Welcome to our Prep and Pre-Prep Virtual Open Day

“Many thanks for visiting the Pre-Prep and Prep Schools online! I would have, of course, much preferred to welcome you to our unique Pre-Prep and Prep Schools personally, so that you could see and experience, first-hand, life at Habs. Although this is not currently possible, we have instead used this website to give you a flavour of our School and how those curious minds that join at either 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 on a live Q&A session via Zoom soon.”

Mr Matteo Rossetti
Head of Preparatory School

 

Virtual Open Day

Sorry we cannot welcome you to our campus. 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.

Pre-Prep FAQs

HOW DO I APPLY FOR 5+?

Please click here to register on our website. You can apply for 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 5+?

A total of 36-40 places are available across two classes.

WHEN ARE THE ASSESSMENTS?

For 2021 Entry

5+ assessments are between Monday 22 and Friday 25 February 2021.

WHAT DOES THE ASSESSMENT CONSIST OF?

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

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY SON FOR THE 5+ PROCESS?

Everything he is covering in his Reception class should be enough for him to show his potential in our assessment. On no account have your son tutored.

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?

Deadline for all points of entry is 20 November 2020.  You will hear from us again in the spring term with further details about your son’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?

Due to the uncertainty of the current health crisis, we are not booking tours at the moment. We are keeping our eye on the situation and will open for tours as soon as we can. We will give priority to boys in Reception. In the meantime, you may book a live Q&A session with our senior staff by clicking here.

HOW ARE YOU MANAGING THE COVID SITUATION?

We are fortunate that our campus enables all year groups to be in school. Pupils are being taught in year group bubbles.

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?

The homework set is age appropriate according to the Year group. Reading is set 3 times a week and boys are given a list of spellings to learn each week. Homework, which should take no longer than 20 minutes, is set twice a week on a Monday and Friday and reinforces concepts covered in class.

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 5+ or 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 boys will be joined by 36-40 boys joining from the Pre-Prep.

WHEN ARE THE ASSESSMENTS?

For 2021 Entry

7+      Friday 11 December 2020

WHAT DOES THE ASSESSMENT CONSIST OF?

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

Some boys will be invited back in mid-January for an interview. 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 20 November 2020.  You will hear from us again after the deadline date with further details about your son’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?

Due to the uncertainty of the current health crisis, we are not booking tours at the moment. We are keeping our eye on the situation and will open for tours as soon as we can. We will give priority to boys in Year 2 for Prep visits. In the meantime, you may book a live Q&A session with our senior staff by clicking here.

HOW ARE YOU MANAGING THE COVID SITUATION?

We are fortunate to have a large campus, enabling all year groups to be in school. Pupils are being taught in year group bubbles.

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 he is covering in Year 1/Year 2 setting should be enough for him to show his potential in our assessment. He should focus on reading and be confident to engage with his peers and adults. On no account have your son 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 son is in.

WHEN DO THE PUPILS LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?

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

IS THERE WRAP-AROUND CARE?

We offer Breakfast Club from 7.30am for boys 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