Grammar Schools

Grammar Schools

The following is a list of the main grammar schools targeted by parents who send their children to Smart Learning Tuition. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list and children often sit entrance exams for other schools also (e.g. Watford, Kendrick, Reading, etc.). Click on the links below for more information about each school.

Please note: While the information on these pages are believed to be correct at the time of writing, some details may have subsequently changed. You are advised to also visit the websites of the various schools to obtain the latest information.


Kingston upon Thames Schools
Tiffin (Boys) – Updated March 2018

Address: Queen Elizabeth Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 6RL
Tel: 020 8546 4638
Email: office@tiffin.kingston.sch.uk
Places: 180 places in Year 7
Test Types:
Tiffin School operates a two-stage test procedure.

  • Stage 1 (pre-selection tests): English and Maths papers. These are marked by computer and will determine the number of applicants invited back to sit the Stage 2 test.
  • Stage 2: Maths and English. These will be written tests.

Catchment Policy:

Inner Priority Area: Less than 10 Km radius from the school.
Outer Priority Area:
10 Km or more and less than 14 Km from the school.
Click here to see if you are within these areas.

Selection Policy:

Places will be allocated on the following basis:

  1. To a boy who has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), or a Statement of Special Educational Needs and who has has demonstrated his ability and aptitude through the testing process.
  2. Places will then be allocated on the basis of selection by ability as demonstrated in Tiffin School’s test procedure in rank order of the combined score in the following order:
    1. To boys whose combined score is higher than or equal to the 300th ranked mark of all applicants who sat the Stage Two Test in the following order of priority:
      1. Currently Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children whose permanent place of residence is within the Inner Priority Area.
      2. Boys whose primary school receives pupil premium funding in respect of him and whose permanent place of residence is within the Inner Priority Area.
    2. The remaining places will be allocated in rank order of the combined score in the following order of priority:
      1. Boys whose permanent place of residence is within the Inner Priority Area.
      2. Boys whose permanent place of residence is in the Outer Priority Area.
      3. Boys whose permanent place of residence is outside the Priority Areas.
Website: www.tiffinschool.co.uk

The Tiffin Girls’ – Updated March 2018

Address: Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 5PL
Tel: 020 8546 0773
Email: admissions@tiffingirls.org
Places: 180 places in Year 7
Test Types:
The Tiffin Girls’ School operates a two stage test procedure.

  • Stage 1 (preselection tests): English and Maths papers.
    Both will be multiple-choice style tests.
    This will determine the number of applicants invited back to sit the Stage 2 test.
    Marks from the Stage 1 do not contribute to the final score.
  • Stage 2: Maths and English (Reading and Writing). Admission to the school will be determined by academic ability by reference to the Stage 2 Test only.

Catchment Policy:

The Inner Area comprises the following electoral wards:
Berrylands
Beverley
Canbury
Coombe Hill
Coombe Vale
Grove
Norbiton
St Mark’s
Tudor
Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside

The Designated Area comprises the following postal districts:
KT1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19
TW1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
SW13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20
W3, 4, 5, 7, 13
SM4
CR4

Selection Policy:

 Places will be allocated on the following basis:

  1. To a girl who has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and who has demonstrated her academic ability through the School’s Test Procedure.
  2. Up to 60 girls whose mark in the Stage 2 Test is higher than or equal to the 350th ranked mark of all applicants who sat the Stage 2 Test and who are:
    1. Currently Looked after Children and previously Looked After Children whose permanent place of residence is within the Inner Area or the Designated Area.
    2. Girls whose permanent place of residence is within the Inner Area and who qualify for receipt of Pupil Premium Funding at the time of registering to take the Stage 1 Test,
    3. Girls whose permanent place of residence is within the Inner Area.
    4. Girls whose permanent place of residence is within the Designated Area and who qualify for receipt of Pupil Premium Funding at the time of registering to take the Stage 1 Test.
  3. The remaining places will be allocated from all applicants who sat the Stage 2 Test in the following order:
    1. Girls whose permanent place of residence is within the Designated Area.
    2. Girls whose permanent place of residence is outside the Designated Area.

Any younger sister of a student on roll at the School on Monday 2 September 2013  is deemed to reside within the Designated Area for the purpose of these admissions arrangements at the time of an application provided that:

  1. the Older Sister will still be on roll at the School when the Younger Sister starts at the School
  2. the Younger Sister has the same permanent place of residence as the Older Sister
Website: www.tiffingirls.kingston.sch.uk

Slough Schools
The four grammar schools in Slough (Langley Grammar School, Herschel Grammar School, St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School and Upton Court Grammar School) operate as a consortium for the purposes of 11+ testing. The schools use a common 11+ entrance examination and administer it according to common procedures. A child sits just one 11+ examination, irrespective of how many of the Slough Consortium grammar schools parents are applying to.

You must complete the online registration form which can be accessed from the websites of any of the Consortium grammar schools or at www.sloughconsortium.org.uk. There will be four examination centres in Slough and your child will be allocated a centre on the basis of their primary school and postcode. You will be advised of your allocated test centre and test arrangements before the end of the summer term.

Herschel, Upton Court and Langley Grammar Schools are enormously over–subscribed, with approximately 10 applicants for every place. St. Bernard’s Grammar School receives approximately 3 applications for every place.

Test Types
The Consortium 11+ entrance examination is provided by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at the University of Durham. The examination consists of two separate papers, each approximately 60-65 minutes in duration, containing a variety of questions which will test verbal, numerical and non-verbal ability; the interpretation of verbal reasoning is broad and includes comprehension and reading skills. The papers are split up into smaller timed sections.

Questions on both papers have a range of answer formats. Pupils indicate their answers on a separate answer sheet which is marked by computer and must be filled in exactly as directed in the instructions.

Standardisation
The papers are marked centrally by CEM who then carry out a standardisation process. Standardisation is a statistical procedure whereby raw scores (number of questions answered correctly) are converted to standardised scores to make it fair for candidates of all ages. The standardisation takes into account how a child has performed compared with the average performance of all the children taking each test in the Consortium and how the child has performed in each test compared with children of the same age.

The procedure results in a fair score for all children whether born at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the academic year. Children do not have marks added because they are born in August, or taken away if they have a September birthday – it isn’t as simple as that! Standardisation also means that it is possible for children to score high marks whilst getting some questions wrong or failing to complete all questions.

Other schools using the same test
Some parents in Slough and other parts of Berkshire may be considering other schools, including either Kendrick School (girls) or Reading School (boys), in addition to one or more Slough grammar schools on the Common Application Form.

The 11+ entrance examination used by the Slough Consortium, Reading and Kendrick Schools is a common paper used by a number of grammar schools, sat on the same day. Candidates who are interested in applying to any of these schools can only sit the entrance examination once. If you are interested in more than one school, you MUST register with EACH school, according to their admissions policy and indicate where your child will sit the test. Your child’s scores can only be shared with those schools for which they are registered.

In addition to the four Slough consortium schools, Reading School and Kendrick School, there are other, more geographically distant schools that use the same test on the same day.

If a child is registered for more than one school, parents would receive results from each school for which the child is registered. These standardised results may be different for each school, as the same raw score is being compared with the scores of a different cohort of children.

Parents who are considering registration for the Slough Consortium and any other school using the same test on the same day must read the registration form carefully and select the centre at which they wish the child to sit the test. Requests for scores to be shared cannot be changed after registration closes. Scores cannot be retrospectively shared between schools after the standardisation process has taken place.

Pass mark
The 11+ entrance examination is designed to identify pupils who would be suited to a grammar school education. A score of 111 or greater means that a pupil is eligible to be considered for a place in a grammar school if they were to apply.

If a grammar school is oversubscribed – i.e. has more applicants than it has places available – places will be offered according to the criteria set out in the individual school’s Admissions Policy. A score of 111 in itself is therefore not a guarantee of a place.

You should be aware that the four grammar schools have different criteria under which they will offer places if they are oversubscribed. This may involve offering places in rank order, according to distance from the school, or some other criteria. You must check the admissions policy of each school, and address any questions you may have to the school concerned.


Langley Grammar School – Updated March 2018

Address: Reddington Drive, Langley, Berkshire SL3 7QS
Tel: 01753 598300
Email: school@lgs.slough.sch.uk
Places: 180 places in Year 7

Catchment Policy:

The School’s Priority Admissions Areas are defined using postcodes as follows:

  • Priority Area 1 (inner):
    SL3 7, SL3 8, SL3 9, SL3 0
  • Priority Area 2 (Outer): SL0, SL1, SL2, SL3 (outside Area 1), SL4
    TW18, TW19, TW20
    UB3, UB4, UB7, UB8, UB10
  • Priority Area 3 (General):
    SL5, SL6, SL7, SL8, SL9
    TW3, TW4, TW5, TW7, TW13, TW14, TW15
    UB1, UB2, UB5, UB6, UB9
    HA1, HA2, HA3, HA4, HA5, HA6
    W5, W7, W13
    RG12, RG42

Catchment/Selection Policy:

Children who have achieve a standardised score of 111 or above in the entrance test will be admitted in the following order:

  1. Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education Health and Care Plan will be admitted automatically.
  2. Looked After Children, or children who have been previously looked after.
  3. Eligible applicants with a permanent home address within the school’s Priority Area 1, up to a maximum of 100 places. If there are fewer places available than eligible applicants, places will be allocated firstly to those applicants who attract Pupil Premium funding at the closing date for submission of the Common Application Form and then in rank order of performance in the entrance examination.
  4. Eligible applicants with a permanent home address within the school’s Priority Area 2 and who attract Pupil Premium funding at the closing date for submission of the Common Application Form.
  5. Eligible applicants who are children of permanent members of the School staff who have been continuously employed by the school for a period of not less than 2 years prior to the closing date for applications or who have been recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  6. Eligible applicants with a permanent home address within the school’s Priority Area 2, in rank order of performance in the admission examination.
  7. Eligible applicants who live within the school’s Priority Area 3, in rank order of performance in the admission examination.
  8. Eligible applicants who live outside the Priority Admission Areas, in rank order of performance in the admission examination.
Website: www.lgs.slough.sch.uk

Herschel Grammar School – Updated March 2018

Address: Northampton Avenue, Slough, Berkshire SL1 3BW
Tel: 01753 520950
Email: mail@herschel.slough.sch.uk
Places: 150 places in Year 7

Catchment/Selection Policy:

Children who have achieve a standardised score of 111 or above in the entrance test will be admitted in the following order:

  1. Pupils with an Education Health and Care Plan or a statement of Special Educational Needs will be admitted automatically.
  2. Looked after children who are being accommodated, or who have been taken into care by a local authority.
  3. Pupils living within within 4 miles of the school. Click here to see if you are within this area.
  4. Up to a further 10 places will be offered to eligible applicants with a permanent home address within 10 miles of the school who are eligible for the Pupil Premium at the closing date for submission of the Common Application Form.
  5. Children of permanent members of the school staff who have been continuously employed by the school for a period of not less than 2 years prior to the closing date for applications.
  6. The remaining places, up to 150, will be allocated to pupils in rank order of performance in the examination.
Website: www.herschel.slough.sch.uk


St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School – Updated March 2018

Address: 1 Langley Road, Slough, Berkshire SL3 7AF
Tel: 01753 527020
Email: Contact Form
Places: 150 places in Year 7

Catchment/Selection Policy:

Children who have achieve a standardised score of 111 or above in the entrance test will be admitted in the following order:

  1. Pupils with an Education Health and Care Plan will be admitted first where the school has been named by the local authority.
  2. Catholic Looked After children.
  3. Practising Catholic children.
  4. Catholic children.
  5. All other Looked After children.
  6. Children from other Christian Churches.
  7. Children from Other Faiths who attend a Slough Catholic Primary School within St Peter’s Pastoral Area, (Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Primary School, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, St Bernard’s Preparatory School and St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School) and live in Slough with a permanent home address.
  8. Children from Other Faiths who attend a Slough Primary School within St Peter’s Pastoral Area Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Primary School, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, St Bernard’s Preparatory School and St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School).
  9. Children of Staff.
  10. Any other children .

For each category the school will determine an order of priority based on:

  1. Children currently in receipt of the Pupil Premium.
  2. On the child’s score in the Selective Tests.
Website: www.st-bernards.slough.sch.uk

Upton Court Grammar School – Updated March 2018

Address: Lascelles Road, Upton, Berkshire SL3 7PR
Tel: 01753 522892
Email: office@uptoncourtgrammar.org.uk
Places: 165 places in Year 7

Catchment/Selection Policy:

Children who have achieve a standardised score of 111 or above in the entrance test will be admitted in the following order:

  1. Pupils with Special Educational Needs or with an Education Health and Care Plan will be admitted automatically.
  2. Looked after children who are being accommodated, or who have been taken into care by a local authority.
  3. Up to 15 places will be offered to applicants who are currently eligible, or have been eligible within the previous six years, for Free School Meals (Pupil Premium). If the number of applicants in this category is greater than 15, places will be offered in rank order according to 11+ score, and then distance from the school.
  4. Children of members of staff who have been employed at Upton Court Grammar School for 2 years or more prior to submission of the Common Application Form (CAF) on 0.5 of full time or above or filling a vacant post where there is a skills shortage. The term “staff” refers to any employee who is permanently employed by Upton Court Grammar School, and excludes those contracted through external agencies.
  5. Children that are attending, at the time of submission of the Common Application Form (CAF), Foxborough Primary School or Trevelyan Middle School (members of Pioneer Educational Trust) as the designated feeder schools.
  6. Up to 120 pupils in rank order of performance in the 11+ tests.
  7. Proximity to the school, nearest first, measured ‘as the crow flies’ from the main entrance of the school to the front door of the child’s home address.
Website: www.uptoncourtgrammar.org.uk

North London Schools
Queen Elizabeth’s School (Boys) – Updated March 2018

Address: Queen’s Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire EN5 4DQ
Tel: 020 8441 4646
Email: admissions@qebarnet.co.uk
Places: 180 places in Year 7
Test Types: Each candidate will sit two test papers in a single session. Both tests will be in a multiple choice format, one containing questions on English, and the other containing questions on Mathematics.

Catchment Policy:

No catchment area.

Catchment Policy:

Places will be offered to the 180 applicants placed highest in the list obtained by ranking applicants in the order of their combined scores in the selection tests.

Candidates achieving a combined score of 210 or higher will be deemed to have met the standard required to be eligible to be considered for admission to the School. However, it is likely that more than 180 boys will achieve this minimum score. The following table gives data for entrance tests held since the current admissions criteria were adopted. This table is for guidance only and does not guarantee that a place will be offered.

  Number Taking Test Number achieving 210
Number of Applicants Lowest Score Gaining Admission
2013 1631 575 717 227
2014 1985 718 830 223
2015 1946 699 837 222
2016 2204 770 869 226
2017 2224 801 892 224
Website: www.qebarnet.co.uk

The Henrietta Barnett School (Girls) – Updated March 2018

Address: Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 7BN
Tel: 020 8458 8999
Email: office@hbschool.org.uk
Places: 100 in Year 7. The School receives in excess of 2000 applicants each year for Year 7. In 2016-2017, 2160 applications were received for 93 places in Year 7.

Test Types:

The Entrance Test consists of two rounds.

  • Round 1: Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning. In the last few years this has been set by CEM Durham University. The results of these papers will be combined, standardised and placed in rank order. The top 300 candidates will be invited back to sit the second round of tests.
  • Round 2: English and Mathematics. The English paper will include extension questions to test comprehension and creative writing skills. The Maths paper will include extension questions to test problem solving skills. Candidates will be asked to apply their skills and knowledge to new situations.

Catchment Policy:

No catchment area.

Catchment:

The results from both rounds of tests will be combined, standardised and placed in rank order. Offers will be made to the highest ranked applicants in accordance with parental preference.

The school will inform parents of candidates who have sat the Second Round Tests stating one of the following:

  1. The candidate has achieved a score which meets the standard required to be eligible for consideration for admission to the School (Band A+B candidates),
    or:
  2. The candidate has achieved a score which does not meet the standard required, and is therefore not eligible to be considered for admission to the School (Band C candidates).

Offers will be made in the following order:

  1. Applicants whose Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special Educational Needs names the School will be admitted.
  2. A ‘looked after’ child or a child who was ‘previously looked after’, providing that the candidate is capable of following The Henrietta Barnett School education. In this category, a candidate will be considered to have the necessary capability if she is ranked in the top 300 applicants in the tests.
  3. A maximum of 30 candidates who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding, providing that the candidate is capable of following The Henrietta Barnett School education. In this category, a candidate will be considered to have the necessary capability if she is ranked in the top 300 applicants in the tests.
  4. All remaining candidates in rank score order.
Website: www.hbschool.org.uk

Sutton Schools

The following schools run a joint initial Stage One Selective Eligibility Test (SET):

  • Sutton Grammar School (boys)
  • Wilson’s School (boys)
  • Nonsuch High School for Girls
  • Wallington County Grammar School (boys)
  • Wallington High School for Girls
  • Greenshaw High School (mixed) – this is a partially selective school with 60 places allocated based on academic ability

The Selective Eligibility Test consists of two multiple choice style papers; a Maths paper and an English paper. Each paper will be about 45 minutes long. It is the total score that determines whether your child has passed the test: so for example, a very good performance in English can compensate for one that is a little weaker in Maths.

For a place at one of the above schools you must register your child to take the Selective Eligibility Test by completing the online Registration Form. This online Registration Form can be accessed via the websites of any of the participating schools. You only need to complete the online Registration Form once. This is the case no matter how many of the participating schools you are interested in.

All six participating schools will be hosting the Selective Eligibility Test at their schools during the same time periods on the same day. About a week before the test date you will be notified by email of the test centre your child should attend, along with other details needed to sit the test. Regardless of your preferences, girls will be allocated to sit the test at either Nonsuch High School for Girls, Wallington High School for Girls or Greenshaw High School. Boys will be allocated to sit the test at one of Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School, Wilson’s School or Greenshaw High School. In general candidates will be allocated their nearest venue by reference to their post code. Boy/girl twins or siblings will be allocated to sit the test at Greenshaw High School irrespective of your post code. The school your child attends to sit the Selective Eligibility Test has no relevance to your preferences for a school place.

The following schools also have Second Stage tests.

  • Sutton Grammar School
  • Wilson’s School
  • Nonsuch High School for Girls
  • Wallington High School for Girls

Wallington County Grammar School and Greenshaw High School do not have Second Stage tests.

Sutton Grammar School and Wilson’s School have one common second stage entrance test. This means that candidates who have passed the Selective Eligibility Test only need to sit one Second Stage Test, the outcome of which will be used to determine eligibility to be considered for a place at each of the schools. It is important to note that Wilson’s School and Sutton Grammar School have different Admissions Criteria and different methods of combining the scores from the SET and Second Stage Test and of calculating the final outcome of the entrance tests. This means that it is possible that a boy may pass the examinations for one school and not for the other. The school your child attends to sit the Second Stage Examination has no relevance to your preferences for a school place.

Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls have a common Second Stage Test. Both the test and the criteria applied to be of selective ability will be common to both schools. All girls who have passed the Selective Eligibility Test will receive an invitation to sit the Nonsuch and Wallington Education Trust Second Stage Entrance Examinations (known as NWETSSEE). The NWETSSEE will be held at Nonsuch High School for Girls. If your daughter is deemed to be of selective ability, you will be able to name either or both schools on your CAF in your chosen order of preference. The outcome of the second stage entrance examinations will be emailed to parents/carers by the end of October (in advance of the deadline for completion of the CAF).


Sutton Grammar School (Boys) – Updated March 2018
Address: Manor Lane, Sutton, Surrey SM1 4AS
Tel: 020 8642 3821
Email: admissions@suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk
Places: 135 in Year 7.
Test Types:
  • Stage 1: Selective Eligibility Test − see above. The result of the SET determines whether or not a boy is eligible for the second stage test.
  • Stage 2: An English test and a Mathematics test. The tests are not multiple choice. One common test with Wilson’s School.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

The ranking order for places will be determined as follows:

The results from the Selective Eligibility Test will be carried forward and combined with the results from the second stage tests. Four standardised scores will be calculated using:

  1. the multiple choice items from the English paper on the Selective Eligibility Test
  2. the multiple choice items from the Mathematics paper on the Selective Eligibility Test
  3. the English paper in the second stage test
  4. the Mathematics paper in the second stage test.

The four standardised scores will be weighted in the ratio 2:2:3:3, adjusted for age, and the total rounded to the nearest four marks to give the final score.

Places will be offered in the following order:

  1. Boys who are deemed to be ‘looked after’.
  2. 75 places by rank order of the scores in the selection tests where the home
    address of the boy is in one of the postcodes (SM1-7, KT4, KT17, CR0 4, CR4).
  3. 60 places (plus any remaining places in criterion 2 if the number of qualified boys in criterion 2 is less than the 75 on offer) by rank order of the scores in the
    selection tests from any home address.
  4. Proximity of the boy’s home address from the school (where scores are equal).
Website: www.suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk

Wilson’s School (Boys) – Updated March 2018
Address: Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey SM6 9JW
Tel: 020 8773 2931
Email: admissions@wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk
Places: 186 in Year 7.
Test Types:
  • Stage 1: Selective Eligibility Test − see above. The result of the SET determines whether or not a boy is eligible for the second stage test.
  • Stage 2: An English test and a Mathematics test. The tests are not multiple choice. One common test with Sutton Grammar School.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

The rank order of the entrance tests will be determined on the basis of the aggregate scores of the SET and the two elements of the Second Stage Entrance Examination for Wilson’s School in the ratio 1:2:2. Appropriate adjustment for age will be considered before the aggregate score is calculated.

Places will be offered in the following order:

  1. Boys of selective ability and whose formal Statement of Special Educational Needs (Statement) or Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) names the school will be allocated a place before other applicants are considered.
  2. Looked After Children by rank order of standardised score in the entrance tests.
  3. Up to 10 places for boys eligible to receive Free School Meals by rank order of standardised score in the entrance tests.
  4. Remaining places will be allocated to boys according to their position in the rank order of standardised score in the entrance tests.

Where candidates have the same rank order and where the admission of all would exceed the number of places available, places will be allocated in the following order:

  1. To candidates whose permanent home address is within the London Borough of Sutton in the order of the distance of their home address (with those living closest being given priority) measured in a straight line from the main front door of Wilson’s School.
  2. To those candidates who live elsewhere in the order of the distance of their home address (with those living closest being given priority) measured in a straight line from the main front door of Wilson’s School.
Website: www.wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk

Wallington County Grammar School – Updated March 2018
(Boys with girls admitted in the Sixth Form)

Address: Croydon Road, Wallington, Surrey, London, SM6 7PH
Tel: 020 8647 2235
Email: admissions@wcgs.org.uk
Places: 150 in Year 7.
Test Types: Selective Eligibility Test − see above. No stage 2 test.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

Places will be offered in the following order:

  1. Boys for whom Wallington County Grammar School (WCGS) is the named School on their Formal Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) who meet the School’s Admission Criteria.
  2. Looked After Children.
  3. In rank order of performance in the Selective Eligibility Test. The total number of places awarded under criteria 1, 2 and 3 will not exceed 110.
  4. Up to 25 places for those boys who are successful in the Selective Eligibility Test and are eligible for Pupil Premium. Any unfilled places in this criterion will be filled by criterion 3.
  5. Up to 15 places for those boys who are successful in the Selective Eligibility Test where the permanent home address is one of the postcodes:
    SM1, SM2, SM3, SM4, SM5, SM6, SM7, KT4 8, CR0 4 and CR4 4. Any unfilled places in this criterion will be filled by criterion 3.
  6. Children of permanent staff of Wallington County Grammar School who have been recruited to fill a vacant post where there is a demonstrable skill shortage as determined by Folio Education Trust. Children of permanent staff who work across schools within Folio Education Trust and who have done so for two consecutive years or more.
Website: www.wcgs-sutton.co.uk

Nonsuch High School for Girls – Updated March 2018
Address: Ewell Road, Cheam, Surrey SM3 8AB
Tel: 020 8394 3400
Email: admissions@nwet.org.uk
Places: 210 in Year 7.
Test Types:
  • Stage 1: Selective Eligibility Test − see above. The result of the SET determines whether or not a girl is eligible for the second stage test.
  • Stage 2 (known as NWETSSEE): English and Maths − not multiple choice. Each paper will be around 45 minutes to 1 hour long.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

All girls must sit and pass all parts of the two stage Entrance Tests. The first stage is the Selective Eligibility Test and the second stage is the NWETSSEE (see above). The marks in the NWETSSEE will then be added to half of the aggregate mark achieved in
the SET, with each part carrying equal weight, to create a total score in the Entrance Tests.

The total scores will be used to create ranked lists.

Places will be offered in the following order:

  1. Children of selective ability with an Education and Health Care Plan that names Nonsuch will be allocated a place before other applicants are considered.
  2. Looked After Children who achieve the pass mark or above in the entrance tests (including the total score) or whose score is up to 10% lower than the standardised pass mark for the SET test, the NWETSSEE test and/or total score.
  3. Up to 35 places will be available for Children in receipt of Pupil Premium who achieve the pass mark or above in the entrance tests (including the total score) or whose score is up to 10% lower than the pass mark for the SET, the NWETSSEE
    and/or total score by rank order irrespective of address. Children in receipt of Pupil Premium are those who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the six years prior to the closing date for test registration.
  4. 85 places on the basis of score in the Entrance Tests in order of highest score, irrespective of home address.
  5. Up to 110 places linked to the school’s catchment area circle. This will be in order of highest score to those whose permanent place of residence on the closing date for submitting the Common Application Form is 5.25 km or less from the front door of Nonsuch measured in a straight line. Click here to see if you are within this area.
  6. 15 ring-fenced places in order of highest score to those whose permanent place of residence on the closing date for submitting the Common Application Form is such that their parent/carer pays/would pay their Council Tax to the London Borough of Sutton.
  7. Should there be insufficient applicants eligible for a place based on the above criteria, the remaining places (up to a total of 210) will be offered in order of highest score.
Website: www.nonsuchschool.org

Wallington High School for Girls – Updated March 2018
Address: Woodcote Road, Wallington, Surrey SM6 0PH
Tel: 020 8647 2380
Email: admissions@nwet.org.uk
Places: 210 in Year 7.
Test Types:
  • Stage 1: Selective Eligibility Test − see above. The result of the SET determines whether or not a girl is eligible for the second stage test.
  • Stage 2 (known as NWETSSEE): English and Maths − not multiple choice. Each paper will be around 45 minutes to 1 hour long.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

All girls must sit and pass all parts of the two stage Entrance Tests. The first stage is the Selective Eligibility Test and the second stage is the NWETSSEE (see above). The marks in the NWETSSEE will then be added to half of the aggregate mark achieved in
the SET, with each part carrying equal weight, to create a total score in the Entrance Tests.

The total scores will be used to create ranked lists.

Places will be offered in the following order:

  1. Children of selective ability with an Education and Health Care Plan that names WHSG will be allocated a place before other applicants are considered. 
  2. Looked After Children who achieve the pass mark or above in the entrance tests (including the total score) or whose score is up to 10% lower than the standardised pass mark for the SET test, the NWETSSEE test and/or total score.
  3. Up to 35 places will be available for Children in receipt of Pupil Premium who achieve the pass mark or above in the entrance tests (including the total score) or whose score is up to10% lower than the standardised minimum qualifying threshold for the SET, the NWETSSEE and/or the total score. Children in receipt of Pupil Premium are those who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the six years prior to the closing date for test registration.
  4. 100 places on the basis of score in the Entrance Tests in order of highest score, irrespective of home address.
  5. Up to 110 places in order of highest score in the Entrance Tests to those whose permanent place of residence on the closing date for applications within the Pan-London Co-ordinated Secondary Admissions Scheme in the year prior to admission is within a 6.7 km radius of the main entrance to the School building. Click here to see if you are within this area.
  6. Should there be insufficient applicants eligible for a place based on the above criteria, the remaining places (up to a total of 210) will be offered in order of highest score.
Website: www.wallingtongirls.sutton.sch.uk

Buckinghamshire Schools – Updated March 2018
All the grammar schools in Buckinghamshire are their own Admission Authority. Buckinghamshire LA acts as the Secondary Transfer Testing process administrator for The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS). TBGS is a company set up by the thirteen grammar schools in Buckinghamshire in order to manage and administer secondary transfer testing.

The grammar schools below are all members of TBGS. Visit their websites to find out more about each school and details about their admissions policy.

Aylesbury Grammar School (boys)
Aylesbury High School (girls)
Beaconsfield High School (girls)
Burnham Grammar School (co-educational)
Chesham Grammar School (co-educational)
Dr Challoner’s Grammar School (boys)
Dr Challoner’s High School (girls)
John Hampden Grammar School (boys)
Royal Grammar School (boys)
Royal Latin Grammar School (co-educational)
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School (co-educational)
Sir William Borlase Grammar School (co-educational)
Wycombe High School (girls)

Registration
If your child goes to a Buckinghamshire LA primary school they will automatically be registered to take the Secondary Transfer Test. If your child goes to any other school, you need to register onlinerefer to the Secondary Transfer Testing 2019 page on the Buckinghamshire County Council website.

Secondary Transfer Tests
From September 2018 the Secondary Transfer Tests taken by children seeking a Year 7 place in a Buckinghamshire grammar school will be produced by GL Assessment. The first test from the new provider will be taken in September 2018 by children who are moving up to secondary school in September 2019. The new testing arrangements will be very similar to the current arrangements.

Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) will continue to administer the testing process under contract to The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS). This includes providing information and support to parents and schools, managing access arrangements for children with Special Educational Needs, running a registration service for children attending out of county schools, releasing test results and managing selection reviews and appeals. 

Thanks to the support of primary school head teachers, children in Buckinghamshire primary schools and partner schools will usually sit the test in their own school. Other children will take the test at one of the grammar schools or another central location. Testing will continue to take place on the same date for all children unless a child is ill on the test day.

Familiarisation materials for the Buckinghamshire test will continue to be made available to parents in the summer term of Year 5.

There will continue to be a practice test. The practice test will have two short papers each lasting about 25-30 minutes containing questions that are similar to those they will encounter in the Secondary Transfer Test. Its purpose is to enable children to experience listening to the test instructions and also to become familiar with the look and format of the Secondary Transfer Test so that they know what to expect on the test day. The practice test papers will not be marked or taken home from the school.

The Secondary Transfer Test will have two test papers of approximately 45 minutes in length.  Both papers will be taken on the same day with a short gap in between. The first paper will test verbal skills and will include English comprehension, technical English and verbal reasoning questions. Technical English covers English grammar, punctuation and spelling. The second paper will include non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and maths questions. This will be the same each year, although the questions will be different. Children will answer questions on separate answer sheets which will then be machine-marked (scanned). All the questions will be multiple-choice.

All the test questions will be equally rated (i.e. every correct answer will gain one raw mark). The sections will not be equally weighted. The weightings that make up the Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS) for the three sections have been agreed as follows: verbal – 50%; mathematical – 25%; non-verbal – 25%.

These are new tests produced by GL Assessment and are very different to previous GL Assessment tests. GL Assessment will continually review and revise the questions and assessments it provides and add new question types as necessary.

Pupils will be supervised by a teacher or invigilator. Each child will have a question booklet and a separate answer sheet for each test paper. The question booklet will contain all the necessary instructions about taking the test and all the test questions. The teacher or invigilator will use a supplied audio file to take the children through the initial example questions and to play the instructions about starting and finishing the test and to time all the sub-sections of the test.

Children need to achieve a standardised score of 121 or above in order to automatically qualify for consideration for entry to a Buckinghamshire grammar school. Grammar school places are then offered according to the individual school’s admissions policy. The purpose of the age standardisation process is to eradicate age differences among the children to ensure younger children are not disadvantaged.

When applying their admission rules grammar schools do not use STTS scores to rank order children so children with higher scores are not at an advantage for entry to grammar school. Grammar school entry is entirely dependent on whether or not a score of 121 has been achieved. Beyond requiring a qualification score of 121 or above each grammar school sets its own criteria for admissions (please refer to each individual grammar school’s admission policy for details).

About 33% of children are expected to achieve a STTS of 121 or more.

How parents best help their children to prepare for the test
There are a number of things that parents can do to help their children. They can help their children to read with understanding, for example by asking them what certain words mean and what is happening in the passage or book that they are reading. They can encourage them to solve problems by themselves or to look up things for themselves.


Burnham Grammar School – Updated March 2018

Address: Hogfair Lane, Burnham, Bucks SL1 7HG
Tel: 01628 604812
Contact Form: info@burnhamgrammar.org.uk
Places: 150 in Year 7.
Test Types: See Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Tests above.

Catchment Policy:

Burnham Grammar School catchment 2017

In the last 5 years places have been offered to all Year 7 students who live within 10 miles of the school. Over 50% of BGS students are resident outside of this catchment area.

Selection Policy:

Places will be offered to children who have achieved 121 and above in the Transfer Tests in the following order:

  1. Looked after children and previously look after children.
  2. Children living within the catchment area of the school who qualify for Free School Meals.
  3. Children living within the catchment area of the school who qualify for Pupil Premium funding.
  4. Children living within the catchment area of the school
  5. Siblings of children in Years 7 to 12 who are on the roll of the school at the time allocations are made, and are expected to be on the school roll at the time of the proposed admission.
  6. Children who have exceptional medical or social needs supported by written evidence from a doctor, social worker, educational welfare officer or other appropriate person.
  7. Children who qualify for Free School Meals.
  8. Children who qualify for Pupil Premium funding.
  9. Once the rules have been applied, then any further places will be offered in distance order.
  10. Where the school can take some, but not all, of the children who qualify under one of these rules, we will give priority to children by taking account of the next rule (or rules) in the numbered list to decide who has priority for places.
Website: www.burnhamgrammar.org.uk