Joining Highgate

Coronavirus Update

Entry to Reception class at 4+

4+ entry September 2022 will have 60 places for children born between 1.9.17 and 31.8.18.

Our Pre-Prep is heavily over-subscribed and we are unfortunately unable to see all the children who make an application for assessment.

Children born before 1.9.17 are advised to consider entry to the Junior School at 7+ as it is very unlikely occasional places will be available for Pre-Prep.

Key dates 4+ entry in 2022

Please note that all dates are provisional and subject to change.

Open Day: Provisionally Saturday 25 September 2021. Please note: the open day will be restricted to parents of child applying for 2022 entry only. This is to manage numbers in view of COVID-19. Registration will open on our website during the Summer term but please register your interest here. We ask you not to register if your child is below the age for Reception class 2022 and we look forward to welcoming you closer to your child’s entry point.
Virtual Open Days: we are unable to hold these in the summer term as we are giving priority to accepted 2021 families.
Applications open: Monday 20 September 2021
Application close: Friday 9 October 2021
Application fee: £150 (payable when shortlisted for an assessment)
4+ entrance assessments: Two rounds of assessment take place at Highgate. The first round of assessments will be in  November (provisionally between Monday 1 November and Friday 12 November) and second round for shortlisted candidates in January (provisionally between Wednesday 5 January and Tuesday 18 January)
The birth date of a child is taken into consideration when scheduling and reviewing assessments.
Offer letters sent: Monday 31 January 2022
Acceptance deadline:
Wednesday 9 February 2022

Fee information Policies & Reports

Open Mornings

We hope to have details of our events for 2022 entry here soon and to run an “in-person” event at school on 25 September 2021 for 4+ 2022 applicants only. Registrations for this will open on our website in the Summer term. Please register your interest here.

We very much look forward to meeting you as soon as we are able.

Application Period 4+

Applications for 4+ entry in September 2022 (for children born between 1.9.2017 and 31.8.2018) will open in Autumn 2021. You must apply via a link that will be published on our website between Monday 20 September and Friday 9 October. Applications outside of this window will not be accepted.

Please refer to our Admissions Policy for 4+ to see the assessment criteria and process.

Shortlisting of Applications 4+

All applications are reviewed in October and outcomes will be notified to parents by half term. In the event we have more applicants than assessments available shortlisted candidates will be invited to the first round of assessments and asked to pay the application fee. Candidates not shortlisted will also be  notified.

Assessments 4+

The first round of assessments takes place in November (Monday 1 November to Friday 12 November).

Subsequently, some candidates are invited to a second assessment in January (Wednesday 5 January to Tuesday 18 January).  This follows the same format but explores children’s understanding and capabilities in greater depth.

Successful candidates 4+
Early February

The outcome of our assessments are sent on a date agreed with a variety of other schools – this will be Monday 31 January 2022.

Successful candidates must respond to any offer by Wednesday 9 February at noon.

Some candidates who narrowly missed out on the offer of a place are placed on a ‘reserve’ list which remains active for the rest of the academic year.

A warm welcome
Summer term

Our EYFS team visits new pupils at home or in their current childcare setting. There are taster visits to our Reception classes, ‘Stay and Sing’ sessions, and a family picnic to help our new pupils feel comfortable and excited about starting at Highgate.

First day

Pupils join Reception, with a staggered initial settling in process.