Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

What is the age range at your school?

  • At Edenhurst Preparatory School we educate children from 3 months to 11 years.
  • Children can join us from 3 months in our nursery and remain until aged 11 in the Prep School.

How many forms does your school have?

  • In our Nursery, our rooms are:
    • Edenhurst Babies (from 3 months to 16 months)
    • Edenhurst Toddlers (from 16 months to 2 years)
    • Edenhurst Explorers (from 2 years to 3 years)
    • Edenhurst Little Learners (from 3 years)
    • Edenhurst Kindergarten (was Early Learners) (3 years to 4 years)
  • Our Prep School consists of Pre-Prep and the Prep Forms. 
  • Pre-Prep
    • Reception
    • Form 1
    • Form 2
  • Prep Forms
    • Prep 3
    • Prep 4
    • Prep 5
    • Prep 6

What curriculum does your school follow?

The school follows its own wide-ranging academic curriculum, tailored to the needs of its pupils. All departments keep themselves up-to-date about its requirements and developments; much of what is taught draws upon the best practice of what is happening nationally and in other schools. As part of our responsibility to keep abreast of national issues, our subject coordinators are committed to reviewing the government’s revised National Curriculum and should we feel that content and skills are relevant and useful to our context, we will take account of them, being guided without being limited by the content.

What are the differences between a state school and an independent school?

State schools are funded by the government and there are no fees for pupils to attend. Independent schools are privately funded and charge tuition fees, which vary for each institution. Schools in the independent sector do not have to adhere to the standardised national curriculum, but are still subject to standards dictated by inspecting bodies. Schools in the state sector must follow the national curriculum more strictly, leaving less room for personalised and niche learning when compared to independent schools.

What are the costs?

  • Our fees are available at on our website Fees page. Our fees enable us to continue our commitment to ensuring the school is able to offer the highest possible standard of education and care for all our children.

Are there any scholarships or financial aid available?

  • We offer scholarships to children on entry to the Prep Forms (Prep 3). Scholarships are available in each of the three following categories: Academic, Creative Arts (covering Drama, Art, Music, and Dance) and Sport. 
  • We offer an interest-free monthly payment scheme, which can allow for easier budgeting and help make payments more manageable for parents.  The fees for each term can be split into three equal instalments and paid during the first three months of the term. 
  • We offer the following sibling discounts:
  • 5% off Nursery fees;
  • Youngest child (in school): Full fees
  • Next eldest sibling (in school): 7.5%
  • Next eldest sibling (in school): 15%
  • Next eldest sibling (in school): 20%
  • Additional siblings: discuss with the Head

When children leave the school the discount will leave with them. 

  • We also offer discounted school fees for members of the teaching profession and former pupils – please contact us for more details.

What is the admission process?

  • Here at Edenhurst Preparatory School, we aim for a smooth and informative admissions process. Interested families can arrange a tour of the school at any time.

More information on our admissions process is available on our Admissions page on our website.

What are the school hours?

  • The school day begins at 9:00am (registration is open from 8:30am) and ends at 3:30pm in Pre-Prep and 4:00pm in Prep. We offer wraparound care between the hours of 7:30am – 6:00pm (including Waiting Club between 3:30pm – 4:00pm for Pre-Prep children with siblings in the Prep school).

Do you have wraparound care?

  • Breakfast Club from 7:30 am with breakfast being served at 8.00am.
  • Waiting Club from 3:25pm – 4:00pm collection
  • After School Club from 3.25pm until 6.00pm (if you are unable to collect before 4.00pm)

Find out more information about Edenhurst Wrap Around Care.

Can pupils join at any time of year?

  • Many pupils join in September and January as natural entry points,  however pupils are able to join our school at any point during term time, provided there are spaces available.

Is your school only for academically gifted pupils?

  • No, we cater to a diverse range of pupils with various abilities, interests and strengths. We are not academically selective. 

Does your school have any religious affiliations?

  • No, we are a non-religious school and welcome students from diverse religious backgrounds.

What are the class sizes?

  • Pupils benefit greatly from our small class sizes which average around 14 pupils per class. In most classes Teaching Assistants work to support pupils’ learning.

What facilities does your school have?

  • We have excellent facilities, including our own AstroTurf pitch for all-weather sports, a well-equipped, modern Science laboratory and our very own allotments.  Children also benefit from visits to local specialist facilities including swimming lessons at M Club Spa and Fitness and skiing at Stoke Ski Centre. We are a Google school and chromebooks are used across the curriculum to further enhance the children’s educational experience.  

What extracurricular activities are on offer?

  • We enrich the experience of our pupils through a vast array of extracurricular activities and opportunities. Peripatetic music teaching is also available for singing lessons and a wide range of musical instruments.
  • By offering our pupils a broad range of extracurricular activities to participate in, they are able to discover and develop interests, make new friends and broaden their horizons.

How will the school communicate with me?

  • Effective communication between parents and teachers is paramount for pupils to get the best possible outcomes.

We have three formal parents’ evening events:

  • Meet the Teacher – Michaelmas Term
  • Parent’s Evening – Hilary Term
  • Celebration of Learning – Trinity Term

How often do you send progress reports?

  • At the end of each term

Do parents have teachers direct emails? Yes!

We have an open door policy. Parents are actively encouraged to email teachers directly and organise a meeting (face to face / virtual / phone call) to discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

Where do pupils go after Edenhurst Preparatory School?

  • After completing their educational journey with us in Prep 6, our pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education.
  • We have a very successful track record of pupils being offered places at notable independent schools and many other leading schools across the region. Edenhurst pupils are often awarded Academic, Sports, Music and Art scholarships. For more information see our Leavers’ Destinations page.

Is boarding available?

  • No, we operate as a day school and do not offer boarding options. 

Do you have a bus collection service?

Edenhurst offers a bus service which is free of charge.

Where can I buy uniform?

All regulation uniform may be purchased from the School supplier. Our EPTA also runs a preloved uniform shop. For more information please contact the School Office.

How do I apply for a place at Edenhurst?

We warmly invite you to contact our Admissions Officer on 01782 619348 to arrange a convenient time to visit the school for a tour with our Headteacher. Please see our Admissions section for more information on our Admissions process.

Are the school lunches healthy and nutritionally balanced?

Our children are served nutritionally balanced, home-cooked food, made on-site by our catering team. We are able to cater for most dietary requirements.

Do you have a holiday club during the school holidays?

Our Edventures Holiday Club, which runs during all school holidays, offers an action-packed programme specifically created for children aged four to eleven, with activities including arts and crafts and a range of sports, as well as performing arts sessions and exciting trips.

How do I contact the school?

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to call the school office on 01782 619348 or email office@edenhurst.co.uk

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to call the school office on 01782 619348.

Why Edenhurst?

Why Edenhurst?