Joining Highgate

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

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 and certainly before making an application.

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).
  • Entrance examinations will be in English and Mathematics, with an interview either the same day or shortly later.
  • The acceptance deadline for any occasional place is usually ten days after the offer is issued. Tours of our School can be arranged during this time to help with decision making.
  • Please note that bursaries are not available for occasional place entry.
  • Occasional place admissions policy

13+ entry

Highgate Senior School’s main entry point is at 11+ and numbers of applicants for 13+ (where assessments are held when a child is in Year 6) have dwindled.

The last formal 13+ entrance assessments will take place in December 2019 for entry to Year 9 in September 2022. The closing date for applications is 8 November 2019.

Families interested in 13+ entry from September 2023 onwards should contact the Admissions Office regarding a possible Occasional Place.

Fee information

Open day
Saturday 5 October 2019

If you are considering 13+ entry in 2022, please come to our open day.

Our open day lets you see for yourself what Highgate has to offer. You view our facilities and chat to staff and pupils.

Since there may be little time between receiving and responding to an offer, we encourage prospective parents to visit before the entrance exam.

Book your visit

Application Deadline
Friday 8 November 2019

Please review our 13+ 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.

Application Form

Entrance exams
Monday 9 December 2019

Our 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 directly from your child’s head teacher.

January 2020

A significant proportion of our candidates are invited back for interviews. Interviews are a great opportunity to learn more about our School.

Successful candidates
February 2020

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