Joining the Senior School


11+ Admissions Officer

Mrs Jo Hemmings

We attract all types of personalities, and there is no typical North Londoner. We don't use rank orders or labels, and there is a strong commitment to the individual. Your child might be shy when they join us, but whilst here, they will develop a relaxed self-confidence and a bond with the School that lasts forever.




Entry into Year 7 is at age 11.  For entry in September 2024, students must have a date of birth between  1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013. We offer approximately 60 places.

Registration for 2024 is now closed.


Registration opensFriday 26 May 2023
Registration closesWednesday 15 November 2023
Deadline for Bursary applicationsWednesday 15 November 2023
Deadline for Music Scholarship applicationsWednesday 15 November 2023
11+ Music Workshop Morning (for Music Scholar Applicants)Friday 24 November 2023
11+ Entrance ExamThursday 7 December 2023
InterviewsMid-January 2024
11+ Music Scholarship AuditionsSaturday 27 January 2024
Offers sentMid-February 2024
AcceptancesEarly-March 2024

Registration is now closed

Registration for September 2024 entry is now closed.

Entrance Exam

All students entering at 11+ will take an entrance exam on Thursday 7 December 2023 consisting of written papers in English and Maths. The examinations are held at the School and are completely separate from those of the 11+ London Consortium Schools group.

You can find some sample papers for the Maths and English exams below.


Following the entrance exam, a number of students will be invited back for an interview in mid-January, and from these, the final selection will be made. Interviews are friendly and informal; it is a chance for us to get to know each child a little better. Interviews are incredibly important at NLCS, and we ensure that the whole process is run as smoothly as possible.

  • Bursaries

    Since its foundation in 1850, North London Collegiate School has been committed to providing accessible, affordable education for pupils of ability. To attract able students and to help those who would otherwise be unable to attend a fee-paying school, we offer bursaries and music scholarships to pupils joining the Senior School.

  • Handel Music Scholarships

    A number of music scholarships are awarded at 11+ (for 5 years) and at 16+ on the basis of merit. Students must pass the entrance examination and a music audition conducted by the Music Department to qualify.

“We want to thank you for making the process manageable for our daughter. She was treated with kindness at every turn and this matters very much to me. “

— NLCS Parent

Occasional Places

A limited number of places occasionally become available in Years 8, 9 and 10. Details are released in the spring term for entry in the following September.

Parents are asked to join a waiting list for the relevant year group and will be notified if places become available. Students who are on the waiting list will be asked to take an entrance test in the February before the September of entry.

For further information about joining Year 8, 9 or 10, please contact Sixth Form & Occasional Vacancies Registrar.

Register your interest below for an occasional place for entry in 2024.



The best way to find out about our school is to attend an event and there a number to choose from. We offer Open Days and Taster Mornings, click Visit us to see what events we currently have available.


Registration for 11+ entry into the Senior School opens in May.  You will need to complete the online registration form.

If you are applying for a bursary you will need to complete a bursary application form.

If you are applying for a Music Scholarship you will need to complete the online scholarships form and return it with a copy of your latest music exam mark sheet(s) and a reference from the teacher of your first instrument.


Everyone who has registered for the 11+ entry by the deadline will be invited to take an entrance exam. The exam will consist of written papers in English and Maths. You can find sample papers on the Joining the Senior School section of our website.


Following the entrance exam, a number of students will be invited back to school for an interview. These are conducted by experienced members of staff and provide an opportunity for us to get to know each student a little better and provide them with the chance to ask any questions. During the interview there will be further Maths and English testing, in the form of verbal questions.


Following interviews, those students who have been selected for a place to start in September will be sent an offer by email. Everyone who has been offered a place will be invited to an offer holders’ event at school, in plenty of time to help you make a decision.