Preparation for Senior Schools

Moving onto Secondary School

At Heatherton, we know that choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions that you will have to make about your daughter’s future. We prepare the girls at Heatherton for a diverse range of Senior Schools, including Grammar and Independent Schools.

Heatherton pupils will stand out from others in their holistic preparation for moving up to Senior School. Our pupils are wholly supported in preparing for the transfer process for entry into any Senior School they may wish to apply for and also when preparing for Scholarships.  We start the conversation about next steps in Year 4 and continue to work with parents in partnership to navigate the pathway to finding the right next step.

Heatherton ‘punches well above it’s weight’ and as a foundation and spring board for ‘big school’ I could not think of a better place for our daughter.

– Current Year 2 Parent

No entrance examination from 2025

Entrance to Berkhamsted Girls

As we are part of the Berkhamsted Family of Schools, currently our Year 6 girls who choose to apply to Berkhamsted Girls, have the benefit of sitting the entrance assessment a week before external candidates, as well as receiving offers around 2 months ahead.

For further details on the current Year 7 entry assessments and the transfer process, please refer to our Progression Policy.

Planned changes for our 2025 Year 7 entry. We will not require Heatherton pupils entering Berkhamsted Girls to take entrance exams for the Senior School, this affects pupils in Year 3 in September 2021, and following years, making their journey through to Berkhamsted Girls as smooth and seamless as possible.

Berkhamsted Girls

Alternative Senior School options

Heatherton girls go on to a variety of Senior Schools, and we are proud to say that they get into their first choice of schools, whether that be a Grammar or Girls’ Day Independent School.

The stats below show the Year 6 leavers’ destinations schools from 2019-2022


DestinationNumber of pupilsScholarships & Exhibitions Awarded
Amersham School6
Ashlyns School2
Beaconsfield High School2
Berkhamsted Girls School22Drama (Exhibition); Drama and Music (Exhibition); Drama (Exhibition); Drama (Exhibition)
Chesham Grammar School6
Chiltern Hills Academy 2
Dr Challoner’s High School 26
Holmer Green Senior School1
Pipers Corner2Academic; Sport
Queen Anne’s School1Art and Sport
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School1
St Clement Danes School2
St Mary’s School3
The Royal Masonic School for Girls1All Rounder (Exhibition); Art Scholarship
Wycombe Abbey1

Heatherton provided my daughter with a solid foundation of confidence, a love of learning new things, and great social skills, which prepared her beautifully to move on to Secondary School.

Former Heatherton Parent