Having studied this website and looked at our Prospectus (view here), we are confident that you will want to visit Orwell Park and see for yourself all that it offers your son or daughter. We prefer to see prospective parents at designated times of the week in order not to disrupt the teaching commitments of the Headmaster and Senior Staff; also, to allow you to see as much as possible of the School and its pupils.
Parents are advised to register their son or daughter as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment or being placed on a waiting list. A Registration Form can be found in our Prospectus and is also available to download in a printable PDF format. The registration fee of £80 is non-refundable. For Nursery pupils, if parents are only accessing the 15 hour funded sessions they do not need to pay the £80 registration fee. As soon as the hours increase, over 15 hours, the registration fee will be payable.
Visiting the School
When you visit Orwell Park you will be met by the Registrar and Headmaster. You will be given a tour of the School and a chance to meet teachers and see pupils at work and play. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and to discuss your son or daughter. In order to get the most out of your visit, it is not always desirable to bring in very young children. However, if you wish to do so, they will be welcome.
Entry to the Pre-Prep (ages 2½ to 7) is non-selective on principle.
Entry to the Prep School (ages 7 – 13) is selective and prospective pupils will be expected to show evidence of satisfactory work and progress before joining. Recent school reports are always helpful in this respect.
For older pupils, the School may use short tests in Maths, English and Reasoning to assess academic ability but, more importantly, to place a child in the right class on joining. Again, recent school reports are very helpful here. The School has an excellent record of success with pupils requiring Learning Support. Interview and assessment by the Schoolʼs Learning Support Co-ordinator is a condition of entry.
Orwell Park welcomes all pupils regardless of background, religion or ethnicity. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities so that they are not disadvantaged in accessing the curriculum. In a minority of cases, parents may be advised that the School may not be able to meet an individual childʼs special needs.
On receipt of your completed Registration Form, a place, subject to the above admissions criteria, will be reserved for your son or daughter. Once a place has been offered, a deposit will be required to confirm the place, generally during the academic year prior to joining. This deposit will be refunded less any disbursements incurred when a pupil leaves the school. The deposit is non-refundable in the event that a pupil does not take up the place.
Boys and girls will always be invited to spend a morning, perhaps a whole day, at the school before joining on a full-time basis. This is an opportunity to meet current pupils and teachers and to see the school in action.
To arrange a visit please contact the Registrar, Bernadette Ross-Smith on 01473 653224 or firstname.lastname@example.org