Joining Highgate

3+ and 4+ entry

September 2020 will see our last intake of 3+ pupils and applications are now closed. From September 2021, there will be places at 4+ (Reception) entry for approximately 20 pupils (boys and girls) to join the 40 children progressing from our final 3+ Nursery class. From September 2022, around 60 children will be able to join at 4+ (Reception).

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

Key dates for 3+ entry in 2020 and 4+ entry in 2021

Application deadline for 3+ entry in 2020: Applications are now closed and applicants will receive information about the assessments directly.
Application deadline for 4+ entry in 2021: Applications should be submitted in autumn 2020. Please check our website closer to that time for precise information.
Application fee: £150 (payable when shortlisted for an assessment)
4+ entrance assessments: Two rounds of assessment take place in the January preceding entry to Highgate. The birth date of a child is taken into consideration when reviewing assessments.
Acceptance deadline: Early February in the year of entry to Highgate in September.
Offer letters sent: Late January
Admissions timeline for 2021: Please note that the exact timeline and format of assessments is still to be decided. The below outline of dates and processes is intended as a guide only, at this stage.

Fee information

Open Mornings

Our open morning tours let you see for yourself what Highgate has to offer! You view our facilities and chat to current staff.

Tours must be booked in advance and fill up fast, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Booking for open mornings for 2021 entry will open on the website from autumn 2019. Events will take place from February 2020 onwards.

Application Deadline 4+
September – October 2020

Please review our admissions policy, then complete and submit your application between the dates that will be published on the website. All applications are acknowledged and we keep you advised on forthcoming events.

Application form

Shortlisting of Applications 4+
November 2020

All applications are reviewed, with shortlisted candidates invited to the first round of assessments in January and asked to pay the application fee. Candidates not shortlisted are also notified.

Assessments 4+
January 2021

The first round of assessments takes place in early January. Candidates are seen in small groups for an informal play session of around an hour.

Subsequently, shortlisted candidates are invited to a second assessment later in January. This follows the same format but explores children’s understanding and capabilities in greater depth.

Successful candidates 4+
Early February 2021

The outcome of our assessments are sent. In view of their existing relationship, parents of applicants with siblings currently in our Pre-Prep may be asked to meet our Principal and Head of Admissions before results are released. Regrettably, we are unable to provide feedback to other candidates.

Successful candidates must respond to any offer within a week.

Some candidates who narrowly missed out, due to the numbers of places available, are placed on a ‘reserve’ list which remains active for the rest of the academic year. We offer places to ‘reserve’ candidates should the appropriate number of offers not be accepted.

A warm welcome
Summer term 2021

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
September 2021

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