Joining Hawkesdown House

Boys join Hawkesdown House in the Nursery, aged three or in Reception, aged four. Entry at other times is dependent on a place becoming available.

Prospective parents are invited to register their sons with the School Office and we advise this to be done as soon as possible after birth. Once a completed application form and fee are received, the boys will be put on the Registered List and a letter of acknowledgement is sent out.

Parents registering their sons for entry to the Nursery Class or the Reception Class are invited to make an appointment to visit the School and meet the Headmistress in the two years prior to the year of entry.

Boys registered for entry to the Nursery class will be invited to a short introductory session in the October of the year before they are due to join the School. This is an informal play session. It is not an interview and no academic assessments are made. The objective is to discover whether a boy will settle happily into the School. Confirmed places or Waiting list places will then be offered in writing. On acceptance of a Confirmed place a deposit becomes due which is refundable at the end of a boy’s last term at the School.

Boys registered for entry to the Reception classes will be invited to a short introductory session in the June of the year before they are due to join the School. This is an informal play session. It is not an interview and no academic assessments are made. The objective is to ascertain that a boy will settle happily into the School. Boys are appraised on their cooperation, concentration, sociability and communication skills. Confirmed places or Waiting list places will then be offered in writing. On acceptance of a Confirmed place a deposit becomes due which is refundable at the end of a boy’s last term at the School.

Entry to the School in older years is subject to a place being available and to a familiarization morning where a boy’s suitability to the School environment, and ability to cope with the relevant curriculum level, will be assessed.

A place will also be subject to any references or reports the School may require from previous schools attended.

Hawkesdown House is a non-denominational school with a Christian ethos which welcomes all boys irrespective of race or faith. It prides itself on putting the needs of the individual first and providing each boy with the right amount of encouragement and challenge to relish the next step in the learning process. Boys are nurtured and valued within a caring environment which ensures that learning is fun.

In line with the Equality Act 2010, the School seeks to ensure that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are not treated less favourably or put at a substantial disadvantage in matters of admission. The School will always take reasonable measures to support a child with physical difficulties and where possible will make adjustments for accessibility where required. It is a condition of entry that parents provide the School with details of any SEND, with copies of all written reports and other relevant information before their son attends an introductory session. Should such diagnosis be made after a place has been offered and accepted, or after a boy has started at the School, parents are still under an obligation to provide the School with any relevant diagnosis of medical or educational need.

The School will also do all that is reasonable in the case of each boy to detect and deal appropriately with a learning difficulty or special educational need. If appropriate, the School may recommend that a boy undergoes formal assessment for possible learning difficulties. A formal assessment can be arranged by the School at the parents’ expense or by the parents themselves. Remedial teaching provided by the School, either directly or through a third party such as a speech therapist, will be charged as an extra.

There is no formal academic assessment for entry into Nursery or Reception (EYFS). However, the School will use permitted forms of selection to appraise prospective pupils and will take reasonable measures to enable any prospective pupil with a disability to undertake such appraisal. Boys for whom English is an additional language (EAL) are appraised through practical tasks such as jigsaw puzzles, lego and building train track circuits.

When a boy attends an introductory session, we require a copy of his birth certificate or passport, and a passport size photograph. Non EEC nationals must provide evidence of entry visas and right to reside in the UK, according to UK Border Authority regulations which apply to all UK schools. A tour of the School and meeting with the Headmistress are necessary precursors to an invitation to an introductory session.

If a boy is not well on the day of the introductory session, we will try to offer an alternative date if at all possible.

Prior to offering a place in Reception, when applicable, a boy’s Nursery school will be contacted for a brief update on his progress so far. Places will be offered to boys who, with the consensus of the School staff present at the introductory session, have shown the most aptitude to thrive and be happy in the School regardless of any impairment.

Waiting List places are also offered. If a boy is offered a Waiting List place it will be confirmed in a letter. The Admissions Secretary will contact parents by phone if we are able to offer places from the Waiting List.

A New Boys’ Day is held in June for boys to be introduced to their new classes. It is also an opportunity to purchase school uniform at the School and meet fellow new parents and the School Form Representatives. New Boys’ Packs with various forms, which must be returned to the School prior to your son’s start, are distributed.

Hawkesdown House operates a Siblings Policy whereby younger brothers are usually given priority. While every effort is made to accept siblings, if the introductory session gives cause for concern then the situation is discussed with the parents. Occasionally a later point of entry is recommended.

Initial enquiries for admission to Hawkesdown House may be made over the phone or by email. Brief details will be taken and a prospectus, application form and letter explaining our registration process are sent out in the post.

Alternatively, the on-line contact form may be completed from the website and the Admissions Secretary will reply to the request.

Application Form

Admissions Process, Fees and Dates

Further enquiries regarding the Admissions Procedure or Policy should be addressed to the School Admissions Secretary, Miss Victoria Bailey – King on admin@hawkesdown.co.uk or on 0207 727 9090.


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