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Securing your place at Waverley Prep School

We welcome applications from families of all cultures, ethnic groups and religions. We are not an academically selective school but our very personal admissions process is to ensure that every child who joins us will flourish and that their families will be happy, supportive members of our school community.

Key Entry Points


The majority of our school places are offered to children looking to join our Reception class (turning 5 years old in that academic year).

Pre-Prep (Year 1 and 2)

Entry into Year 1 and Year 2 is according to the availability of places.

Prep (Years 3-6)

Entry into Year 1 and Year 2 is according to the availability of places.

The Admissions Process - Easy 5-Step Process

1. Make an enquiry

Contact our Head of Admissions, Mrs Helen Jenkins, to discuss your interest and to check availability in the relevant year group. Alternatively, please complete our Registration Form. (There is no fee to register).

Email Admissions Team Complete Registration Form 

2. Book a 1-2-1 Tour

Upon receipt of a School Registration Form, we normally invite prospective parents for a 1-2-1 tour with our Head of Admissions. We find personal tours are much more productive and informative for prospective school parents and we no longer hold traditional 'Open Days'. 

3. Meet our Head

Prospective pupils and their family are invited to meet our Head, Mr Shore, on a mutually convenient day. As we are a family-friendly school, it is extremely important that we get to know each other well. Having an excellent relationship from the start means that your child will get the most out of their education at Waverley. 

4. Taster Day

Children are invited to attend a Taster Day where they spend a normal school day with us in the class of their own age group. This is to ensure any prospective pupil will be happy and settled in our school.

5. Receive an Offer

If your child is offered a place, completion of an Acceptance Form and payment of an Acceptance Fee of £1000 are required to secure your place at Waverley. This is a deposit and is refunded when your child leaves the school. A non-refundable £75 Administration Fee is also due to accept an offer.

Further Admissions Information

The School Admissions Committee

The School Admissions Committee consists of Mr Blair Jenkins (Chair of Governors), Mr Guy Shore (Head), Mr Nigel Woolnough (Vice Chair of Governors) and Mrs Helen Jenkins (Head of Marketing, Admissions and Communication). 


Please click here to view our current school fees.

Waverley Nursery

Waverley Nursery is an educational Nursery in a rural setting which has been inspected as 'Outstanding'. Please note that our Nursery and School admissions are separate processes and children at Waverley Nursery are not automatically allocated a place at Waverley Prep School. However, we offer combined Nursery and school places for families wishing to join our Nursery then automatically transition through to our Prep School without the need to reapply to our Prep School. For information about admissions and fees to our Nursery please click here.

Contact the Admissions Team

Please contact

Mrs Helen Jenkins, Head of Marketing, Admissions and Communication.

Email: admissions@waverleyschool.co.uk 

Tel: 0118 973 1121 or mob 07768 708743

Email Admissions Team Complete Registration Form 


Get to Know Mrs Jenkins, Head of Admissions

Mrs Jenkins was originally a parent at Waverley before she started working as Head of Admissions. With a background in marketing, she is a Post Graduate in European Business, is fluent in Spanish and also speaks some German and French. Her son joined Waverley Nursery aged 2 then moved on through the Prep School and left at the end of Year 6, gaining a place at Leighton Park School in Reading. He has now joined the Sixth Form of Radley College in Abingdon. Mrs Jenkins has been Head of Admissions at Waverley for 4 years.