Kindergarten Admissions

Girls and boys may join St Mary’s Kindergarten at the start of the term in which their third birthdays fall. Children may join us all year round or just during the school term-times. Extra sessions can be booked on an ad hoc basis, depending on availability.

Virtual tours and Open Days

Our Registrar will be happy to give you a virtual tour around the Kindergarten and answer your questions prior to your child joining us.

Coming along to our Open Days is a good way to get to know St Mary’s Kindergarten. Open Days take place in the Spring and Autumn and due to the current situation, details of how these will be conducted will be released nearer the time.

Open Days & Visits

Register

The next step is to register your child by completing the Registration Form, which is available from the Registrar, and paying a non-returnable Registration Fee of £50.

How to Pay the Registration Fee

Acceptance of a place

To accept a place offered, we ask parents to complete and sign the Acceptance Form, issued by the Registrar, and return it to the school along with an Entry Deposit of £50, which is returned when your child leaves us (subject to meeting the terms and conditions issued along with the offer). Once a place is accepted, the requested sessions will be confirmed.

How to Pay the Entry Deposit

Familiarisation session

Close to the time of joining, your son or daughter will be invited to take part in a Familiarisation Session, to help your child to feel settled in the Kindergarten and make for a smoother transition from home or nursery to Kindergarten. Parents are also welcome to discuss their child’s learning experiences with the Kindergarten team to make sure that, together, we are giving your child the best possible start in education.

Joining

Pupils at St Mary’s Kindergarten wear a practical uniform, so prior to your child joining the Kindergarten, we recommend you make an appointment for a fitting at our Uniform Shop at the Senior School, or order items from the Online School Shop.

Once your child has joined the Kindergarten, he or she will have a nominated ‘key person’ – a member of staff assigned to your child who will monitor his or her progress and well-being as soon as he or she starts and throughout his or her time in the Kindergarten, who is the first point of contact if you have any questions or concerns.

Our Locations

St Mary's Colchester
Open Days

Our Autumn Open Days will be by appointment only

Senior School Open Morning

Saturday 26 September

Kindergarten and Lower School Open Morning

Saturday 3 October

Reserve your place