Admissions Process

The main entry points to the school are into Nursery/Reception. Pupils can be accepted into all year groups, places permitting, from Nursery through to Year 6, at any point in the school year.

Admissions process

  • Prospective parents can make contact with the school by email, telephone or online by requesting a prospectus. You are welcome to attend an Open Morning or arrange an individual tour/appointment with the Headmaster or Head of Year. 
  • The first stage of the admissions process is to complete the Registration Form found in the prospectus, or downloadable below, and return to the Registrar with a non-refundable registration fee of £100. Once this is received, parents will receive an acknowledgement letter and your child will be placed on the admissions list or a waiting list if no places are available.
  • Parents of children registered to join Reception to Year 6 will be contacted the year prior to entry to confirm their interest and for us to confirm whether a place will be available. Parents of children entering the Nursery will be contacted the term before entry.
  • Prospective pupils entering Years 3 - 6 are offered a Taster Day at the school in agreement and by arrangement with the Registrar. The Taster Day is a valuable opportunity for informal assessments to be carried out. Children entering Years 1 and 2 will meet the Head of Lower School and children entering Nursery and Reception the Head of Early Years. Prior to these visits reports will be requested for all pupils.
  • Once prospective pupils have met the Head of Year and reports have been received, the formal offer of a place will be made and the deposit of £500 becomes payable. Once the deposit is received your place is confirmed. The deposit is refundable only when the pupil leaves St Piran's at the end of Year 6. The deposit will not be returned if parents subsequently choose not to enter their son or daughter to St Piran's School. Acceptance paperwork incorporating the school's terms and conditions must be signed and returned to the school.


St Piran's School offers a 3 class entry from Nursery to Year 6. Class sizes in Reception to Year 6 are strictly 18 children per class. If a year group is full, parents will be advised about waiting lists and have their child's name added if they wish. 

Siblings of children already at the school are given priority on the waiting list. Further to this, we offer places on a first come, first served basis. Where possible, early registration is advised.

Entry procedures by year group:

NURSERY (Rising 3-4 years) All parents meet with the Headmaster and in the term before your child is due to start, you and your child will be invited into school to meet with the Head of Early Years.  Assessments for Nursery pupils are based on observing informal play in small groups.  We may also visit a child in their current setting or invite them in to spend a morning with their current age group, before an offer is made.

RECEPTION (4-5 years) All parents meet with the Headmaster and the most recent report is requested from the child’s Nursery School, play group or current school. All children are seen by the Head of Early Years and a short assessment is given. We may also visit a child in their current setting or invite them in to spend a morning with their current age group, before an offer is made.

LOWER SCHOOL (5-7 years) All parents meet with the Headmaster and the most recent report is requested from the child’s current school. All children are seen by the Head of Lower School and a short assessment is given. We may also visit a child in their current setting or invite them in to spend a morning with their current age group, before an offer is made. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL & UPPER SCHOOL Prospective pupils complete a Literacy and Numeracy test during a day at school along with reading and spelling tests and a report will be requested from the previous school.

SPECIAL NEEDS If there are signs that a child has special needs, then the SENCO will be asked to assess the child to see if the school can meet these needs before a decision can be made. 

SCHOLARSHIPS Entry by scholarship usually involves testing and interviewing the pupils. Non-verbal reasoning, reading, writing, and mathematical skills are usually tested during a day in school.

If you would like to see our latest 11+ results please contact Deena McLelland on 01628 594302 or email registrar@stpirans.co.uk