Our admissions process is designed to find out if we are the right school for your child, a place where she will thrive personally and academically. We hope that Dodderhill will be that place.

Most parents like to start their search by looking at our prospectus. To request a copy please email or call 01905 778290.

The next step is a visit so that you can meet our teachers and pupils, explore our classrooms and grounds, and get a feel for whether we are the right school for your family. In an informal interview with our headmistress Catherine Mawston, you can discuss your child and her interests, abilities and expectations. To arrange a visit please call 01905 778290 or email

Your child may see the school for the first time at an open day or on an individual visit but the best way to find out if she will be happy here is a Taster Day. She will spend the day with her prospective classmates, enjoy all that a typical day at Dodderhill has to offer and get to know her way around the school. The admissions process varies depending on the year group your child is planning to join.

Taster Days & Entrance Assessments

Kindergarten & Reception

Taster Morning with their teacher and future classmates.

Years 1 to 4

Taster Day which includes individual assessment in reading, spelling and numeracy.

Years 5 to 9

Entrance Assessment (with English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning papers) followed by a short interview with our headmistress, Catherine Mawston.

Entrance Assessments are held in January each year but we are happy to consider applications at any time. To find out more simply email or call 01905 778290.

Click to download our Admissions Policy