Local Grammar Schools

Grammar Schools in Enfield, Barnet and Redbridge

Enfield

County Hertfordshire/London Borough of Enfield
Address Latymer School, Haselbury Road, London N9 9TN
Type Mixed Grammar
Pupils 1,369
Places in Year 7 192
Open Days July
The Latymer School 11+ Resources Maths resources | English resources | Verbal Reasoning resources
Competition 10+ applicants for every place
Exam Format GL 11 Plus-VR/Maths | School Written-English
School Website www.latymer.co.uk

There is one grammar school in Enfield and it is The Latymer School. The school is a mixed school.

Pupils travel large distances to attend this highly successful school. There are over 2000 pupils to apply for 192 places offered in Year 7.

In order to apply for a place at Latymer, parents need to complete both the school’s online registration form and the local authority common application form (CAF) by the published dates.

Due to the huge numbers applying for a place Latymer school has a two-stage process.

Part 1:

This test consists of a mathematics and verbal reasoning test paper with the top 650 candidates being invited back for Part 2. Applicants are expected to show competence in skills appropriate to Key Stage 2 English and Mathematics.

Part 2:

The top 650 candidates from Part 1 will be invited back to take a full written English paper. The paper will be formed of two sections.

Section 1 will be a reading and answer paper lasting 30 minutes.

Section 2 will be a written paper (story writing) lasting 30 minutes.

Candidates are expected to show competence in writing skills and be able to apply these skills creatively. Specialist subject markers from The Latymer School will mark these papers.

All tests take place at The Latymer School and can only be taken once.

As the school is heavily over-subscribed, it applies criteria as set out in their admissions procedure.

The following criteria will be applied in order of priority:

  1. A child with special needs (must be ranked in top 650)
  2. A child in care (must be ranked in top 650)
  3. Maximum of 20 applicants from the inner area who show musical talent
  4. Maximum of 20 applicants from the inner area eligible for Pupil Premium
  5. Remaining places being offered to those in the inner area with the highest aggregate age-standardised scores.

    The inner area consists of the following postcodes (there is no preference within this list):

    E2, E4, E5, E8, E9, E17, EN1, EN2, EN3, EN4, EN5 (Sectors 1, 2, 4, 5 only), EN8 (Sectors 7, 8, 9 only), N1 (not N1C), N2, N3, N4, N5, N6, N7, N8, N9, N10, N11, N12, N13, N14, N15, N16, N17, N18, N19, N20, N21, N22.

Enfield council provides a wealth of information about Primary to secondary school transfer on their website.

Contact details

Enfield LA
Director of Education, Children’s Services and Leisure.
London Borough of Enfield
PO Box 56
Civic Centre
Silver Street
Enfield
EN1 3XA

Telephone: 020 8379 1000

Barnet

There are four grammar (selective) schools in Barnet and two in neighbouring authorities.

To be considered for a place at a grammar school within the London Borough of Barnet, your child must achieve a high score in one of the versions of the Barnet 11+ test set by various grammar schools. This exam is held at the beginning of Year 6.

It is common to see 2000 applicants for less than 100 places of a grammar school (i.e. Henrietta Barnett) in the borough.

Test content

The test format varies from school to school but they may contain test papers covering Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English comprehension and numerical reasoning. It may also involve music or arts assessments. Some tests are multiple choice and some are the standard format. As there is such a wide variation between schools you should confirm all details with the school of your choice or with Barnet Council.

The grammar schools

Queen Elizabeth’s School (for boys)

County Hertfordshire/London Borough of Barnett
Address Queen Elizabeth’s School, Queen’s Road, Barnet EN5 4DQ
Type Boys’ Grammar
Pupils 1,182
Places in Year 7 180
Open Days July
Competition 10+ applicants for every place
Exam Format GL 11 Plus-English/Maths
School Website www.qebarnet.co.uk

Queen Elizabeth’s is a designated grammar school, and is a selective, single-sex, non-denominational school with academy status, providing education for boys from the age of 11 to 18.

The number of yearly admissions at age 11 (year 7) is 180.

All places are allocated on the basis of academic ability, established by selection tests held in the autumn prior to the year of admission. All entrance tests will be taken at the venue designated by the School. Parents must complete a variety of forms before the deadline. The application criteria for the school can be viewed here. In previous years over 2000 pupils have taken the entrance test.

Each candidate will sit two test papers in a single session. Both tests are in multiple-choice format, one containing questions on English, and the other containing questions on Mathematics.

The scores achieved will be standardised taking account of the ages of the candidates. The scores from the two tests will be combined to produce a single, overall entrance test score for each candidate. Those candidates achieving a combined score of 210 or higher will be deemed to have met the standard required by the governors to be eligible to be considered for admission to the School. Achieving this standard is not a guarantee that a place will be offered.

St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School (for girls)

The number of yearly admissions at age 11 (year 7) is 96 and St. Michael’s is a girls’ grammar school.

This school is also heavily over-subscribed and the school apply admissions criteria.

The following criteria will be used when pupils are selected for entry to the School and in the following order of priority.

Catholic girls: from a Practising Catholic family and who have made their First Holy Communion in the Catholic Church

The Test Content

All applicants selected in accordance with the above criterion will be required to take written tests in Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, English and Mathematics.

Following the tests, all applicants will be ranked in order starting with the highest score. Places will be allocated strictly in accordance with the score but if two or more applicants have an equal ranking then the applicant’s marks in the Verbal Reasoning test will take precedence over Non-Verbal Reasoning which will take precedence over English which will take precedence over Maths.

The Application Procedure

To apply for a place at the School you must complete and return two separate forms.

  1. The School’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF). This form must be obtained from the School and returned to the School by the date set out in the form.

    Applicants applying under as practising Catholics must submit a Certificate of Catholic Practice (CCP) by the closing date. This form (which used to be called a priests reference form) is attached to the School’s SIF but is available separately from the diocesan website. Parents must fill in the top part of the CCP with their details and then take the form to their parish priest (or the priest at the parish where they normally worship) for signature. It is the parent’s duty to ensure that the CCP is submitted to the School in good time. The priest will only sign the CCP if he knows you and agrees that you are a practising Catholic family.

  2. A Common Application Form from the LA where you live. This form must be returned to the School Admissions section of the same LA by the date stipulated by the relevant LA. Whilst paper applications are acceptable, applicants are expected to complete the LA’s online e-admissions form.

Parents should contact the School’s Admissions Secretary before the date of the tests if there are any special circumstances likely to affect a child’s performance in the tests.

Mill Hill County High School

This school is always heavily over-subscribed and the school has 243 places available in year 7. There is a high interest in places for Mill Hill and where applications for admission exceed the Admission Number, the following criteria will be used, in the order given below, when considering which children to admit:

  1. Looked after children (Children in public care) or previously looked after children
  2. 90 pupils on the basis of geographical proximity
  3. Siblings
  4. Children of members of the teaching staff of Mill Hill County High School
  5. Up to 24 technology, 24 music and 12 dance places If there is a tie for the final place to be offered (for technology, music or dance) then the place will be offered on the basis of geographical proximity, as in Criterion 2.

More detail about their criteria can be found in the school Admissions policy and Guidelines.

Registering for a place at the School

Parents must complete a school Supplementary Interest Forms (SIF) which can be completed online through the school website www.mhchs.org.uk. This application must be submitted before the deadlines. Parents must also complete a Local Authority Common Application Form (CAF) online secondary school transfer. You will need to complete your Local Authority online secondary school transfer naming Mill Hill County High School as one of your choices. Again there are strict deadlines for the completion of these forms.

The Test Content

Pupils are asked to take an Aptitude Test involving tests in Verbal Reasoning & Abstract Reasoning (non-verbal). The Tests are Multiple Choice papers set by GL ASSESSMENT to be completed on Multiple Choice Answer Sheets. The papers each last for one hour with additional time for explanation and practice questions given by staff at the start of each timed section.

There are spaces available as follows – 24 for technology, 24 for music and 12 for dance. Details of conditions for these places can be found in the school guidelines.

The Henrietta Barnett School (for girls)

In 2018 the school received over 3000 applicants for just 93 places so as you can see that demand for places is extremely high. Like other schools in Barnet, this school has a two-stage process.

County Hertfordshire/London Borough of Barnett
Address Henrietta Barnett School, Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 7BN
Type Girls’ Grammar
Pupils 692
Places in Year 7 93
Open Days July
Competition 10+ applicants for every place
Exam Format Henrietta Barnett 11 Plus Exam | Part 1 CEM Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning | Part 2 English and Maths (School written)
School Website www.hbschool.org.uk

Registering for a place at the School

In order for an application to be considered two forms must be completed: the Common Application Form for your Local Authority (CAF) and The Henrietta Barnett School Entrance Test Entry Form.

A Common Application Form (CAF) from the Local Authority in which you live must be filled in and returned to them. This form, on which you name The Henrietta Barnett School as one of your choices, should be completed carefully and returned to your Local Authority by the published deadline.

The Henrietta Barnett School Entrance Test Entry Form is available from the School website and must be completed in order to enter your daughter for the entrance test. It must be returned to the School by the stated deadline.

The Test Content

consists of a verbal and numerical reasoning test set by a nationally recognised body. These tests will take place at The Henrietta Barnett School and candidates are not able to sit them elsewhere.

Following the First Round Tests, the results of the verbal and numerical reasoning questions will be combined, standardised and placed in rank order. On the basis of this rank order, the top 300 candidates will be invited back to sit the second round of Tests.

Round two:

The Second Round Test is in English and Mathematics and will take place in the School. This Test will be for the top-ranked 300 candidates in Round One only.

Candidates will only be able to take the Test once and will be tested on literacy and numeracy appropriate to Key Stage 2. Candidates will be asked to apply their skills and knowledge to new situations.

The results of both Tests will be used to determine the final rankings.

Barnet London Borough
School Admissions
Building 4
North London Business Park
Oakleigh Road South
New Southgate
N11 1NP

Tel: 020 8359 7651
FAX: 0870 889 6799

Redbridge

There are two Grammar schools in the Redbridge Council area and both schools are usually heavily oversubscribed.

The grammar schools

Ilford County High School for Boys

County Essex/London Borough of Redbridge
Address Ilford County High School, Fremantle Road, Barkingside, IG6 2JB
Type Boys’ Grammar
Pupils 877
Places in Year 7 115-120
Open Days June
Ilford County High School 11+ Resources CEM Verbal Reasoning resources | CEM Non Verbal Reasoning resources | CEM Numerical Reasoning Resources
Competition 10+ applicants for every place
Exam Format CEM 11 Plus – Verbal Reasoning | Non-Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning
School Website www.ichs.org.uk

Woodford County High School for Girls

County Essex/London Borough of Redbridge
Address Woodford County High School, High Road, Woodford Green IG8 9LA
Type Girls’ Grammar
Pupils 853
Places in Year 7 115-120
Open Days June
Competition 10+ applicants for every place
Exam Format CEM 11 Plus – Verbal Reasoning | Non-Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning
School Website www.woodford.redbridge.sch.uk

Often over 800 pupils chasing the approximately 240 places offered between the two schools.

Parents who wish for their child to be considered for either school must register online. Administration for both schools is organised by Redbridge Council and proof of date of birth and proof of address is required.

Test content

The test format is such that the child takes two tests of 1 hour each. The test has several sections and includes questions on Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Mathematics.

Useful contact:

Redbridge Council
Redbridge Townhall
128-142 High Street
Ilford
Essex
IG1 1DD