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Queen Elizabeth’s School (QE Boys)


Founded in 1573, Queen Elizabeth’s School is a boys’ grammar situated in Barnet, London. QE Boys is consistently one of the most academically successful grammar schools in England and the school is an academy with a specialism in music. Achieving outstanding results in GCSEs and A-Levels, QE boys continue to send the highest proportion of students to Russell Group universities than any other state-funded boys school in the country.

For an insight into a life at QE Boys School, you can watch their prospectus video here:

Prospectus Video


All places will be allocated on the basis of academic ability, which is determined by selection entrance exams. The school typically receives over 2,000 applications for 180 places in Year 7.

Queen Elizabeth’s School has a strict oversubscription policy. In the likely event that there are more applicants than available places in Year 7, the rank order for place allocations will be solely determined by the distance from the child’s home to the school.

For reference on Queen Elizabeth’s School’s most up to date admissions process, you can visit the school’s admissions page:

Admissions Page

Open Days

The open day for QE boys is normally held in July.


How to apply

Parents are required to complete an entrance test request form to indicate their wish for their son to sit the selection tests.

If your son meets the standard required in the entrance exams, applications are then made using the Common Application Form submitted to your home local authority by their published deadline.

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 son’s entrance test request is returned on time. The registration deadline is typically by around mid-July in the summer term.

Exam Information

Exam Date

The entrance exam is normally held in mid-September, Autumn term of Year 6.

Exam Board

GL Assessment.

Exam Format

The QE Boys 11+ entrance exam consists of two multiple-choice test papers, covering English and maths. Both papers are taken by candidates in the same session at QE Boys School.

The scores for each test will be standardised, and then combined. Those candidates achieving the combined score set out in the accompanying Admissions Guide for Parents, or higher than this score, will be considered to have met the standard required to be considered for admission to the School. (Note: achieving this standard is not a guarantee that a place will be offered). Entrance exam outcomes are then sent to parents in early October.

How to prepare for the QE Boys 11+ exams

QE Boys is one of the UK’s top-performing grammars for boys, so your son is likely to face strong competition for a Year 7 place. For advice on how best to prepare for the QE boys 11+ exams, please visit the Atom Learning “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 Queen Elizabeth’s School for boys. Click here if you wish to be notified of our free parent webinars.

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

If you have any queries on the QE boys 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 and your home local authority will confirm whether you have been offered a place. Applicants who have achieved the necessary standard in the entrance exams, but have not been offered a place at the School, will be put on a waiting list based on rank order and distance to the school.

Pupil Premium

The Queen Elizabeth’s School aims to accelerate the progress of pupils at risk of disadvantage. Please click here for more information on the school’s Pupil Premium strategy and effectiveness:

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