How does registration work at Bute House for entry into Reception?

Admissions booklet

Entry into our Reception class is by ballot, which is drawn two years in advance of the year of entry. The ballot for the twenty-two places available is drawn by the Chair of Governors with the Head, Registrar and a representative from the school’s legal firm. All the registered girls’ names are put into a box and then drawn by the Chair as described above.

For enquiries please contact our Registrar on 020 7603 7381 x202 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When do I register my daughter for the ballot?

The deadlines for application are according to your child's date of birth, and are as follows:

Birth date
Entry year Registration deadline
1st September 2012 – 31st August 2013 2017 30th September 2015
1st September 2013 – 31st August 2014 2018 30th September 2016
1st September 2014 – 31st August 2015 2019 30th September 2017
1st September 2015 – 31st August 2016 2020 30th September 2018
1st September 2016 – 31st August 2017 2021 30th September 2019
1st September 2017 – 31st August 2018 2022 30th September 2020
1st September 2018 – 31st August 2019 2023 30th September 2021
1st September 2019 – 31st August 2020 2024 30th September 2022

Is there a sibling policy for 4+ entry?

There is a sibling policy. The sisters of children already at the school are automatically offered places; therefore it is only for the remaining places that names are taken from the ballot. In addition, a waiting list is drawn up. These children are offered places should anybody be unable to take up the place.

What happens if my daughter is unsuccessful in the ballot?

The girls who are unsuccessful at the ballot stage are registered, if their parents wish, for 7+ entry in the appropriate year. Parents must reconfirm their interest in taking part in the 7+ assessment and return their examination fee (£75) by the closing date for 7+ registrations (31st October of the year preceding entry).

If my daughter gains a place through the 7+ assessment can her younger sibling get a place in Reception?

The younger sisters of any children gaining places at 7+ will only gain automatic places in our Reception class under our sibling policy if the ballot for their year group has not yet been drawn. If the relevant ballot has already been drawn the younger sisters of successful 7+ candidates will be put on the waiting list, but if there is no movement on that list they will have to sit the 7+ assessment in the appropriate year, when no sibling priority is given.