Joining Highgate

11+ entry

In 2021, there will be places for approximately 80 pupils (boys and girls) to join around 100 Junior School pupils, moving into Year 7 in our Senior School.

Key dates for 11+ entry in 2021

Open day: Saturday 3 October 2020, arrival between 9am and 11.45am
Application deadline: Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 12noon
Bursary award application deadline: Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 12noon
Application fee: £150 (£300 if tests sat abroad)
11+ entrance examination: Monday 7 December 2020
11+ activities and interview dates: Monday 18 to Friday 22 January 2021
Offer letters sent: Mid-February 2021
Acceptance deadline: Early March 2021.

Fee information

Open day
Saturday 3 October 2020

Our main Saturday Open Day or families looking at 11+ 2021 entry and beyond will take place on Saturday 3 October 2020. This is a great opportunity to view both parts of the school site and meet many staff and pupils. You will be able to book here from June.

Open Mornings, which take place during the school day can be booked here. At the moment, all events up to the end of 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, giving priority to families looking at 2021 entry, and will be in touch. We very much look forward to meeting you as soon as we are able.

Application Deadline
Wednesday 11 November 2020 12noon

Please review our admissions policy, and complete and submit your application by this date, including your application fee. All applications are acknowledged and we will keep you advised on forthcoming events.

Bursary applicants with a gross household income of under £30,000 are not required to pay the registration fee. For further information, please contact:

11+ admissions policy

Bursary information

Music Award application form

Music Award information for 2020 entry (2021 documentation to follow soon)

Application form

Entrance exams
Monday 7 December 2020

Candidates sit tests at Highgate, with papers in English, Mathematics and reasoning. Our English paper reflects the National Curriculum KS2. Our Mathematics paper is designed so no specific syllabus or preparation is desirable or necessary.

We also request a confidential reference from your child’s head teacher.

11+ sample test papers for English A and B plus Mathematics A and B.

Criteria for 11+ entry

Monday 18 – Friday 22 January 2020

A significant proportion of our candidates are invited back for activities and interviews. This consists of a group interview and taster lessons, and is a great opportunity to learn more about our School.

Successful candidates
Thursday 11 February 2021

Our offer letters are posted to successful candidates, with an email sent the following day.

Responses must be received by early March, with a deposit of £3,000 currently payable on accepting a place.

Highgate does make more offers than there are places available, so as swift a response as possible is advised.

Welcoming parents and pupils
June 2021

Moving to secondary school is a major change. Our Head of Lower School, Head of Year 7 and team of experienced tutors ensure this transition is as smooth as possible through a variety of events for new pupils and their families.

Team building
August 2021, before the start of term

All our Year 7 pupils visit an activity centre for a day of team-building and group activities, to assist with the formation of friendships and getting to know the staff.

Head's blog