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How to get into North London Collegiate School
August 16, 2016
How to get into North London Collegiate School, including information about fees, registration, admission and exams.
North London Collegiate School
Type: Independent day school for girls, ages 4 - 18
Junior School: £5214, per term
Senior School: £6169, per term
For more information about extra services, or how and when to pay your fees, click here.
Current Head: Bernice McCabe
About North London Collegiate School
North London Collegiate School was established in 1850 in the family home of Frances Mary Buss. As the top school in the country at both IB and GCSE, North London expects much from their girls and provides much in return. The school boasts 30 acres of sports field, a 350-seat Performing Arts Centre, and an international perspective through over 30 annual foreign school trips.
“At North London Collegiate School we believe that happy students are successful students and all our teachers have specific pastoral responsibilities to make sure that every girl flourishes socially and academically. We celebrate both academic and non-academic achievement and our students emerge as well-rounded, happy and balanced individuals.”
How do I know if North London Collegiate School is right for me?
Like most schools, North London Collegiate School hosts several Taster mornings and Open Events throughout the autumn term that will allow you and your daughter to experience the school first hand.
The Taster for students entering at 7+ run alongside the School in Action mornings, which allow parents to tour the school and speak with staff and students while their daughters are immersed in NLCS lessons and games. Bookings for both 7+ Taster and School in Action mornings will open early in the autumn term. The first Taster Morning for students entering at 11+ is on 15th September from 9.15 a.m. - 12.30 p.m., and requires registration.
If you are looking for a more broad-scope visit for both you and your daughter, consider attending a North London Collegiate School Open Event. The Open Events are on 24th September from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. for 7+ and 5th October from 1.30 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. for 16+. For enquiries or to register your interest, please contact 7+ Admissions or 16+ Admissions.
Girls entering 7+ in 2017 should have a birthdate between 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2010. Students must register before 15th November 2016.
Girls entering at 11+ in 2017 should have a birthdate between 1st September 2005 and 31st August 2006. Students must register before 15th November 2016, at 12.00 p.m.
Girls entering at 16+ in 2017 must contact NLCS and register before October 2016.
What are North London Collegiate School interviews and examinations like, and how can I do well?
Entrance Tests for girls entering 7+ will begin in the January the same year as entry. The test is divided into two sections that are taken separately. The first section will be a written test and will focus on assessing your daughter’s literacy and numeracy skills. If she is successful, she will be invited back to the school for the second section, during which she will participate in a class environment to fully experience NLCS. Please feel free to read through NLCS’s sample English paper or sample Maths paper with your daughter to boost her confidence before assessment day.
Girls entering 11+ will write their Entrance Examination in English and Maths the January preceding entry. If your daughter does well on her exam, she will be called back to sit for an informal interview before mid-February. It should be noted that NLCS is not part of the North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium, and therefore will write separate exams. To prepare, take a look at NCLS’s sample Maths and English papers, or English script.
Lastly, 16+ candidates will sit their Entrance Tests beginning in mid-November, the year preceding entry. The subjects by which girls are assessed are based on their subject choices for Sixth Form and the common core of the GCSE syllabuses. Selected girls will then interview with the relevant Heads of Department later that month. Their performance on the Entrance Test and in the interview, as well as a positive reference and GCSE predictions from their current school will decide whether she is accepted to NCLS. Usually, offers are unconditional. To prepare for their exams, girls are encouraged to revise with the abundance of resource centres available online. While interviews are a little more tricky to prep for, remember that schools are simply interested in getting to know you, so try to relax and let your passions speak for themselves.
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