Entrance Process


Following registration for a Preschool place, offers will be made after the Autumn half-term, on a first come, first served basis. Early registration is recommended as places are limited. Once an offer has been made and accepted, this will secure your daughter’s place through the school until the end of Year 6.

We are now accepting registrations for September 2024.

Following registration for a Reception place, all girls are invited to take part in a Reception Ready event at Rowan Brae. For registrations for entry in September 2024, the Reception Ready event will take place in November 2023. 

If you are looking for a Reception place for this year, please contact our Head of Admissions to discuss current availability.



Following registration, girls wishing to join Rowan in Year 3 are invited to take part in the 7+ Experience Day at Rowan Hill. For registrations for entry in September 2024, the Experience Day will take place in November 2023.


If you are looking for a Year 3 place for September 2023, please contact our Head of Admissions to discuss current availability.


What do the girls need to bring to the Discovery Day?

Girls should come to school dressed in their current school uniform; they will also need a pair of trainers for sports activities. They will be provided with snacks and a hot lunch.  They do not need to bring any writing materials, drinks or food.

They are welcome to bring a book that they have enjoyed reading or an item that they are proud of, to talk about.

What will happen on the day?

The children will take two written tests with our current Year 2 girls, one in English and one in mathematics.  Each test lasts for approximately forty-five minutes.

The English test is a reading comprehension and a short piece of writing.  The maths paper will include all strands of the mathematics curriculum including problem solving.  As these tests are based on the national age-related expectations, they are suitable for children coming from both independent and state schools.  During the tests, teachers will circulate to give encouragement and assistance where necessary.

The girls will walk to Rowan Hill for lunch followed by afternoon activities.  During lunchtime, staff will sit with the girls where they will be engaged in conversation; this will form part of the individual observations made.  There will be activities following lunch, including a short group interview with the Headmistress or a member of the Senior Leadership Team and some sporting and musical activities.

At the end of the day, they will have a short playtime and snack and then enjoy a story-telling session with our librarian.  You will be invited to meet with the Year 3 teachers and Senior Leadership Team for tea and coffee prior to collecting your daughter.  Our aim is for the children to have a challenging but enjoyable day whilst experiencing school life at Rowan.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for children who are at least on track to achieve age-related expectations by the end of Year 2.  These expectations are across English and mathematics and are our minimum entrance requirement. We will request a school report from your current setting prior to sitting the assessment and this will be taken into account with results from the written assessments. We welcome children who will make a positive contribution to our school as well as fulfilling our entrance requirements.

Following the day, our Headmistress, Mrs Raja, will be in contact with you to share some feedback.

We have occasional in-year places that become available.  In this case, girls who are registered with us are invited in for a Taster Day at a mutually convenient time.  Your daughter will sit papers in mathematics and English and join their current year group for the day.  You will be asked to provide copies of their most recent school report and a reference will be requested from their current Headteacher.  Following the Taster Day, Mrs Raja will be in touch within a week.


If you have any further queries on the registration process please contact our Head of Admissions, on 01372 462627 (option 4) or email admissions@rowanprepschool.co.uk

Key Dates for Academic Year 2023-2024:

Registration Deadline (Preschool to Year 6)

Wednesday 1 November 2023

Reception Ready event

Friday 3 November 2023

 7+ Experience Day

Thursday 9 November 2023