Entry to Kindergarten & Pre-Prep

Hampton Pre-Prep warmly welcomes girls and boys aged 3 to 7 years. It includes Kindergarten, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, all of which are one-form entry.

The main entry point to Hampton Pre-Prep is Kindergarten when approximately 22 girls and boys are admitted.

During their time at Pre-Prep, children progress through the Early Years Foundation stage (Kindergarten and Reception) and Key Stage One (Year 1 and Year 2). At the end of Year 2, the boys currently automatically move into Year 3 in Hampton Prep and the girls move on to their next school.

Girls are well prepared for 7+ assessments to a variety of schools, including the junior departments of The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Surbiton High School, St Catherine’s School, Claremont Fan Court School and Radnor House.

Children may be registered for entry at any time after their birth and early registration is recommended.


Entry to Kindergarten, 3+

Children enter Kindergarten in the September following their third birthday for a minimum of three morning sessions per week, or for whole days.

Once children have progressed to five morning sessions, boys and girls have the option of attending afternoon sessions.

We invite all Kindergarten applicants to attend a ‘play’ session where they will meet the staff. This will help us and parents assess whether Hampton Pre-Prep is the right environment for their child, and one in which they will be happy and thrive.


Children wishing to join Hampton Pre-Prep in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 will be invited to visit the School prior to entry, as and when places arise. They will meet the Head of Pre-Prep and the Learning Support Co-ordinator, and spend time with prospective classmates.  During the visit, we will seek to establish overall academic potential through predominantly skills-based, teacher-led assessments.

Please note that the Pre-Prep is situated in a period building which is not suitable for children with mobility difficulties.