Joining Highgate

4+ entry

In September 2021, there will be places at 4+ (Reception) entry for approximately 20 pupils (boys and girls born between 1.9.16 and 31.8.17 ) to join the 40 children progressing from our 3+ Nursery class. In September 2022 (boys and girls born between 1.9.17 and 31.8.18) there will be places for 60 children who 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 4+ entry in 2021

Application deadline for 4+ entry in 2021: Applications should be submitted in autumn 2020. Applications will be accepted between Monday 14 September and Friday 9 October at noon. We are unable to accept applications BEFORE this time, please do not submit applications now as these cannot be accepted. Children born before 1.9.16 are advised to consider entry to the Junior School at 7+ as it is unlikely occasional places will be available for Pre-Prep.
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.
Offer letters sent: Late January 2021
Acceptance deadline: Early February 2021

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

We regret that Open Mornings in April and May have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We apologise to those families who planned to come to these Open Mornings. We will be rescheduling events as soon as we are able and will be in touch. We very much look forward to meeting you as soon as we are able.

If you are interested in attending a future open morning, please register your interest here and we will be in touch soon. Priority for the next open mornings will be given to parents and carers considering 4+ 2021 entry. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Application Deadline 4+
Autumn 2020

Our admissions policy for 4+ entry will be published here shortly. Once you have reviewed this, you will be able to complete and submit your application between 14 September and 9 October. These dates will also be published soon. We will be unable to accept applications before or after these dates. All applications are acknowledged.

Shortlisting of Applications 4+
November 2020

All applications are reviewed in late October, 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 over a few days in early January. Candidates are seen in groups for an informal play session of around an hour.

Subsequently, some candidates are invited to a second assessment a few days later in mid-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 February on a date agreed with a variety of other schools.

Successful candidates must respond to any offer within a week.

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 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.