Highgate School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details



Highgate School is a co-educational day school for pupils aged 3–18 in North London, made up of three schools: pre-prep, junior and senior. The school was originally a boys’ school but became fully co-educational in 2004. Today, the balance of girls and boys is roughly half and half, with pupils coming from a mixture of independent schools and state schools based locally and further afield.


Highgate School was founded by the Lord Chief Justice of England in 1556 and is governed as a charitable foundation. The school celebrated its 450th anniversary in 2015 with the opening of a museum to commemorate its founder and history. Whilst the school has a Christian heritage, it accepts pupils from all faiths and backgrounds.


Most senior school lessons take place at the site on the North Road, but pupils also play sports and take some lessons (art, design, engineering and technology) at the Bishopswood Road site, where the pre-prep and junior schools are based.


The school’s website holds a video gallery, which includes a video about 11+ entry to Highgate Senior School and helps to give a sense of what life at the school is like.


11 Plus Exam Information for Highgate School


Address: Highgate School, North Road, London, N6 4AY

County: Greater London

Admissions info: admissions@highgateschool.org.uk or 020 8347 3564

School Type: Co-educational independent day school

Number of Pupils: 1600 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 90 (approx.)

Open Day Date: September

Exam Date: December of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own


Highgate School 11 Plus Admissions


Highgate School is academically selective. The school looks for academically able pupils who will also contribute to the extra-curricular aspects of school life. All applicants sit tests in English, maths and non-verbal reasoning in the December of the year prior to entry. A report is also obtained from their current school to help with decision-making.


A significant number of candidates are invited back for interview in the following January based on their test results and report. Candidates are interviewed in small groups by a team of staff, aiming to gauge a range of characteristics, including interpersonal skills and problem-solving ability.


All pupils who accept a place are invited to attend an induction afternoon in June and are taken to an activity centre for a day of team-building just before the beginning of term.


A copy of the Highgate School complete admissions policy can be downloaded from the school’s website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Highgate School


Highgate School holds open mornings and evenings throughout the year, which provide an opportunity for prospective pupils and their parents to tour the school and meet with current pupils and the Head Teacher.  A specific open day for 11+ entry is also held in September each year. Booking is required and can be made via the admissions department: admissions@highgateschool.org.uk.


For your child to be considered for 11+ entry into Year 7 at Highgate School, you must complete the application form and pay an application fee of £150 (£300 for overseas pupils). The closing date for applications is at the beginning of November in the year prior to entry, but the school states that ‘it is helpful to apply before the end of Year 5.’


A range of means-tested bursaries are available. Honorary scholarships are awarded at 11+, but not until towards the end of Year 7, once the school has had an opportunity to see pupils’ work.


Highgate School 11 Plus Exam Format


All candidates are required to sit papers in English, maths and non-verbal reasoning.


The English papers, which test reading comprehension, analysis and creative writing skills, reflect the requirements of the national Curriculum Key Stage 2 Programme of Study. Technical knowledge of grammar, spelling and vocabulary is important.


The maths and non-verbal reasoning papers are designed to be age appropriate, with the maths papers having a strong focus on problem solving and reasoning.


Further details of the 11+ criteria for entry, including details of the skills that will be tested, along with sample English and maths tests, can be downloaded from the ‘11+ Information’ page on the school’s website.


How to Prepare for the Highgate School 11 Plus Exam


One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.


Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the Highgate School entrance exam. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.


Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of such an exam.




To prepare for the Highgate School English papers, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:




11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


Mark Schemes


Highgate School 11+ English 2009 Sample Paper


Highgate School 11+ English 2011 Sample Paper


Highgate School 11+ English 2017 Sample Paper A


Highgate School 11+ English 2017 Sample Paper B




To prepare for the maths paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Problem Solving


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Statistics


Mark Schemes


Highgate School 11+ Mathematics 2016 Sample Paper A


Highgate School 11+ Mathematics 2016 Sample Paper B


Non-Verbal Reasoning


To prepare for the non-verbal reasoning paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 4




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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Highgate School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Highgate School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


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