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St Helen’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About St Helen’s School

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St Helen’s School is one of London’s leading independent day schools for girls aged 3-18. Located in the heart of Northwood, North London, and situated on a beautiful 21-acre site, St Helen’s is a school dedicated to academic excellence and co-curricular achievement. [1]

In 2022, 94% of A Level grades awarded were A*-B, with 81% of pupils getting a place at their first choice university, and 90% of GCSE grades awarded were 9-7. Furthermore, pupils who completed an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) all received either an A* or an A. In their most recent ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) report, the school received ‘excellent’ outcomes in all categories and the inspectors noted that ‘Pupils are exceptionally accepting of others’. [2]

The curriculum at St Helen’s is challenging and well-balanced, encouraging each child to fully develop their academic, creative and social skills. The curriculum is underpinned by a dedication to the traditional academic disciplines, such as maths, English and science. However, students also study a range of subjects, allowing them to develop and discover their own interests, such as art; computer science; design and technology; drama; history; and music. [3]

Pupils at St Helen’s also enjoy a broad range of extra and co-curricular activities, broadening their experiences and allowing them to grow into well-rounded individuals. There are a number of clubs and societies to choose from, including Robotics Club, Debating Club, Photography Club, the Feminist Forum and Young Enterprise. [4]

Key information for 2024 entry to St Helen’s School at 11 Plus (11+)

  • School type: Independent school for girls 
  • Consortium: London 11+ Consortium 
  • Open event: 23 September 2023
  • Registration deadline: 10 November 2023
  • Exam dates: 30 November, 4 December or 6 December 2023
  • Interview date: January 2024
  • Offers sent & acceptance deadline: 9 February- 5 March 2024
  • Contact Details: 01923 843230, [email protected], www.sthelens.london

Admissions information for 2024 entry to St Helen’s School at 11 Plus (11+)

The school strongly recommends that prospective students and their parents attend one of St Helen’s open events. St Helen’s next open event will take place on 23 September 2023. You can book and find out more information about this event on the St Helen’s website. 

Please ensure you book this open event early, as places tend to fill up quickly. You can also find a Virtual Open Day for St Helen’s here.

This will give you and your child the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the facilities, meet the staff, and ensure St Helen’s is the right choice for you. 

St Helen’s is an academically selective school and every place is competitively sought after. There are three parts to their 11+ admissions process: 

  • School Reference: a confidential reference from your daughter’s current Headteacher. 
  • Assessment: testing your daughter’s cognitive ability, analysis, synthesis, problem-solving and creative and critical thinking. 
  • Interview: face-to-face interview to explore their current skill set and intellectual ability. 


St Helen’s is part of the London 11+ Consortium and has adopted a coordinated approach to the 11+ examination with these other schools. When you apply to St Helen’s, you must inform them of where your daughter will sit the exam. Your daughter can sit the exam in her current school, if they are able to host it, or any of the London 11+ Consortium Schools that you have applied to. 

The school does not value one part of the application process over another. The reference, examination and interview are all considered equally important.

How can I register my child for the 11 Plus (11+) exam at St Helen’s School?

To register your child for St Helen’s, you should complete the online application form which can be found here. The registration fee is £120 and is non-refundable. 

If you wish to apply for a bursary or scholarship (academic, music or sport) you can do this on the same registration form link or contact the registrar for further details. All candidates sitting the 11+ entrance test will be automatically considered for an academic scholarship, which are awarded based on the test and interview results. 

What is the entrance 11 Plus (11+) exam format for St Helen’s School?

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

  • Maths: 20 minutes. Based on the National Curriculum for Year 5 and will not test anything on the Year 6 curriculum 
  • Non-verbal reasoning: 10 minutes. Assessment of the candidate’s ability to identify patterns and think logically
  • English comprehension: 20 minutes. Piece of fiction, 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 and problem-solving: 15 minutes. Tests the ability of candidates to use words and 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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