Application Process

The Acorn School follows a 6-step application / admissions process as outlined below:

STEP 1: Initial Enquiry and Visit
The application process begins with the completion of our Initial Enquiry Form, which can be completed online by clicking here or downloaded from here and returned via email or post.

Upon receipt of the form, an initial visit is arranged for parents to visit the school, meet the headmaster, be personally introduced to the school and its approach to education, visit lessons, and ask any questions they may have about the school. This initial meeting is essential to the application process, and gives parents the chance to get a clear sense of what the school offers its students and their families.

STEP 2: Application form and references
Prospective parents are invited to submit an application form, with their child’s most recent school report. Upon receipt, the school will request a reference from the child’s current / previous school before making a decision on whether an interview will be offered.

STEP 3: Interview
If invited for interview, the applicant and parents will attend the school and the applicant will have an interview to meet the class teachers and senior teachers. Following this, the child will be invited to attend a trial lesson with the class teacher.

STEP 4: Trial Period
Upon successful completion of an interview and trial lesson, a successful applicant will be invited to attend the school for a two-week trial period, at a cost of £100 per week (this will be taken off the first term’s fees if the applicant is offered a place).

STEP 5: Decision
Following the two-week trial, the parents will be invited to review the trial with the Headmaster and class teacher and discuss the school’s ethos in detail. Following this meeting, a final decision will be made as to whether the applicant is offered a permanent place.

The initial two-week trial may also be extended to a further week or two if deemed necessary by the Headmaster.

Step 6: Acceptance
Upon accepting a permanent place, parents will be encouraged to support the school’s ethos and views on bringing up children in the modern world.

The first term is always a probationary period to ensure that the child is settling in well.


*Although The Acorn School is a day school, in exceptional circumstances we can help arrange accommodation with local families for Upper School students whose families are unable to move to the area. Please contact us for more information.

*Due to the limited availability of teachers, there is minimal special needs provision in this school. The school is unable to accept children with emotional or behavioural difficulties, nor can it accept children who have an educational statement.