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North Bridge House Senior Canonbury 11 plus guide

By Atom | Sep 12, 2023, 3:27 PM

North Bridge House Senior Canonbury, London

Are you considering North Bridge House Senior Canonbury for your child? We've collated everything you need to know about applying for a place in Year 7. Learn about key dates, what's covered on the entrance exam, and how to help your child prepare.

About North Bridge House Senior Canonbury

North Bridge House Senior Canonbury is a co-educational independent day school for ages 11 to 18 in North London. It's a member of the North Bridge House schools group, which includes schools in West Hampstead and Regent's Park. The Canonbury school is close to Highbury & Islington station.

Students at North Bridge House Senior Canonbury learn in a 500-year-old Tudor building. 'Quant but spacious and well-equipped clasrooms' are historic but have integrated technology. Pupils have access to great local sports facilities, including outdoor adventure and water sports, and yoga, martial arts and fitness classes.

The school has a 'high support, low pressure' model which is designed to help students achieve their potential in a caring environment. Students at North Bridge House go on to study at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, and top colleges overseas.

  • Headteacher: Charlotte Tassell-Dent

  • School type: private day

  • Address: North Bridge House Senior Canonbury, 6–9 Canonbury Place, London N1 2NQ

  • Age range and gender: 11–18, co-educational

  • National league table rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 306

  • A level results: 67% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 57% 9–7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 020 7428 1520

  • Open days: September – book online. Private tours are also available

  • Entry process: adaptive assessment and group interview

  • Registration closes: Friday 17th November 2023

  • Assessment date: early December 2023

North Bridge House Senior Canonbury fees and financial assistance

The current fees at North Bridge House Senior Canonbury are £7,975 per term for children in Years 7–11. Lunch is compulsory, and costs an additional £450 per term.

Financial assistance

North Bridge House Senior Canonbury offers incremental sibling discounts on the fees:

  • 5% discount for one sibling

  • 10% discount for an additional sibling

  • 15% discount for any further siblings

North Bridge House Senior Canonbury term dates

The term dates at North Bridge House Senior Canonbury for 2023–2024 are:

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

  • Half term: 16th–27th October 2023

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

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 17th April – 12th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

North Bridge House Senior Canonbury 11+ admissions process

This admissions process is relevant to UK applicants. See the school's international applicants admissions process if you're applying from outside the UK.

1. Visit the school

If you're considering North Bridge House Senior Canonbury for your child, it's a good idea to visit first. The school runs regular open events and smaller guided tours throughout the year. At an open event, you'll be able to see the school in action. You will also have the opportunity to speak to senior staff and hear from current pupils.

Book an open event

2. Register for Year 7 entry

To apply for a place at North Bridge House Senior Canonbury, you will need to submit an online registration form. Registration costs £150.

The registration deadline for entry in 2024 is Friday 17th November 2023. A member of the admissions team will contact you within 48 hours of receiving your application to confirm completion.

3. North Bridge House 11+ assessment

All children who have been registered will be invited to the North Bridge House interview and assessment day in early December in Year 6.

The assessment is taken online and is adaptive. This means that the questions will become more challenging depending on how your child is performing. Questions are designed to assess yoru child's current learning ability, and their academic potential.

There will be three sections:

  • English

  • Maths

  • Non-verbal reasoning

Your child will also have a small group interview with a member of the North Bridge House senior leadership team.

4. Offers

Offers will be made on the basis of each child's performance in the adaptive assessment and the interview. You will find out whether your child has been offered a place in January in Year 6.

Details on how to accept your child's place, and the deadline for acceptance, will be sent in your offer letter.

How to prepare for the North Bridge House 11 plus exam

Here are our top tips to help your child prepare for the adaptive assessment at North Bridge House.

It can be tempting to jump straight into practice papers to prepare for school exams. However, this is not an effective way to learn and can cause children to feel demotivated.

Your child should have a good understanding of the content they’ve been taught in Year 5 before testing their knowledge with practice papers. Using a ‘little and often’ approach when recapping content is key, as our brains encode new information more effectively when dealing with smaller ‘chunks’ of information. Experts recommend study sessions should last no longer than 30 minutes for children aged 10–11.

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