Admissions Process

Our Registrar guides you through, making the transition as seamless as possible


Admissions Process

Step 1 - Request a Prospectus

Contact Mrs Evans for an initial conversation about your child and to check availability in the relevant year group. Alternatively, please complete our enquiry form to request a prospectus or to join us at one of our Open Mornings. 

There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of towns including Broxbourne, Buntingford, Cheshunt, Essendon, Goff’s Oak, Great Amwell, Harlow, Harpenden, Hoddesdon, Sawsbridgeworth, Stevenage, Thundridge, Ware, Welwyn Garden City.

Step 2 - Visit

Arrange to visit Duncombe for a personal tour to discuss all aspects of school life and experience the atmosphere. Parents will be given the opportunity to meet the Headmaster and to see the school during a normal working day. Regular Open Mornings are held throughout the year. Please complete our enquiry form to join us at one of our school events or contact Mrs Evans.

Step 3 - Register

Complete a registration form and pay a non-returnable £100 registration fee. Registration is an indication of interest and is not a guarantee of a place. Following registration for children who would join our pre-prep classes we have a transition programme which includes welcome sessions for our Early Kindergarten children and taster sessions for children of Kindergarten and Nursery age.

Step 4 - Offer

Depending on your child’s age, a formal offer of a place is made subject to a positive taster session. Children will be assessed informally within the classroom and occasionally may be asked to return for a formal assessment before the decision whether to offer a place is taken. The admissions policy aims to ensure that Duncombe will provide the most appropriate education for your child.

Step 5 - Completion

Entry is confirmed when the acceptance documentation is returned with the deposit, which is refundable, less any outstanding items, at the end of your child’s final term at Duncombe. If a child is withdrawn after the deposit has been paid, the first term’s fees will be charged in lieu of notice. Further information may be found within our Terms and Conditions, which is available from the Registrar upon request.