7 plus (7+) Exam – The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Prep School – What you need to know
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School Name: The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Prep School
Description: Boys; day school
Age range: 7-11 (Pre-prep from age 5)
Size: 200 approx.
Fees: £6,152 per term
Address: Butterfly Lane, Elstree, WD6 3AF
Telephone (general enquiries): 0208 266 1779
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Prep School is an academically selective boys’ school situated in Elstree, greater London. It is the preparatory school of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School. A balance of academics, sport and the arts provides a stimulating offer. Every boy is given the chance to play a musical instrument of their choice (free of charge, through their special Music Scheme) for one year. The grounds are leafy and extensive and facilities are excellent.
It won The Sunday Times Independent Preparatory School of the Year in 2006 and 2011 – the only school to have won it twice, and the only boys’ school to have won it at all!
Boys can enter the pre-prep at 5+ and the prep at 7 plus. All entrance is by selective entry. Location-wise, the pre-prep is on a separate site, whilst the prep and main school share the same site, but is self-contained.
The first entry point is in Year 1 at 5+ via the pre-prep. Children are assessed to identify potential via a first round process and those called back for the second round have an individual 45 minute assessment. There is automatic entry from the pre-prep to the prep, so strategically you could consider this as your first point of entry as there are 36 places available. In Year 3, at seven plus, there are 20 places available.
Boys are expected to transfer to the main school at 11. They have to undertake the 11+ qualifying exam, for which they are well prepared.
Admissions Process for Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Prep Seven Plus
Applications: Registrations are recommended by the end of November of the year preceding entry.
Registration: the registration form can be found at the back of the prospectus. You can order a prospectus by following this link and filling in your details.
Registration fee: £100.
Open Days/Visits: The next Habs’ Boys’ open day is in October. No appointment necessary. Both the prep and senior schools will be open to view. The Headmaster will speak in the Bourne Hall at 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. The Executive Head of the Prep School will speak in the Prep School Hall at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Alternatively, if you would like to see the prep school on a normal operational day, 7 plus group visits are available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9.20am prompt start. To book a tour, contact Admissions on: 0208 266 1700.
Entrance Exams: Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Prep School seven plus exam takes place in January. Approx 120 boys will take the exam and about 48 will be called back for interview.
All candidates sit papers in reading, writing, mathematics and reasoning (sometimes referred to as a ‘puzzle paper’).
The English component is split into three papers: comprehension, grammar and story writing. At least on one occasion, the story was a continuation piece with no other options.
7+ English practice papers, ideal for Habs’ Boys’ 7 plus exam preparation:
7+ Maths practice papers, ideal for Habs’ Boys’ 7 plus exam preparation:
7+ Reasoning practice papers, ideal for Habs’ Boys’ 7 plus exam preparation:
7+ Listening practice papers, ideal for Habs’ Boys’ 7 plus exam preparation:
Interviews and activities
Approx 48 candidates who are successful in the exam will be called back for the second stage which includes: a meeting with the head and deputy head. Parents are also interviewed with their children. This year some of the children were asked if they had tutors – which is a pretty standard question and one that you and your child should be ready to answer.
Your son will also experience taster lessons in maths, English and sport and do some group work so he can be observed interacting and working with his peers. Taster lessons are based on the Year 2 curriculum. Last year some children joined an art lesson where they were shown a colour wheel and a PE lesson where they played basketball.
Interaction with the boys also covered some reasoning, logic and quirky questioning – example questions include:
- what JFMAMJJASOND and MTWTFSS represented?
- What colour is Thursday?
- If everyone in the world was named Sally, how could everyone be organised?
Destination Schools at 11+
In most cases boys move onto the main school. However a small minority may transfer to other schools, often as a result of a change in parental circumstances.
Other Entry Points: 5+ (pre-prep); 11+ and 13+ (main school).
Scholarships and Bursaries: are only available for 11+ and 13+ entry.