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Admissions Procedure Primary School/Reception (Preschool)

At the beginning of each school year we welcome students to new grade 1 classes as well as to existing higher grades.

Parents can also register their child for an enrollment at any time during the school year. As long as we have free places, we are pleased to arrange trial days and a parent interviews in the short term.


1. Online Registration

As a first step, parents need to register their child by filling in the non-binding online application form. Having received the application, we will first send out a confirmation email and then our admission team will call parents to discuss the next steps in the admission process. We might ask for further documents and reports.

Please find our Online Registration here.

2. Trial Days

Each child needs to go through our admission process which differs depending on the grade applied for. Thus, we get to know the children and learn more about their level of knowledge in the key subjects and their language skills.

For the trial days for new grade 1 classes we choose children based on the following criteria:

  1. Siblings or a switch from another Phorms school
  2. Bilingual children
  3. Social and cultural diversity as well as a balanced proportion of girls and boys
  4. Time of registration at Phorms Hamburg

During the testing for grade 1, the children solve age-appropriate tasks and play with other children of the same age whilst being supervised by some of our year 1 teachers.

If applying for a school place in a higher grade, the child will visit the respective class for three to five trial days and participate in the regular school day. Parallel to the trial days the parents have the opportunity to meet with our head of school.

For families who live abroad and therefore cannot come for trial days we offer an alternative admission process.

3. Place Offer

Given the approval of the teachers after the trial days we offer selected children a place at our school according to the availability of places and the  criteria mentioned above. The place offers are sent out via email.

4. School Contract

Once the parents accept the place we will send out the contract by post.