Application Process

The Acorn School follows a 5-step application process as outlined below:

Step 1 – Initial Enquiry: 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.

Step 2 – Parents’ Visit: On receipt of the Initial Enquiry Form, we will invite applicants to an informal visit of the school, where parents can meet with the Headmaster and be personally introduced to the school and its approach to education. 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 3 – Children’s Visit: Should the initial visit prove successful, we will organise a time for you to bring your child(ren) to visit the school, meet their prospective class teacher(s), and have a formal interview.

Step 4 – Two-week trial: If parents then wish to continue with the application, subject to the Headmaster’s approval, children are invited to have a two-week trial placement in the relevant class, or longer if necessary. After the two-week trial, the parents will meet with the Headmaster and the class teacher to discuss the application and the school ethos in detail. The initial two-week trial may also be extended to a further week or two.

Step 5: – Acceptance: After completion of the two-week trial, parents will be asked to confirm their unequivocal commitment to this education and the Parents’ Charter, which is a pre-requisite for entrance into the school community. Providing the parents, the child(ren), and the teachers agree, the child will be offered a place. 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.