This co-ed village prep near Stamford in Lincolnshire seems to have cracked the formula for providing a near-perfect education, as testified by the fact that it draws in families from a wider-than-usual catchment area, with numbers growing consistently for more than a decade. But there’s no resting on laurels at Witham Hall – head Will Austen and his wife Jossie are always on the lookout for ways to enhance school life for its 250-plus pupils, whether that’s honing the curriculum to ensure everyone fulfils their potential, or building a dream treehouse and swing complex to inject more fun into the school day. Add flexi boarding from Year 4, which is hugely popular, and it’s not surprising most pupils stay on until Year 8, emerging well prepared for the next stage in their educational journey.
Most pupils join at Reception, and with high demand and no formal assessment – places are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis – early registration is highly recommended. There are also admissions in Years 4 and 7 with informal assessments – current reports and a school visit – to gauge levels for streaming. Ad-hoc admissions are possible if there is space. Since the pandemic, the school has seen increased demand, which has meant the introduction of waiting lists.
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