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The Henrietta Barnett School


The Henrietta Barnett School (HBS) is a leading grammar school for girls aged 11-18 and the school became an Academy in April 2012. Founded in 1911 and situated in the peaceful surroundings of the Hampstead Garden Suburb in London, the school is a charming Grade 11* Listed Building with new state-of-the-art buildings.

HBS is known as one of the best academic state schools in the UK and consistently receives ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings.


Admission to The Henrietta Barnett School for Year 7 is by academic selection. Prospective students are assessed based on their performance of the 11+ entrance exams. The school typically receives over 3,000 applications for 100 places in Year 7.

In the event of oversubscription, priority for admission will be given to those candidates who meet the criteria set out below, in the following order:

A ‘looked after’ child or a child who was ‘previously looked after’.

Children eligible for Pupil Premium funding (up to 20 candidates only).

Candidates who currently live within 3 miles of the school at the point when they submit their application to the Local Authority.

All remaining candidates in rank score order from the second round entrance exam.

For reference on The Henrietta Barnett School’s admission criteria, you can visit the school’s admissions page:

Admissions Page

Open Days

The open day for The Henrietta Barnett School is normally held in mid-July.


How to apply

In order for your daughter’s 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. This can be found on the school’s website when registration has opened, typically at the end of April:

Entry Test Form

It is important that both the Local Authority and The Henrietta Barnett School applications are completed to ensure your daughter can sit the first round entrance exam.

Registration deadline

As soon as registration opens at the end of April in Year 5, we recommend adding the registration deadline to your calendar to ensure your daughter’s application is returned on time. The registration deadline is typically towards the end of the summer term in July.

Exam Information

Exam Date

The entrance exams are sat in the Autumn term of Year 6 as follows:

  • Round One exam: early September
  • Round Two exam: early October

Exam Board

GL Assessment in Round One and school-written exam in Round Two.

Exam Format

The Henrietta Barnett 11+ exam consists of two rounds and are taken at their school venue.

Round One

  • Exam subjects: Verbal, non-verbal and English tests set by GL Assessment.
  • Exam results: following Round One, results from both sections will be combined and placed in rank order. The top 300 students will be invited back to sit the second exam (below).

Round Two:

  • Exam subjects: English and Mathematics set by The Henrietta Barnett School. The English section will test a student’s comprehension and creative writing skills, while the maths section focuses on problem solving skills.
  • Exam results: the results of both tests will determine the final rankings and place allocations for Year 7.

How to prepare for The Henrietta Barnett 11+ exams

The Henrietta Barnett School is one of the UK’s top-performing grammars for girls, so your daughter is likely to face strong competition for a Year 7 place. For advice on how best to prepare for The Henrietta Barnett 11+ exams, please visit our “Grammar Schools” advice page.

Atom’s Education Advisory team holds free parent webinars throughout the year specifically on grammar schools 11+ admissions and exam preparation, including information on The Henrietta Barnett School. Join an Atom Learning free parent webinar to find out more.

Atom also hosts specialist clubs over the holidays to cover exam preparation, including the grammar schools’ 11+ GL Assessment, masterclasses in English, maths and reasoning, and creative writing workshops.

If you have any queries on The Henrietta Barnett 11+ admissions process or exams, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of Admissions and Schools experts at [email protected]


National Offers Day is in the first week of March. Places will be allocated by your Local Authority on this day based on the school's final ranking of the top 300 candidates, the school's oversubscription criteria, and on parental preference as indicated on the Common Application Form (CAF).

Pupil Premium

The Henrietta Barnett School aims to ensure equal opportunities to all students, regardless of financial background. Please click here for more information on the school’s Pupil Premium allocation:

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