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Frequently asked questions

What is your admissions procedure?

Once children are registered, we contact their current school for a Head’s Report.

All prospective pupils should join us for a Taster Day, as part of their application to join the school.  For entry into Kingfishers Pre-Prep (Nursery – Year 2), the Taster Day is our entry assessment. For children wishing to join us in Years 3 and 4, assessments take place during the Taster Day. For entry into Years 5 to 8, we assess through online tests in English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning and these test are used for setting purposes. These entrance assessments should be taken on a separate day to the Taster Day. 

Children wishing to join the Prep as Boarders must come for a sleepover in the Boarding House as part of their application.

Based on the outcome of the above, we proceed to offer a place. Places are offered through to Year 8 at Cheltenham Prep. For entry into Cheltenham College at Year 9, Prep children sit Cheltenham College 11+ Assessments when they are in Year 6.  External candidates applying for Year 7 and 8 at Cheltenham Prep will also be advised following their entrance examinations whether they have a Guaranteed place for entry into Cheltenham College at Year 9. 

What do you look for in a Cheltenham Prep pupil?

Cheltenham Prep pupils are kind, hard working and keen to get involved. We promote values of kindness, honesty, forgiveness, respect, commitment and responsibility in our community and for each child to be and do the very best they can.

How much is the registration fee?

The registration fee is £150 or £75 for the children of Old Cheltonians.

How many pupils are there at The Prep?

There are around 400 children in the school.

How many of these are boarders?

Around 40 children are full boarders, with a number of children flexi boarding each week. 

How big are the class sizes?

There is a maximum of 18 children in a class.

What happens after Year 8 at The Prep?

The majority of children who join The Prep stay with us through to the end of Year 8.  At that point, they either move up to College for Year 9 or move on to a senior school of their choice. Around 50 Prep children join Cheltenham College in Year 9.