St. Margaret’s School, Hampstead 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information




St. Margaret’s School (Hampstead) is an independent school for girls located in Hampstead, North London. The school came on the top of the Sunday Times Small Independent Schools league table in 2008 and 2009.


Through the provision of a secure, caring and challenging learning environment, girls at St. Margaret’s strive for excellence in all that they do. Their results are thus extremely competitive, with 62% of GCSE grades at A* or A over the past 5 years.


Specialist teachers in French, Music, PE and ICT are introduced from as young as Reception, which further enables the girls’ progress up the school. The outstanding pastoral care is yet another addition to the harmonious community, where great importance is placed on having every child feel excited about coming to school every day to enjoy learning and social activities. 


11 Plus (11+) Exam Information for St. Margaret’s School, Hampstead


Registration Closing Date: November

Exam Board Type: ISEB Common Pretest

Deadline for taking the ISEB Pretest: December 10th

Results Date: February


Open Events for St. Margaret’s School, Hampstead 11 Plus (11+) Entry


The school hosts Open Sessions scheduled in June and September. You can book your place via an online registration form on the school’s website.


St. Margaret’s School, Hampstead 11 Plus (11+) Admissions


St. Margaret’s School has a policy of selection based on certain criteria. Your daughter should be performing at a level that’s in accordance with national standards for her age. The school expects that girls interested in joining the school at Year 7 will achieve around Level 4 or above in English, mathematics and Science by the end of Year 6.


The school also looks at current school reports to determine whether a girl is likely to fit in with the community. A sense of commitment on behalf of prospective parents in regards to their daughter’s education is also taken into account.


Demand for places often exceeds supply, and thus the school prioritises:


  • Academic performance in the assessments
  • Prior academic performance (where applicable)
  • The girl’s attitude to learning
  • Her character
  • Parental commitment to St Margaret’s ethos
  • Siblings of current pupils 


Note that a girl with test results a little higher than another, whose parents show poor understanding of, or commitment to St. Margaret’s aims and ethos, may not be offered a place.


St. Margaret’s has a Bursary Programme through which it offers financial assistance to girls in need (up to 100% of fees). Applying for a Bursary place follows the same assessment process as that for Year 7 entry. Bursary applicants are not required to achieve any more than the minimum entry criteria.


Note that the amount of financial assistance varies according to your financial situation: parents with low income will potentially be considered eligible for the school to cover up to 100% of the fees. Both income and assets are assessed, so you will be expected to show independent evaluator items like bank statements or payslips. You may also be visited at home.


St. Margaret’s School, Hampstead 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format


St. Margaret’s School is part of the London Consortium of girls’ schools that run a single entrance examination, thus reducing the number of entrance exams for Year 7 entry.


The London Consortium has replaced its bespoke Cognitive Abilities Test with an online exam, created for ISEB by GL Assessment. The format of the questions is hence multiple-choice, testing your daughter’s skills in the areas of English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal Reasoning. 


The 11+ exam will not include written assessments. The Consortium has implemented this new computer-based assessment (ISEB Pretest) with the aim of identifying pupils’ overall academic potential, rather than their ability to retain knowledge for a particular exam.


How to Prepare for St. Margaret’s School, Hampstead 11 Plus (11+) Exam


Whatever a student’s current attainment level, investing additional time for preparation in the lead-up to the entrance test will likely improve their confidence ahead of the actual exam.


All our Pretest packs include detailed explanations for every question, introducing your daughter to the structure and format of the assessment. Each module is marked automatically and is then available for review. 



Click here to view our full list of recommendations specifically designed to help students prepare for the new London Consortium 11 plus exam.



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