Welcome to our private London secondary schools info.

*   Content updated Q2 2021   *

In this page, you will find all the information you need about the admission criteria for private secondary schools in London. Most importantly, this page focuses on private independent senior schools and their Admission criteria, for your child or for yourself.

Firstly, below you will find specific information on admission criteria to Private Secondary Schools and their subsequent Admission pages.

Independent/private schools are spread out over London. These schools are fee-paying. Private schools are run by governors and independent of many regulations that apply to state schools. Subsequently, the biggest of these regulations that they are independent of is the National Curriculum.

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Independent Secondary Schools (across London) 

London is not only the capital of the United Kingdom but also probably seen as an educational hub for UK students and students from all over the world. Many aspire to get into some of the best universities in the world from here and find that private school education is the best way to prepare for their academic future.

Private secondary schools subsequently cater for children between 11 / 13 to 16 and often has a Sixth Form within the school for children 16-18. Many of these private schools are members of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). This is a non-profit organisation representing about 80% independent schools in the UK (in 2011).

Independent schools that belong to the ISC are also inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) according to a framework agreed upon between the various assessment bodies including the DfE and Ofsted.

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The best way to search for school options is to have a look at the schools in the area and work from there. You can then find the Website and Admissions pages for these schools on this page and the link below.

Private Secondary School Websites (London)

As each private school manages its own admission procedures, these vary greatly. Most private schools are however academically selective and even those that aren’t, require an interview to see whether your child would fit into their particular school environment.

For academically selective schools various forms of assessment can be used either at 11+ or 13+. These may include Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning and exams on various other subjects.

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Deciding on the right private secondary school for your child is a very important decision. Choosing the best school for your child is not only important for their happiness, but also for their further education.


Private Secondary Schools by London Borough

There are 32 boroughs in the 33 local authority districts in Greater London. The 33rd is the City of London, not technically a borough. These 32 boroughs are as follow:

  • City of London (not a London borough, but local authority district)
  • City of Westminster
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Wandsworth
  • Lambeth
  • Southwark
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Hackney
  • Islington
  • Camden
  • Brent
  • Ealing
  • Hounslow
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • Kingston upon Thames

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  • Merton
  • Sutton
  • Croydon
  • Bromley
  • Lewisham
  • Greenwich
  • Bexley
  • Havering
  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Redbridge
  • Newham
  • Waltham Forest
  • Haringey
  • Enfield
  • Barnet
  • Harrow
  • Hillingdon

Clicking on the name of the school will take you directly to the Admission page of the relevant school. This will, therefore, allow you to review the relevant Admissions procedures for each school. See what entrance tests they use and through this, we are confident that you will be able to choose the best independent secondary school in London for you or your child.

Because every school is different it will be very beneficial to visit each private secondary school of interest to you or your child. Therefore, keep an eye out for schools’ open days and have a look at our blog  School Open Days for guidelines on what to expect.

Firstly, below are the list of links to the Admission pages.

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A – E of Private London Secondary Schools

ACS Cobham International School Admission(ACS) Egham International School Admission, and ACS Hillingdon International School Admission

Alleyn’s Admission

Bancroft’s School Senior Admissions

Bellerbys College London Admissions

Bishopsgate School Admissions

Blackheath High School Admissions

Box Hill Admission

Cambridge Tutors College Admissions

Canbury School Admissions

Caterham School Admissions

CATS College London Admissions

Channing Senior School Admissions

Chelsea Independent College Admissions

Cty of London Freemen’s School Admissions

City of London School Admissions

Cty of London School for Girls Senior Admission

Claremont Fan Court School

Colfe’s School Admissions

Collingham Independent College Admissions

Cranleigh School Admissions

Croydon High School Seniors  Admissions

DLD College London Admissions

Duke of Kent School Admissions

Dunottar School Admissions

Ealing Independent College

Eaton Square School Admissions

Eltham College Admissions

Emanuel School Admissions

Epsom College Senior Admissions

Ewell Castle School Admissions#

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F – K of Private London Secondary Schools

Fairley House School Admissions

Fine Arts College Admissions

Francis Holland Senior School Regents Park Admissions and Francis Holland Senior School Sloane Square Admissions

Frederick Hugh House Admissions

Frensham Heights Admissions

Guildford High School Admissions

Halliford Senior School Admissions

Hampton Court House Admissions and Hampton School Admissions

Harrow School Admissions

Hawley Hurst Admissions

Highgate School Admissions

Ibstock Place Senior School Admissions

Italia Conti Academy Admissions

James Allen’s Girls School Admissions

Kew House School Admissions

King Edward’s Witley Admissions

King’s College School Admissions

Kingston Grammar School Admissions

Kingswood House Admissions

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Admission criteria to private secondary schools in London (Sixth Forms)

L – R of Private London Secondary Schools

Latymer Upper School

Lingfield School Admissions

MPW Admissions

Manor House School Bookham Admissions

Marymount International School Admissions

Moon Hall School Reigate Admissions

More House School Farnham Admissions and More House School Admissions

Mount House School Admissions

Northwood College Admissions

Notting Hill & Ealing Admissions

Old Palace Admissions

Palmers Green Admissions

Park School Senior Admissions

Portland Place School Admissions

Prior’s Field Admissions

Putney High School Admissions

Queens College Admission

Queen’s Gate Senior Admissions

Reed’s School Admissions

Reigate Grammar School Admissions

Riverston Admissions

Royal Grammar School Admissions and Royal Russell School Admissions

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S – Z of Private London Secondary Schools

Sir William Perkin’s Senior Admissions

South Hampstead Admissions

Saint Augustine’s Priory Admissions

St Benedict’s School Admissions

Saint Catherine’s School Admissions and St Catherine’s Bramley Admissions

Saint Edmund’s School Admissions

St George’s College College Admissions

Saint Helen’s School Admissions

St James Senior Boys Admission and St James Senior Girls’ Admission

St. John’s School Admissions

Saint Margaret’s Hampstead Admissions

St Paul’s Girls’ Senior Admission and Saint Paul’s Admissions

St. Teresa’s Effingham Admissions

Streatham & Clapham  Admissions

Surbiton High School Admissions

Susi Earnshaw Admissions

Sutton High School Admissions

Sydenham High School Admissions

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Sylvia Young Theatre School Admissions

TASIS England Admissions

Thames Christian College Admissions

(The) Arts Educational School Admissions

The Cedars Admission Procedure

(The) Godolphin & Latymer Admissions

The John Lyon School Admissions

(The) King Alfred School Admissions

The Lady Eleanor Holles School

(The) Laurels Admissions

The Moat School Admissions

(The) Mount, Mill Hill International Admissions

The Royal Ballet Admissions

(The) Royal School, Haslemere Admissions

The Swaminarayan Senior School Admissions

(The) Yehudi Menuhin School Admissions

Tormead School Admissions

Trinity School Admissions

UCS Senior Branch Hampstead Admissions

Westminster School Admissions

Whitgift School Admissions

Wimbledon High School Admissions

Woldingham School

Woodcote House School Admissions

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Our Other Which School guides

Firstly, private Sixth Form Admissionstop private sixth Forms Guide , private London Sixth Forms blog and London Sixth Forms Guide.

Secondly, London Prep Schools GuidePrep schools, London prep schools guide and Top London Prep schools blog.

Thirdly, London private schoolsPrivate London School Admissions (A-M), Sunday Times Private Schools League Table and top private girls schools in London.

Plus, London Independent Schools Guide, and London’s top independent school A-Level results.

Then, Grammar Schools Guide, London 11 plus practice tests, 11Plus GL Guide,Grammars using 11 plus GL Assessment Guide , Guide to Grammar School Entry.

Also, UK Boarding Schools Guide, and primary school league tables,

Finally, London Pre-Schools Guide,

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