Skip to content

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School for Boys


Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School for Boys is a selective boys grammar school located in Barnet, North London. The school was founded in 1573 by Queen Elizabeth I and has a long history of academic excellence and tradition. The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares students for the challenges of the 21st century. The school also has a strong reputation for its extracurricular activities, such as music, drama, sports and clubs.


The school has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted six times in a row, and was named the Sunday Times State School of the Year 2022.


The school admits boys from the age of 11 to 18, and girls in the sixth form (16-18). Admission to the school is based on academic ability, as measured by the 11+ entrance examination. The examination consists of two papers: one in English and one in mathematics. The papers are designed to test the candidates’ reasoning skills, rather than their knowledge of the subjects. The examination is administered by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE).

The school receives more applications than it has places available, so it is highly competitive. In 2020, the school received 2,500 applications for 180 places in Year 7. The average score required to secure a place was 240 out of 280. The school also admits students into the sixth form, based on their GCSE results and an interview. The minimum requirement for entry into the sixth form is eight GCSEs at grade 6 or above, including English and mathematics.


The school aims to provide a stimulating and supportive environment for its students, where they can develop their talents and interests. The school has a strong pastoral system, with each student assigned to a tutor group and a house. The school also has a student council, a prefect system and a peer mentoring scheme. The school encourages students to take part in its wide range of extracurricular activities, such as music, drama, sports and clubs. The school has a number of facilities for these activities, such as a theatre, a music centre, a sports hall and a swimming pool.

The school also offers many opportunities for students to enrich their learning beyond the classroom, such as educational trips, exchange programmes, competitions and lectures. The school has links with several local, national and international organisations, such as the Royal Society, the British Council and the European Union. The school also has a strong tradition of charity work and social responsibility, raising funds and awareness for various causes.