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Northwood College for Girls: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Northwood College for Girls: A Parents' Guide to year 7 entry

Northwood College for Girls is an independent day school for ages 3–18 in West London. It is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) network of 25 schools with a shared ethos. The GDST is the UK’s largest education charity and guarantees that girls have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of scholarships, competitions, awards and prizes, as well as benefit from a spectrum of GDST learning initiatives, training, seminars and workshops.

Founded in 1878 by Catherine Buchan Smith, the school expanded quickly, along the way moving from central London out to the green Northwood location. Facilities for today’s 886 pupils include a state-of-the-art science building with ten subject-specific laboratories, a careers library, a performing arts centre, and extensive sports provisions including a climbing wall and six-lane pool.

Combining academic excellence with strong pastoral support, Northwood College aims to instil a strong moral compass, altruism and spiritualism. Girls leave as compassionate, respectful individuals who are mindful of the needs of communities and the environment. In 2021, 80% of GCSE students were awarded grades 7–9 (A–A*), and 87% achieved A–A* at A level.

Key information for Northwood College

  • Headteacher: Rebecca Brown

  • Address: Northwood College, Maxwell Road, Northwood, London HA6 2YE

  • London Borough: Hillingdon

  • Admission contact: [email protected], 01923 845007

  • Age range and gender: 3–18, girls only

  • Number of pupils: 886

  • Open day dates: Saturday 8th October (1–4pm). Online booking required. Virtual tour available here

  • Overview of selection procedure for Year 7 entry in 2023: London 11+ Consortium test, school reference, interview

  • Registration opens: Currently open. Apply online

  • Registration closes: 11th November 2022

  • Assessment date for Year 7 entry in 2023: 2nd, 6th or 8th December 2022

  • Interview date for Year 7 entry in 2023: January 2023

  • Result of application sent to parents: 10th February 2023

Northwood College fees and financial assistance

The Northwood College fees for the academic year 2022/23 are £6,238 per term, £18,714 per annum. A deposit will also be required for girls entering the school. In addition to the tuition fee, lunches are £292 per term, and extracurricular activities range from £22–50 per term depending on the school year.

Northwood College bursaries

The GDST provides a limited number of means-tested bursaries for girls entering Year 7. These are awarded on the basis of financial need, taking into account parental income and assets, though academic merit is also considered. To be eligible for a bursary in Year 7, your child must score within the top 20% in the entrance assessment.

Bursary applications are assessed independently by the fees office of the GDST. Depending on individual circumstances, bursaries can cover up to 100% of fees plus lunches, school uniform, coach gransport, and any mandatory extracurricular trips.

To apply for a bursary, indicate on your school application form that you would like to apply for financial assistance. You will be provided with access to the online bursary site. The deadline for applying for a bursary and submitting all supporting documentation is Wednesday 30th November 2022.

Northwood College scholarships

Northwood College awards a limited number of academic, music, art, and sports scholarships to girls entering Year 7. Your child will be automatically considered for an academic scholarship based on her performance in the entrance assessment. For all other scholarships, you will need to fill in a scholarship application form which you will receive after registering for the school.

Music scholarship

Girls shortlisted for a music scholarship will have an audition with the music department on the same day as their school interview in January. They will be required to perform two pieces as well as complete some short aural and sight reading tests. There will also be an informal discussion to assess their potential to contribute to the musical life of the school.

Art and design scholarship

Girls will be required to undertake a 50-minute observational drawing test and bring in a portfolio of up to five pieces of art, craft or design work (this may include both 2D and 3D work).

Sports scholarship

To be considered for a sports scholarship, your child must be competing at county/district or regional/national level at one sport, or have the potential to represent the school at several sports. Girls will need to produce a sports CV, and if shortlisted, will take a sports assessment on the day of their 11+ interview.

Northwood College for Girls term dates

The term dates at Northwood College for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 16th December 2022

  • Half term: 17th – 28th October 2022

  • Spring term: 5th January – 31st March 2023

  • Half term: 13th–17th February 2023

  • Summer term: 19th April – 7th July 2023

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June 2023

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to Northwood College

1. Registration

Registration for Year 7 entry to Northwood College in 2023 is a two-part process. First you’ll need to create a parent account with the school. You’ll then be able to complete a formal school application. The deadline for completing this application is Friday 11th November 2022 (while your daughter is in Year 6). There is a non-refundable registration fee of £100.

If you would like to be considered for a bursary, you will need to submit a bursary application form along with all supporting documents by Wednesday 30th November.

2. Assessment

Northwood College is part of the London 11+ Consortium, a group of several schools with a coordinated assessment process. Your daughter only needs to sit the entrance assessment once and her results will be shared with all Consortium schools she has applied to. Make sure to submit a school application form to all schools within the Consortium that you wish to be considered for, as this will allow them each to access your daughter’s results.

Your daughter will be invited to sit the entrance assessment at her current primary or prep school on Friday 2nd, Tuesday 6th or Thursday 8th December 2022. Alternatively, if your daughter’s current school is not able to offer this facility, she will be invited to take the test at any of the Consortium schools to which she has applied. There is no advantage to sitting the assessment at Northwood or any particular school.

3. Interview

Should your daughter be successful in the assessment, she will be invited to an interview in January 2023. Exact dates will be confirmed by the school.

If your daughter is applying for a music, art or sports scholarship, she will also attend an interview, audition or art test on the same day as her school interview.

4. Results

Northwood College considers the whole picture created by the exam results, interview performance and school reference to assess each child’s potential and decide whether to offer a place.

Offer letters will be posted on Friday 10th February 2023 with the results of your application to Northwood College. Acceptances in writing and deposits must reach the college before midday on Friday 3rd March 2023.

Northwood College entrance exam format

Northwood College is part of the London 11+ Consortium, a group of London senior schools. Your child only has to take the entrance assessment once to apply to multiple schools in the Consortium.

For Year 7 entry in September 2023 onwards, the London 11+ Consortium is updating the format and content of their entrance assessment. The new process aims to go beyond testing cognitive ability alone and seeks to discover a child’s potential in creative and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and problem-solving.


The new assessment is 100 minutes long (1 hour 40 minutes) with a 30-minute break in the middle.

During the assessment, your child will see a clock on the screen that will count down in minutes showing her how long she has left for each section. It will be visible but not so large as to be distracting.

What is assessed?

The Northwood College assessment has five sections, all taken on a computer, in the following order:

  • Maths – 20 minutes

  • Non-verbal reasoning – 10 minutes

  • English comprehension and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) – 20 minutes

  • Verbal reasoning – 10 minutes

  • (Break – 30 minutes)

  • Problem solving – 15 minutes

  • Analysis – 25 minutes

The first four parts of the assessment are adaptive, which means the questions are tailored to your child’s performance. This method of assessment gives reliable results in assessing cognitive reasoning ability. The final two sections (problem-solving and analysis) will be nonadaptive, meaning all candidates will see exactly the same questions.

London 11 Plus Consortium Assessment: timings

For more information on what to expect from the Northwood College entrance assessment process, visit our complete guide to the London 11+ Consortium.

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