Are you hoping for your child to win one of the places at Highate at 7+? Read on! This blog tells you everything you need to know about the application process: from registration to exams and the interview.
Highgate School is a co-educational day school for children between 3 – 18 years old. It operates as 3 schools in one; the pre-prep (3-7) , the Junior School (7-11) and the Senior School (11-18). The main entry points for the school are at 3+, 7+, 11+ and 16+ from both state and independent schools. At entry at 7+, there are around 70 places available to join the 30 children at the pre-prep.
Highgate School holds tours for prospective parents. These are held in term time for an hour and a half. The tour consists of a talk by the Headteacher and a tour of the school. The Booking in advance is required. To book a place on the open day, prospective parents will need to contact the office either by phone 020 8340 9193 or email email@example.com . When emailing, parents are asked to include the following information regarding their child: Name of Child, Year of Entry into the School, Current School and a contact telephone number.
There is no guarantee of a place for siblings of existing pupils. The school states that all children are assessed on their individual merit. The Director of Admissions writes to all siblings of current pupils applying for places to explain the assessment policy with regard to siblings.
At the time of writing, Highgate School were charging £6410 per term for students in the Junior School (which 7+ feeds into). This works out at £19,230 per year. This fee includes lunch.
Students can apply for entry at Highgate School by completing the application form. These can be found on the website or at the following link:
There is an application fee of £150. The school encourages applications to be received by the time the child finishes Year 1.For entry in September 2019, all applications need to be sent in by Friday 2nd November 2018 at 12:00.
Once parents have submitted an application form, there is an opportunity to attend an open morning on a Saturday in September where they will be able to meet current staff and pupils and participate in different activities.
The selection process for Highgate School is by written tests and interview.
The first stage is the written tests on an assessment morning. For entry into September 2019, the assessment day is Monday 10th December 2018. On this day, all students will sit an exam in English, Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Each paper will last approximately 40 minutes.
The English Paper consists of a reading comprehension and a creative writing task. In the reading comprehension, children are asked to read and extract relevant information from a passage of text. In the creative writing section, the school state that the story is expected to have a beginning, middle and end and is to include descriptive language. As well as this, spelling and punctuation will be taken into consideration. The Criteria for Entry includes a list of Maths criteria covered in the paper.
A report from the current Headteacher will also be requested.
There is a sample Maths and English 7+ Reading Comprehension paper available on their website, which roughly corresponds to the objectives on the Year 2 curriculum.
After the assessment day, selection for the second interview stage of the selection process is made on the basis of 3 criteria: their performance in the written tests, the report from the current schools headteacher and whether their siblings are pupils. The school also state that factors affecting learning maturity like age, gender etc are taken into consideration.
Interviews will be on Tuesday 15th Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th January 2019. The majority of children will be interviewed in groups and given a group task to do. The aim of the group task is to see how the children work collaboratively, how they listen communicate and how they problem solve. Highgate School state they are looking for teachability, interpersonal skills and intellectual curiosity and behaviour at this stage.
No scholarships are available for 7+ and bursaries are not common at 7+ level although there is a bursary policy on the website.
After the interview stage, offers will be made to successful candidates. Offers will be posted out first class on Monday 28th January 2019. The deadline to accept an offer is midday on Wednesday 6th February 2019. At this point, there is a £3,000 deposit is paid when accepting a place.
The school state that they might be able to give some feedback on the assessments, detailed feedback on a child’s individual performance is not able to be provided.
The school have a reserve list however only take a couple of students from it each year. It is open for a year.
The Junior School works closely with the Senior School. The Headteacher of the Junior School confirms passage to the Senior school subject to appropriate academic performance and behaviour.