We welcome applicants to join Habs at any of our five formal entry points: 4+, 7+, 11+, 13+ and 16+. Occasionally, we also have spaces in other year groups. You can learn more in the Occasional Places and Overseas information sections further down.


Below, you will find a step-by-step guide to visiting our school, applying, assessments, interviews and accepting an offer.

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Key dates for Reception

1. Registration deadline
Thursday 21 November 2024
2. Play based assessment
Monday 16 - Wednesday 18 December 2024
3. Second round
Monday 20 - Friday 24 January 2025
4. Offers sent out
Friday 31 January 2025
5. Make your mind up event
Tuesday 4 February 2025
6. Offer acceptance deadline
Friday 7 February 2025 (12pm)

Visit us

If you are interested in your son joining us in September 2025 for the 4+ entry, please come and visit us on one of our open days.

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General information

Joining our community in Reception offers boys an academically outstanding education filled with awe and wonder.

We offer approximately 40 Reception places each year.

We have high expectations for our students, so it is important that we ensure your son would be given the space to thrive at Habs.

Entry is for candidates aged 4 and below the age of 5 on the 1st September in the year of entry.

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Play based assessment

In the Autumn term prior to the year of entry, your child will be invited to a play-based assessment which lasts around an hour and a half.

These sessions are led by members of our teaching staff, who will help your child feel comfortable so their suitability for a place can be assessed fairly.

They will take part in a range of individual and small group activities. Children with birth months in close proximity are placed in the same group. Twins will be placed in separate groups for their assessments.

We will also request a written reference from your child’s nursery or pre-school.


Parent interviews and child assessment

A select number of children will return for a second round, where they will be seen on a one-to-one basis with senior members of staff. This stage will last approximately one hour.

There will also be an opportunity at a later date for parents to meet the Head of the Prep and Pre-Prep and other members of our Senior Leadership Team whilst your son takes part in some one-to-one activities. In the meeting, you can ask us questions and decide if you think we are right for your son.

These meetings are also an important way for us to get to know your family, making sure our ethos and values are aligned with yours.


Our son is thrilled to have been offered a place (as are we!). Thank you to everyone that has been involved in the admissions process – we were so impressed at every touchpoint.

If you have any enquiries, please email our admissions team in the first instance at admissions@habsboys.org.uk or call us on 020 8266 1700.

Meet the admissions team

Rachel Shaw

Director of Admissions

Binnur Rogers

Admissions Registrar

Georgina Lennon

Assistant Registrar

Chantal Gilbert


Admissions FAQs

Preparing for our admission assessments and interviews

Does having a sibling at Habs Boys make admission easier?

My child is currently at a state school. Will they be at a disadvantage?

Is any financial support available?

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What subjects can I study at A level?