The 11+ London Consortium, formerly known as the North London Girls’ Consortium, is a group of 12 independent schools in North London that manage their admissions process collectively. As parents tend to apply for places at the same schools, the consortium ensures that the process is consistent across the board.
This article will provide an overview of the new 11+ (11 plus) admissions process at these schools as well as supply advice on how best to prepare for the written exam.
There are currently 12 schools that make up the 11+ London Consortium:
Founded in 1885, Channing School is an independent day school for girls located in Highgate, North London. Set beautiful surroundings, Channing consistently produces excellent exam results. In 2015, the Independent Schools Inspectorate awarded the school the highest possible judgements in its inspection.
Francis Holland School (NW1)
Francis Holland School (NW1) was founded in 1870 and is an independent day school for girls. Located near Regent’s Park, North London, the school makes up one half of the Francis Holland School institution. The other school is located near Sloane Square (SW1). The school educates approximately 450 pupils and produces consistently good GCSE and A-Level results.
Francis Holland School (SW1)
Founded in 1881, Francis Holland School (SW1) is linked with its counterpart school located in the NW1 area of North London. Both schools are known for their focus on sports, with sporting activities taking place in Battersea Park. Francis Holland Sloane Square has a reputation for providing outstanding teaching in the Arts, History and Modern Foreign Languages.
Godolphin and Latymer School
Established in 1861, The Godolphin and Latymer School is an independent girls’ day school located in Hammersmith, West London. The school is known for having a strong academic track record and for offering a variety of extra-curricular activities.
More House School
Founded in 1952, More House is a Roman Catholic, independent school for girls aged 11-18 in the heart of Knightsbridge. The school is renowned for its excellent pastoral care, generous teacher pupil ratio, and warm family environment. They offer pupils a well-rounded education where academic excellence and personal development go hand in hand – high-quality teaching and learning is supported by a robust extracurricular and wellbeing programme.
Northwood College was founded in 1870 and is an independent girls’ day school for students aged 3 to 18. Located in Northwood, London, the college operates a house system, where pupils compete in various sporting and academic events throughout the year. The four houses are Endsleigh, Briary, Buchan, and Heathfield.
Notting Hill and Ealing High School
Established in 1873, Notting Hill and Ealing High School is an independent girls’ school that educates pupils aged between 4 and 18. Located in Ealing, London, the junior school educates approximately 310 girls, and the senior school educates around 570 girls. The school is very popular in the area and consistently produces good exam results.
Queen’s College London
Founded in 1848, Queen’s College is an independent girls’ school located in the City of Westminster, London. The College educates girls aged between 11 and 18 and was the first institution in the world to award academic qualifications to women. Queen Elizabeth II is currently the school’s patron. The school offers a range of academic subjects and extra-curricular activities.
Queen’s Gate School
Queen’s Gate School was founded in 1891 and is an independent girls’ school founded by Miss Eleanor Beatrice Wyatt. The school is often described as ‘charming’ and is very popular in the North London area. It is unusual in that it doesn’t have a school uniform but enforces a strict dress code.
South Hampstead High School
Founded in 1876, South Hampstead High School is an independent day school located in Hampstead, North-West London. The school is supported by the Girls’ Public Day School Trust and educates girls aged between 4 and 18. Based over three campuses, the school has various entry points in addition to Year 7.
St. Helen’s School London
St. Helen’s School was founded in 1899 and is an independent girls’ day school located in Northwood, North West London. The school educates students aged between 3 and 18 and works closely with nearby Merchant Taylor’s School. St. Helen’s produces consistently good exam results at GCSE and A-Level and, in previous years, has achieved 100% pass rates.
St. James Senior Girls’ School
St. James’ Senior Girls School was founded in 1975 and is an independent school in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The school educates students aged from 4 to 18 and has a connection with the School of Economic Science. Unusually for a UK school, St. James’ teaches Sanskrit as an academic subject.
There are a few other schools in the area that parents also consider applying to that aren’t in the London Consortium, these include:
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Girls’ School
City of London School for Girls
St. Paul’s Girls’ School
North London Collegiate School
Parents who wish to apply for Year 7 entry to one of these schools should click on the links above for more information on their admissions processes.
Cognitive Abilities Test (Formerly 11 Plus Exam) Information for the London Girls Consortium
Registration Closing Date: November
Common Application Form (CAF) Closing Date: TBC
Exam Date: January
Exam Board Type: CEM
Results Date: February
The 11+ London Girls Consortium Year 7 Entry, 11+ Admissions Process
At various times throughout the year, the schools host open events, where parents and pupils can visit and learn more about the admissions process. Most schools strongly recommend that students attend an open day to ensure that the school is a good fit.
To be eligible for a Year 7 place at one of the 11+ London Consortium schools, students are required to take a cognitive abilities test that assesses their Reasoning skills.
Additionally, the schools in the consortium require students to attend an interview where they will be assessed in problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. The schools will also request a reference from the student’s junior school.
How to Register for the 11+ London Consortium Cognitive Ability Test?
In order to register for a London Consortium school, parents are advised to request an application form directly from the individual school. The school will provide any additional information alongside the application form. Parents need to complete a separate application for each of the schools that they apply to.
When parents register their child, they will be asked to state the school at which the entrance test will be taken. Pupils can only take the London Consortium Reasoning test once.
The 11+ London Consortium Cognitive Ability Test Format
For 2019 entry onwards, the London Consortium is replacing its two Maths and English 11 Plus tests with a bespoke cognitive abilities test.
The test will last for around 75 minutes and there will be no other written assessments. Students will also be required to attend an interview, which will aim to test for creativity.
The new cognitive test aims to identify pupils’ academic potential, rather than their ability to retain knowledge. Some questions on the test will be multiple-choice whilst others will not. Students will be required to mark their answers on a separate answer sheet. The test is not taken online.
The reasoning test will be taken in January at one of the schools specified on the registration form. The school your child takes the test at will have no bearing or influence on their assessment. Results will be posted to parents in February and shared with each of the schools in the consortium.
Each school in the consortium will follow the same process. The schools will administer the cognitive reasoning test on the same day and work to the same schedule when posting results and making offers.
For more information on the entrance test, please see this statement issued collectively by the London Consortium’s Headteachers.
How to Prepare for the 11+ London Consortium Entrance Test?
When it comes to preparing for cognitive tests, a little bit of preparation can go a long way.
Some familiarisation with different Reasoning question types can undoubtedly help students improve the speed and accuracy of their responses. The London Consortium Test will assess Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
The information provided about the 11+ London Consortium was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the schools directly if you are unsure of anything. Contact details are provided within individual school posts.