Due to the expansion of the Pre-Prepatory School, we will be inviting children in for assessment to join an additional Year 1 class and Year 2 class, both comprising a total of 16 pupils – 8 boys and 8 girls. Each of our 3 co-educational Pre-Preparatory classes has one full-time teacher and teaching assistant.  The entry for 5+ and 6+ is for this year only.

How old does my child need to be?

5+ Entry: 5 years old by 1st September 2020.

6+ Entry: 6 years old by 1st September 2020.

What is the assessment procedure?

The assessment will consist of a series of short Mathematical and English activities including writing, reading and age-appropriate Mathematical understanding tasks. The children will also be given the opportunity to interact with the other children in their group and with adults during the assessment session. We will finish with a story and discussion.

What are we looking for?

Language development and understanding

Interest and involvement


Interaction with adults and peers


Co-ordination and motor skills


The objective of the assessment is to see if this will be the best place for your child and to establish if they are and will be ready for the type of education that we offer at Forest. For this reason, we would request that you do not specifically prepare your child for the assessment procedure.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

In Key Stage 1 we teach the topics through a creative curriculum whenever possible and topics change each half term.

Handwriting and phonics are practised regularly. Children are introduced to Mandarin from Year 1 and this becomes the core Modern Foreign Language throughout the Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory School. Some of the foundation subjects are taught by specialist teachers e.g. PE, Swimming, Mandarin, Music, Drama and ICT.

There will be age appropriate testing in reading and writing at the end of each half term.

Other useful information

The School day is from 8.35am – 3.30pm. Pupils are welcomed to their classrooms from 8.15am and supervised in the playground after school until 4.15pm*. An extended School day is available (at extra cost) with Breakfast Club from 7.30am – 8.15am and After School Care from 4.30pm – 6.00pm.

*There is a grace period from 4.15pm to 4.30pm but please note After School Care charges will start at 4.30pm.

Key dates

Closing dates for registrations

6+ Tuesday 15 October 2019

5+ Monday 9 December 2019


6+ Monday 18 November – Thursday 21 November 2019

5+ Monday 20 January – Thursday 23 January 2020

Offers emailed

6+ w/c Monday 2 December 2019

5+ w/c Monday 27 January 2020

Deadline for acceptance of offer

6+ Thursday 9 January 2020

5+ Tuesday 11 February 2020