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How to get into Highgate School
August 04, 2016
A handy guide for parents and students looking to get into Highgate School, Years 3 - 13.
Type: Independent coeducational day school, ages 3 - 18
Junior School: £5,990, per term
Senior School: £6,530 per term
Registration Fee: £150
Highgate School fees include lunches, books, stationery, membership to the Cholmeleian Society, and field trips during class time. For more information about extra services and how to pay your fees, please visit Highgate’s Fees.
Current Head: Adam Pettitt
About Highgate School
Highgate school was founded in 1565 by Sir Roger Cholmeley. In the following 450 years, Highgate would open both a Junior and Pre-Preparatory School, and now welcomes over 1400 students to its three campuses each year.
In the words of Highgate’s Head, Adam Pettitt, the school aims to be “a happy, cohesive community where pupils enjoy life to the full, value their friendships and achieve balance in their lives.”
Why is it so popular?
In 2015, 14% of students leaving Highgate accepted offers at Oxford or Cambridge University, while another 55% were accepted at other Russell Group Universities. In addition to their impressive academic record, Highgate also offers over fifty co-curricular clubs, from Beekeeping to Olympiad Problem solving, to suit every child’s interests.
How do I know if Highgate School is right for me?
Like most schools, Highgate hosts several Open Days throughout the autumn term that will help you and your child better understand the goals of the school before making your final admissions decision.
Bookings for the 7+ Open Morning will begin in September 2016. Bookings for 11+ and 13+ Open Days are now being accepted, and the first event begins at 9.00 a.m. on 8th October, 2016. Bookings for 16+ Open Evenings are also being accepted, and the first event begins at 4.45 p.m. on 19th September, 2016.
Lastly, Highgate invites many parents to come visit the school upon registration. For more information about your child’s registration deadlines, see Admissions below.
Admissions Policy for 7+ to 13+
Students applying for entry at 7+ must complete and return their registration form and fee (see Fees above) before 30th November 2016 in order to write their entrance examinations on 9th January 2017.
Similarly, students applying for entry at 11+ and 16+ must complete and return the applicable 11+ or 16+ registration form and fee before 23rd November 2016 and 17th October 2016, respectively.
11+ applicants will then sit their entrance examinations on 12th December, 2016, while 16+ applicants will complete their assessment on 12th November, 2016. Unfortunately, entry for 13+ in 2017 is now closed.
What are Highgate School interviews and examinations like, and how can I do well?
If your child is entering at 7+, they will write three 40 minute exams in Mathematics, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The Maths paper focuses on students’ ability to read and explain numbers and number sequences, as well as solve word problems in an organized and logical way. The English paper includes reading comprehension and creative writing sections, which aim to assess students’ ability to structure their writing and use basic spelling and punctuation consistently. Depending on their exam results, students may also be interviewed two weeks following their papers.
Students entering at 11+ and 13+ will also sit papers in Mathematics, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning. These exams are structured to imitate your child’s current curriculum and do not require any additional preparation. If your child is successful in their exams, they will be invited to interview with another group of students and school staff. The aim of the interview is to assess your child’s ability to listen to and work with other children, as well as their intellectual curiosity and attitude.
Finally, students entering at 16+ will interview with the Deputy Head, Assistant Head, and Director of Admissions in the four subjects they wish to study at A Levels. These interviews are not only used to assess academic ability and attitude, but also students’ ability to listen to others and verbalize their ideas.
To prepare for your examinations and interviews, Highgate school offers a selection of specimen papers and assessment outlines that will ensure your child is familiar and comfortable with the admissions process. Although Highgate’s interviews are not designed to favor students who prepare in any specific way, your child may find it helpful to practice verbalizing their academic interests and goals to a friend, a tutor, or simply in front of the mirror!
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