Admissions Policy

"A Jesuit school is distinguished for its academic, religious and pastoral provision, through which it encourages the fullest possible development of talents."
Jesuit School Vision Statement

Donhead is a Roman Catholic Preparatory School for boys aged 4 to 11 under the trusteeship of the Society of Jesus. The majority of pupils come from Roman Catholic families. The school gives priority in the consideration of applications to boys from regularly practising Roman Catholic families and then to other baptised Roman Catholic boys.

Reception Admissions

Children are admitted into the Reception Class in the September after their 4th birthday as full-time pupils. There are 44 places in total in the two Reception Classes.

Parents are invited to register their interest in a Reception Class place by completing a registration form, (available to complete online or download from our 'Registration' webpage) and by paying the Registration Fee of £50. Parents should then make an appointment to view the school as soon as possible after registering, if they have not already done so.

Inevitably, we have more boys on our registration list than we have places, and so priority in the allocation of places is given as follows:


Category 1:  Boys with a sibling or other relative at Donhead (past or present)
Category 2: Boys who attend The Ursuline Preparatory School Wimbledon * †
Category 3: Date of registration

*  Proof of a place in the Ursuline Nursery will required before the offer of a place can be made.
 Applications received after March of the year previous to entry (e.g. after March 2017 for entry September 2018) cannot be guaranteed a place but will be placed at the top of the waiting list.

As a Roman Catholic Preparatory School, we feel it important that a minimum of 75% of the pupil population are baptised Roman Catholic boys. Therefore, a maximum of 25% of places will be offered to non-Catholic families, following the priority allocation shown above.

Places will be offered 18 months prior to entry (in January) and are subject to:

  1. Parents having visited the school prior to offers being made.
  2. A satisfactory Nursery report which we will obtain from the Nursery setting in the Spring Term prior to entry.

Parents are given two weeks to accept the offer and return the Acceptance Agreement with a non-refundable Enrolment Fee of £500. If the offer of a place is subsequently withdrawn, following the receipt of an unsatisfactory Nursery school report, then the Enrolment Fee will be refunded. If a place is not accepted, we will offer the place to a boy on our Waiting List.

Payment of the first term’s fees shall become payable on the first day of the Summer Term prior to entry. Withdrawal after this date means that the term’s fees paid will be forfeited.

Years 1 to 6 Admissions

Places may be available in other year groups from time to time and parents are advised to contact the school to ascertain the situation. Boys registered for entry in Pre-Prep 1 (Year 1) to Elements (Year 6) upwards are required to spend some time in one of the classes and complete some written and mathematical activities. We also request a satisfactory report from their current school.

Please Note

We reserve the right to alter our admissions arrangements and criteria at any time.

If you have any questions or would like to book a personal tour of the school please do not hesitate to contact us or email the PA to the Headmaster directly on