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7 plus (7+) Exam – North London Collegiate School (NLCS) – What you need to know

School Name North London Collegiate School (NLCS)

Description Girls, day school

Age range 4-11 (Junior School)

Size 300

Fees £5,214 per term

Address Canons Drive, Edgware, MiddlesexHA8 7RJ

Email (for all general enquiries) junioroffice@nlcs.org.uk

Website http://www.nlcs.org.uk/380/junior-school

Telephone (general enquiries) 020 8952 1276

Head Mrs Bernice McCabe

Head of Junior School Mrs Jo Newman

Junior School Admissions: Mrs Christine Wallace

Admissions Telephone 020 8952 1276

Admissions Email cwallace@nlcs.org.uk

 

Overview

 

North London Collegiate Junior School shares the same beautiful campus and some facilities of the main school, but has its own dedicated teaching spaces: science labs, ICT suite and well-stocked library, to name but a few.

 

Opportunities to try new things abound. The extra curricular club list is impressive, from Mandarin and Theatre Design to Swing Dance and the very unique Change Your Mind Club – billed as the club for girls who like discussion and debate! On entering Year 3, all girls learn to play chess.

 

Girls are encouraged to perform to the best of their ability and challenge themselves. Class positions are not made public; an approach felt by the school to bring out the best in its pupils.

 

Admissions Process for North London Collegiate School for Girls at Seven Plus

 

North London Collegiate School has a small entry at 7+ – about 8 to 10 girls. Their main points of entry are at 4+ (40 girls) and 11+ (60 girls – for the main school).

 

Application and Registration

 

Registration for NLCS 7+ entry ends in November and can be done online by clicking here.

 

Visits

 

Parents considering applying for North London Collegiate at seven plus are encouraged to visit the school. All visits must be booked in advance and places fill up fast! Dates for autumn will be posted at the start of the Autumn Term, so keep checking their website here.

 

When the dates for 7+ visits have been released, book your place by contacting the Junior School on 020 8952 1276 or email Mrs Christine Wallace (Junior School Admissions Officer) at cwallace@nlcs.org.uk.

 

The school hosts special ‘Action Mornings’, which give parents the opportunity to look around the Junior School whilst lessons are in progress. These sessions also include a talk from the Head of the Junior School, giving lots of information about the admissions process. Current pupils act as guides – always a good sign when a school is willing to give you access to their pupils.

 

Taster Mornings are offered in the Autumn Term to prospective 7+ girls who are due to enter the school the following September. These sessions include two taster lessons and break time. This is for the girls; parents attend Action Mornings only.

 

Open Day

 

An annual Open Day is held in the Autumn Term. You do not need to book for this. It takes place in September.

 

This provides a great opportunity for family visits, enabling parents and daughters to visit together. The school creates a special ‘Junior School Trail’ for families to follow, allowing you to experience a range of activities and visit the classrooms used for the 7 plus assessments. Everything is done to put families and children at ease.

 

Entrance Process

 

The first stage of the process for entry to NLCS at seven plus consists of written tests in maths, English and reading.

 

Shortlisted 7 plus candidates are then called back for a small group interview and a lesson. From this shortlist a final selection is made. Positive marking means marks are given for what a candidate can do, rather than taken away for what she cannot do. Age is taken into consideration and allowances made for girls who are young for their year.

 

In English, candidates are expected to be able to write an imaginative story using full sentences, accurate punctuation and interesting vocabulary; read fluently and with understanding; and be able to answer comprehension questions in full written sentences.

 

In maths, candidates should have an understanding of the following: addition, subtraction, multiplication and ‘sharing’/division and be able to apply these rules to word sums and problems; know their 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables; and have a basic understanding of time, money and block graphs.

 

 

Assessment

 

Candidates who do well in the NLCS seven plus exams are called back to experience a day at the school, where they will be taught in a class environment and get to experience a real day at NLCS.

Recommended Materials

 

7+ English practice papers, ideal for North London Collegiate School 7 plus exam preparation:

 

7+ English Pack 1

7+ English Pack 2

7+ English Pack 3

7+ English Pack 4

7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar

7+ English: Spelling

7+ English: Inference Skills

 

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing

 

 

7+ Maths practice papers, ideal for North London Collegiate School 7 plus exam preparation:

 

7+ Mathematics Pack 1

7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

 

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Mathematics

7 plus Listening practice papers, ideal for North London Collegiate School 7+ exam preparation:

 

7+ Listening Pack 1

 

Destination Schools at 11+:

 

About 90% of girls move onto the main school. All girls already at the school will sit the 11+ entrance exam in the same way as external candidates, but they are not in competition for their places. A pupil who has progressed through the Junior School will normally be offered a place in the Senior School.

 

If exam performance or a pupil’s work gives cause for concern, then an internal candidate may be interviewed following the exam, in the same way as an external candidate. This is to ensure that they will be able to keep up with the pace in the Senior School. If it is felt that a pupil may struggle to access the curriculum, then this will be communicated to parents and support and guidance given as to alternative school options.

Other Entry Points

 

4+, 11+ and 16+ (main school).

 

Occasional places – if a place arises in a given year group, all candidates who have registered for the appropriate year will be contacted and offered an assessment on a set day. There must be at least one academic year between assessments. Places will only be offered subject to satisfactory academic standard, interview and reference.

 

Scholarships and Bursaries

 

Scholarships and bursaries are only available for 11+ entry and above.

 

Other Entry Points

 

4+, 11+ and 16+

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