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Joining Us at 4+

Children joining us in the Nursery, (click here for more information) are guaranteed entry to Reception. In September 2020, girls joined our Nursery and Reception cohorts and will move through the school year on year. Willington will be fully co-educational by 2026.

For full details of the Reception year, including curriculum and specialist teaching click here.

Read on for details of how to register your child, offers of places and our unique programme of events to ensure a smooth transition to 'big school'.  Lucy Walton, Registrar, and Eleanor Henery, Deputy Head Pre-Prep are always available to help and guide you through this exciting time.


Early registration is advised and many parents like to register with us even before their child has celebrated their first birthday. For entry to Reception 2022 and beyond, children should be registered at least 18 months in advance of their expected start date in order to be invited to the Stay and Play Sessions (see next section). We are mindful that many new families move in to the Wimbledon area and, if you have not yet registered within this timing, please contact Lucy Walton on 020 8971 0452 to discuss availability.

Click here for our online Registration Form.  Those families who have not yet visited the School are invited to book a meeting with the Headmaster by contacting Lucy Walton on 020 8971 0452.  

Stay and Play Sessions  

For families applying for places in Reception 2022 and beyond - all children will be invited to attend a Stay and Play session 18 months in advance of joining Reception. The Stay and Play sessions are run by the Early Years' team who will spend individual time with all the children.  Offers of places will only be sent to children who have attended the Stay and Play session. Covid - due to COVID restrictions, an alternative to the Stay and Play may be offered.

Offer and Acceptance of Places 

Offers will be sent 18 months in advance of children joining Reception and following the Stay and Play session. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, with our co-educational status in mind, on receipt of both the deposit and the signed acceptance form of the Parent Contract.  Priority will be given to those families who already have a child at the School.

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. Due to Covid restrictions, these events may vary depending on the current Government Guidance at the time.

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.