At Chigwell, we pride ourselves on our warm and friendly approach and take time to get to know future pupils and their families well. We are a selective school but we do our best to make the assessment process as comfortable and enjoyable as possible – we want to see applicants at their best. The admissions journey provides an opportunity for families to get to know us really well, so you can make a well-informed decision about the right school for your child. At any point in the process, if you have questions please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will do our best to help.

Entry Points

Our entry points are:

  • Pre Prep: Age 4+ (Reception)
  • Prep School: Age 7+ (Year 3)
  • Lower School: Age 11+ (Year 7)
  • Senior School: Age 13+ (Year 9)
  • Sixth Form (including boarders): 16+ (Year 12)

​Occasionally, we are able to admit children of other ages, depending on spaces being available.

We look forward to meeting you as you take your first steps on the admissions journey.

Conditions of Admission

Chigwell School is an academically selective independent school for boys and girls between the ages of four and eighteen. The foundation of the School is Anglican and a Christian ethos is maintained, but pupils and staff are welcomed from many different ethnic and religious backgrounds. All attend Chapel and/or Church services each week and although these services are grounded in the Christian faith, we draw consciously on the insights and experiences of the world’s great religious traditions and are inclusive of all pupils. This rich diversity strengthens Chigwell as a community and boys and girls who have met the selection criteria and who will benefit from and contribute to all that takes place at the School, are welcomed here.

The entrance assessment takes account of performance in:

  • An entrance exam or assessment session
  • Classroom experience session (7+ only)
  • Interview
  • Report from your child's current school, where applicable.

Based on these factors, places are offered to candidates who show that they will best reflect the academic standards of Chigwell School and will benefit from the wider education offered by the School.

The School will do all that is reasonable to comply with its legal and moral responsibilities in order to accommodate the needs of candidates with disabilities for which the School can cater.

Contact the Registrar

Mrs Harriet Corey


Contact the Assistant Registrar

Mrs Vanita Rooprai

Assistant Registrar


We would be delighted to show you around