The Admissions Process
Russell House has a long tradition of excellence in education and extra-curricular activities.
When children leave, aged 11, they are typically successful in entrance exams for top Kent grammar and independent schools in Sevenoaks, Orpington, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Dartford and elsewhere.
Age of Entry
Children join Russell House from the age of two. We also welcome children at other levels of the school when, and if, places become available.
Our prospectus has more information about the school. You can read it online and, to receive a printed copy, simply click on the link and complete the form, or call our Registrar on 01959 522352.
Visit the School
We believe a personal visit is invaluable and actively encourage you to see the breadth of our activities and experience our special atmosphere first hand. Call our Registrar or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a convenient time for a personal tour. This will include a meeting with our Headmaster, Craig McCarthy.
We hold an annual Open Morning in the Autumn term when children at the school will be delighted to take you on a tour. The date is advertised on our website at the start of the school year.
Registering your Child
Places are given to children on a first come, first served basis and we will only register your child if there is a place available in the appropriate year group. We will give you a registration form following your visit to the school and this must be returned with a non-refundable fee to secure the place.
We operate waiting lists for classes which are currently fully subscribed. If a place is not available for your child, you can complete a form enabling us to include your child on our waiting list. We will contact you if and when a place becomes available.
Policy for Siblings
Russell House is a family school and priority for places is given to siblings. In a situation where the school has a place for one child in a family, any other children in that family will be placed high on the waiting list for classes that are currently full. (Please remember however to register siblings as soon as possible if you wish them to join.)
Towards the end of the term before your child is due to start, we will contact you to arrange a convenient day for your child to spend time with the class they will be joining.
There is no selection of children to the school. However, before children enter the Main School (F2-7), they are tested in maths and reading. We do not reject children on the basis of test results but the results may provide indication that extra help is required. Entry at the beginning of Year 6 is rare but, where it does occur, parents should have a clear plan for their choice of secondary school that will suit the ability of the child. The school reserves the right to decline entry to a child entering Russell House for whom we feel such a placement would be detrimental to the child or the other children in the year.
The information above provides a brief guide to our admissions practices and procedures. To read our admissions policy in full, please click on the link below.