How to apply: EYFS and Key Stage 1 (Ages 3-6)

We have two Nursery classes and three Reception classes, all of around 20 pupils each. Pupils can join the two Nursery classes at 3+ and the one new Reception class at 4+.

Informal assessments for entry will take place at the beginning of the autumn term of the year preceding entry.   We make the 3+ and 4+ assessment process as relaxed, child-friendly and enjoyable as possible. All assessments will take place in one of our visually stunning and well-equipped classrooms.

Your child will be invited to join a play session, where he or she will be given a short informal assessment by an experienced early years practitioner.

During the assessment, which takes around half an hour, we invite you to join the Head and other staff members for coffee in the school hall.

The assessments will be adapted for each age range, but in both we will be looking for children who are eager and ready to learn and who have the focussing and language skills appropriate for their age. We will also be looking for imaginative and creative children who demonstrate a degree of independence.

Children born in summer will not be disadvantaged by their birth month. Our staff are experienced and will take this into account. We are looking for potential as well as current skills and readiness for learning.

Occasional places become available at 5+ and 6+ (Years 1 and 2); these offers are dependent on informal assessments.

Please contact the Admissions department on 020 8463 8110 or admissions@colfes.com if you have any questions about the process.