Abingdon Prep welcomes girls and boys from the age of 4 (Reception) to 13 (Year 8). The majority of pupils join the school in September, although it is not uncommon for them to join in either January or April.  Please contact the Admissions Manager to discuss.


Following your initial enquiry or visit we encourage you to register if you wish to apply for admission to Abingdon Prep for your child. Please follow this link to our registration form.

Once you have registered, our Admissions Manager will be in touch to confirm receipt of your registration and discuss next steps.

Pre-Prep admissions process

Children joining in Reception will be invited to attend an informal taster session. Following this, places are offered on a first come, first serve basis with a waiting list based on date of registration. Early registration is therefore advisable.

Girls and boys joining in Years 1 and 2 will be invited for an informal assessment during the course of a normal school day. This gives the children the opportunity to experience what life at Abingdon Prep is all about and enables our staff to get to know your child.

Girls and boys applying for a Pre-Prep place from overseas will be asked to support their application with video footage of their child in their home setting.

Prep admissions process

Entry to Year 3 and above follows an age appropriate process. In all cases we invite prospective pupils to an assessment morning. These are a chance for us to get to know your child and for your child to get to know us, as well as to meet some other children. Designed to be informal, friendly and to get the very best out of our young candidates, they are adapted to the age of the child applying for a place and for their year of entry. They can take place either in a group or on an individual basis – this will depend on the calendar and the availability of places. We will also request a reference from your child’s current school.

Assessment for Year 3: This looks at your child’s reading and writing. They will also take part in a maths activity.

Assessment for Years 4 – 6: Children are asked to complete CAT (computer-based cognitive abilities tests) in English, Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Assessment for Year 7: This assessment follows the same process for entry to Abingdon School. Please visit the senior school website here for more information.

For families living overseas please get in touch with the Admissions Manager to discuss the process for your child.

Offer of a place

Places will be offered following the outcome of the assessment, together with a satisfactory reference from your child’s current school. If you have any questions at all, then please do get in touch with our Admissions team.