The majority of girls enter the school in Reception class, aged 4. A few ‘occasional’ places may become available further up the school including at 7+. Entry at all levels is selective, and the offer of a place is based on assessment.

Applications for September 2024 have now closed.

Please follow the steps below to apply for 4+ entry. For more details about applying for an occasional place click here.


Step 1

Calculating Years of Entry*

4+ entryDate of birth
202401/09/2019 - 31/08/2020
202501/09/2020 - 31/08/2021
202601/09/2021 - 31/08/2022
202701/09/2022 - 31/08/2023
202801/09/2023 - 31/08/2024

Step 2

Open days and assessment application

Once registered your details will be held on our database. You will then be contacted the year before your daughter is eligible to join the school (for example Spring 2024 for entry in September 2025) with an invitation to reserve an Open Day place (Open Days take place in the Spring/Summer and Autumn). Parents are asked to confirm if they want their daughter to be assessed for entry and to check and update their details. Please see the timetable below for the full admissions timetable and deadline details.

Timetable for 4+ admissions and entry assessment 2024

Open Day Booking Opens - Parents of registered girls will receive an email inviting them to book a place. March 2023
Open Days - Advance booking is essential. Please note, you must have a child registered for the 4+ 2024 admissions process at Kensington Prep to attend an open day.April/May 2023

28 September 2023
3 October 2023
17 October 2023
Play-based assessments held at the schoolMid-January 2024
Outcomes of play-based assessments communicated to parentsEnd January 2024
Deadline for acceptance of places (requiring £1000 deposit)Noon on Wednesday 7 February 2024


Step 3

4+ entry assessment

Assessments take place in January of the year of entry and appointment times are sent out in November to parents who have returned their entrance assessment form. Please note Kensington Prep School does not take part in the Early Learning Funding scheme for 3 and 4 year olds.

Whilst we are an academic school, many parents are surprised to find that our assessment for entry is not about ‘schooly’ things or about girls who have already mastered algebra. The 4 plus assessment takes about an hour. We create a relaxed and cosy atmosphere (rather like a small nursery) and see the girls in small groups. The girls are given a number of short play-based tasks and we observe how they interact, explore and explain what they are doing.

Offers are based on an assessment of your daughter’s academic potential, ability and attitude – regardless of her religion, ethnic background or beliefs. We are looking for girls – no matter what their personality, introvert or extrovert – who are alert and curious with an enthusiasm to learn.

Step 4

Notification and acceptance of places

Following your daughter’s 4 plus assessment we will write to notify parents of places (see timetable above). We require a £1,000 deposit to secure the place which must be accepted by the deadline given. The deposit is non-refundable in the event the place is not taken up.

If and when a place is offered and accepted, you will be required to complete and sign the Girl Days School Trust’s (GDST) official agreement which will constitute a contract between yourselves and the Trust.


We would expect most siblings to join us at Kensington Prep School, as long as we feel they would thrive. Admission is not automatic, and we may not offer places to siblings if the play-based assessment indicates that they would suit an alternative educational environment.

Ms Jeni Care

Our Registrar is happy to help with any queries you may have regarding available places at the school and registration and applications for 4+ and occasional places. Please contact her on:

Our school community is based on an ethos of mutual respect and consideration. We are committed to providing a safe and happy learning environment for all.

We do not tolerate racial discrimination, harassment or victimisation of any kind.

All GDST schools strive to be inclusive environments in which the wellbeing of every young person comes first, and where every girl – no matter her background – can learn without limits.


Please note: The details outlined above are our usual admissions procedures. However any updates in government guidance may mean adjustments need to be made. Parents of registered girls will be notified of any changes.

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