7 plus (7+) Exam – Highgate School – What you need to know




New classrooms, science labs, DT and ICT rooms and a new school hall opened recently make this an exceptionally well-endowed school, situated in spacious grounds near Hampstead Heath in North London. As well as excellent academic results and sporting prowess, music, drama and the creative arts play a big part here: its amphitheatre and literary garden being a testament to this!


The Junior School has close links to the Senior School where nearly all children transfer to at age 11. In choosing Highgate, you’re looking at a co-ed option that can take your child through to 18.



Highgate Junior School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


School Name: Highgate Junior School

Description: Co-ed, day

Age range: 7-11

Size: 340

Fees:  £5,990 per term

Address: Cholmeley House, 3 Bishopswood Road, London , N6 4PL

Website: http://www.highgateschool.org.uk/junior

Telephone: 020 8340 1524

Admissions email: jsoffice@highgateschool.org.uk


Highgate Junior School 7 Plus (7+) Admissions




Approximately 70 new pupils will be admitted to join an existing 30 who come from Highgate Pre-Preparatory School. It is anticipated that about 300 children will apply for entry at 7+.




Register from the end of Year 1 up until the deadline in the autumn term of the year prior to entry. The deadline for registration is in November.


Registration fee: £150


Follow this link to download an application form.


Open Days/Visits


All parents considering Highgate for 7+ entry – but who have not registered – can attend the school’s open morning, which will take place in September. Children are also welcome.


On the day you will have the chance to meet current pupils and teachers, tour the school and take part in some activities! The head and principal will be giving talks throughout the morning from 9.30am. It is essential to book your place and you can do this from the start of September by emailing jsoffice@highgateschool.org.uk and providing the following details:  name of child, date of birth, current school, home address and telephone number.


If you have already registered, you will be invited separately to attend an open morning.


Highgate Junior School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


Entrance exams for 7 plus entry will take place in December. Boys and girls will sit papers in:


  • English
  • Maths
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning.


The tests last for approximately three hours in total. The school states that a ‘significant proportion of candidates’ will then be called back for group interview.


The 7 plus English paper comprises a written comprehension and a short creative story. For the writing task they will be given a prompt – this year for example, they were given three pictures – of a teddy, a key and a ring. The comprehension piece could be from a variety of different genres; recently, it was a story about a chicken who laid golden coins.


Highgate Junior School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Practice Papers


If you are at the very beginning of your 7+ journey, you may wish to start with our range of 6+ resources. These cover the core Maths and English skills your child needs to develop but at a slightly easier level.


Our 6+ range will help your child develop confidence and a strong foundation before they progress further with the 7+ material listed below.




7+ English practice papers, ideal for Highgate 7 plus exam preparation:


Full Practice Tests


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Comprehension Skills


7+ English: Reading Workbook

7+ English: Inference Skills

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension


Writing Skills


7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Rewrite & Improve

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Spelling

7+ English: Dictation


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7+ Maths practice papers, ideal for Highgate 7 plus exam preparation:


Full Practice Tests


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7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics Pack 4

7+ Mathematics Pack 5


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7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving


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7+ Reasoning practice papers, ideal for Highgate 7 plus exam preparation:


Full Practice Tests


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7+ Reasoning Pack 3 (Non-Verbal Reasoning sections)

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Highgate Junior School 7 Plus (7+) Interviews


Highgate Junior School 7+ interviews will take place in January. Children will be interviewed in groups. It is not an academic interview. Children will be given a fun and stimulating task to do so the school can monitor how they collaborate with their peers, as well as testing their listening skills and to see how they problem solve. It’s all about gauging a child’s innate curiosity, their instincts, their attitude, their behaviour and their social skills.


Highgate Junior School 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Financial assistance is only available at the Junior School in exceptional circumstances – for example, the death of a parent after a place has been offered.


Bursaries are however available at the Senior School. It is anticipated that 10 full fee bursaries will be given per year.


All academic scholarships are honorary and do not carry with them a financial reward.


Highgate Junior School: Destination Schools at 11+


It is expected that all pupils will progress to the Senior School. The school does not actively prepare pupils for entry to other senior schools. If a child is struggling and it is felt that he or she will not be able to cope with the academic demands of the Senior School curriculum, this will be communicated to the family in good time and appropriate support and action taken.


Other Entry Points: 11+ at the Senior School.

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