Wilson's School

Admission Criteria

for Year 7 in September 2019

Wilson’s School takes part in Sutton’s co-ordinated scheme for secondary admissions. The application procedure is in accordance with Sutton’s co-ordinated scheme.

This is a selective boys’ school with an admission number for Year 7 of 186. Boys in Year 6 of primary school in September 2018 (with a date of birth from 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2008*) and deemed to be of selective ability as determined by their performance in the entrance tests will be eligible for a place at the school. 

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. In this way the number of places to be offered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out below will be reduced by the number of boys with a Statement or EHCP that names the school.

Where the number of eligible candidates for admission exceeds the number of places available, places are offered to boys in the order set out below:

  1. Looked After Children or Previously Looked After Children** by rank order of standardised score in the entrance tests;
  2. 10 places for boys eligible to receive Free School Meals*** by rank order of standardised score in the entrance tests;
  3. Remaining places including any unallocated places under criterion 2 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:

firstly 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; secondly 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. In the event that candidates have the same rank order and cannot be separated by distance, the applications will be determined by a random ballot supervised by an independent person.
Notes

* Education out of normal (chronological) age group: Children are normally educated in school with others of their age group; however, in exceptional circumstances parents/carers may seek a place outside of their son’s normal age group. Decisions will be made on the basis of the circumstances of each case. Parents/carers must state clearly why they feel admission to a different year group is in the child’s best interests and will be required to provide recent evidence to support this. Further details of how to make such a request are available from the school.

** Looked After Child (LAC) or a previously Looked After Child. A LAC is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). A previously LAC is a child who was adopted, or subject to a residence order / child arrangements order, or special guardianship order, immediately following having been looked after. Written confirmation of LAC status will be required.

*** Children eligible to receive Free School Meals (FSM) are those who are eligible for FSM at the time of registration for the Selective Eligibility Test (SET). If a candidate is successful in the entrance tests the school will verify with the candidate’s primary school if the candidate is/was receiving FSM at the time of registration for the SET. The school reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place if the offer has been made on the basis of an incorrect, fraudulent or misleading application. Parents/carers of children attracting FSM must have ticked the FSM box when registering their child for the SET. Any alterations to this box cannot be made after the closing date for registrations.

**** The permanent home address is defined as excluding any business address, relative’s or carer/child-minder’s address and must be the candidate’s normal place of residence. If there is a genuine equal share custody arrangement between the two parents, the address that will be used will be the address of the parent who is eligible to claim Child Benefit for the child or where the child is registered with a GP. All distances will be measured using a computerised Geographical Information System maintained by the London Borough of Sutton’s School Admissions Team. Any offer of a place under this criterion is conditional on the child being resident at the address provided. The address to be used for the initial allocation of places to Year 7 will be the child’s address validly registered with the Local Authority on the Common Application Form submitted by 31 October 2018. Proof of address must be provided on request to check that the appropriate address is used in applying the over-subscription criteria.

Admission Procedures for entry to Year 7 in September 2019

The Entrance Tests

Selective Eligibility Test

For entry into Year 7 in September 2019 boys must first pass the Selective Eligibility Test (SET) run in conjunction with other local schools with selective places. The date of the SET will be Tuesday 18 September 2018.

To register a boy to take the SET parents/carers must complete the online Registration Form (which is also the Supplementary Form) which can be accessed via the Wilson’s School website (or the website of any of the participating schools) by [Friday 17 August 2018]. Full details of the registration procedure will be published on the school’s website and those of the other participating schools.

The SET score will be applicable to any of the participating schools although each school may determine its own pass mark. The result of the SET determines whether or not a boy is eligible for the Wilson’s School second stage examination. Only boys who have met the pass mark for Wilson’s School will be invited to take the second stage examination for Wilson’s School.

The result of the SET does not guarantee a place at any of the participating schools.

Second Stage Entrance Examination for Wilson’s School

All candidates who are eligible will be invited to sit the second stage Entrance Examination for Wilson’s School which will be held on Saturday 6 October 2018. The second stage Entrance Examination for Wilson’s School will comprise an English and a Mathematics paper.

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.

The outcome of the second stage Entrance Examination will be sent by email in October 2018.

There are no alternative dates to sit the SET or the second stage Entrance Examination for Wilson’s School except in the case of illness on the day (a medical certificate will be required).

In order to make a valid application to Wilson’s School parents/carers must:

  • register to take the SET by completing the online Registration Form; and
  • name Wilson’s School on their home Local Authority’s Common Application Form. 

Waiting List following initial allocation of places for Year 7

Following the initial allocation of places for Year 7, a single waiting list will be established for all eligible applicants who still wish to be considered for a place should a vacancy arise. If a vacancy arises within that period, the next eligible boy will be offered a place at the school in accordance with the oversubscription criteria stated above. This waiting list will be maintained until 31 December 2019.

Right of Appeal

Parents/carers have a statutory right of appeal against a decision to refuse a place for which a valid application has been made.