Henrietta Barnett

Henrietta Barnett

About Henrietta Barnett

The Henrietta Barnett School is a girls' grammar school founded in 1911 which became an academy in 2021. Consistently named among the top state schools in the country, it is known for academic excellence and enrichment opportunities. In 2022, 28 Henrietta Barnett sixth formers received Oxbridge offers.

Located in Hampstead Garden Suburb, the school has recently completed ambitious refurbishments including eight science labs, a new music and drama school, an art and design centre, and an extended library. Students are driven by 'a thirst for learning and a strong sense of pride in belonging to the diverse, inclusive, high-performing, friendly and supportive school community'.

  • Address: Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 7BN
  • Local authority: London Borough of Barnet
  • School type: academy girls' grammar
  • Headteacher: Clare Wagner
  • Number of pupils: 793
  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 1
  • A level results: 97.3% A*–B
  • GCSE results: 98.8% 9/8/7

Henrietta Barnett term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at The Henrietta Barnett School are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 15th December 2023
  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023
  • Spring term: 3rd January – 28th March 2024
  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
  • Summer term: 15th April – 16th July 2024
  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Henrietta Barnett

1. First Round test

Before you register you should speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus is right for them.

Register your child to take the First Round test by completing the online application form which is available from 28th April 2023 and closes on 14th July 2023. Your child will be invited to take the First Round test at the school on a morning or afternoon session on 4th or 5th September 2023.

If you're applying for the other girls' grammar school in Barnet (St Michael's Catholic School), you will need to register for their exam separately. The grammar schools in Barnet use the same 11 plus test provider, but the schools have chosen to use different combinations of papers and have separate processes.

Some parents also register for grammar schools further afield such as Latymer or South West Herts grammar schools.

2. Second Round test

The highest-scoring 300 candidates are invited back to take The Henrietta Barnett Second Round test in early October 2023. You will get your child's results from this second test in mid-to-late October.

3. Apply for school places

You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority application form.

Before listing The Henrietta Barnett School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. As well as performance in the entrance tests, how close you live to a school is another factor in whether you are likely to be offered a place.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Henrietta Barnett 11 plus?

First Round

The Henrietta Barnett First Round exam consists of GL Assessment papers, similar to the other Barnet grammar schools.

Children are tested in:

  • English
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning

All questions are multiple-choice and children record their answers in a separate answer booklet which is marked electronically.

Second Round

The school writes its own Second Round test papers. These asses:

  • English comprehension and writing
  • Maths

The questions are designed to test children's literacy and numeracy at a Key Stage 2 level, which is likely to include both Year 5 and Year 6 national curriculum objectives. Candidates will be asked to apply their skills and knowledge to new situations.

Learn about each subject in depth and get free preparation resources in our full guide to the 11 plus:

What is the pass mark for Henrietta Barnett?

The Henrietta Barnett School does not state a specific pass mark. The cut-off score depends on the performance of the cohort each year. In 2021, 2,849 children applied for places in Year 7. There are 104 places available, and broadly, the highest-scoring children are selected.

Henrietta Barnett admission criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 104. Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names The Henrietta Barnett School are admitted first. Places are then allocated in this order:

1. Current or previously Looked After Children who rank within the top 300 applicants in the First Round test.

2. Children who get free school meals and rank within the top 300 applicants in the First Round test. (You must provide written evidence that your child qualifies for free school meals by 15th July.)

3. Children who live within three miles of the school and have taken the Second Round test. If there are more candidates in this category than places available, then places are allocated in rank score order.

4. All remaining candidates in rank score order

Henrietta Barnett catchment area

The Henrietta Barnett School does not have a defined catchment area, but children who live within three miles of the school will be prioritised under category 3 (above). Distance from the school is measured in a straight line between the child's home address and the school's main entrance on Central Square.

When children are equally ranked under category 4, they will be prioritised in order of how close they live to the school.

School Details

Type of School Grammar
Address Central Square Hampstead Garden Suburb London NW11 7BN
Phone 02084588999
Region Hertfordshire – Barnet & Enfield


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Girls


Registration 28/4/2023 - 14/7/2023 More details
Open Days 11/7/2023
Allocation Day 1/3/2024
Academic Exam 4/9/2023 - 5/9/2023
CAF form 31/10/2023

Academic Selection

Number of Places 104
Standardised Yes
Age Standardised No
Total Number of Exams 2
Number of Rounds 2
Admission Policy View

Exam Boards

  • Granada Learning (GL)
  • Other (OTHER)

Exam Styles

  • Mixed (MC & STD)

Sample Papers

Name Document or Link Subjects
Familiarisation booklet View Mixed Subjects

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about Henrietta Barnett

  • Are there scholarships or financial aid opportunities available at Henrietta Barnett School?
    For information about scholarships and financial aid, visit the school’s official website or contact the school administration directly.
  • What is the process for appealing an admission decision?
    Details regarding the appeals process for admission decisions can be obtained from the Local Authority or the school’s admissions office.
  • Is there a waiting list if my child is not initially offered a place?
    Yes, there is usually a waiting list. Check the school’s admission policy for details on how waiting lists are managed and how you can express your interest in being on the waiting list.