New Parents Information

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Boys Entering Reception September 2019

Information regarding key dates for parents of new boys starting at Durston will be posted here once they have been scheduled.

‘Welcome to Durston’ Afternoon

The ‘Welcome to Durston’ afternoon for Reception takes place during May. New boys meet the Reception Teachers and Teaching Assistants, giving the staff an opportunity to make an informal assessment of them. Staff can ascertain something of the capabilities of each boy, allowing them to assign a balance of boys to the three Reception Form Classes. This is supplemented by a reference from the Nursery School.

Invitations to the ‘Welcome to Durston’ afternoon are posted to parents after the Easter Holidays, giving details of time and place.

New Parents Meeting

A New Parents Meeting takes place in June and is held at the school’s Castlebar Pavilion in Carlton Road, Ealing W5 2AW. It is a chance to meet the Head of Reception and the EYFS staff, who provide comprehensive information for the start of a boy’s time at Durston. A New Parents Pack is handed out at this time.

Boys Entering Year 1-8 September 2019

Assessments

Assessments will be held in November 2018. Boys are assessed in Mathematics and English. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure that the boys who join are likely to thrive in a mixed-ability school with high academic standards. This is supplemented by a reference from his current school.

Offers

Offers of places will be made subject to available places and the results of the assessment. Further information can be found in the Admissions Policy.

New Parents and Boys Meeting

A New Parents and Boys Meeting takes place towards the end of the Summer Term and is held at the school’s pavilion in Carlton Road, Ealing W5 2AW, or for boys joining Years 1-2, at Pre-Prep, 26 Castlebar Road, Ealing, W5 2DT.  It is an opportunity to meet particular staff and get a taste of what it is like to be at Durston. Whilst staff talk to parents, the boys are given a tour of the school and are assigned to one or two lessons of their respective year groups. Parents receive comprehensive information for a boy’s start, including curriculum and general information, as well as  advice about any preparatory work for those entering Middle or Upper School which would need to be done over the Summer Holidays. A New Parents Pack is handed out at this time.

Boys Entering Reception September 2020

Introductory Talk

The Introductory Talk for Prospective Parents will take place in June 2019, and is held at the school’s Castlebar Pavilion in Carlton Road, Ealing W5 2AW. It is an opportunity to meet the Headmaster and the Head of Pre-Prep who provide information about the Admissions Procedure and what to expect when a boy joins Durston House. A reference form is handed out, to be given to the boy’s nursery, along with a medical form, which must be completed for him.

Invitations to the Introductory Talk are sent out after the Easter Holidays.

Taster Afternoon

A Taster Afternoon for Prospective Pupils will be held at the end of September 2019, This is an opportunity to meet the staff at Pre-Prep, along with parents and boys joining at the same time. During the afternoon there are mini Games sessions, Music and play activities, which are held in the School’s Castlebar Pavilion in Carlton Road, Ealing W5 2AW, and Pre-Prep (Middleton’s) 26 Castlebar Road, Ealing, W5 2DT.

Invitations to the Taster Afternoon are sent out at the end of the Summer Holidays.

Offers

At the time of registration, parents are given the option to secure their son’s place at the school on payment of the acceptance fee of £1,800. In the Autumn Term of the year prior to joining Durston House, remaining places, up to the maximum of 48 in the year group, will be offered, in order of registration. Further information can be found in the Admissions Policy.

Admissions Policy

Assessment Procedures