King’s House School is an independent preparatory school and nursery in Richmond for children aged 3 to 13, serving families from across areas of Surrey and South West London including Twickenham, Chiswick and Barnes. We are delighted to be welcoming girls into Reception and Year 1 for the first time from September 2024, as we move to co-education.
The main points of entry to the school are in the Nursery (2+), Reception (4+) and Year 3 (7+). Spaces do also sometimes become available in other year groups throughout the school: get in touch to find out about availability.
The admissions process varies by year group, and more information is given below. Further information can be found in our Admissions Policy.
The typical admissions process is:
- Contact Us
All prospective families can contact the Registrar, Mrs Sally Bass, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8940 1878, or complete the enquiry form below to find out more about applying to King’s House School.
- Visit Us
Families can book their place at an upcoming Open Morning by contacting admissions or completing the form here. You are also warmly invited to attend a private tour of the School with the Head, which you can book by contacting the Registrar. These open events provide an opportunity for you to meet pupils, staff and see the school in action.
- Register Your Child
To proceed with an application, please complete the registration form and pay the £100 registration fee to register your child for King’s House School or Nursery.
- Accept an Offer
If an offer of a place has been made, we then kindly ask families to complete the acceptance form and pay the relevant deposit to accept the place. The deposit is £500 for the Nursery, £3,500 for the Junior Department and £4,000 for the Senior Department. From September 2023 the Nursery deposit will be £750.
Entry to the Nursery
Applications for Nursery places can be made at any time from birth onwards and all applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Girls and boys may start in the Nursery as rising 3s in the Caterpillar Class; usually in the term of their third birthday. In the September following their third birthday they will move up to the Butterfly Class as rising 4s, and several more places become available in Butterflies.
All children in our Butterfly Class in the Nursery are automatically offered a place in Reception at King’s House School.
Entry to Reception
Reception places are offered a year and a half before entry to children in our Nursery, siblings and then in order of date of registration. Girls will be able to join Reception for the first time from September 2024 as we move to co-education.
Most children stay until the end of Year 8 before moving on to their Senior School, with a small number leaving at 11+ who mostly go on to local co-educational schools.
We are a mixed-ability school and do not formally assess pupils before offering them a place in Reception.
We also have small intakes at 7+, 8+ and 11+ into Years 3, 4 and 7 (usually up to approximately 6 places). Pupils wishing to enter at this stage are assessed in English and Maths in either November or January, and then interviewed prior to entry.
There are occasionally places available in other year groups, so please do get in touch with us.