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South Hampstead High School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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South Hampstead High School: A Parents' Guide to Year 7 entry

South Hampstead High School is an independent day school for girls aged 4–18 in Hampstead, North West London. It was founded in 1876 by the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) – a network of independent girls’ schools across the country. The school’s headmistress Vicky Bingham is active in educational journalism, with recent articles and interviews appearing in national newspapers including The Times, The Telegraph and The Week.

South Hampstead High School aims to empower girls to prepare for life and work in a rapidly changing world. Lessons are animated by a spirit of enquiry, with the school’s teaching known for its rigour and passion. The teaching and learning approach at South Hampstead High School leads to its academic results being among the best in the country; in 2021, 94% of pupils achieved grades 9–7 (A*–A equivalent) at GCSE, while 95.4% of A levels were graded A*–A.

Learning continues beyond the classroom, with an inspiring variety of over 140 co-curricular clubs and activities to get involved in across the arts and sport (with A to E teams, so that girls of all levels can compete). South Hampstead High School also hosts a Speaker Series – a programme of events with inspirational and influential guests, designed to open minds for both pupils and parents.

Key information for South Hampstead High School

  • Headmistress: Mrs Vicky Bingham

  • Address: South Hampstead High School, 3 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3 5SS

  • London Borough: Camden

  • Admissions contact: Kirsty Ions – [email protected], 020 7435 2899

  • Age range and gender: 4–18, girls only

  • Number of pupils: 941

  • Number of places in Year 7: 55 (external applicants)

  • Ratio of applicants to places: 10:1

  • Open day date: Wednesday 14th and Tuesday 20th September 2022 – book a place online

  • Overview of selection procedure: London 11+ Consortium test, school reference, interview

  • Registration opens: Currently open – apply online

  • Registration closes: Friday 11th November 2022

  • Assessment date: Friday 2nd, Tuesday 6th or Thursday 8th December 2022

  • Scholarship assessment date: Mid-January 2023

South Hampstead High School fees and financial assistance

From September 2022, the tuition fees for South Hampstead High School will be £7,058 for pupils in the senior school. School lunches are charged separately at £253.65 per term, and charges also apply for occasional trips and visits as well as optional extras.

The Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) bursary scheme means that bright and keen girls have the opportunity to fulfil their potential at South Hampstead High School, regardless of financial circumstances. Means-tested bursaries of up to 100% of the school fees are available – higher-value bursaries are normally awarded to pupils from families with a total annual income of less than £42,500.

South Hampstead High School also offers 11 plus scholarships based on exceptional merit in a number of fields, although these are mostly without any fee remission:

  • Academic Scholarships: no fee remission

  • Music Scholarships: fee remission of up to 50% (although rare) may be awarded to especially deserving candidates, or Development Awards may be granted which come with paid music lessons but without fee remission

  • Sports Scholarships: no fee remission (the Scholar Programme includes half-termly talks from expert speakers, weekly strength and conditioning with coaches, mentors and attendance at the ‘Girls Go Gold’ conference)

South Hampstead High School term dates

The term dates at South Hampstead High School for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term: 7th September – 16th December 2022

  • Half term: 17th –31st October 2022

  • Spring term: 4th January – 29th March 2023

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February 2023

  • Summer term: 17th April – 7th July 2023

  • Half term: 26th May – 2nd June 2023

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to South Hampstead High School

If you would like to register your daughter for Year 7 entry to South Hampstead High School, you will need to apply online and pay the non-refundable registration fee of £150 by Friday 11th November 2022. If you are applying for a bursary and receive income support, this fee can be waived.

All 11 plus applicants will then be invited to sit the entrance test provided by the London 11+ Consortium in early December. Meanwhile, South Hampstead High School will approach your daughter’s current school in late November to ask for a reference or feedback on her social and academic progress. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in January 2023 to confirm whether they are invited to an interview, which will be held in-person at South Hampstead High School in January.

Academic Scholarships are automatically awarded based on the outstanding performance in the 11 plus entrance exam (all candidates are considered and no application is needed). Girls who are applying for Music or Sports Scholarship will undergo additional assessments:

  • Music Scholarships: candidates are expected to be working at least Grade 6 standard on their first instrument. You will need to submit the Music Scholarship application form, together with a reference from your child’s music teacher, by Friday 11th November 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an audition in mid-January 2023, which will involve a performance of two contrasting pieces, aural tests of Grade 5 standard and a brief discussion of the musical aspects of a short piece of piano music.

  • Sports Scholarships: Sports Scholarships are offered for girls who regularly compete outside of school in one of South Hampstead’s main sports games (netball, football or cricket), aesthetics (gymnastics or dance) and athletics (track, field or cross-country). To apply, you will need to submit the Sports Scholarship application form by Friday 11th November 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day in mid-January 2023, which will involve a series of fitness tests, skills/drills/choreography, full games or performance and a short interview with the sports department.

Offers will be made on Friday 10th February 2023. The deadline for acceptance will be 12 noon on Monday 6th March 2023 and a deposit of £2,000 will be required to secure your child’s place.

South Hampstead High School entrance exam format

South Hampstead High School 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 South Hampstead High School assessment has six 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 South Hampstead High School entrance assessment process, visit our complete guide to the London 11+ Consortium.

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