Admissions may take place at any time during the year and parents and students can arrange to visit the community (by attending one of our Open Mornings) to see for themselves how our innovative approach works.

The process is one that allows the child and parents to get to know us step-by-step, and make an informed decision about this being the place for them. It also allows our learning community to gauge whether the child is going to enjoy our approach to learning.

The admissions steps are the following:

  1.  An open morning. This allows a first contact with no pressure on the child to do anything. They can watch a class, observe the democratic meeting, and get to know our staff and students in a relaxed fashion. You can book to come to one here.
  2. Children attend an informal interview with their parents. This is an opportunity to find out more about the child, how and what they like to learn, and inform them about what we do. Children are free to ask any question they wish. It is also an opportunity for parents to ask further questions and deal with administrative matters.
  3. The next stage is a “try it and see” try-out period which can last from 3 to 6 weeks. This gives each child enough time to then make an informed decision as to whether the community is the right place for them. 
  4. Once the trial is over, the child, parents, and HBLC decide together whether the child can become a member of the learning community. The vast majority of trials result in the child joining us. It is important that the steps are gradual, allowing the child to feel their way through the admissions process.

Admissions for the following September

If you wish to reserve a place for September of the following academic year we request you do the following:

1. Book an interview here

2. After successful interview you will do a try-out of between 3-6 weeks.

3. If that all goes well we will ask you to pay the full deposit to reserve your place for September.

First day in the community

What do you need to bring with you?

On the first day please try to arrive a little early to meet the teacher and get familiar with the building. 

  • Packed lunch and plenty of snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Boots/Wellies for the woods
  • Waterproof coat in the winter
  • Waterproof zip up when the weather is better
  • Pencil case with pencils, pens, sharpener, rubber, ruler,
  • Ring binder folder