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Discovering the World

Willow Lodge is a purpose-built, eco-friendly infant school, based in its own self-contained area within The King’s School, Chester.

Our imaginative and innovative curriculum is enriched by languages, music, and drama, art, IT and P.E. Pupils are taught in small class sizes, under the guidance of a full-time Teacher and Teaching Assistant.

Our nurturing and child-centred approach ensures every pupil is known, valued and cared for. This, in turn, gives them the confidence to try new things, be resilient in the face of challenge and make the most of every opportunity.

Opened in 2015, Willow Lodge is surrounded by fields, beautiful woodland and creative play areas. The outdoor space has been designed to maximise opportunities for active learning, sport, and pupil-led exploration.

Pupils also use many of the excellent facilities at King’s Junior and Senior School, including the swimming pool, sports fields, the Vanbrugh Theatre and our new £4.5m Sports Centre.

Visit us and see for yourself what makes Willow Lodge such a unique learning environment.

Willow Lodge Opening Morning

If your child is due to start Reception in September 2022, come and find out more about Willow Lodge at our Open Morning on Saturday, October 9. From 9.30am – 12pm, there will lots of fun activities for the children, and you’ll be able to meet the teachers, tour the facilities and hear from the Head, Mrs Ainsworth. 

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Our students are having an awesome time!

Every day at King’s is full of amazing learning and life experiences. But don’t take our word for it—have a look.

Gallery: Kingfishers welcome parents back to Willow Lodge
GALLERY: Outdoor fun for Reception
Beach day fun!

Admissions information

How to apply

Apply online

Parents can fill in a registration form and pay the application fee online. This should be completed no later than one week before the assessment.

Play-based assessment

Assessments are held each year in January and children should be over four and under seven by the following 1st of September. The assessment is an informal session, lasting approximately one hour.

Place offered

After a reference from your child’s current preschool/nursery is received, you will be sent a letter from the Head of School offering your child a place.

Place accepted

To secure your place we ask that the acceptance form and deposit are returned as soon as possible to the school.

Getting Started

Once everything is in place we will send you a pack containing all the information for starting at Willow Lodge. Both you and your child will be invited to visit the school for a number of events designed to make the transition as easy and enjoyable as possible.

  • Apply online
  • Play-based assessment
  • Place offered
  • Place accepted
  • Getting Started
The King's School Open DaySaturday 9 October 2021

Join us at our Open Day and discover how our values of Aspire, Respect and Collaborate shape the experience of every pupil.

Academic excellence combined with a vibrant co-curricular life and outstanding pastoral care ensures every pupil is given the opportunity to grow into the very best version of themselves, at a school they love.