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How to get into Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls
August 02, 2016
Everything you need to know about Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls Junior, Senior and Sixth Form admissions.
Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls
Type: Independent day school for girls, ages 4 - 18
Junior School: £4,822 per term (£14,466 per annum)
Senior School and Sixth Form: £5,482 per term (£16,446 per annum)
Registration Fee: £100
Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls fees exclude examination, extracurricular, lunch and transportation fees. For more details, and information on how and when to pay your fees, please see Habs “Fees” guide.
Current Head: Bridget O’Connor
About Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls
Founded in 1875, the Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls contributes to the eleven schools and 10,000 pupils that comprise the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers’. At Habs, staff aim to provide “a challenging, positive, stimulating and secure community in which girls from 4 to 18 enjoy working hard to fulfil their potential.”
Why is it so popular?
With The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School less than five minutes away, many argue that Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls offers the ideal balance between girls’ only education and coed extracurriculars. The school also leads in academics, with over 94% of girls earning A* - A grades on their 2015 GCSEs.
How do I know if Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls is right for me?
Every autumn term, Habs hosts a series of Open Days that allow you and your daughter to experience the school’s ethos before making your final admissions decision.
The first Open Days are on 27th September at 9.15 a.m. for Junior School, 29th September at 9.30 a.m. for Senior School, and 6th October at 2.00 p.m. for Sixth Form. If you are planning on attending the Sixth Form Open Day, please book your place in advance.
Admissions Policy for 7+ to 16+, 2017
If your daughter wants to get into Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls at 7+, she will first complete and return Habs’s registration form and fee before 18 November, 2016. The following January, she will complete her entry assessment, and may be invited to meet the Head or Deputy Head while parents are introduced to senior members of staff.
Girls entering at 11+ will first complete and return Habs’s registration form and fee before 25 November, 2016. The following January, girls will then sit a standardized Entrance Examination. If your daughter does well on her tests, she’ll be invited to interview at the school while you speak with the Head and a senior member of staff.
Lastly, girls entering at 16+ will first complete and return Habs’s registration form and fee before 2 November, 2016. Later that week, girls will sit their entrance papers. As with the younger entry points, if your daughter does well on her papers, she will be invited to interview with the school while you meet with the Head and a senior member of staff.
What are Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls interviews and examinations like, and how can I do well?
The 7+ assessment is structured to reflect your daughter’s current schooling. As such, she will participate in a teamwork exercise before sitting exams in Mathematics, reading, and writing.
Entry at 11+ requires girls sit both an English and a Mathematics exam. The English Skills exam is broken into two sections: one to assess your daughter’s analytical abilities, and the other her writing skills. The Maths exam is designed to measure your daughter’s ability to work through problems logically.
Girls entering at 16+ will sit papers in the subjects that they wish to study at Habs, and on which it is expected they will receive a A* grade.
All girls will also interview with a senior staff member while parents meet with the Head or Deputy Head of the school. Students aren’t asked to bring any special book or project with them to their interview, but know that the general aim of the conversation with be about your academic interests and how you intend to pursue them at Habs.
Like any other skills, the key to success is (let’s say it together) practice. While Habs doesn’t offer specimen papers, you daughter will benefit from clicking through the abundance of resources online, or from reviewing her current school work.
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