Entry Process

We understand that choosing a new school can be a daunting task and will possibly be one of the most important decisions you will make for your child. These pages aim to provide an overview of how to register your son for entry to Shrewsbury House School and guide you through the key stages of the admissions process.

We hope you will find all the information you require, but if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact our Registrar, Ms Fi Sweetland, either via email registrar@shstrust.net or telephone 020 8399 3066.

If you would like your son to be considered for a place at Shrewsbury House you need to complete and return the School Registration Form as soon as possible. The Registration Form can either be completed electronically and emailed to Ms Sweetland: registrar@shstrust.net or printed, completed by hand and sent to Shrewsbury House. Please note the registration fee details on the form.

Prep School (7+) intake

The main intake point into Shrewsbury House is into Year 3, at age 7. However, places may become available in other year groups (see ‘Headmaster’s List’), so please do contact our Registrar if you are looking to move your son outside of the 7+ entry point.

7+ admission to Shrewsbury House is subject to boys reaching the required academic standard at the Conditional Places Assessments (see ‘Conditional Places Assessment’). In addition to the academic assessments, boys will undertake a number of fun activities on the Assessment Day, which will allow staff to spend time getting to know the boys to ensure they will thrive in the School environment.

Headmaster’s List

The Headmaster’s List is set out specifically for parents who are looking for entry at a later stage (e.g. 8+) and for whom Shrewsbury House is the parents’ preferred choice school. This position should be endorsed by the boy’s current school’s Head.

Those boys who are too late to register for a Conditional Place at 7+ or who apply for entry to the School after September entry in Year 3 will be placed on a waiting list. If places become available, they may then be moved on to the Headmaster’s List and will be asked to sit a series of assessments as deemed appropriate for their age group. Successful entry to the School through the Headmaster’s List is at the sole discretion of the Headmaster and inclusion on the list does not, in any way, guarantee a place at the School.

Prep School Admissions Timeline

Stage One: Enquiry

An enquiry to us is the first stage of the admission process. Please do call us with any questions you may have; we would be delighted to assist. Following your call or email, we will take note of your contact details, send you an information pack if requested, and invite you to visit the School for one of our Headmaster’s Tours. These tours are arranged for a small group of parents and generally take place on a Friday morning, commencing at 9:15am. The Headmaster’s presentation and tour concludes at approximately 12:30pm and it is strongly advised that young children or babies should not attend. Demand for appointments to visit the School is usually high. We strongly recommend that if Shrewsbury House is of interest to you, you contact our Registrar, Ms Sweetland, as soon as you are able to do so: email registrar@shstrust.net or telephone 020 8399 3066.

Stage Two: Registering

Registering your child is the second stage in the admissions process. If you have been to see us and would like your son to be considered for a Conditional Place, do complete the registration form and return it to us with the registration fee. Once your child is registered, they are entered on our books as having officially expressed an interest in joining the school, and will be invited to attend assessment as the next step in the application process. For candidates who are dyslexic or have other educational requirements, we ask to see a copy of an Educational Psychologist’s report, prior to registration, dated within the last 12 months; this is so that our experts can advise you whether they feel Shrewsbury House would be the right choice for your child, and whether moving to registration would be appropriate.

Stage Three: Assessments

Our main entry assessments take place in the November of the preceding year of entry. All registered pupils will be invited to join us for the day and will sit assessments in the morning followed by lunch and then some fun activities in the afternoon. Other assessment dates may be offered throughout the year, and at short notice if necessary; do contact our Registrar, Ms Fi Sweetland, either via email registrar@shstrust.net or telephone 020 8399 3066, for details and to discuss availability. For overseas candidates, arrangements can usually be made for assessments to be taken in the country of residence.

Stage Four: Admission

Pupils are offered places on the basis of their performance in the entry assessments, subject to satisfactory references from their current school. In all cases, a place is confirmed by signing and returning an original copy of the acceptance form, along with payment of the relevant acceptance deposit. Joining papers and welcome packs are then sent out over the summer term.

Conditional Places Assessment for Year 3 boys – September 2020 Entry

If you would like your son to be considered for a Conditional Place for Year 3, you need to complete and return the School Registration Form. The Registration Form can either be completed electronically and emailed to Ms Sweetland: registrar@shstrust.net or printed, completed by hand and sent to Shrewsbury House. Please note the registration fee details on the form.

To gain a definite place, your son will have to meet the admissions criteria of our Entry Assessment. The Conditional Place Assessment is a non-competitive assessment, undertaken during the second half of the autumn term, for entry at the beginning of the following academic year. The Conditional Place Assessment for pupils wishing to join the School in September 2020 will take place on Friday 22nd November 2019.

The entry of your son for the Conditional Place Assessment is secured by the completion of the School Registration Form. Parents/guardians should ensure they indicate which of the means of entry they would prefer their son to sit. To apply for a Conditional Assessment for entry to Year 3, September 2020, the payment of the £100 assessment fee is required by Monday 4th November 2019.

There is a place available for every boy who undertakes this assessment; however, a boy will need to demonstrate that he has the potential to be able to thrive at Shrewsbury House School to obtain an offer of a definite place. A report is also requested from the boy’s current Head.

Offers for 2020 entry will be made on Wednesday 27th November 2019 and a deposit of £2500 will be requested to confirm your son’s place. The completed and signed acceptance form and deposit are required by Monday 9th December. Full details of the terms and conditions which apply to this deposit will be included with the offer letter. Conditional Places are only offered to boys who will be seven years of age on starting at Shrewsbury House School.

If you have any further questions please contact the Registrar, Ms Fi Sweetland, either via email registrar@shstrust.net or telephone 020 8399 3066.

Key Dates for Admissions – 2020 Conditional Place Entry

Saturday 28th September

Open Morning – 9.30-11.30am

Monday 4th November

Deadline to confirm that your son will be sitting for the Conditional Assessment and the payment of the exam fee (£100)

Friday 22nd November

Conditional Place Assessments

Wednesday 27th November

Offers published (via post)

Monday 9th December

Acceptance & deposit deadline

Nursery & Pre-Prep School (3+ to 7+)

Shrewsbury House School Trust has two Pre-Prep schools: Shrewsbury House Pre-Prep in Esher www.shrewsburyhousepreprep.net and The Rowans in Wimbledon www.rowans.org.uk.

For further information on entry to these schools, please contact the relevant Registrar below:
Shrewsbury House Pre-Prep, Mrs Akhurst shppadmissions@shstrust.net
The Rowans, Mrs Johns registrar@rowans.org.uk

For further information regarding admission to Shrewsbury House School, please call 020 8399 3066.