Admissions Process

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An individual tour is an excellent way for parents to get to know Crosfields better and provides an opportunity for parents to ask specific questions about their children and about life at Crosfields. An appointment can be arranged at your convenience. To do so, please contact our Registrar by email or by telephone 0118 987 9902. We also hold termly Open Mornings, which give an excellent opportunity to see the school in action, meet our staff, the children and current parents. Read more about our forthcoming Open Events and Pre-Register.

Entry at 3+ (Nursery)

You and your child will be invited to visit us in the Nursery. The children will take part in play-based activities and parents are invited to have refreshments in the adjoining room.

Entry at 4+ (Reception)

Admission to our Reception year is by an informal structured play session of approximately an hour. Our Welcome to Reception events initially take place in October and November with additional dates in the Spring Term should places still be available. The purpose of the session is to ensure your child will thrive at Crosfields and that they will benefit from the breadth of education on offer. Parents are invited to stay for refreshments in a nearby room.

Entry to Year 1 and 2

Children will be invited to spend half a day in an appropriate class and to meet with the Head of Pre-Prep. For entry into Year 1, staff will assess the child’s level of knowledge in Literacy and Numeracy. In Year 2, pupils will sit assessments in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. Staff will observe the child’s social interaction and attitude to work.

Entry to Year 3 and 4

In these year groups, demand can be very high. Assessment for entry in to these year groups is subject to a place becoming available and may take place at any point during the year. For each available place, a small group of children, who have previously registered for entry, will be invited to an assessment. The child meeting the criteria to the highest level will be awarded the available place. Those meeting the assessment criteria, but not successful in gaining a place at this time will be retained on our entry list and will be contacted should a place become available in current or future year groups. It may be that the earliest availability we have is in Year 5, where we open an extra class. Children not meeting the assessment criteria will be removed from the entry list.

Entry to Year 5 and 6

Children registered for entry in to Year 5 and Year 6 before 1st November, the year prior to entry, will be invited for a Taster Day. This will take place in the second half of the autumn term and, as well as being lots of fun, it will include formal testing in Maths and English. Informal observations will take place throughout the day. On confirming attendance at the Taster Day, parents will be asked to provide a copy of the child’s latest School Report. There may be occasions when the number of registered children, meeting successfully the assessment criteria, exceed the number of places available. Children will be awarded a place at Crosfields in accordance with how they performed at assessment. Children not successful in gaining a place at the time will be retained on our entry list and will be contacted should a place become available for current or future year groups. If the number of children meeting successfully the assessment criteria falls short of the places available, a further round of assessments will take place in the spring and/or summer terms. Should a child have not met the criteria in a previous assessment, we are unable to re-assess the child again for the same place.

Year 7 and Year 9 Entry

Children registered for entry to our Senior School before 31st December, the year prior to entry, will be invited for assessment in the Spring Term and the first allocation of places will be awarded, based on meeting successfully our assessment criteria. We hold regular Taster Days so that children can get a feel for life at Crosfields. 


Children registered for entry, who will have a sibling at the school when they join (subject to offer of a place), will be given a priority assessment. Admission for siblings is not automatic and the applicant must meet the admissions criteria. There may be occasions when the school judges that a sibling is likely to thrive better in a different academic environment.

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Admissions Criteria

The criteria for admission are:
  • Satisfactory outcomes of the required assessments or interviews, as applicable
  • Commitment to the School's ethos as described in the School's aims
  • A positive confidential reference from the applicant's present school (if applicable)
  • A valid visa to study in the UK (if applicable)

Assessment for entry to Year 3 and above

At Crosfields, we believe in developing the ‘whole’ child and therefore our assessment for entry will look beyond just the academic ability of children. As well the academic assessment, we will assess how your child may contribute to school life and their ability to engage with peers and staff.

The three stages of assessment are:
  1. Entrance Tests - Your child will be asked to completed an online assessment. The assessment is not about knowledge recall and therefore no preparation for the test is required. It gives all the pupils the opportunity to show their underlying ability.
  2. Engagement - Within a small group, of staff and other children, your child will be asked questions about their interests and aspirations as well as current affairs. They will be asked to bring something they are proud of, they should be prepared to answer questions on their subject/item.
  3. School Reference – Subject to your consent, we will contact your child’s current school for a reference.


To secure a place offered, all entry paperwork and a deposit (£500 Nursery to Year 6 and £1000 Year 7 +) must be returned by the deadline. We are unable to guarantee the place should the deadline not be met.

Deposits will be returned once your child finishes their education with us.

Read our full terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions applicable for all pupils from 1st September 2021: