Joining our Senior School

In September 2022, we hope to welcome approximately 80 children (boys and girls) to our Year 7. They will join around 105 Junior School pupils, moving from Year 6 into Year 7 in our Senior School.

Below we have outlined the admissions process step by step. Julia Condor is our 11+ Admissions officer; do not hesitate to call or email her if you have any questions about the process.


Tel : 020 8347 3564

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Register your interest

The first step is to register your interest in Highgate so we can:

  • Let you know about opportunities to visit us only for 2022 entry at the moment.
  • Send you informative booklets and films to assist you with making your decision
  • Keep you up to date with school news and activities
Click here to submit your details

Visit us

We very much look forward to meeting you and enabling your family to learn more about the school. We will be holding a series of events during September and October 2021 including: 

  • Virtual talks and Q&A with our Head, Adam Pettitt.
  • A series of small group school tours led by senior staff.
  • Q and A’s with our pupils to discover school life from their perspective.

Once you have registered your interest, you will receive booking information via email. Booking for events will be via eventbrite in early September.

Submit your application

If you decide to apply to Highgate, you have until 10 November at noon to complete your application form.

Please take time to review our 11+ admissions policy and read our Criteria for 11+ entry before making an application. Then complete and submit your online application. There is an application fee of £150 which is payable online via paypal or card and all applications are acknowledged via email. (Bursary applicants with a gross household income of under £30,000 are not required to pay the application fee)

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Entrance Exams

The first part of the assessment consists of three tests taken at the school on Monday 6 December 2021. We understand how nervous some pupils will be so we endeavour to make the morning as fun and stress-free as possible.

Our English paper reflects the KS2 National Curriculum.
To help your child prepare, here are some English 11+ sample test papers: English B, C and D plus the answers for English D are here.
Please find an 11+ English tutorial film here.

Our Mathematics paper is designed so no specific syllabus or preparation is desirable or necessary.
Here are some Mathematics 11+ sample test papers; Mathematics A, B and C. Answers for Mathematics B are here.
Please find an 11+ Maths tutorial film here.

Non-verbal Reasoning
Please find an 11+ Introduction and Non Verbal Reasoning (NVR) tutorial here.

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


A significant proportion of our candidates are invited back for the second stage of assessment: activities and interviews. This consists of a group interview and taster lesson(s). As well as allowing us to get to know your child further, it also enables them to have a taste of school life and to learn more about our School.

Interviews are scheduled for the week of Monday 17 – Friday 21 January 2022.


Our offer letters are posted to successful candidates on Thursday 10 February 2022, with an email sent the following day.

Should you be in the fortunate position of holding several offers or would like to ask further questions, there is an  event for children holding offers and their families during the week commencing 22 February.

Responses must be received by early March, with a deposit 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 new parents and pupils

We understand that moving to secondary school is a major change for pupils and parents.

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 in June 2022.

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 in August 2022, before the start of term.

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