the Early Education Childcare Place funding or Nursery Education Grant) (£930 for the Autumn Term 2017) paid by the local authority to the school. Because the administration of the Local Authority Grant scheme by a school is a complex burden, not all schools participate in the scheme but Prospect House chooses to do so as a service to the parents of our youngest children. How much longer the school will continue to do this cannot be guaranteed, although the school intends to continue to participate in the scheme for as long as reasonably possible. Where such grant is paid to the school, the actual fees payable to the school by parents for the Autumn Term 2017 are therefore £1,965 (Scheme M) or £1,910 (Scheme T) for a child in the Nursery attending mornings only, and £4,860 (Scheme M) or £4,750 (Scheme T) for a child in the Nursery attending all day and for a child in Reception.
The school accepts most companies’ childcare vouchers. It expects also to be able to accept payments under the government’s tax-free childcare scheme to be introduced from September 2017.
Charges for optional subjects, clubs etc
MUSIC (INDIVIDUAL LESSONS)
Piano, violin (including Suzuki), viola, cello, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium (ten lessons each of 30 minutes) £241
PRE-SCHOOL AND AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS from £36-99
SPECIAL NEEDS TUITION Each half-hour from £33
NOTE: Fees are inclusive of mid-morning milk and lunch (except for those children in the Nursery who attend for mornings only).
**In certain very limited circumstances, the deposit is repayable only one term after the child has left the school.
House Schools Trust is an independent charity that raises funds and awards means-tested scholarships to bright and promising children whose parents would not otherwise be able to consider sending them to an independent fee-paying school. Means-tested scholarships are available, as funds permit, for children aged 7+. Candidates must currently be attending a state school and must have the right to reside in the UK. The scholarships are for places at one of the three schools in the House Schools Group: Prospect House and its sister schoolsBassett House in Notting Hill and Orchard House in Chiswick. For more information, please visit houseschoolstrust.org.