Entry to Donhead

Donhead is a Roman Catholic boys’ day school from 4 to 11 years of age. Priority is given to boys who are baptised Roman Catholic, although boys of other faiths are warmly welcomed.

The usual point of entry is Reception (aged 4 years) although boys may be admitted into other year groups if a space is available.

  1. Upon first enquiry, parents are warmly invited to personal tour of the school with the Headmaster to give you the feel and atmosphere of a normal day at Donhead.
  2. The next step is to register your son via the online form on the website and pay £50 registration fee.
  3. We will confirm the places available for the entry of your son and the next steps.
  4. Pupils for Reception to Year 2, are invited for a taster morning/day, which may include an informal assessment by the respective class teacher. This assessment is designed to place each boy at ease and allow us to observe him in as natural an environment as possible.
  5. Pupils for Year 3 to 5 will be invited to spend the day with their peer group and undertake an in-class Maths and English assessment.

The School would, in almost all cases, expect to inform parents of our decision within 2 days of their assessment day.

Other factors that will be taken into consideration are:

Category 1: Boys with a sibling or other relative at Donhead (past or present)

Category 2: Baptised and Practising Catholic boys who attend the Ursuline Prep School Nursery

Category 3: Baptised and Practising Catholic boys

Category 4: Baptised Catholic boys

Category 5: Other applicants who accept the Catholic ethos of the School.

Once a formal offer of a place has been made, parents are required to confirm acceptance by completing an acceptance form and forwarding a deposit of £1000.

If a boy requires any learning support needs, the School must be made aware prior to assessment to ensure the boy’s needs can be met within its planned resources.

Under its constitution, the School has a duty to preserve and maintain its Roman Catholic character and mission. It is a condition that all boys and parents respect and support the Roman Catholic nature of the school and its rights and rituals. Pupils must attend all religious education classes, religious services, assemblies and other occasions of worship.