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North Bridge House Senior Hampstead: 11 plus entry guide

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Apr 25, 2023, 2:40 PM

North Bridge House Senior Hampstead 11 plus entry guide

Are you considering North Bridge House Senior Hampstead for your child? We've collated everything you need to know about applying for a place in Year 7. Find out key dates, learn about the admissions process, and get tips and resources to help your child prepare.


About North Bridge House Senior Hampstead

North Bridge House Senior Hampstead is an independent day school for 11–16-year-olds, in a prime North London location tucked behind Hampstead's bustling High Street. It's part of a family of North Bridge House schools, including a prep school in Regent’s Park and another senior school in Canonbury.

North Bridge House Senior Hampstead offers the very best in individualised learning. The school adopts a ‘high support, low pressure’ model to help every student achieve more than they believe possible. Alongside academic excellence, the broad extracurricular programme fosters confidence, resilience and skills to set pupils up for success.

Students are inspired daily by the local heritage and take full advantage of enrichment opportunities in the area, including a Historical Hampstead walk as well as Orienteering on Hampstead Heath. School leavers often go on to join the sixth form at the Canonbury site or move to sixth forms at other major London day schools including Highgate, UCS and City of London School.

  • Address: 65 Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, London, NW3 5UD

  • School type: private day school, girls and boys aged 11–16

  • Headteacher: Brendan Pavey

  • Number of pupils: 447

  • Fees per term: £7,285

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 15

  • GCSE results: 51% 9/8/7

Key info for 11+ admissions

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

  • Assessment overview: adaptive assessment in English, maths and non-verbal reasoning, interview, headteacher's reference

  • Registration deadline: November 2023

  • Assessment date: December 2023

  • Open day: tours and open days throughout the year – book here

North Bridge House Senior Hampstead fees and financial assistance

The current fees for North Bridge House Senior Hampstead are £7,285 per term. Lunch is charged separately at £410 per term. Sibling discounts are available at 5% for one sibling, 10% for an additional sibling, and 15% for any further siblings.

When applying to the school, you will need to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £150. When accepting a school place, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 which is refunded when your child leaves the school. For international students, this deposit is £6,000. International students who require sponsorship will need to pay the full year of tuition fees upfront.

North Bridge House Senior Hampstead bursaries

Bursaries are not available to new students, but the school does its best to support families whose circumstances change while their child is studying. To discuss financial aid, contact the bursar at [email protected].

North Bridge House Senior Hampstead scholarships

North Bridge House Senior Hampstead offers a range of scholarships at 11 plus entry. The deadline for scholarship applications is the same as the main school registration deadline, and scholarship interviews are then held in January 2024. Children can only apply for one scholarship category.

  • Academic: children who excel in the initial entry assessment are invited to sit for either a single or a double academic scholarship. They will be invited to additional assessments in maths, English, or both.

  • Computer science: for passionate and talented students who demonstrate excellent computational thinking and programming skills. Candidates meet the Head of Computer Science and are assessed on how they are going to solve a problem, and will have the chance to talk about their experiences in programming.

  • Creative arts: for students who exhibit a high level of artistic skill and creativity. Candidates meet the Head of Art and are assessed on a portfolio of their work, with particular focus on their drawing skill, creative thought, use of a variety of media, and interest in contemporary and historical movements.

  • Music: for dedicated and talented musicians. Candidates are invited to spend a morning with the Music Department, playing with others and discussing any groups, concerts or performances they've been involved in, and their musical grade achievements.

  • Performing arts: for students with a dedication to acting, directing, performing or other theatre roles. Candidates are asked to perform a 1–2 minute dialogue from a published play for the Head of Drama.

  • Sports: exceptional athletes are invited to apply. Candidates meet with the Head of PE to discuss their sporting experience and take part in a practical lesson.

North Bridge House Senior Hampstead term dates

The term dates at North Bridge House Senior Hampstead for 2023–24 are:

  • Term starts: Tuesday 5th September (Year 7), Wednesday 6th September (all year groups)

  • Half term: Monday 16th October – Friday 27th October

  • Term ends: Thursday 14th December

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Admissions process for 11 plus entry to North Bridge House Senior Hampstead

1. Prospectus and school visit

Request a school prospectus by filling in the form here. Open events are a great opportunity to see the school in action, speak to senior leadership and admissions teams and hear from current pupils. You can book open events and smaller guided tours throughout the academic year via the school website.

2. 11 plus registration

Apply for a place at North Bridge House Senior Hampstead through their online admissions portal. Applications close in November each year (while your child is in Year 6). At this stage, you will need to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £150.

3. Interview and assessment

Your child will be invited to attend an interview and assessment day in December 2023 (while they are in Year 6).

North Bridge House Senior Hampstead's 11 plus test is a bespoke adaptive assessment provided by Atom Learning. Children take the test on a tablet or computer. The assessment covers:

  • English

  • Maths

  • Non-verbal reasoning

Assessments produced by Atom seek to be an improvement to typical entrance exams in English, maths and reasoning. The assessments are designed to be accessible, challenging and enjoyable for all children who take the entry test for North Bridge House Senior Hampstead.

The questions are adaptive, becoming more difficult or less difficult depending on how your child is performing. Adaptive testing helps to ensure children see questions at the right difficulty level for them, so all candidates are stretched but not to the point where it becomes demotivating.

4. Offers

Offers for Year 7 entry are sent in January 2024. Details on how to accept your place along with the offer deadline are provided within the offer letter.

Top tips to prepare for entry to North Bridge House Senior Hampstead

Here are our top tips to help your child prepare for the selection process.

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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