When Dame Henrietta Barnett founded the Hampstead Garden Suburb and The Henrietta Barnett School, one of the central parts of her vision was that the Suburb, and then the school, should be of benefit to people from all backgrounds. She was a great champion of the poor and disadvantaged in Victorian London and worked tirelessly her whole life to improve the lives of those whom she felt were not born with the advantages that wealth and privilege can bring.
Therefore, it is very important to us at HBS that children from less advantaged backgrounds attend the school. We are particularly keen to receive applications from parents of children who are entitled to Free School Meals (Pupil Premium). Many Pupil Premium pupils have attended HBS and they have all achieved fantastic GCSE and A Level results. They go onto the top universities and follow very successful career paths. There are Pupil Premium students in every year group at HBS.
In our Admissions Policy, Pupil Premium girls are given priority after the first round of 11+ testing, irrespective of where they live. This means that if a Pupil Premium candidate is ranked in the top 300 in the first round test, then she will be offered a place at the school, in accordance with our Admissions Policy. The only additional stipulation is that the parents have to provide written proof of Pupil Premium eligibility. We strongly recommend that parents who feel that they may be entitled to Free School Meals apply for this when their child is still in primary school, as their eligibility has to be approved before they apply for a place at HBS, in order to take advantage of the priority given to Pupil Premium candidates in the entrance test.