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Joining Us at 4+

The admissions process may seem daunting, but our Head of Admissions, Lucy Walton, and Head of Early Years, Zita Spence, will guide you through the entire process and are available to answer any of your queries. As you will see from our step-by-step guide to joining Willington, we offer a number of opportunities for you and your son/daughter to visit us, prior to joining, to ease the transition from nursery.

From September 2020, girls will be admitted into Reception and, thereafter, will move through the school year on year. Willington will be fully co-educational by 2026.

Registration
 

Early registration is advised and many parents like to register with us even before their child has celebrated their first birthday.  Although registration at least 12 months in advance of the September in which your son/daughter would join Willington is encouraged, this is not a requirement of the process.

Click here for our online Registration Form. 

Play Afternoon 

Willington hold Play Afternoons on a Friday in March for pre-schoolers over the age of 2.5 years. This is a wonderful opportunity for your son/daughter to visit the School with you, to meet the teachers and have a fun afternoon of activities. Many of our children attend two play afternoons before they start with us in the September. Please note we are non-selective at Reception and we do not hold any form of academic test for entry to this year group.

Offer and Acceptance of Places 

Normally about 11 months prior to the start of your child’s expected first term at Willington, we will write to offer you a Parent Contract and to invite you to pay the deposit (currently £1,500).  The deposit will form part of the general funds of the School and will only be repaid at the end of your child’s final term at Willington in Year 6.  Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis on receipt of both the deposit and the signed acceptance form.  Families who already have a child at the school receive preference in the event of there being more families applying than we have places available.

Offers of places for Reception 2020 will be sent to all registered families on Tuesday 5th November 2019.

To bring us in line with other schools in the area, we do offer the opportunity for parents to secure the place in advance of our offer to do so.

At the end of the Spring Term before your son/daughter is due to start at Willington, the School will invite you to confirm your allocated place by paying the first term’s fees by the first day of the Summer Term.  Otherwise, invoices will be sent out at the end of each preceding term and fees will be payable by or on the first day of the term. 

Willington Induction Programme 

We hold a number of events to familiarise your son/daughter (and you) with ‘big school’. Our tried and tested formula sees children starting with us confidently in the September and it gives our teachers the opportunity to get to know the everyone.

Play Afternoon - an informal event open to children from the age of 2.5 years. 

Nursery Visit - our Reception team visit your child in their nursery setting during the Spring/Summer Term prior to starting with us. 

Induction Morning – held on a Saturday morning around June, children visit us for one hour and enjoy a host of activities and our teachers spend time individually with each child.

Meet the Teacher morning – a midweek visit for the children to familiarise themselves with their new environment.

New Parents’ Evening – a midweek event for our new parents, where the Reception team take parents through day-to-day logistics and helpful tips for getting the children ready for school.

New Joiners’ Picnic – this annual event sees parents and their children, often accompanied by brothers and sisters, joining staff to usher in the new academic year and the start of a wonderful journey together.

 

 

 

 

 

Our full admissions policy may be downloaded below.