Reception Admissions

Admission into Reception at the age of 4 is non-selective. All children who join Reception each September will automatically transfer through the school until they leave at the end of Year 6. In September 2023 the school began accepting girls into Reception.

All children at the The Mall Nursery  automatically receive an offer of a place in Reception which must be confirmed with an acceptance deposit due 12 months before start.

For children not in the nursery we make Reception offers 18 months prior to start date with acceptance deposit due 12 months before start.  The first 20 children registered for each year of entry will be guaranteed the offer of a place; all subsequent registrations will be placed on a waiting list.

As we are non-selective for entry into Reception, if you are keen for your child to join us at age 4, we do recommend registering them as soon as possible as we are already receiving registrations for entry into the school between 2025-2028.

Reception 2024 update – 1 place remaining

We have been delighted with the interest we have already received for our Reception 2024 class with the level of acceptances already much higher than they were this time last year for our 2023 class.  We are now assigning places in order of acceptance, regardless of date of registration. If you are keen for your child to join we would strongly recommend completing the admissions process (receipt of acceptance form and payment of deposit) to secure their place.

Once we reach 20 children we will have to revert to a waiting list while we consider the viability of opening a second class.

If you would like to arrange an individual visit to the school for a tour with Year 6 pupils and meeting with Headmaster, David Price, please do get in touch to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Reception 2025 update – confirmed offers being sent to registered children

We are currently accepting registrations for children not attending our nursery and all registrations received by 1 July 2024 will receive confirmed offers of a place and will have until 31 August 2024 to accept the place. After then, any remaining places will be allocated in order of receipt of acceptance deposit and paperwork, regardless of registration date or attendance at our nursery. Please email for more information, to arrange a visit or sign up for the stay and play event.

Reception 2026-2028

We are already accepting registrations for entry for boys and girls into Reception at the school for 2025 to 2028 and encourage families looking for these entry points to make an appointment to visit us for an individual tour, especially if you are not planning to send your son or daughter to our nursery, as places will be offered to these children on a first-come-first-served basis withthe first 20 children registered receiving offers 18 months prior to entry.

Please CLICK HERE to visit us, or contact Ms Alex Penny, Headmaster’s PA & admissions for more details.

Once you register with us, you will be invited to regular events designed to give you and your child lots of opportunities to get to know us and make the settling in process when they start at school as smooth as possible. After you confirm your Reception place, you will start to receive our weekly e-newsletters and attend a series of events to help prepare your child for starting school and to get to know the other families in your year group.

Mall parents say....

The Mall has given my boys a great start.

Parent Exit Survey 2019

“He’s really grown in confidence which I think is down to what the school has been doing. His uptake in reading, writing and maths has also really been impressive.”

Beyond the classroom