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South Hampstead High School 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About South Hampstead High School

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South Hampstead High School is an independent day school in Hampstead, north-west London, for 4-18-year-old girls. It was founded in 1876 by the Girls’ Public Day School Trust and today cares for 930 students under the motto ‘mehr licht’ (more light), which encourages their students to strive towards enlightenment and brilliance.

The school boasts some fantastic academic results. In 2022, over 58% of all grades achieved at GCSE being grades 9 and 56.4% of of all grades achieved at A Level being A*. In their most recent report from 2023, the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) wrote that South Hampstead High School’s students “radiate confidence tempered with self-depreciation, humility and good humour” and scored the school ‘excellent’ in multiple categories.

The school offers great facilities like a MUGA, fitness suite, dance studio, sports hall, astro pitch, and tennis/netball courts as well as clubs such as bitesize coding, choir, gardening, Duke of Edinburgh Award and chess. The school has also run trips to locations including Japan, Florence, NASA headquarters in Orlando and New York.

Key information for 2024 entry to South Hampstead High School at 11 Plus (11+)

  • Registration deadline: 10 November 2023 (noon)
  • Open events: September/October 2023
  • Exam: 30 November, 4 or 5 December 2023
  • Interview: 18 January 2024
  • Offers sent: 9 February 2024
  • Acceptance deadline: 5 March 2024
  • Contact details: 020 7435 2899, [email protected], www.shhs.gdst.net

Admissions information for 2024 entry to South Hampstead High School at 11 Plus (11+)

Online applications for Year 7 entry into South Hampstead High School will open on the school’s website in mid-May 2023 and will not close until 10 November 2023 at noon. If your daughter is born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 they will be eligible for 2024 entry. 

Booking for their 28 June open morning will also open in May 2023. At this event, attendees will receive a tour of the school and a talk from the Head.

Following registration, your daughter will be invited to take the entrance examination at their current school or at South Hampstead High School in late November/early December. 

You will receive email correspondence in January 2024 inviting your daughter to a mid-January interview at South Hampstead High School if they are selected. 

On 9 February 2024, the school will send out its offers and, if your daughter is successful, you must accept the offer before 5 March 2024 which involves submitting a deposit of £2000. 

As South Hampstead High School is one of the London 11 Plus Consortium’s 14 schools, entry into the school will be based on their exam results, interview and a reference from their current school.

How can I register my child for the 11 Plus (11+) exam at South Hampstead High School?

To register your daughter for the entrance exams, you must fill out the online registration form on their website before the November 2023 deadline. There is a non-refundable registration fee of £150.

“Bursaries, which are offered through the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) bursary scheme, have their own application process; you can find more details through the GDST website. There is a limited number of means-tested bursaries for 11+ applicants who meet the required academic standards; the highest value bursaries are typically awarded to families with a total annual income of less that £42,500 with no capital assets besides their home.

In the case of 11+ academic scholarships, these are offered based on your child’s exam results so there is no need to apply separately.

As for art, music, drama, and sports scholarships, you will need to submit a separate application. For an in depth breakdown of what each scholarship requires, please see the individual files listed on the school’s website beneath ‘Scholarship information’.

What is the entrance 11 Plus (11+) exam format for South Hampstead High School?

The entrance exam is 100 minutes long and it is split into multiple five distinct sections: 

  • Maths – (20 minutes) based on the National Curriculum for Year 5, will not test anything on the Year 6 curriculum
  • Non-verbal reasoning – (10 minutes) assessment of the candidate’s ability to identify patterns & think logically
  • English comprehension – (20 minutes) pieces of fiction which are written especially for the Consortium exams, no extended writing is required
  • Verbal reasoning – (10 minutes) assessment of a candidate’s ability to identify the correct use of standard English in context 
  • Break – (30 minutes) 
  • Puzzles & problem-solving – (15 minutes) tests the ability of candidates to use words & numbers to solve multi-step problems 
  • Creative comprehension – (25 minutes) candidates have to use information from a variety of different sources to answer questions

The first part of the test, up to the break, is adaptive. This means the questions are tailored to the child’s performance. The second part is non-adaptive, meaning all the candidates will have the same questions. The English comprehension passage will also be the same for all candidates, but the questions will be adaptive.

How to prepare your child for the London 11 Plus (11+) Consortium exam

The most useful way to prepare for the London 11+ Consortium’s entrance exam is to use practice tests to familiarise your child with the exam content and format.

These tests can help your child to build their confidence and improve their performance in the exam.

Despite the London 11+ Consortium exam being administered online, we recommend the following resources. These are tailored to help your child practise the questions types and topics expected to feature in the real test:

London 11+ Consortium 11+ Practice Tests

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