Welcome to our Prep and Pre-Prep Virtual Open Day

“Many thanks for visiting the Pre-Prep and Prep Schools online! We have used this website to give you a flavour of our School and how those curious minds that join at either 4+, 5+ and 7+ flourish here. Please enjoy watching some videos from our specialist Pre-Prep and Prep staff and, I am delighted to say, some from our young pupils. I am looking forward to seeing some of you soon.”

Mr Matteo Rossetti
Head of Preparatory School

 

Virtual Open Day

We hope you enjoy our virtual open day. Please direct any questions to admissions@habsboys.org.uk

We also have a bespoke virtual visit for Senior School (11+ and 13+) where you can hear from our Headmaster. Click here to take a look.

We are now welcoming people onto campus and would be delighted if you joined us for our physical Open Day or one of our Open Mornings. To ensure we keep you as safe as possible during your visit, we ask that you book in advance, click here to see more.

Pre-Prep FAQs

HOW DO I APPLY FOR 4+ and 5+?

Please click here to register on our website. You can apply for 4+, 5+ or 7+. Simply add in the year which you are applying for. If you are applying from overseas, please email admissions@habsboys.org.uk for a different registration form.

HOW MANY PLACES ARE AVAILABLE AT 4+ and 5+?

At 4+, we will be admitting a total of 36 pupils in two classes of 18. This is also the same for 5+, where we will be admitting a total of 36 pupils.

WHEN ARE THE ASSESSMENTS?

For 2022 Entry

4+ assessments

  • Entrance assessment dates:
    • First round: between Monday 13 December and Wednesday 15 December 2021
    • Second round: between Wednesday 5 January and Friday 7 January 2022

5+ assessments

  • Entrance assessment dates:
    • First round: between Monday 21 February and Thursday 24 February 2022
    • Second round: between Monday 7 March and Thursday 10 March 2022

WHAT DOES THE ASSESSMENT CONSIST OF?

All applicants are invited to a playgroup session. Some pupils will be invited back for a further, one-to-one assessment.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY CHILD FOR THE 4+ and 5+ PROCESS?

Everything they are covering in their Reception class should be enough for them to show their potential in our assessment for 5+ entry. On no account have your child tutored.

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?

Deadline for all points of entry is 19 November 2021.  You will hear from us again in the spring term with further details about your child’s assessment.

IS THERE A REGISTRATION FEE?

£100 for UK Applicants and £200 for Overseas Applicants (please email admissions@habsboys.org.uk for an overseas registration form).

CAN I COME AND VISIT THE SCHOOL DURING THE DAY?

This year we are delighted to welcome visitors back onto campus. Please note that in order to ensure safety for all our visitors and in the current climate, spaces are limited. We have a booking system for you to secure your place. We are also offering booked Pre-Prep Open Morning tours, again with limited numbers. We will give priority to pupils in Reception and those who will be starting their journey with us.

Click here to book now.

HOW ARE YOU MANAGING THE COVID SITUATION?

The School is very closely monitoring the situation. We are fortunate that our 100-acre campus enables all year groups to be in school and provides us with a large and safe environment. Click here to view the School’s Covid-19 policy.

DO YOU HAVE A COACH SERVICE?

A daily shuttle-bus service runs from the Elstree campus to the Pre-Prep site.

Pupils may use the coach service from Year 3.

We have a very comprehensive coach service which serves both the Boys’ and Girls’ Schools in a joint service.  There are 55 coaches, 150+ stops from Harpenden (North), St John’s Wood (South), Enfield (East), Berkhamsted (West).  There is one pickup in the morning and two choices in the afternoon 4.15pm and 5.30pm. Tickets can be purchased a term in advance or on an ad hoc basis.

150 stops, including:

ARE THERE AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS?

We have several lunchtime clubs for the Pre-Prep run by the Pre-Prep staff. We also have a lunchtime chess club run by an external provider and an after-school dance club.

IS THERE WRAP-AROUND CARE?

We have an early club which is held at the Pre-Prep School from 8am-8.30am. After-school care is provided at the Pre-Prep School until 4pm. If after-school care is required later than 4pm then the Pre-Prep boys can take the shuttle bus at 3.15pm to the Prep School where after-school care is provided until 5.30pm.

WHAT IS THE HOMEWORK ROUTINE IN THE PRE-PREP SCHOOL?

Pupils will not be given homework for the first couple of weeks of starting at Habs. When their teachers believe they are ready, they will be given homework on Mondays (to be returned on Wednesday) and weekend homework (to be returned on Monday). Homework should take no longer than 20 minutes.

Reading will also be set three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and the weekend) and, after October half term, pupils will have spellings to learn.

HOW DO I OBTAIN A PROSPECTUS?

Click here to request a prospectus.

Prep FAQs

HOW DO I APPLY FOR 7+?

Please click here to register on our website. You can apply for 7+ by visiting our website. Simply add in the year which you are applying for. If you are applying from overseas, please email admissions@habsboys.org.uk for a different registration form.

HOW MANY PLACES ARE AVAILABLE AT 7+?

A total of 18-20 places are available. The new Year 3 pupils will be joined by 36 pupils joining from the Pre-Prep.

WHEN ARE THE ASSESSMENTS?

For 2022 Entry

7+ Dates

  • Entrance Examination: Friday 10 December 2021
  • Interviews:                       Friday 7 January 2022

WHAT DOES THE ASSESSMENT CONSIST OF?

7+ written papers in Maths, English and Reasoning (verbal and non-verbal)

Some children will be invited back for an interview in January. This consists of spending a day in the Prep school covering a range of activities.

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?

Deadline for all points of entry is 19 November 2021.  You will hear from us again after the deadline date with further details about your child’s assessment.

IS THERE A REGISTRATION FEE?

£100 for UK Applicants and £200 for Overseas Applicants (please email admissions@habsboys.org.uk for an overseas registration form)

CAN I COME AND VISIT THE SCHOOL DURING THE DAY?

This year we are delighted to welcome visitors back onto campus. Please note that in order to ensure safety for all our visitors and in the current climate, spaces are limited. We have a booking system for you to secure your place. We will be giving priority to families with children in Years 1 and 2 for 7+.

Click here to book now.

HOW ARE YOU MANAGING THE COVID SITUATION?

The School is very closely monitoring the situation. We are fortunate that our 100-acre campus enables all year groups to be in school and provides us with a large and safe environment. Click here to view the School’s Covid-19 policy.

DO YOU HAVE A COACH SERVICE?

Pupils may use the coach service in Year 3.

We have a very comprehensive coach service which serves both the Boys’ and Girls’ Schools in a joint service.  There are 55 coaches, 150+ stops from Harpenden (North), St John’s Wood (South), Enfield (East), Berkhamsted (West).  There is one pickup in the morning and two choices in the afternoon 4.15pm and 5.30pm. Tickets can be purchased a term in advance or on an ad hoc basis.

150 stops, including:

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY SON FOR THE 7+ PROCESS?

Everything your child is covering in Year 1/Year 2 setting should be enough for them to show their potential in our assessment. They should focus on reading and be confident to engage with their peers and adults. On no account have your child tutored.

ARE THERE AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS?

Yes, there is an extensive after-school club programme. Despite having to adjust the programme due to the pandemic, staff have worked tirelessly to ensure the School is still able to offer a wide range of opportunities to pupils. Click here to learn more.

WHEN CAN MY SON LEARN A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AT SCHOOL?

From Year 3. The lessons will take place either before school, after school or during the school day depending on what year group your child is in.

WHEN DO THE PUPILS LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?

Prep pupils begin learning languages in Year 5 and continue into Year 6. The focus is on developing linguistic skills and the pupils have the opportunity to experience a range of languages.

IS THERE WRAP-AROUND CARE?

We offer Breakfast Club from 7.30am for pupils from Year 3 upwards. An optional after-school care facility is available until 5.30pm. This is booked online either each week or termly.

WHAT IS THE HOMEWORK ROUTINE IN YEAR 3?

A maximum of one English and one Maths homework per week. These are approximately 20 minutes each. There is also 20 minutes of Geography, History or Science.

REQUEST A PROSPECTUS

CLICK HERE TO ORDER A PROSPECTUS