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Choosing the best secondary school for your son or daughter is a big decision and a daunting one at that!  

If you’re looking into independent or grammar schools for secondary, Bright Light Education can help make this transition from primary to secondary school as smooth as possible, ensuring that your child receives the best possible preparation for the 11+ examinations.

Here is the process that we recommend in six clear steps:

1) Read through our Secondary Schools Guide.

2) Sit down as a family and write down what is important in a school for you and your child:

  • location?
  • academic results?
  • facilities?
  • single-sex, co-educational?
  • where their friends are going?
  • SEND provision?
  • interests and hobbies – can the school provide?

3) Return to the Secondary Schools Guide and highlight all the schools which fit your criteria.

At Bright Light Education, we believe that it is of utmost importance that you pick a range of schools and that you and your child keep an open mind. Perhaps you may also speak to other parents and your child’s class teacher in case there are other schools which fit your criteria which are not mentioned in the guide.

4) Look at the websites of your preferred schools to get a fuller picture of what they offer. Look at Ofsted or ISI reports and ask other parents or post on Facebook groups to ask parents who have children at the school their opinion. You’ll obviously receive different opinions so have clear questions that you want to ask about the school. Most importantly though is to visit the school!  

5) Find out when the Open Days are and contact the schools to reserve a place.

6) Check what the 11+ examination consists of for each school and ensure that your child is prepared.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Bright Light Education if you would like your child to be supported in preparation for their 11+ examinations. We also have a number of 11+ past papers for you to download here.

The Independent Schools at a Glance

 

This table introduces you to many of the popular independent secondary schools in and around London.

School Location Type Ages
Alleyn’s School Dulwich Co-Ed 4-18
Arts Educational School Chiswick Co-Ed 11-18
Blackheath High School Blackheath Girls 11-18
Channing School Highgate Girls 11-18
City of London School  for Girls Barbican Girls 7-18
City of London School City of London Boys 10-18
Colet Court / St Paul’s Boys Hammersmith / Barnes Boys 7-13

13-18

Colfe’s School Lee Green Co-Ed 11-18
Dulwich College Dulwich Boys 11-18
Eltham College Bromley Boys (Co-Ed 6th form) 11-18
Emanuel School Battersea Co-Ed 10-18
Forest School Waltham Forest Co-Ed 11-18
Francis Holland School (Regent’s Park) Regent’s Park Girls 11-18
Francis Holland School (Sloane Square) Sloane Square Girls 4-18
Highgate School Highgate Co-Ed 3-18
Hampton School Hampton Boys 11-18
Ibstock Place School Roehampton Co-Ed 4-18
James Allen’s Girls’ Dulwich Girls 4-18
Kew House Kew Co-Ed 11-18
King Alfred School Hampstead Co-Ed 11-18
Kingston Grammar Kingston Co-Ed 11-18
King’s College School Wimbledon Boys (Co-Ed 6th form) 7-18
Latymer Upper School Hammersmith Co-Ed 11-18
Merchant Taylors’ School Northwood Boys 11-18
Mill Hill School Mill Hill Co-Ed 13-18
More House Knightsbridge Girls 11-18
Northwood College Northwood Girls 3-18
Notting Hill and Ealing High School Ealing Girls 4-18
Putney High School Putney Girls 4-18
Queen’s College Harley Street Girls 11-18
Queen’s Gate Kensington Girls 4-18
Radnor House Twickenham Co-Ed 7-18
St Augustine’s Priory Ealing Girls 3-18
St Benedict’s School Ealing Co-Ed 4-18
St Catherine’s School Twickenham Girls 3-18
St Dunstan’s School Catford Co-Ed 4-18
St Helen’s School Northwood Girls 3-18
St James’ Independent School for Girls Kensington Girls 10-18
St Paul’s Girls’ School Hammersmith Girls 11-18
Streatham and Clapham School Streatham Girls 3-18
Surbiton High School Surbiton Girls 11-18
Sydenham High School Sydenham Girls 11-18
The Godolphin and Latymer School Hammersmith Girls 11-18
The Harrodian School Barnes Co-Ed 4 -18
The John Lyon School Middlesex Boys 11-18
The Lady Eleanor Holles School Middlesex Girls 7-18
University College School Hampstead Boys (Co-Ed 6th form) 11-18
Westminster School Westminster Boys (Co-Ed 6th form) 7 – 18
Wimbledon High School Wimbledon Girls 4-18

The Grammar Schools at a Glance

This table introduces you to many of the popular grammar secondary schools in and around London.

School Location Type Ages
Henrietta Barnett School Barnet Girls 11-18
Queen Elizabeth’s School Barnet Boys 11-18
Beths Grammar School Bexley Boys (Co-Ed 6th form) 11-18
Bexley Grammar School Bexley Co-Ed 11-18
Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School Bexley Co-Ed 11-18
Townley Grammar School Bexley Girls 11-18
Newstead Wood School Bromley Girls 11-18
St Olave’s Grammar School Bromley Boys 11-18
The Latymer School Enfield Co-Ed 11-18
Chelmsford County High School for Girls Essex Girls 11-18
Colchester County High School for Girls Essex Girls 11-18
Colchester Royal Grammar School Essex Boys (Co-Ed 6th form) 11-18
King Edward VI Grammar School Essex Boys 11-18
Southend High School for Boys Essex Boys 11-18
Southend High School for Girls Essex Girls 11-18
Westcliff High School for Boys Essex Boys 11-18
Westcliff High School for Girls Essex Girls 11-18
The Tiffin Girls’ School Kingston Girls 11-18
Tiffin School Kingston Boys 11-18
Ilford County High School Redbridge Boys 11-18
Woodford County High School Redbridge Girls 11-18
Greenshaw High School Sutton Co-Ed 11-18
Nonsuch High School for Girls Sutton Girls 11-18
Sutton Grammar School Sutton Boys 11-18
Wallington County Grammar School Sutton Boys 11-18
Wallington High School for Girls Sutton Girls 11-18
Wilson’s Grammar School Sutton Boys 11-18