FAQs

How do you register for a place?

The first step for all pupils joining the school is to complete a registration form and return it with the £125 registration fee to the Head of Admissions.

Pupils joining in (Nusery) and Reception will receive offer letters in the Autumn Term, the year before they are due to start school. In the circumstances of a waiting list being in operation places are offered to siblings and then in order of the date of registration forms being received. Girls attending Peregrines Nursery will automatically transfer into the Reception class of Falcons School for Girls. Boys attending Peregrines Nursery will have a priority place at Falcons School for Boys and Falcons Pre-Preparatory School

Upon receipt of the form and fee, pupils joining us in Year 1 and above will be invited to spend a Taster day with us. We will also request a report and reference from the child’s current school.

Registration forms are available on the website and from the Head of Admissions. We do not accept registrations for unborn children.

What are the entry points to Peregrines Nursery and Falcons Girls?

The most common entry point to join Falcons School for Girls is in Reception (4+). However, where there are spaces we will accept applications for Years 1 to 6 and places will be offered on a case by case basis. Children may join Peregrines Nursery as soon as they turn 3.

What is the deposit?

The deposit is £1,000 and must be paid before your child starts at the school or within 10 days of the offer being made, whichever is sooner. This will be repaid less any money owed when your child leaves the school. The deposit is non-refundable should you not take up the place at the school.

When are the fees payable each term?

The pupil’s first set of fees are due on the first day of the Summer Term before they are due to start the school. Thereafter all fees should be paid on the first day of each term.

Are there any additional costs to the school fees?

A majority of the extra-curricular activities have a cost attached to them. This includes the LAMDA and individual instrumental lessons. All day trips are included in the school fees but the residential trips from Year 3 upwards are an extra cost. All school meals are included in the fees.

What is the fee increase each year?

The fees generally increase in line with inflation each year. Parents are informed of the fee increase in the Spring Term preceding the Autumn Term in which the increase takes effect.

Do you offer sibling discounts?

We offer a 20% reduction on the eldest child’s fees for families with three children at any school within the Falcons group.

Do you offer any scholarships or bursaries?

We offer Music and Academic scholarships to pupils in Year 3 which last throughout the pupil’s time at the school. The scholarship assessments take place at the end of the Spring Term. Bursaries are available from Alpha Plus Group’s charity partner, the Gold Standard Charitable Trust.  These are means tested and could be up to a 100% fee reduction. All applications for bursaries must be endorsed by the Headmistress and the awards are reviewed on a termly basis.

Do you have a sibling policy?

Siblings are offered priority places as soon as they have registered. This applies if there are siblings at any school within the Falcons Family of schools.

Are you a selective school?

We are an independent non-selective inter-denominational school.

How many spaces are available in each year group?

Our facilities allow us to offer up to 32 places per year group and 16 per class.

Which year groups accept boys?

Peregrines Nursery is co-educational. Reception to Year 6 classes only take girls.

How many pupils are there per class?

We like to keep our classes below 20 but in subjects like Drama and PE when having more pupils enhances the learning they may be slightly bigger.

Is my child eligible for an Early Years Grant?

All children aged 3 to 4 are eligible for the Government’s 15 hours free early education. This funding is collected by the school on behalf of the parents and deducted from invoiced fees. You are able to collect this funding the term after your child’s third birthday until the end of the term your child turns five. Each term we will ask you to sign a form confirming that you have received the funding and the number of hours your child attends. We will then keep these forms on file for auditing purposes.

Does the school accept childcare vouchers?

We are able to accept childcare vouchers for children under five (to the end of the first term following their fifth birthday). After this we are not allowed to accept childcare vouchers as payment for education.

Where can I purchase the school uniform?

Our uniform is supplied by Sogans which is based in Fulham near Charing Cross hospital. They also accept orders over the phone and online.

How do you prepare the girls for their 11+ exams?

At Falcons Girls, we are not just preparing our girls to achieve excellence in their 11+ exams, we are preparing them to thrive at their new setting. Pupils will start lessons in verbal and non-verbal reasoning in Year 3 and by the end of Year 5, the girls have been taught all of the curriculum for primary school. This enables us to revisit the learning, build on the pupils’ strengths, target individual areas that need more work and to master the examination process in Year 6. We also offer specialised interview practice, with external interviewers coming in to give the girls an authentic experience of what their 11+ interview may be like. In addition internal interviews are carried out by Falcons’ senior members of staff, offering feedback on interview techniques. We have regular meetings with parents to keep an open dialogue of their decisions for school applications and tailor our teaching and interview preparation for the demands of these schools’ application processes. We work closely with the parents to ensure the right schools are selected that best fit the child. Once the pupils have accepted their 11+ offers we run a ‘Post 11+ programme’ which helps to prepare the girls for their transition to Year 7.

What is your approach to homework?

We believe that homework is an important part of the education we offer. Homework provides an opportunity for you and your child to work together and see the progress they are making in class. It also encourages good work habits in preparation for expectations in the future. Homework set is linked to current class topics and aims to consolidate much of the learning taking place in school. We offer a Homework Club where pupils can do their homework in a supportive and supervised setting. This option is free.

What are the timings of the school day?

Reception to Year 6

7:30am – Breakfast Club opens
8:00am – Gates open for early drop off
8:30am – School gates and classrooms open
8:50am – Registration
3:30pm – Lessons finish
4:20pm – Clubs finish
6:00pm – After school care closes 

Nursery

7:30am – Breakfast Club opens
8:00am – Gates open for early drop
8:30am – School gates and classrooms open
8:50am – Registration
12:00pm – Morning session ends

Pupils staying for the afternoon session have lunch with the older pupils in the Peregrines Hall

12:20pm – Afternoon session starts
3:15pm – Afternoon session ends
6:00pm – After school care closes

Do you offer before and after school care?

Our clubs provider, Aktiva, offer a Breakfast Club every day from 7:30-8:00am. This is an additional cost and is booked, and paid for in advance, through the Aktiva website. We offer an early drop off option from 8:00am every day. This is free and breakfast is not included. You do not need to book in advance to attend this option. Our After School Care is open every day until 6:00pm and has a nominal cost of £10 attached should you wish to stay after 5:00pm.

How many days a week does my child have to attend in Peregrines Nursery?

It is compulsory for all children in the Nursery to attend five morning sessions a week. We ask that you commit by the start of each term to a set number of afternoons, should you wish to attend these sessions, with the option to add the occasional afternoon on an ad hoc basis. By the Summer term, we believe it is in Nursery children’s best interests that they attend full days in preparation for Reception. Lunch is included in the cost of the afternoon sessions.

How do you support pupils with English as an Additional language?

Pupils that are not fluent in English are assessed on entry to the school to ensure the correct level of support is offered.  Pupils tend to make rapid progress independently in the classroom, however extra support is available if the school feels the pupil needs intervention.

How do you support pupils with SEND?

The SENDCo works closely with the class teachers to ensure all learning is differentiated according to the needs and abilities of the individual. Pupils that have an underlying learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, may need some targeted intervention with our SENDCo outside of the classroom; otherwise we believe that the most progress is made by pupils working alongside their peers, within the mainstream curriculum. The school works closely with parents when identifying any additional needs and in developing a suitable programme to meet those needs, including outside agencies offering specialist support.

Which sports do you offer?

In Nursery to Year 1 the pupils’ PE and Games lessons focus on developing the children’s hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and core physical skills such as standing on one leg. From Year 2 upwards the pupils play Netball in the Autumn Term, Hockey in the Spring Term and Athletics and Cricket in the Summer Term. All pupils are taught gymnastics in their PE lessons throughout the year and selected pupils take part in Cross country races and swimming galas. Alongside our curriculum Games lesson we also offer clubs in Tennis, Rounders and Rugby.

Do the pupils attend swimming lessons during the school day?

Pupils attend swimming lessons throughout the school year in Years 1 to 4. In Reception, pupils start swimming lessons in the Summer Term. Pupils in the Nursery, Year 5 and Year 6 do not attend swimming lessons at school.

Do all children have a school lunch?

We believe that sitting at the table to eat lunch with others is an important part of developing good eating habits and social skills. Our catering staff cater for all medical needs and allergens, enabling all pupils to have a school lunch.

Can my child bring their own lunch?

All children are expected to eat the lunch and snacks provided by the school. Exemptions are on medical grounds only and permission must be sought from the Headmistress before a child brings their own lunch or snack into school.

What is the policy on bullying?

We have a no tolerance approach on bullying. The anti-bullying statement is displayed in each classroom and we recite our anti-bullying oath each Friday during school assembly. Our staff is trained in anti-bullying. We promote anti-bullying in PSHEE lessons. We take part in the national Anti-Bullying week every year. Our anti-bullying policy is available to parents. If we feel there are any issues with bullying we address them with the pupils and parents where necessary straight away.

Which Extra-curricular activities do you offer?

We offer a variety of extra-curricular activities from Chess to Street Dance and Science to Cooking, before school, at lunch time and after school. The clubs we offer vary each term and are booked on a termly basis through our clubs provider, Aktiva. Many of these clubs have additional costs attached to them.

Do you offer instrumental lessons?

We have a highly qualified team of peripatetic instrumental staff. These staff teach individual pupils throughout the school day as well as small ensemble groups. Many of our pupils take the recognised music exams and do very well.  Instrumental lessons are an additional cost and six weeks’ notice must be given if you wish to withdraw your child from the lessons.

How many trips a year do pupils take?

Once a term every year group will go on an educational offsite day trip that complements their learning in class. These range from going to Kew Gardens and the National Portrait Gallery to the park across the road for a ‘Listening Walk’. We also have an annual whole school Christmas theatre trip. In the Summer Term we have an annual residential trip week. Pupils in Years 3 to 5 go away to an Outdoor activity centre for a few nights. For some pupils this might be their first time away from home so they are never too far from London. Our Year 6 pupils go abroad for a week to allow them to experience other cultures and languages. In 2017 our Chamber choir went to Belgium on its first choir tour which was a great success.

Come and Play

Come and join us for our first Come and Play session of the year on Thursday 14th November between 9:15 and 10:15am. These are very informal sessions for toddlers and pre-schoolers to come and spend time in our nursery environment with their parents. To register your interest please email: admissions@falconsgirls.co.uk or complete an enquiry form here.

We look forward to seeing you there!