Entry to Prep


Boys enter the Prep School in Year 3, when we increase our intake from one-form, to two-form entry: 36 boys per year, 18 boys per class.  The additional places are filled by external applicants.

External applicants

Boys who wish to join Hampton Prep (Years 3 – 6) from another school are required to meet the Headmaster and take assessments in Maths, English and Reasoning. The School will also request a report from the boy’s current school. Entry to the Prep is subject to a boy achieving the minimum agreed level in his assessment. We reserve the right to restrict the offer of places to children whom we feel would positively cope with the demands placed upon them.


The Assessment Procedure

Year 3

The assessment process for entry into Year 3 begins in the Autumn term preceding the year of entry, when registered families will be contacted to request confirmation that they wish their son to be assessed for entry into Year 3.

All boys wishing to be assessed, will be invited to spend a Saturday at the Prep School when they will sit papers in Maths, English and Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning, meet members of staff and be able to enjoy the School’s new facilities.

The assessment date for September 2017 has passed. Late registrations will be accepted but added to the waiting list should further assessments be required. Registrations for future entry points into Year 3 will be accepted until the end of October, preceding the year of entry.

Years 4-6

Assessments for the above entry points are held, as and when, places become available.


The assessment papers are marked externally and parents are notified of the outcome of their son’s assessment within three to four weeks.  As more boys will be assessed than there are places, parents will be informed whether their son has reached the required standard, or not. Offers will be made, by date of registration, to those boys reaching the required standard.

Internal applicants

Until 2020, it is assumed that boys currently attending Hampton Pre-Prep will automatically progress to the Prep School, subject to meeting the required standards of behaviour and progress.

Boys seeking to progress from Pre-Prep to Prep School from September 2020 onwards, will be required to sit assessments. Entry to the Prep School will be subject to a boy achieving the minimum agreed level in these assessments.