How to Get into The Henrietta Barnett School

Shannon Cunningham

July 20, 2015

The Henrietta Barnett School

Type: Girls Grammar School

Fees: Free

Current Head: Mrs. SD Cooke, BSc MBA NPQH

About Henrietta Barnett
Henrietta Barnet School, an all-girls grammar school for ages 11-18,  was founded in 1911 by Dame Henrietta Octavia Weston Barnett. She started the school as a way to help improve the lives of the poor, particularly women and children. The school was built because she wanted to give its students the highest quality of educational opportunities.

Why is the school so popular?
Henrietta Barnet is recognized as one of the top girls’ schools in the country and can frequently be found at the top of educational league tables. It has undergone many renovations including a 2011 addition, Hopkins Wings, which was completed to provide the students with new art, music, drama, and design technology facilities. There are also plans to extend and refurbish the library. Over 80% of its pupils have achieved an A*/A grade at A Level and 91% A*/A grade at GCSE.

Admissions Process
The school participates in the co-ordinated admissions process operated by the London Borough of Barnet. In order for the Governing Body to consider your application you must complete two forms, the Common Application Form for you Local Authority in which you live must be filled in and returned to them. On this form, name Henrietta Barnet School as one of your choices, and returned back to your local authority.

The local authority will offer you a place at the school that you have ranked the highest amongst those for which your application meets the admissions criteria. The advice from Barnet is that if you place The Henrietta Barnett School as your first preference, and you are then not offered a place, you will not jeopardise your chances of being given a place at your next preference school. Your order of preference won't be relayed back to the schools.)

The second form is the Henrietta Barnett School Entrance Test Entry Form which is available from the School website and must be completed in order to enter your daughter for the entrance test. It must be completed by 5.00pm on 13th July for on-line applications, or by the 15th July if you are sending it by post.

In order to apply to sit the test, candidates must be in Year 6 at the time of the entrance tests. It is therefore important that you apply to both the School and your Local Authority.
Year 7 admissions are based on an Entrance Test on Verbal and Numerical reasoning, and a English and Mathematics examination. All applicants take the Entrance Test with only the top 300 candidates continuing to the English and Mathematics examination. If you are considering applying, you should do so when your daughter is in Year 5.

Is there a cut off score?
There is no pass mark, however, all girls are ranked according to their combined scores.

How is the competition for places?
Nearly 2000 girls apply for 93 places so if you are interested, you must submit an Entry Test Application Form. Then, your child will be invited to undergo the entrance tests mentioned above.

Important Dates
Open days for 2018 entry will be on Friday 14th and Monday 17th of July 2017 from 9am to 12:30pm.

Registration for Application will open online in April 2017 and will close on Monday 17th July 2017.

The Round One Entrance Test is on Tuesday 5th September 2017. Round Two will be the first two weeks of October 2017. 

Key Tips
“The Henrietta Barnett School does not provide past papers, but their examination follows the typical 11+ format. It is highly recommended that you purchase some of the many 11+ pratice books available on the high street as well as online.

Practicing these papers is a very good way of getting used to the format of questions as well as working out good strategies for the exams.”

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