The choice of a school is one of the most important decisions parents will take for their child and it has to be right. Our prospectus (available in soft copy here, or in hard copy by emailing the school office at email@example.com) can give you only a flavour of Orchard House. We encourage you to come and see for yourself.
Children enter the school in the autumn term (starting early in September) unless a place becomes available at other times. They start either in the Den aged 3 or into Lower 1 (our reception year) aged 4.
Places occasionally become available for older children. Children below the age of 6 are not assessed for entry. For older children going into later year groups, the school will assess your child’s level of attainment (focusing on mathematics, verbal reasoning and English) to determine whether your child will be a good fit for the class. This is to judge whether your child will be able to fully access the curriculum that the intended class is following. (If not, your child might struggle, which would not be a good outcome.)
The final decision whether or not to offer a place always rests with the headmistress.
To give your child the chance of attending Orchard House, you first need to register them. Parents are asked to make an appointment to visit the school as soon as is convenient after the birth of their child and the headmistress usually shows them around the school in small groups or they attend one of the open mornings held twice a year, on Saturdays.
At the end of the visit parents are invited to take away and complete a registration form. Once the completed registration form has been returned to the school, along with the registration fee of £100, the school will acknowledge receipt of the registration and the child’s name will be placed on a waiting list for the preferred year of entry.
Places are offered in strict registration order with priority given to younger brothers and sisters of children already at the school, provided such younger siblings were registered within one month of their birth or no later than the admission of the older child. Offers are sent out by post approximately sixteen months before the child is due to start at Orchard House.
To accept a place offered for your child, you must:
Return the acceptance form, agreeing to the terms of the contract with the school.
Make a payment of the amount indicated on the offer letter, which will be equivalent to a term’s fees at the time the offer is sent.
Allow the school to collect by direct debit on the first day of your child’s first term at Orchard House, the balance of fees for the first term at the rate that then applies, along with a deposit of £2,500. (The school will return the deposit to you when your child leaves Orchard House, so long as the school has received payment of all monies due.)
If you have any questions about any aspect of admission, please contact the school’s registrar, Mrs Goodeve-Docker, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +44 20 8742 8544.
To download our full admissions policy, please click here.
Fees per term from September 2017
Fees payable under Scheme M
Discount for Scheme T
Fees Payable under Scheme T
The Den (nursery): mornings only (5 mornings each week)*
The Den: optional afternoon attendance (per day per week)
Lower 1 (Reception)*, Forms 1 and 2
Forms 3, 4, 5 and 6
The fees under SCHEME T are payable in a single lump sum collected by direct debit on the first day of term.
The fees under SCHEME M are payable in four equal instalments collected by direct debit as follows:
AUTUMN TERM – the first working day of August, September, October and November.
SPRING TERM – the first working day of December, January, February and March.
SUMMER TERM – the first working day of April, May, June and July.
(Charges for any extras, for example optional subjects, are added to the second instalment.)
A deposit of £2,500 is payable upon entry to the school. This is returned when the child leaves the school, subject to the school having received payment of all sums due to it.
*LOCAL AUTHORITY GRANT AND CHILDCARE VOUCHERS: For children under 5 years of age on the first day of the month in which a term begins, the fees shown above will be reduced by the amount of the Local Authority Grant (otherwise known as the Minimum Funding Entitlement, Nursery Education Grant or Early Education Childcare Place funding) (£882 for the Autumn Term 2017) paid by the local authority to the school. Because the administration of the Local Authority Grant scheme by a school is a complex burden, not all schools participate in the scheme but Orchard House chooses to do so as a service to the parents of our youngest children. How much longer the school will continue to do this cannot be guaranteed, although the school intends to continue to participate in the scheme for as long as reasonably possible. Where such grant is paid to the school, the actual fees payable to the school by parents for the Autumn Term 2017 are therefore £2,013 (Scheme M) or £1,958 (Scheme T) for a child in the Den attending mornings only, and £4,908 (Scheme M) or £4,798 (Scheme T) for a child in the Den attending all day and for a child in Lower 1.
The school accepts most companies’ childcare vouchers. It expects also to be able to accept payments under the government’s tax-free childcare scheme to be introduced from September 2017.
Charges for optional subjects, clubs etc
MUSIC (INDIVIDUAL LESSONS)
Piano, singing, guitar, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, cornet, saxophone, trombone,
oboe, other brass instruments and music theory (ten lessons each of 30 minutes) £241
Group music lessons (ten lessons each of 30 minutes) £132
PRE-SCHOOL AND AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS from £115
SPECIAL NEEDS TUITION Each half-hour from £33
NOTE: Fees are inclusive of mid-morning milk and lunch (except for those children in the Den who attend for mornings only) and most outings but do not include any residential trips.
House Schools Trust is an independent charity that raises funds and awards means-tested scholarships to bright and promising children whose parents would not otherwise be able to consider sending them to an independent fee-paying school. Means-tested scholarships are available, as funds permit, for children aged 7+. Candidates must currently be attending a state school and must have the right to reside in the UK. The scholarships are for places at one of the three schools in the House Schools Group, Bassett House in North Kensington, Orchard House in Chiswick and Prospect House in Putney. For more information, please visit houseschoolstrust.org.