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1) Are you keen for your child getting into Henrietta Barnett School (HBS) School?

Henrietta Barnett School (HBS) is one of the UK’s top-performing state grammar schools. Henrietta Barnett School has been named as the UK’s top performing state school by annual league table released by the Sunday Times.

There is no surprise that the competition for HBS school for Year 7, 11 Plus entrance exam is intense. Every parent has a dream to place their daughter in HBS school. It’s not an easy 11 Plus journey to win a place in HBS.

The parents who are committed, who start preparing their child early from Year 3 and follow the structured study plan for their child is more likely to win a place in HBS.

In my many years of experience, I have seen parents who start early from year 3. It’s not about starting early but the most important thing is planning the study correctly. We as a tutor have time tested plans from Year 3 and that is the key to our success. Every year our students achieved 'Band A', and parents have assured with a definite place in HBS.

This article focuses on information about 11 Plus entrance test, selection process, competition for 11 Plus entrance test for HBS, how to prepare your child for HBS tips and tricks.

2) What is the exam format for 11 Plus Henrietta Barnett School Entrance Exam:

Henrietta Barnett School, 11+ entrance test consists of two rounds.

Round one:

  • Exam Provider: CEM
  • Tentative time for 1st round: Sept 2019
  • Subjects tested: Verbal Reasoning and Numerical reasoning
  • Duration of test: Not disclosed in the school website. Our parents and students have told us the time for round one test was approximately 70 minutes.

Round two:

  • Exam Provider: School set up round 2 papers in Maths and English
  • Tentative time for 1st round: Early Oct 2019
  • Subjects tested: Maths and English
  • Duration of test: Not disclosed in the school website. Our parents and students have told us the time for round one test was approximately 70 minutes.

3) Henrietta Barnett School (HBS) Results:

First Round:

The results of the 1st round test in verbal and numerical reasoning questions will be combined, standardised and placed in rank order and the top 300 candidates are invited back to sit the second round of the Tests.

The part one Test in Verbal and Numerical Reasoning is assessed and standardised by Durham University.  The ratio of applied candidates to places available is nearly 30 candidates applied for each seat, and these numbers vary each year.

For round 2 the cutoff score for the entrance test conducted in Sept 2018 was 234.99 (scores are separated by tenths of a point).

Second Round:

The Second Round Test is in English and Mathematics and will take place in School on one day in October 2019. This Test will be for the top-ranked 300 applicants in round one only.       

After the Second Round Test, the results will be combined with the results from the first round, standardised and placed in rank order prior to being submitted to the Local Authority who will offer the highest ranked candidates in accordance with parental preference.  The results of both tests will be utilized to determine the final rankings.

The school will write in October to notify parents of applicants who have sat the Second Round Tests stating one of the following:

i) The candidate has attained a score which meets the standard required to be eligible for consideration for admission to the school (Band A+B applicants ).

ii) The candidate has achieved a score which does not meet the standard required, and is therefore not qualified to be considered for admission to the School (Band C candidates).

What is Band A, Band B and Band C for Henrietta Barnett School:

Band A - All candidates in this Group have achieved a ranked score That would have met the standard required to gain a place by the beginning of the Autumn Term in at least one of the last three admissions rounds

Band B - Some applicants within this group have achieved a ranked score which would have met the standard required to gain a place by the start of the Autumn Term in at least one of the last three admissions rounds

Band C - Candidates in this Group have achieved a ranked score which would not have met the standard required to gain a place in at least one of the last three admissions rounds

Currently, Henrietta Barnett School sample papers are not available on the HBS school however the school provides  HBS Familiarisation Booklet. The familiarisation booklet will give you an idea about the structure of the round one exam paper.

If you are looking for more practice material for Round 2, which is set by HBS school,  we highly recommend you to check our free 11 plus past papers with detailed stepwise solutions and every question is segregated as per the topic.

Our 3000+ question bank includes 11 plus past papers with solutions .

HBS Exam Dates:

Parents are requested to check all latest information about 11 Plus HBS Entrance exam, open days, registration dates, school exam dates on HBS School website.

Applicants will receive details of the Round One Entrance Test by Tuesday 27th August 2019.

4) How much competition is there for the Henrietta Barnett School 11+ Entrance Exam?

The School receives approximately 2500 to 3000 applicants for 93 places for year 7. These figures show that the tentative ratio of 30 candidates applies for a single position giving a ratio of 30:1.

In round 1, only 300 candidates are selected and called for the 2nd round. The second round is quite intense and the school sets papers for Maths and English.

After looking at all statistical data, HBS is accepting only top 3 to 4% of students who have applied for 11 plus entrance test.

More details about the results and scores can find in an earlier section of the Henrietta Barnett School Entrance Exam:

We advise parents, a rigorous preparation on a variety of Maths questions, and comprehension and creative writing are required.

The next section is on how to prepare your child for Henrietta Barnett School 11 Plus entrance exam will give you more insights about preparation.

5) How to prepare for 11 Plus entrance exam for the Henrietta Barnett School?

As discussed in the earlier section about the competition for getting a place in HBS school, this section will now give more insights about the preparation for HBS.

Every parent in Barnet and outside barnet make sure that their child is practicing Bond, CGP, Letts and many other books available in the market. These resources are very good for practice. But, this is not enough and do not reflect the difficulty level of what HBS Second Round is expecting.

Most of the students in Barnett has practiced many resources available in the market. But HBS is looking at an exceptional child, as said before only top 3 to 4 % of the top students. Therefore the school while designing the papers more likely to avoid the similar language of questions or style of questions appearing in various 11 plus resources available in the market.

Furthermore, these resources do not reflect the complexity of the HBS school exam paper.

We strongly recommend parents that the children who are appearing for HBS school 11 Plus exam must be exposed to different 11 Plus Past Papers, which contains more logical, problem-solving type of questions and the language of the mathematical problems must be unique.

This year our students secured 140/140 in QE boys exam and Band A in HBS. Our tutors worked hard. We never practiced the resources which are commonly present in the market in our tutoring classes. Our Tutors
always challenged our students on more on logical problem-solving questions, lots of word problems and every question in our tutoring session was different.

Our tutors used to set up a structured homework on the 11 plus practice books and 11 plus past papers as homework for the student.

Every question the student needs to solve in less than 40 sec and the time management was on the priority.

Our success formula shows that students who practiced a variety of Mathematical questions not just from typical 11 plus resource provider but from other independent school’s past papers succeed to get an entry into the Henrietta Barnett School.

To give an example, if you look at Manchester Grammar School Papers, the questions are tough. Also, the language of the problems is very tricky to understand even for an adult. Our students when they appeared for HBS 11 plus exam last year told us that practicing past paper questions helped them to crack the second round of HBS and managed the time accurately to complete the paper in given time, by writing stepwise answers and showing nice and clean workout for each question.

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The question above is from Manchester grammar school paper. The problem clearly shows a difficult language where many children struggle. Our stepwise solution will be helpful and develop the confidence of a child. There is time guidance so the parent can monitor the child is solving question under time pressure.

For HBS second round, they look at the approach of a student to solve the question. Hence writing steps are extremely important. That shows examiner the thought process of child and method to answer the questions.

We strongly recommend the parents must practice scholarship questions. The parents can find the scholarship type of questions in 11 Plus Independent school Past papers. The parents can browse at the end of each 11 plus exam paper, the difficulty level of scholarship problems is very high. Practicing these scholarship questions we have noticed that it gives a boost to a child’s independent thinking and logical approach to tackle any question. The students are not scared to see the language of the exam question when it appears in the actual exam 11 plus entrance exam in Henrietta Barnett School (HBS).

Also, there are many past papers along with solutions on our website. Top mathematicians write these solutions. We recommend that students use 11 Plus Past Papers with solutions to have more practice for a variety of questions which may come in their examination.

Parents are advised to print the papers from our recommended practice paper links and can give it to the student ensuring the student complete the paper under timed and exam conditions. This helps the child to learn time management. Please see below links for our highly recommended resources.

Our top mathematician tutor team has put enormous efforts to write detail solutions to each question. If you as a parent know what your child’s weak area is our system will show you all question segregated by topic, and you can practice them.

6) How to revise for Henrietta Barnett School (HBS)?

Here we would like to give some expert tips:

Students who are preparing for multiple schools including HBS,  the core subjects for  11 plus entrance test are Maths and English.

For round two, 11 plus entrance exam for Henrietta Barnett School  the below revision schedule of 11 plus past papers is very helpful to clear the second round.

All students in PiAcademy used this schedule and secured a place in Henrietta Barnett School.

Here is a small schedule we usually follow in our mathematics tutoring sessions to practise and revise the 11 plus past papers:

To access our subscription 11 plus  exam past paper schedule click here

Parents can go through the wrong questions with their child. As our system also shows topic wise segregated questions, it is beneficial for parents to practice more questions on the same topic and revise them frequently. In our 11 plus past paper subscription, the time guidance is given for each problem which helps parents to revise the topic questions with their children under time pressure.

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