Second Stage Entrance Exam
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Second Stage Entrance Examination?
- The Wilson's School Second Stage Entrance Examination will take place on Saturday 7 October 2017. All boys who have passed the Selective Eligibility Test for Wilson's School will receive an invitation to sit the Wilson's School Second Stage Entrance Examination. For entry to Year 7 in September 2018 Wilson's School will be sharing its Second Stage Entrance Examination with Sutton Grammar School and the outcome of this shared second stage test will be used by each of the schools to determine eligibility for places at their school.
Why are Wilson’s School and Sutton Grammar School sharing their entrance examinations?
- For September 2018 entry, Wilson’s School and Sutton Grammar School have agreed to share their Second Stage Entrance Examinations. This has the advantage for boys who have passed the Selective Eligibility Test of only requiring them to sit one second stage examination, the results of which will be used independently by each school to determine eligibility to be considered for a place there.
There is no current or planned connection between the two schools beyond co-operation on our entrance testing arrangements. Both Wilson’s School and Sutton Grammar remain separate and distinct state funded academy schools.
What is in the shared Wilson’s School/Sutton Grammar Second Stage Entrance Examination?
- There are two elements: an English test and a Mathematics test. They will not be multiple choice. The tests will not include verbal reasoning or non-verbal reasoning.
Can I get specimen papers or sample questions for the shared Wilson’s/ Sutton Grammar Second Stage Entrance Examination?
- No, we do not make sample tests available. The content of the English and Mathematics tests is based on the Key Stage 2 curriculum.
What is the pass mark in the Wilson’s/Sutton Grammar Second Stage Entrance Examination?
- It is not possible to state pass marks in advance of the examination. Pass marks will be decided by each individual school after the papers have been marked. Wilson's School and Sutton Grammar School may not necessarily set the same pass mark.
Does my son’s score in the Selective Eligibility Test count towards his score in the Second Stage Entrance Examination?
- Yes. Once the Second Stage Entrance Examination has been marked, each school will combine the scores of this test with the scores of the SET in accordance with its own Admissions Criteria. For Wilson's School the rank order of the entrance examinations will be determined on the basis of the aggregate scores of the Selective Eligibility Test and the two elements of the Second Stage Entrance Examination in the ratio 1: 2: 2. Please refer to the Sutton Grammar School website for details of how the scores for the second stage test will be used at that school.
Do we make allowances for age (as in a child whose birthday is at one end of the school year)?
- Appropriate adjustment for age will be considered before the aggregate score is calculated.
What if I am not interested in a place at either Wilson’s School or Sutton Grammar School?
- That’s fine. Invitations are sent out automatically to all boys who have passed the Selective Eligibilty Test for Wilson’s and Sutton Grammar, but if you do not wish your son to sit the Second Stage Entrance Examination, please just email us to let us know before Saturday 7 October. If your son does not sit the shared Second Stage Entrance Examination you should not name Wilson’s School or Sutton Grammar School on your Common Application Form.
I have received an invitation for my son to sit the shared Second Stage Entrance Examination at a particular school but I am not interested in a place at that school.
- That's fine. The allocation of venue for the Second Stage Entrance Examination has been made so that, where possible, candidates have been allocated a different venue from the one they were allocated for the Selective Eligibility Test, 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 Wilson's School or Sutton Grammar School, or both, your son needs to sit the Second Stage Entrance Examination at the school you have been allocated.
Can my son sit the shared Second Stage Entrance Examination if he has not sat the Selective Eligibility Test?
- No. It is a requirement that your son sits and passes the Selective Eligibility Test in order for him to sit the shared Wilson’s/Sutton Grammar Second Stage Entrance Examination.
Are there any other opportunities to sit the shared Second Stage Entrance Examination?
- There are no alternative dates to sit the Second Stage Entrance Examination except in the case of illness on the day (a medical certificate covering 7 October 2017 and confirming illness on the day will be required).
Can we request a morning or afternoon slot for the Second Stage Entrance Examination?
- No. In view of the number of candidates it is not possible to manage requests for a specific time during the test day. It is likely that there will be just one morning session.
What if my child has special needs and will need special arrangements in the examination?
- You will have already provided details of these when completing the online Registration Form to register your child to sit the Selective Eligibility Test. You will have been informed of the arrangements if any that will be in place for your son for the shared Second Stage Entrance Examination.
When do I find out the outcome of the shared Wilson’s/Sutton Grammar Second Stage Entrance Examination?
- Each school will send you a separate notification of the outcome of the Second Stage Entrance Examination for their school by email to parents/carers by the end of 20 October 2017. 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 tests and of calculating the final outcome of the entrance tests for our respective schools. This means that it is possible that a boy may pass the examinations for one of our schools and not for the other. If your son has passed for Wilson's School, you will not, at any stage, be provided with his mark. We only provide details of the overall score achieved to candidates who do not pass the test. Please note that, because of oversubscription, many candidates who pass the test will not be made an offer.
I have a question which isn’t covered here. What should I do?
- You are welcome to contact a member of the Admissions Team on 020 8773 2931 or email [email protected].