Pre-Prep Entry – Nursery to Year 2

We aim to ignite a passion for learning and life

Places in our Pre-Prep are in high demand and for this reason, we open registration via the main Admissions page on this website in August of the year before children are due to start. Note that we can only accept a certain number of registrations and will close the list as soon as this number has been reached.

“Outstanding teaching at the foundation stage (FS) gives children a real enthusiasm for learning.” Inspection Report, Academic Year 2016 – 17

Children who have been registered will be invited in for a Taster Session. 

  • Nursery applicants have Taster Sessions in December and January
  • FS2 – Year 2 applicants have Taster Sessions in the Summer Term

Taster Sessions are small group sessions that last for 45 minutes to one hour. They are designed to be gentle and fun, allowing the team to observe children in a relaxed environment.

We follow a structured, curriculum-centred approach and find that children are generally well-prepared for this if they have already been to nursery or school as it gives them a grounding in social and behaviour management skills. In addition to enhancing their ability to compromise, be respectful of others and problem-solve, time at nursery or school helps children to gain a sense of self, explore, play with their peers and build confidence. We therefore take each child’s nursery report and a confidential reference into consideration with our observations from the taster session. Applications from overseas are reviewed using the nursery or school report and a confidential reference from the nursery or school.  

Confirmation of places

Places are offered to Nursery applicants in February of the academic year before children are due to start.

In most years, only a small number of places open up in FS2, Year 1 and Year 2. Any children who have attended a Taster Session and who we feel will be able to fully access the Cranleigh Curriculum will be offered a Waitpool place. This will be extended to a formal Offer of a Place if one becomes available. Please note places can become available right up to and into the Autumn Term. 

Admissions priority is given to siblings and teachers’ children and thereafter, to children who are considered best suited to thrive.