Forty-eight pupils join the Pre-Preparatory School, 24 boys and 24 girls. Each of the 3 co-educational Pre-Prep classes has one full-time teacher and teaching assistant.

How old does my child need to be?

4 years old by 1 September in the year of entry.

What is the assessment procedure?

A series of low-key activities which include: – picture recognition, some letter recognition, following a pattern, knowing colours, counting, drawing, naming simple shapes, sequencing, listening to a story, playing and responding sensibly to the adults who are present.

What are we looking for?

  • Language development and understanding
  • Interest and involvement
  • Concentration
  • Interaction with adults and peers
  • Co-operation
  • Co-ordination and motor skills
  • Maturity

We want to see if this will be the best place for your child and if we feel they ‘are’ and ‘will be’ ready for the type of education that we offer at Forest. For this reason, we would request you do not specifically prepare your child for the 4+ entrance procedure.

Early Years Foundation Stage

In Reception, there is a balance of structured activities and free-play learning activities, both indoors and outdoors each day. We follow the Jolly Phonics Programme and the Oxford Reading Tree, supported by many well-known reading schemes to develop reading skills.

There are numerous fun activities to prepare Reception pupils for more formal work in literacy and numeracy in Years 1 and 2.

Developing pupils’ social skills is also a major part of the Reception curriculum.

The School Day

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.


4+ 2021 Entry Guidelines


Key dates for 4+ entry 2021

Prep School Open Morning Saturday 16 May 2020

4+ Virtual Open Day Saturday 19 September 2020 (Register here)

Closing date for registrations Tuesday 22 September 2020 (Midday)

4+ Assessments Monday 28 September – Thursday 8 October 2020

Offers emailed w/c Monday 12 October 2020

Deadline for acceptance of offer Tuesday 3 November 2020 (Midday)

Preparatory Registration Form