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 unlikely occasional places will be available for Pre-Prep.

Key dates 4+ entry in 2022

Virtual Open Days: to be confirmed
Applications open: for a few weeks dates to be confirmed in September/October 2021
Application close: to be confirmed
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 and second round for shortlisted candidates in January
The birth date of a child is taken into consideration when scheduling and reviewing assessments.
Offer letters sent: to be confirmed
Acceptance deadline:
to be confirmed

Fee information Policies & Reports

Open Mornings

We hope to have details of our virtual events for 2022 entry here after Easter.

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 September 2021.

Please refer to our Admissions Policy for 4+ to see the assessment criteria and process. Currently this is for 2021 entry on the website and will be reviewed for 2022 entry.

Shortlisting of Applications 4+

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

Assessments 4+

The first round of assessments takes place in November

Subsequently, some candidates are invited to a second assessment usually in 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.

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

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.