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The Henrietta Barnett School 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 29, 2023, 8:52 AM

The Henrietta Barnett School 11 plus entry guide

Are you considering The Henrietta Barnett School for your child? We've collated all the information you need to know about 2024 entry to Year 7, including key dates, how to register and what's on the 11 plus exam for Barnet grammar schools.

About The Henrietta Barnett School

The Henrietta Barnett School is a girls' grammar school founded in 1911 which became an academy in 2021. Consistently named among the top state schools in the country, it is known for academic excellence and enrichment opportunities. In 2022, 28 Henrietta Barnett sixth formers received Oxbridge offers.

Located in Hampstead Garden Suburb, the school has recently completed ambitious refurbishments including eight science labs, a new music and drama school, an art and design centre, and an extended library. Students are driven by 'a thirst for learning and a strong sense of pride in belonging to the diverse, inclusive, high-performing, friendly and supportive school community'.

  • Address: Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 7BN

  • Local authority: London Borough of Barnet

  • School type: academy girls' grammar

  • Headteacher: Clare Wagner

  • Number of pupils: 793

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 1

  • A level results: 97.3% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 98.8% 9/8/7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • Number of places in Year 7: 104

  • 11 plus registration opens: 28th April 2023

  • Open day: 11th July 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 14th July 2023

  • Exam type: GL Assessment followed by school's own second-stage exam

  • First Round exam: 4th and 5th September 2023

  • Second Round exam: early October 2023

  • Local authority application form deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

The Henrietta Barnett School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at The Henrietta Barnett School are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 15th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 16th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to The Henrietta Barnett School

1. First Round test

Before you register you should speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus is right for them.

Register your child to take the First Round test by completing the online application form which is available from 28th April 2023 and closes on 14th July 2023. Your child will be invited to take the First Round test at the school on a morning or afternoon session on 4th or 5th September 2023.

If you're applying for the other girls' grammar school in Barnet (St Michael's Catholic School), you will need to register for their exam separately. The grammar schools in Barnet use the same 11 plus test provider, but the schools have chosen to use different combinations of papers and have separate processes.

Some parents also register for grammar schools further afield such as Latymer or South West Herts grammar schools.

2. Second Round test

The highest-scoring 300 candidates are invited back to take The Henrietta Barnett Second Round test in early October 2023. You will get your child's results from this second test in mid-to-late October.

3. Apply for school places

You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority application form.

Before listing The Henrietta Barnett School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. As well as performance in the entrance tests, how close you live to a school is another factor in whether you are likely to be offered a place.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Henrietta Barnett 11 plus exam?

First Round

The Henrietta Barnett First Round exam consists of GL Assessment papers, similar to the other Barnet grammar schools.

Children are tested in:

  • English

  • Verbal reasoning

  • Non-verbal reasoning

All questions are multiple-choice and children record their answers in a separate answer booklet which is marked electronically.

Second Round

The school writes its own Second Round test papers. These asses:

  • English comprehension and writing

  • Maths

The questions are designed to test children's literacy and numeracy at a Key Stage 2 level, which is likely to include both Year 5 and Year 6 national curriculum objectives. Candidates will be asked to apply their skills and knowledge to new situations.

Learn about each subject in depth and get free preparation resources in our full guide to the 11 plus:

11+ preparation guide

What is the pass mark for The Henrietta Barnett School?

The Henrietta Barnett School does not state a specific pass mark. The cut-off score depends on the performance of the cohort each year. In 2021, 2,849 children applied for places in Year 7. There are 104 places available, and broadly, the highest-scoring children are selected.

How is The Henrietta Barnett School exam scored?

After the First Round test papers are marked, the scores are standardised to even out any age disadvantage for children born later in the year.

Your child's scores are combined to give them a total score across verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and English. These total scores are ranked in order and the highest-scoring 300 children are invited to sit the Second Round test.

After the Second Round test, the scores are again standardised. They are combined with the results from the First Round, and ranked in order. Offers are made to the overall highest-scoring children, in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.

The Henrietta Barnett School oversubscription criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 104. Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names The Henrietta Barnett School are admitted first. Places are then allocated in this order:

  1. Current or previously Looked After Children who rank within the top 300 applicants in the First Round test.

  2. Children who get free school meals and rank within the top 300 applicants in the First Round test. (You must provide written evidence that your child qualifies for free school meals by 15th July.)

  3. Children who live within three miles of the school and have taken the Second Round test. If there are more candidates in this category than places available, then places are allocated in rank score order.

  4. All remaining candidates in rank score order.

The Henrietta Barnett School catchment area

The Henrietta Barnett School does not have a defined catchment area, but children who live within three miles of the school will be prioritised under category 3 (above). Distance from the school is measured in a straight line between the child's home address and the school's main entrance on Central Square.

When children are equally ranked under category 4, they will be prioritised in order of how close they live to the school.

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for The Henrietta Barnett School 11 plus.

Cover all the content

The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives across the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and beyond.

We recommend that your child starts revising content at least one year before the test. Setting aside study periods using a 'little and often' approach will give them time to build the skills and knowledge they need. When preparing, avoid falling into the trap of over-focusing on either the topics your child enjoys or the topics they find hardest.

Atom Nucleus is an 11 plus online course that tailors your child's personalised learning journey to cover all elements of The Henrietta Barnett 11 plus at the right pace for them.

No surprises

Your child will encounter lots of unfamiliar types of questions in the 11 plus exam. Building exam technique with 11 plus test papers will help your child to feel fully confident with the styles of questions they'll encounter in the exam, reducing the potential for stress on the day.

Celebrate their progress

Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help keep motivation high. Atom Nucleus offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress towards mastering the 11 plus curriculum, making it easy to see where they need to focus next.

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