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.

Discovery Afternoon

We are now accepting registrations for September 2023. Following registration for a Reception place, all girls are invited to take part in a Discovery Afternoon at Rowan Brae. The registration deadline for entry in September 2023 is Tuesday 1 November 2022 and the Discovery Afternoon will take place on Tuesday 8 November 2022.  After the event, we will contact you to share the outcome.

If you are looking for a Reception place for September 2022, please contact our Head of Admissions to discuss current availability.


What do the girls need to bring?

They should wear comfortable home clothes, shoes and a waterproof jacket should the weather be inclement.  They are welcome to bring an item or special toy that they might like to talk about.  (Please ensure that all items are labelled clearly).

What will happen on the day?

Girls will be welcomed into Rowan for the afternoon, where they will experience a range of activities spanning the Early Years curriculum.  We will observe the girls’ social and play interactions.  The girls will be given an opportunity to talk in a small group about their special item and ask questions should they feel confident to do so.  All girls will be provided with a healthy snack and regular water breaks.  There is no need to supply them with any food or drinks.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for girls who are demonstrating age-appropriate development across the Early Years curriculum.  Beyond this, we are looking for individuals who demonstrate qualities linked to our school ethos and values and for individuals to make a positive contribution to Rowan’s happy school life.

Once you have registered with us, we will be in touch to discuss arrangements for the Discovery Afternoon.

Please be aware that Rowan reserves the right to request references from your child’s current pre-school setting prior to admission.

What happens next?

Following the Discovery afternoon, our Headmistress will be in contact with you, within a week, to share the outcome. 

Discovery Day

All girls wishing to join Rowan in Year 3 are invited to take part in the 7+ Discovery Day at Rowan following registration with the Head of Admissions.  The deadline for registration for entry in September 2023 is Tuesday 1 November 2022 and the next Discovery Day will take place on Thursday 10 November 2022.  

If you are looking for a Year 3 place for September 2022, please contact our Head of Admissions to discuss current availability.


What do the girls need to bring?

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 at Rowan Brae 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 Clarke, will be in contact with you to share some feedback.

We have occasional spaces that become available at other stages.  In this case, girls who are already 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 Clarke 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 2) or email admissions@rowanprepschool.co.uk

Key Dates for Academic Year 2022-2023

Deadline for Reception (4+ years) Discovery Afternoon applications

Tuesday 1 November 2022 

Reception (4+ years) Discovery Afternoon

Tuesday 8 November 2022

 Deadline for Year 3 (7+ years) Discovery Day applications

Tuesday 1 November 2022 

 Year 3 (7+ years) Discovery Day

Thursday 10 November 2022