St Helen’s School London 7 Plus (7+) Exam: What You Need to Know



Located in Northwood, North West London, St Helen’s School was founded in 1899 as an independent day school for girls aged 3 to 18. The school is split across an expansive 22-acre greenfield site. The Senior school, Junior School and Little Saints School occupy separate buildings within the site with their own specialised facilities.


The school has operated a house system since 1927 and today, there are four houses: Scott, Shackleton, Bruce and Bonington. Each year, the House Cup is awarded to the house with the most points, which can be earned through commendations, Sports Day, House Arts and other achievements.


St Helen’s School has a number of entry points: 3+ (Nursery), 4+ (Reception), 7+ (Year 3), 11+ (Year 7) and 16+ (Year 12). For Year 3 entry, all girls sit examination papers in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning.


For a full overview of all entry points at St Helen’s, visit the school website.


St Helen’s School London 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


School Name: St Helen’s School London

Description: Girls; day school

Age range: 3-18

Size: 1100 approx.

Fees: £4,613 per term

Address: Eastbury Road, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 3AS

Email (for all general enquiries):


Telephone (general enquiries): 01923 843210

Admissions:, 01923 843230


St Helen’s School London 7 Plus (7+) Admissions




Parents are advised to apply by the end of October/early November of the early preceding entry. The registration form can be accessed on the school’s website and returned alongside a non-refundable fee of £100.


Open Days/Visits


St Helen’s School offers parents and prospective pupils the opportunity to attend either an Open Event, or take an individual tour. At the Open Event, parents can meet senior staff and current pupils and take a tour of the school’s extensive campus. There is no need to book in advance for these events.


To book an individual visit, please contact admissions on 01923 843230.


St Helen’s School London 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


St Helen’s School’s 7 plus exam takes place in January. All candidates will sit exam papers in:


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning


They will also take part in small group activities. Those shortlisted will be invited back for an individual interview with the Head of the Prep School.


St Helen’s School London 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.




Take a look at the 7 plus practice English papers below. They will provide ideal preparation for the St Helen’s School 7 plus entrance exam:


Full Practice Tests


7+ English Pack 1

7+ English Pack 2

7+ English Pack 3

7+ English Pack 4

7+ English Pack 5


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


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing




For 7 plus mathematics practice, we would recommend the following papers:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Mathematics Pack 1

7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics Pack 4

7+ Mathematics Pack 5


Targeted Skill Development


7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Mathematics




For 7 plus reasoning practice, the non-verbal sections of the following papers below will be useful:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Reasoning Pack 1

7+ Reasoning Pack 2

7+ Reasoning Pack 3

7+ Reasoning Pack 4

7+ Reasoning Pack 5



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St Helen’s School London 7 Plus (7+) Interviews and Activities


On the day of the 7+ exam, girls will spend the whole day at St Helen’s School. After the exam is complete, pupils will be divided into small groups to participate in a number of activities. They will be observed by teachers to see how they handle themselves in group situations with set tasks. Once shortlisting has taken place, a number of girls will be invited back for an individual interview with the Head of the Prep School.


St Helen’s School London: Destination Schools at 11+


In most cases, girls move on to St Helen’s Senior School at 11+. The school also prepares pupils for transfer to other senior schools at 11 Plus level.



Other Entry Points: 3+ (Nursery), 4+ (Reception), 11+ (Year 7) and 16+ (Year 12).



Scholarships and Bursaries: Only available for 11+ and 16+ entry.

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