MOULSFORD
BOYS' PREP SCHOOL

Admissions Process


We aim to make the Admissions process as friendly and straightforward as possible.

Step 1: To enquire about a place at Moulsford for your son, please contact our Registrar, Mrs Claire Harley on 01491 651438 or pa.registrar@moulsford.com, or complete the online enquiry form to receive a prospectus. 

Step 2: The next step is usually for parents to make an appointment for an individual visit to tour the school and meet the Headmaster, and this can be supplemented with a visit to one of our termly Open Days.

Please complete the registration form (link to page) at any stage of the process, and send to the Registrar together with a registration fee of £75.  The Registrar will acknowledge receipt of all registration forms and fees. Please do keep us informed of any change of address since registration, or you may miss a deadline and forfeit your place.

The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning is excellent.

ISI Report 2013


Entry Points

There are two main points of entry to Moulsford:

Reception at age 4+:  There is no selection process at this stage, and entry is on a first come, first served basis, with a waiting list based on date of registration.  Early registration is therefore advisable, as theyear group can be full well in advance.  There are currently two classes in Reception (Bobcats), one in Year 1 (Panthers) and two classes in Year 2 (Lions and Leopards). Class groups expand to three forms per year for Years 3 – 8.

Year 3 at 7+:  For boys joining us in Year 3, there is a formal entrance assessment which takes place in the November prior to entry the following September, and we also request a comprehensive report from the boy’s current school.  The assessment morning consists of fun and informal Maths and English exercises, as well as involvement in various extra-curricular and PE activities.  The aim is to establish how boys respond to the set tasks and the environment within their peer group.  Moulsford is not overtly academically selective, however we do want to be sure that boys will not only cope but thrive here on an academic level.

One further option, subject to available places, is for boys to join us in Year 7 at 11+, as either day boys or weekly boarders, for two years of senior school preparation.

Spaces are occasionally available in other year groups – please contact the Registrar with any enquiries.  For boys joining year groups other than via the process listed above, we would invite them in for a normal school day for assessment, prior to offering a place formally.

Once the school has made a formal offer of a place, parents are required to sign and return a contract accepting the School’s Terms and Conditions.  A deposit of £700, set against the final terms’ expenses, is payable at this point in order to secure the place.

Visiting the School

Prospective parents are welcome to make an appointment to visit the school and meet the Headmaster at any point during term time.  Please contact the Registrar on 01491 651438 or by email pa.registrar@moulsford.com to arrange an appointment.

An individual appointment will last roughly one hour, and involves meeting the Headmaster, having a tour of the school with him, and generally experiencing the atmosphere of a normal school day.

We also hold a termly Open Day, usually in the third or fourth week of each term on a Friday. In September this is extended to two days, offering an opportunity to visit on a Saturday morning.  Open Days offer a slightly different type of visit, with opportunities to meet and chat to pupils, staff and parents.  They can be a useful introduction to the school, or an opportunity to bring your son and other family members to familiarise everyone with the surroundings prior to entry the following September, to help confirm your decision.

Timings on the Friday are normally 10am - 12pm and 1 – 3pm, with the opportunity to see a school day in action through the eyes of a Year 8 (age 12 – 13) guide.  For the Saturday morning in September, 9am – midday, we put on extra-curricular activities to give you an insight into the broader aspects of a Moulsford education, again with senior boys acting as guides.

Our boys are very proud of their school, and thoroughly enjoy showing families around.  As well as being our best ambassadors, they will also give you a very honest picture of school life and will answer questions frankly!

If you would like to attend our next Open Day, please email the registrar.

Register Your Child

To register your child for a place at Moulsford, please go to our enquiry form.

New Boys' Day

Once your child has been registered, assessed (Year 3 and above), and formally offered and accepted a place, it is time to prepare them for their start at Moulsford.  For September entry, we hold a New Boys’ Day in early June of that year, when we invite your son to spend the day at the school with his peer group.  This is a very important day for you and your son to familiarise yourselves with teaching staff and the surroundings, and we encourage as many boys as possible to attend.  The date is set well in advance, please ask the Registrar for details.

Bursaries

The Governors of Moulsford Preparatory School are committed to broadening access to the school by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support with the payment of fees.

This opportunity is not unreasonably restricted.  Such support is known as a Bursary and these may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on tuition and other fees payable, depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of applicants. 

Awards are made after visits, and via the outside organisation Bursary Administration, at the discretion of the Bursary Awards Committee, who will calculate award levels in relation to a family's financial cirucumstances.  Bursary awards are subject to repeat testing of parental means each year and may be varied upwards or downwards, depending on parental circumstances.

Requests for financial support usually fall into two categories:

  • New applicants to the school, where a place has been offered but parents/guardians are unable to fund the tuition fees and/or other costs in full or part.
  • Existing pupils where a change in parents/guardians’ circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting tuition fees and may result in the child being withdrawn part way through a stage of education.