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.

Click on each school below to view the related information.

Kingston upon Thames Schools
Tiffin (Boys)
Updated March 2020

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:

Selection Policy: Places will be allocated on the following basis:

  1. To a boy who has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, 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 2020

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 that are marked by a computer.
    This will determine the number of applicants invited back to sit the Stage 2 Test.
    Marks from the Stage 1 Test do not contribute to the final score.
  • Stage 2: Maths and English. Admission to the school will be based on 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
    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. Currently Looked after Children and Previously Looked After Children whose mark in the Stage Two Test is higher than or equal to the 350th ranked mark of all applicants who sat the Stage 2 Test.
  3. Up to 60 girls whose mark in the Stage Two Test is higher than or equal to the 350th ranked mark of all applicants who sat the Stage 2 Test in the following order of priority:
    1. Girls whose permanent place of residence is within the Inner Area or within the Designated Area and who qualify for receipt of Pupil Premium Funding on the closing date to register for the Stage 1 Test.
    2. Girls whose permanent place of residence is within the Inner Area.
  4. The remaining places will all be allocated from applicants who sat the Stage 2 Test in the following order of priority:
    1. Girls whose permanent place of residence is within the Designated Area.
    2. Girls whose permanent place of residence is outside the Designated Area. However, since its introduction, all Year 7 places have been offered to girls living within the Designated Area. It is anticipated that the School will continue to be heavily oversubscribed and that the offer of all places will continue to be accepted by girls living within the Designated Area.

Website: www.tiffingirls.kingston.sch.uk

Slough Schools
Slough Consortium
Updated March 2019
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.

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 must be made before registration closes. Scores cannot be retrospectively shared between schools.

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 2019

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

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 2020

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. Children with an Education Health and Care (EHC) 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. 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 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 2020

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. Looked after Children and Previously Looked after Children.
  2. Practising Baptised Catholic children with a Priest’s reference.
  3. Other Baptised Catholic children.
  4. Baptised or Dedicated Children of other Christian Churches with a religious leader’s reference.
  5. Baptised or Dedicated Children of other Christian Churches.
  6. 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 and St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School) and live in Slough with a permanent home address.
  7. 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 and St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School).
  8. Children of other faiths with a religious leader’s reference.
  9.  Children of other faiths.
  10. Any other children .

If necessary, the Governing Body will determine an order of priority within the above categories based on the following criteria in this order of priority:

  1. Children currently in receipt of the Pupil Premium.
  2. The child’s score in the Selective Tests.

Website: www.st-bernards.slough.sch.uk

Upton Court Grammar School
Updated March 2020

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 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 and people previously looked after children.
  3. Up to 20 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 20, 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 by Pioneer Educational Trust 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 Pioneer Educational Trust, and excludes those contracted through external agencies.
  5. Children that are attending,at the time of submission ofthe Common Application Form (CAF), any school that is a member of Pioneer ducational 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 2020

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.

Selection 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
2018
2401 861 933 229
2019
2789 1034 1077 232

Website: www.qebarnet.co.uk

The Henrietta Barnett School (Girls)
Updated March 2020

Address: Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 7BN

Tel: 020 8458 8999

Email: office@hbschool.org.uk

Places: 104 in Year 7. The school received 3000 applications for Year 7 in 2019.

Test Types: The Entrance Test consists of two rounds.

  • Round 1: Verbal, Non-Verbal and English test set by a nationally recognised body. The results of these papers will be standardised, combined 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/Selection Policy: The Second Round Test results will be standardised and combined with the results from the first round. The results of both rounds will be used to determine the standardised marks and rank order of candidates. Offers will be made to the highest ranked applicants in accordance with parental preference.

In late October the School will write to parents of candidates who have sat the Second Round Tests stating one of the following:

  1. The candidate falls under Category One (Looked After Children) or Two (Pupil Premium) of the Oversubscription Criteria and therefore if they apply to the School, they will be offered a place).
    Or:
  2. The candidate performed well enough in Round One to enable her to sit the Round Two test and therefore she may be offered a place at the School.

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 they are ranked in the top 300 applicants in the Round One test.
  3. 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 they are ranked in the top 300 applicants in the Round One test.
  4. Candidates who live within 3 miles of the school at the point when they submit their application to the Local Authority, 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 they sit the Round Two test. However, after after enquiring with the school’s admissions office it would appear that candidates would be offered a place if they are ranked in the top 300 applicants in the Round One test and perform ‘reasonably’ in the Round Two test. The Round Two test score would only be used if the number of candidates living within 3 miles of the school was significant. Click here to see if you are within this area.
  5. All remaining candidates in rank score order.

Website: www.hbschool.org.uk


Sutton Schools
Sutton Schools General Information
Updated March 2020

The following schools participate in a common 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 is made up of two papers; a multiple-choice Maths paper and a multiple-choice English paper. The exam papers take between 40 and 50 minutes each. 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. Boy/girl twins or siblings will be allocated to sit the test at Greenshaw High School. It is not possible to request for a specific venue. 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 hold Second Stage tests. However, Wallington County Grammar School set a higher pass mark from the SET and pass less boys from this test than the other participating schools.

Sutton Grammar School and Wilson’s School have agreed to share their Second Stage Entrance Examinations. This means that candidates who have passed the Selective Eligibility Test only need to sit one Second Stage Examination, 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 each school has different Admissions Criteria and different methods of determining a SET pass, combining the scores from the SET and Second Stage Examinations and of calculating the final outcome of the entrance tests for their respective schools. This means that it is possible that a boy may pass the examinations for one of of the schools and not for the other. In fact, there will be a small number of boys who are only eligible for the second stage test at Sutton Grammar School and not at Wilson’s School, because of the two schools’ differing admissions criteria.

The allocation of venue for the second stage entrance examination, where possible, will be a different venue from the one they were allocated for the Selective Eligibility Test. This is deliberate in order to provide candidates and their parents an opportunity to experience different school settings. The venue allocation has no bearing on your ultimate school preference. If you are interested in a place at either Sutton Grammar School or Wilson’s School, or both, your son needs to sit the Second Stage Entrance Examination at the school they are allocated.

Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls hold 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 Second Stage Entrance Examination (known as NWSSEE). The NWSSEE will be held at Nonsuch High School for Girls. The NWSSEE has two elements: an English test and a Maths test. They are not multiple-choice. Each paper is around 45 minutes to 1 hour long. The tests do not include verbal reasoning or non-verbal reasoning. There is no comprehension paper for English in the NWSSEE. 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 before the deadline for the Common Application Form.

Sutton Grammar School (Boys)
Updated March 2020

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 deprivation (using the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index – IDACI – score for a boy’s home address), and the total rounded to the nearest four marks to give the final score.

Places will be offered in the following order:

  1. Boys with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) or Statements of Special Educational Needs who meet the School’s Admission Standard and for whom Sutton Grammar School is the named school on their EHCP or statement.
  2. Boys who are deemed to be ‘looked after’ or formerly looked after by a local authority.
  3. 75 places by rank order of the combined scores in the SET and Sutton Grammar School’s second stage tests where the home address of the boy is in one of the specified postcodes (SM1-7, KT4, KT17, CR0 4, CR4).
  4. Up to 60 places (plus any remaining places from criterion 3 if the number of qualified boys in criterion 3 is less than the 75 on offer) by rank order of the combined scores in the SET and Sutton Grammar School’s second stage tests, where the home address of the boy may be in any postcode.
  5. 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 2020

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 or Previously Looked After Children by rank order of standardised score in the entrance tests.
  3. 10 places for boys eligible to receive Free School Meals by rank order of standardised score in the entrance tests.
  4. Remaining places including any unallocated places under criterion 3 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.wilsons.school

Wallington County Grammar School
Updated March 2020
(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 Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) and who meet the School’s Admission Criteria.
  2. Looked After Children and Previously 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. In rank order of performance, up to 25 places for those boys who are successful in reaching the WCGS pass mark from the Selective Eligibility Test and are eligible for Pupil Premium. Any unfilled places in this criterion will be filled by criterion 3.
  5. In rank order of performance, up to 15 places for those boys who are successful in reaching the WCGS pass mark from the Selective Eligibility Test where the permanent home address at the time of Common Application Form submission deadline 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 at 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 or those who have worked at the School for 2 consecutive years or more.

Website: www.wcgs-sutton.co.uk

Nonsuch High School for Girls
Updated March 2020

Address: Ewell Road, Cheam, Surrey SM3 8AB

Tel: 020 8394 3400

Email: admissions@nonsuchschool.org

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 NWSSEE): An English test and a Maths test − see above.

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 NWSSEE (see above). Candidates must achieve the minimum qualifying threshold in BOTH parts of the NWSSEE to be eligible for a place. The marks in the NWSSEE will then be added to half of the aggregate mark achieved in the SET, with each part carrying equal weight so that the ratio is 1:1:1, 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. Children with an Education and Health Care Plan that names Nonsuch and who arrive outside the normal admission round will be admitted to the School even if the school is full, provided that they are of selective ability as determined by the Entrance Tests.
    2. Looked After Children or who were Looked After 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 and the minimum standardised pass marks in the NWSSEE Maths and NWSSEE English.
    3. 85 places on the basis of score in the Entrance Tests in order of highest score, irrespective of home address.
    4. 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 standardised pass mark for the SET and the minimum standardised pass marks in the NWSSEE Maths and NWSSEE English 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.
    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 submission of 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 submission of 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.

Past Entrance Test Scores Required For Admission

The following table gives data for entrance tests held over the past few years. This table is for guidance only and does not guarantee that a place will be offered.

Year of Entry Lowest score offered a place in Top 85 as of National Offer Day (1st March) Lowest score offered a place in Catchment criterion as of National Offer Day (1st March) Lowest score offered a place in Ring-fenced criterion as of National Offer Day (1st March)
2017 310 254 263
2018 317 275 265
2019 322 287 280
Year of Entry Lowest score offered a place in Top 85 as of September Lowest score offered a place in Catchment criterion as of September Lowest score offered a place in Ring-fenced criterion as of September
2017 283 254 263
2018 301 248 272
2019 317 281 279

Website: www.nonsuchschool.org

Wallington High School for Girls
Updated March 2020

Address: Woodcote Road, Wallington, Surrey SM6 0PH

Tel: 020 8647 2380

Email: admissions@girlslearningtrust.org

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 NWSSEE): An English test and a Maths test − see above.

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 NWSSEE (see above). Candidates must pass BOTH parts of the NWSSEE to be eligible for a place. The marks in the NWSSEE will then be added to half of the aggregate mark achieved in the SET, with each part carrying equal weight so that the ratio is 1:1:1, 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. Children with an Education and Health Care Plan that names WHSG and who arrive outside the normal admission round will be admitted to the School even if the School is full, provided that they are of selective ability as determined by the Entrance Tests.
  2. Looked After Children or who were Looked After who achieve the minimum qualifying threshold 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 and the minimum standardised pass marks in the NWSSEE Maths and NWSSEE English.
  3. 100 places on the basis of score in the Entrance Tests in order of highest score, irrespective of home address.
  4. 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 standardised pass mark for the SET and the minimum standardised pass marks in the NWSSEE Maths and NWSSEE English 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.
  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 submission of the Common Application Form 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.

Past Entrance Test Scores Required For Admission

The following table gives data for entrance tests held over the past few years. This table is for guidance only and does not guarantee that a place will be offered.

Year of Entry Lowest score offered a place in Top 100 as of National Offer Day (1st March) Lowest score offered a place in Catchment criterion as of National Offer Day (1st March)
2017 309 277
2018 306 269
2019 306 275
Year of Entry Lowest score offered a place in Top 100 as of September Lowest score offered a place in Catchment criterion as of September
2017 286 273
2018 263 248
2019 299 258

Website: www.wallingtongirls.sutton.sch.uk

Buckinghamshire Schools
Buckinghamshire Schools General Information
To Be Updated May 2020
Each of the thirteen grammar schools in Buckinghamshire is its own Admission Authority. Together these schools are known as The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS). TBGS is a company set up by the grammar schools in Buckinghamshire in order to manage and administer secondary transfer testing. Buckinghamshire Council administer the Secondary Transfer Testing process for TBGS.

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)

Catchment and Admission Policies

Buckinghamshire grammar schools are very popular. Children who live in the catchment area get given a place before those that live outside of it. Children living in some areas are unlikely to be offered places. This includes most of the London boroughs, Reading, Berkshire, Surrey and Wokingham. Even children who live closer to Buckinghamshire are often not offered a place.

In the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test children just need to achieve a qualifying score of 121. A higher Secondary Transfer Test score will not give your child a better chance of getting a place (this is different to some other areas). The admission rules for each school will decide which qualified children get a place. Please check the admission rules on each school’s website.

Places are usually offered to siblings of current pupils first, then to children living in catchment and then other children living near to the school. This means children who qualify for Buckinghamshire schools and live outside the school’s catchment area are often not offered a grammar school place. 

Most Buckinghamshire grammar schools also give some priority to children who are entitled to Free School Meals and/or Pupil Premium.

Your child may qualify for grammar school but then have their application refused because there are more qualified applicants for the school than places available. If this happens you can appeal against the decision, but most appeals for grammar school places are not successful, even for qualified children. This is because the schools are already full, so please think carefully before making your appeal. If you decide to appeal please consider the following:

  • It does not make any difference if a child scores higher than 121 in the Secondary Transfer Test. A higher test score does not mean a place is more likely to be offered.
  • It is very unlikely you will be successful if there is an alternative school place available for your child in your area.
  • It is also very unlikely you will be successful if you live outside the school’s catchment area.

In 2018, only 4% of appeals were successful for Buckinghamshire grammar schools for children living outside the county.

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 will need to register them for Secondary Transfer Testing onlinerefer to the Grammar schools and Secondary Transfer Testing – 2021 Entry page on the Buckinghamshire Council website.

Test Location

If your child goes to a Buckinghamshire LA primary or Partner School they will take the Practice and Secondary Transfer Tests at their own school. They will not sit the Secondary Transfer Test until they have taken the Practice Test.

Children from out of county schools will take the Practice and Secondary Transfer Tests usually at one of the Buckinghamshire grammar schools. While it is recommended that your child takes the Practice Test before the Secondary Transfer Test, it is not essential.

Secondary Transfer Tests

Children seeking a Year 7 place in a Buckinghamshire grammar school sit the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test (STT) in early September at the start of Year 6. The test is commissioned by the The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) acting on behalf of the 13 Buckinghamshire grammar schools and is produced by GL Assessment.

The Secondary Transfer Test comprises two test papers that are each approximately 60 minutes in length including an introduction and practice examples. An audio soundtrack gives the instructions for the test. Both papers are taken on the same day with a short gap in between. The first paper tests verbal skills and includes English comprehension, technical English and verbal reasoning questions. Technical English covers English grammar, punctuation and spelling. The other tests mathematics and non-verbal skills including spacial reasoning.

Pupils are supervised by a teacher or invigilator. Each child has a question booklet and a separate answer sheet for each test paper. The question booklet contains all the necessary instructions about taking the test and all the test questions. The teacher or invigilator uses 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 answer questions on separate answer sheets which are then machine-marked (scanned). All the questions are multiple-choice.

Familiarisation Booklet

This booklet contains information about what is in the test. There is also advice about tackling the test and sample questions. If your child goes to a Buckinghamshire LA primary or Partner school, they will be given a Familiarisation booklet to take home in the summer term of Year 5. If your child goes to any other school, a copy of the Familiarisation booklet is available online to download and print off.

Practice Test

In September your child will take the Practice Test before they take the Secondary Transfer Test. The Practice Test looks the same as the Secondary Transfer Test and has the same instructions. Your child will sit the two multiple-choice Practice Test papers in test conditions. These are both timed like the Secondary Transfer Test. An audio soundtrack gives the instructions for the test.

The Practice Test allows your child to familiarise themselves with the different types of questions and the style of the test. Your child will experience using a separate answer sheet and sit an exam under test conditions.

The Practice Test papers are shorter than the Secondary Transfer Test:

  • they take about 40 minutes each
  • they are not marked or sent home

The purpose of the Practice Test is not to see how well your child has done. It is merely to give your child an opportunity to prepare for the actual Secondary Transfer Test.

Secondary Transfer Test Scores

The tests are marked by GL Assessment. The marks are then ‘standardised’. Standardisation balances the overall performance of children from one year to the next. It also makes sure that all children are placed on an equal footing and that no child is unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged because of his or her age. It takes into account each child’s age in years and months on the date they take the test. A child’s ‘standardised score’ will be between 0 and 180+.

The scores from the two Secondary Transfer Test papers are added together. This makes the Standardised Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS). The STTS will be the sum of the following:

  • 50% of the standardised score for the verbal sections
  • 25% of the standardised score for the mathematical sections
  • 25% of the standardised score for the non-verbal sections.

As mentioned above, a STTS of 121 or more, means you child has qualified for grammar school.

Test Administration

Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) administer the testing process under contract to 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.

How Parents Can Help Their Children

There are a number of things that parents can do to help their children. They can:

  • ensure that they have experience of working quietly on their own, uninterrupted by noise or distractions
  • ensure that they do any homework that is set
  • 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
  • encourage them to solve problems by themselves or to look up things for themselves
  • work through the familiarisation materials that will be available in the summer term of Year 5 with their children as these will show what the test papers and answer sheets look like
  • use the free familiarisation materials available on the GL Assessment website.
Burnham Grammar School
To Be Updated May 2020

Address: Hogfair Lane, Burnham, Bucks SL1 7HG

Tel: 01628 604812

Email: info@burnhamgrammar.org.uk

Places: 150 in Year 7

Test Types: See Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Tests above.

Catchment Policy:

Burnham Grammar School catchment 2017

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 on the 31st October in the year preceding admission who qualify for Pupil Premium funding.
  3. Children living within the catchment area of the school on the 31st October in the year preceding admission.
  4. 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.
  5. Children who have exceptional medical or social needs supported by written evidence from a doctor, social worker, educational welfare officer or other appropriate person.
  6. Children who qualify for Pupil Premium funding.
  7. Once the rules have been applied, then any further places will be offered in distance order.
  8. Where the school can take some, but not all, of the children who qualify under one of these rules, the school 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.

18 (12%) places will be reserved for students who qualify for Pupil Premium funding. If the places are not filled by students who reach the 121 qualifying score, the remainder of places will be offered to students who score 115 to 120 in the BSTT. A maximum of 18 places will be offered to Pupil Premium students scoring 115 to 120, irrespective of being qualified through the later Selection Review Panel. If more than 15 Pupil Premium students who score from 115 to 120 apply, places will be allocated by random allocation. A minimum of 6 places will be offered to Pupil Premium students who score between 115 & 120. If the 18 reserved Pupil Premium places are not all filled by Pupil Premium students the remainder will be offered to students using the over-subscription criteria 3 to 8. There is no overall limit on the number of places for Pupil Premium students.

Students who qualify and who have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans which name the school will be admitted prior to the application of the admission rules.

Website: www.burnhamgrammar.org.uk