Queen Elizabeth's School

Queen Elizabeth's School

About Queen Elizabeth's School

Queen Elizabeth’s School is a boys' grammar school in Barnet. Founded in 1573, it's consistently one of the highest-performing schools in the UK across both state and independent sectors. It was named the Sunday Times State School of the Year in 2022.

As well as offering an outstanding academic programme, the school is committed to developing well-rounded students of excellence, encouraging the boys to shine in music, sports, arts, and languages.

  • Address: Queen's Road, Barnet, EN5 4DQ
  • Local authority: London Borough of Barnet
  • School type: boys' grammar
  • Headteacher: Neil Enright
  • Number of pupils: 1,292
  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 2
  • A level results: 98.3% A*–B
  • GCSE results: 95.7% 9/8/7

Queen Elizabeth's School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Queen Elizabeth’s School are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 21st December 2023
  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023
  • Spring term: 8th January – 28th March 2024
  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
  • Summer term: 15th April – 24th July 2024
  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Queen Elizabeth's School

1. Register for the 11 plus

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 11 plus by completing the application form which is available from 1st May and closes in mid-July 2023.

If you're also applying for grammar schools further afield such as Latymer or South West Herts grammar schools, you will need to register for their entrance tests separately.

2. Apply for school places

Once your child has taken the 11 plus, you will get their results in mid-October. You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority application form.

Before listing Queen Elizabeth’s 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 Queen Elizabeth's School 11 plus?

The 11 plus exam for Queen Elizabeth’s School takes place on the 20th and 21st September 2023. Boys will be invited to take the test on one of the two days. Like the other Barnet grammar schools' exams, it is provided by GL Assessment.

The Queen Elizabeth's exam consists of two papers, each lasting about 50 minutes, which assess:

  • English
  • Maths

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

The English and maths questions assess 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 are asked to apply their skills and knowledge to new situations.

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

What is the pass mark for Queen Elizabeth's School?

The scores from the two papers are standardised and combined to give an overall score for each child. Any children who achieve a score of 210 or higher meet the minimum requirement to be considered for a place.

There are 180 places available, which are offered to the 180 highest-scoring applicants. If two or more children achieve the same score, they are prioritised in order of who lives closest to the school gate, measured in a straight line.

Achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it is always oversubscribed with qualified candidates. Each year, far more than 180 boys achieve the minimum score. For example:

In 2021:

  • 2,928 boys took the entrance test
  • 1,047 reached the minimum score
  • 232 was the lowest score to gain admission

In 2020:

  • 2,846 boys took the entrance test
  • 1,013 reached the minimum score
  • 229 was the lowest score to gain admission

Scores from previous years can be used as a general guide only, as the lowest score to gain admission will depend on the size and performance of the cohort.

Queen Elizabeth's School catchment area

Queen Elizabeth's School does not have a defined catchment area. Distance to the school is only used as a tie break when children achieve the same test score.

Boys routinely travel to the school from a very wide geographic area. Information about travel to Queen Elizabeth's School can be found on the school website.

School Details

Type of School Grammar
Address Queen's Road Barnet EN5 4DQ
Phone 02084414646
Region Hertfordshire – Barnet & Enfield


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Boys


Registration 1/5/2023 14th July 2023 Deadline for test requests
Open Days 6/7/2023
Academic Exam 20/9/2023 - 21/9/2023 More details
Allocation Day 1/3/2024
CAF form 31/10/2023

Academic Selection

Number of Places 180
Standardised Yes
Age Standardised No
Total Number of Exams 2
Number of Rounds 1
Qualifying Score 210
Admission Policy View

Exam Boards

  • Granada Learning (GL)

Exam Styles

  • Multiple Choice (MC)

Sample Papers

Name Document or Link Subjects
Test papers View English, Maths

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about Queen Elizabeth's School

  • What’s QE Boys, Barnet’s Ofsted rating?
    The school has an Ofsted rating of “Outstanding” and has been awarded this rating for five consecutive Ofsted inspections.
  • What is the 11 plus exam pass mark?
    On completing both tests, candidates’ marks are combined to produce a total. While there is no set pass mark (and it can fluctuate) generally, candidates need to achieve a score of at least 85%. For the 2024 test, it is predicted to be around 210.
  • Does QE Boys, Barnet have a waiting list?
    If you listed the school on your son’s CAF and did not succeed in gaining admission, the school will automatically place him on their waiting list and will write to you to confirm this.