Joining Highgate

Coronavirus Update

The main point of entry to Highgate Senior School is at 11+ and we have only a few places available beyond this.

The last formal 13+ entrance assessments (for entry to Year 9 in September 2022) are concluded.  Highgate sometimes has places available in other year groups (typically Year 8, 9 and the start of Year 10 only). If you are interested in an occasional place, please contact our Admissions Office in the first instance.

Key information

  • Initially, the pupil’s latest school report should be shared with our Admissions Office, who will advise further on available places and possible assessment timings.
  • Application fee: £150 (£300 if tests sat abroad, only with prior agreement) and due when we have confirmed we will be running an assessment.
  • Entrance examinations will be in English and Mathematics, with an interview either the same day or the next week for the strongest candidates.
  • The acceptance deadline for any occasional place is usually ten days after the offer is issued.
  • Please note that bursaries are not available for occasional place entry.
  • Occasional place admissions policy

Fee information Policies & Reports


Once you have registered your interest in an Occasional Place with our Admissions Office, we will contact you when we are in a position to consider applications and will be doing an assessment. Please review our Occasional Place admissions policy.

We only keep a certain number of candidates on the occasional place list for each year group and at times through the year it may be full.

Entrance exams

Our candidates sit tests at Highgate, with papers in English and Mathematics.


Depending on the number of places available and the number of candidates, interviews may take place alongside the assessments or shortly afterwards.

Successful candidates

Our offer letters are posted or emailed to successful candidates.