Towards 150 Concert Tune in to watch former bursary pupil and prize-winning violinist Mathilde Milwidsky play from Waterlow Hall as we launch our new bursary campaign.


Entry at 11+

Each year we welcome approximately 55 new girls into the school to join those moving up from our Junior School. Girls must have reached the age of 11 before 1st September in the year of entry, and will be in Year 6 when they sit their entrance examination.

Applications can be made online below. At South Hampstead, we offer free, means-tested bursary places as well as 11+ Academic, Music and Sport Scholarships – for more information, please see the Scholarships & Bursaries section.

Although our usual Open Day tours are currently suspended, those considering entry for September 2021 are welcome to book an online talk with our Head, Mrs Bingham. We plan to release more dates for private tours after half term – please check here for updates. If you have any queries in the interim, please contact If you have already made an application, you can access your account here.

Covid Update: We are very aware of the additional stress that the ongoing pandemic is placing on Year 6 pupils and their families this year. We have therefore reviewed our admissions process to help minimise disruption to our 11+ candidates and ensure that applicants are not disadvantaged due to Covid-19. Subsequently, we have decided to adopt a different test this year; as such, we will not be sharing the admissions arrangements of The London 11+ Consortium this year, but providing what we believe to be a fair and flexible alternative: the ISEB Common Pre-test. This test is being adopted by a number of independent London schools and aims to provide your daughter with more options regarding where and when she can sit the test, should there be further disruptions due to Covid-19.

Given the circumstances, we have committed to interviewing every applicant this year, between 25th and 30th November. Further information about this year’s ISEB test, including familiarisation material, is available on the ISEB website. For more detailed information about this year’s changes, please review our FAQ document. Key dates and information are highlighted below.     


For 11+ entry in September 2021

Girls born between 1 September 2009 - 31 August 2010


Apply online

Our application deadline is Wednesday 18th November 2020. Please ensure you upload a photo of your daughter's passport. We will then register all applicants for the ISEB Common Pre-test.


Entrance examination

Applicants will sit the ISEB Common Pre-test, a 2.5 hour, computer-based test, with sections on verbal and non-verbal reasoning, English and Maths. Applicants must sit the test on or before Friday 15th January 2021; it should be taken at her current school or at any other school she has applied to (provided that the school offers the ISEB Common Pre-test). Otherwise, she is welcome to sit at South Hampstead on 5th or 6th January. The test is designed to identify potential as well as attainment; no special preparation is required. Familiarisation materials are available on the ISEB website.



In order to gain a complete picture of each prospective pupil, the interview will be a critical tool in our selection process. This year, we have committed to interviewing all applicants. At the interview, we aim to put girls at their ease whilst also challenging them. This approach enables us to identify whether a pupil will truly thrive here, academically and otherwise. Interviews will take place between 25th and 30th November.


Places offered

Places are offered on the basis of performance in the ISEB Common Pre-test and interview, as well as the reference from the current school. Candidates will also be asked to provide details on the impact of school closures, and any other relevant circumstances, on their education. Offers are made on 12th February, followed by an Offer Holders’ Event on 22nd February; the deadline to accept is noon on 3rd March.