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