Choosing the right nursery and first school for your child can be a daunting prospect, so we are here to guide you every step of the way.

Quainton Hall offers a broad education to children, from age 2½ to 11, with a focus on instilling an excitement for learning, high levels of achievement, and the fostering of creative and inquisitive minds in children who are confident in all they do.

Children typically join Quainton Hall in either Nursery or Reception years and continue to the end of Year 6, aged 11. However, some children do join us at other stages and we are always pleased to welcome them.

On this page you will learn more about entry at Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep. If you would like more information, talk through a potential application, or have a question answered, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Secretary.

We also invite you to visit the School at one of our Open Events, details of which can always be found on our Open Days page.

Mrs Nishma Aleksin-Shah
020 8861 8851

Visiting Quainton Hall

There is no better way to learn more about Quainton than by paying us a visit.

Throughout the year, we will host a number of Meet the Headmaster sessions, allowing you to visit the School, in person, as part of small group tours.

There are two types of session, for the younger and older years. Please do register at the links below.

Meet the Headmaster

Nursery | Reception | Year 1 | Year 2


Meet the Headmaster

Year 3 | Year 4 | Year 5


Key dates

January and February 2022 ‘Meet the Headmaster’ open sessions
Thursday 20th January 2022 Offer letters sent out
Tuesday 1st February 2022 Reception Additional Assessments

How to register your child

Registration for both the Nursery and the School at Quainton Hall begins with the completion of a registration form, which can be done via our web form or by downloading it in Word format. The links to these as well as age-specific information and details of registration fees and deposit can be found on our REGISTER page.

Our catchment

Quainton Hall is proud to serve the families of Harrow and surrounding areas. Our families typically come to us from a North West London catchment area including the Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing and Hillingdon, as well as parts of Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

Entry assessments

Requirements for entry at each stage of Quainton Hall are very different and entirely relevant to each age group. Our assessments are held in an age-appropriate and stimulating environment. Activities are designed to enable your child to relax and be themselves. At this age, we are looking for potential, rather than what has already been learnt.

Mid-year and non-standard year group entry

Entry into non-standard years or mid-year is by assessment and parental interview. We may also request a copy of your child’s most recent school report from their current school.  If a place is not immediately available, parents may be offered the opportunity to join a waiting list.

Moving to senior school

With Quainton Hall and John Lyon coming together to create an all-through school from 2½ to 18, there is a clear route for Quainton Hall pupils to move up to secondary education. All Quainton Hall pupils are given an unconditional offer to study at John Lyon, not dependent on the result of an entrance examination. All children will be asked to sit an assessment, the results of which will be used to help John Lyon teachers know more about each child.

Quainton Hall maintains excellent relationships with other local senior schools in both independent and maintained sectors, and each child will receive the full support of the School as they leave us aged 11, wherever they choose to begin the next stage of their education.