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 to 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 will be able to enjoy the School’s facilities.

The assessment morning for the Year 3, September 2019 intake will take place on Saturday 10 November, 2018.  Registrations will close on Friday 19 October, 2018.

Other key dates are:

Offers posted:       Friday 30 November, 2018

7+ Offers Visit:      Friday 7 December, 2018

Offer deadline:      Friday 25 January 2019 (9.00 am)


We aim to notify parents of the outcome of their son’s 7+ assessment within three to four weeks.  As more boys will be assessed than there are places, responses will be ‘offer’, ‘waiting list’ or ‘no offer’.

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 from September 2020 onwards will be assessed as part of our overall approach to developing and maintaining an accurate understanding of their progress.

Years 4 – 6

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