Girls can join the prep school from Year 3 onwards (the academic year in which girls turn eight). For the prep school the latest point of entry is at Year 8. Girls move to their chosen senior schools at Year 9 (girls leave Knighton aged twelve or thirteen).Both girls and boys join The Orchard from the beginning of the term in which they reach the age of three — but they are equally welcome to join in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2.

Children may join at any point during the academic year, when there are places available. Our small classes ensure that all new arrivals are made to feel welcome and are able to integrate quickly and easily.

Registration can take place at any time but early registration is recommended in order to secure a place. A registration form should be completed and the appropriate registration fee paid. If a particular year group is full, children will be placed on a waiting list.

A deposit is due two terms before entry. The balance of this deposit is refundable after the deduction of any outstanding charges following your final account. The deposit is not refundable if your child does not take up the place.

Knighton House is a non-selective school, there is no entrance examination.