Wilson's School

Admission to Year 7 in September 2017

Applying for a place at Wilson’s School


For a place at Wilson's School in Year 7 September 2017 you must register your child to take the Selective Eligibility Test by completing the supplementary Registration Form which can be accessed here. This online Registration Form can also be accessed via the websites of Greenshaw High School, Nonsuch High School for Girls, Sutton Grammar School, Wallington High School for Girls and Wallington County Grammar School.

The online Registration Form will be available to complete online from 1 May 2016. The closing date for the completion of the registration form is midnight on 19 August 2016.  You must complete your registration using the online form in advance of this closing date.  No late registrations will be accepted under any circumstances.

The
Selective Eligibility Test will take place on Wednesday 14 September 2016.

Should your son be successful in the Selective Eligibility Test for Wilson’s School, he will be invited to sit the second stage Entrance Examination at Wilson’s School. 

The
Second Stage Entrance Examination will take place on Monday 3 October 2016.

If your son passes this test 
you must include Wilson’s School on the Common Application Form (CAF) to be eligible for consideration for a place at Wilson’s School.

The CAF is provided by your home Local Authority when your child is in Year 6 and you use it to apply to any school regardless of the Local Authority in which the School is located. It can also be completed online via this link.

The closing date for submission of the CAF is 31 October 2016. If you wish to apply for a place at Wilson’s School you must name the school on the CAF.

Two stage testing We believe the two stage test allows every boy to demonstrate the best of his abilities and (like all but one grammar school in Sutton) we intend to continue with it. With a two stage process, a boy only has to perform reasonably well in the Selective Eligibility Test to be able to move through to the second stage, thus allowing him another chance to demonstrate his ability. However if decisions on allocation of places were to be made on the basis of the single Selective Eligibility Test alone, a modest performance on the day might mean that a boy misses out on a place at Wilson's School. In our view this would unduly raise the level of importance of the first stage test (which was originally designed only to determine 'selective eligibility') and put unnecessary pressure on the boys.

Prospectus
Our website is our prospectus. Please explore this web site starting under the About Wilson's menu. All the information you would expect to find in a prospectus, and more, can be found there.  By exploring the website you should gain a good picture of what it is like to be a Wilson’s pupil. 

Will I have to pay anything towards my son’s education at Wilson’s?
No. This school is open to all on an equal basis regardless of financial circumstances. It is part of the great tradition of Grammar Schools that they offer a wonderful opportunity to children from less well-off homes. The quality of education in these schools is as good as that in the best independent schools in the land and it is absolutely free.

Many parents do make voluntary contributions to support the activities of the school, but these are strictly voluntary. Parents are asked to contribute as little or as much as they can afford, and if that is nothing, that is absolutely fine. If your son has been eligible for free school meals at any time within the last six years, then the school receives some funding which we use to support him (see Pupil Premium Statement information on this website).

Does it matter where we live?
For practical reasons your son shouldn’t have a journey of more than an hour in order that he can fully participate in the wider life of the school. Where there is a tie in the scores from the entrance examinations, places are offered to boys who live in the London Borough of Sutton before those who live outside the Borough.

If my son has a brother in the school already, does that give him an advantage?
No. This is in fact a matter of some regret for us: however the statutory School Admissions Code prohibits grammar schools from applying over-subscription criteria that take note of whether or not candidates have siblings in the school.

Does it matter if I put another school ahead of Wilson’s on my order of preference list on the Common Application Form?
Yes. Your order of preference will have a big effect in deciding which school you are offered. If you are eligible to be considered for two schools and both schools are able to offer you a place, you will be offered a place at the one you have put as your higher preference. The essential rule is to put down the schools according to your true order of preference. Your order of preference is totally confidential to the Local Authority. No school will know it.

Admission Criteria

Entry to Year 7

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 approximately 1125 pupils. Boys in Year 6 of primary school in September 2016 (with a date of birth from 1 September 2005 to 31 August 2006*) 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.  Where the number of eligible candidates for admission exceeds 180, places will be allocated according to their position in the rank order of the entrance examinations. 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 home address is within the London Borough of Sutton in the order of the distance of their home address‡ 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 measured in a straight line from the main front door of Wilson's School.

Admission Procedures for entry to Year 7 in September 2017


Selective Eligibility Test
For entry into Year 7 in September 2017 boys must first pass the Selective Eligibility Test prepared by a number of local schools with selective places. The result of this determines suitability for the participating selective schools including Wilson’s School.

To register your son to take this Selective Eligibility Test parents must complete the Supplementary Form which can be accessed via the Wilson’s School website (or the website of any of the participating schools) by 19 August 2016.

The date of the Selective Eligibility Test will be Wednesday 14 September 2016. Candidates will be notified by email of the test centre they should attend to sit the test.

The Selective Eligibility Test consists of two multiple choice style papers: a Maths paper and an English paper. The test score will be applicable to any of the participating schools although each school may determine its own pass mark.

Parents will be informed by email of the outcome of the Selective Eligibility Test by the end of 23 September 2016. This will confirm whether or not the candidate is eligible to sit the second stage Entrance Examination for Wilson’s School. The result of this test 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 at Wilson’s School on Monday 3 October 2016. The second stage Entrance Examination for Wilson’s School will comprise an English and a Mathematics paper.

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 for Wilson’s School in the ratio 2:4:4. 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 2016.

There are no alternative dates to sit the Selective Eligibility Test 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 must name Wilson’s School on their home Local Authority’s Common Application Form; and
• Their son must sit the Wilson’s School second stage Entrance Examination if they are eligible to do so.

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. Places will be offered on the basis of the rank order of the examinations. Where candidates have the same rank order places will be allocated in the same order as stated in the third paragraph above. The waiting list will be maintained until the end of the Autumn Term 2017. After 31 December 2017, parents who wish to apply for a place at the school must apply for in year admission through London Borough of Sutton on a Mid-Term Application Form.
In Year Admissions in Years 7-11 In the rare event of a vacancy occurring, all boys who have registered an interest in a place for the relevant year group either with Wilson’s School or the London Borough of Sutton will be invited to sit an entrance examination to determine selective ability and therefore eligibility for the place(s). In the event of oversubscription, the place(s) will be offered to eligible candidates in the rank order of the examination.


Right of Appeal
Parents/carers, and in the case of the entry to the Sixth Form the pupil, have a statutory right of appeal against a decision to refuse a place for which a valid application has been made.
* 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 should provide recent professional evidence to support this. Further details of how to make such a request are available from the school.
‡ The home address is defined as excluding any business address, relative’s or childminder’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. All distances will be measured using a computerised Geographical Information System. 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 at the closing date for application. Changes of address up to 10th December 2016 may be considered if there are exceptional reasons behind the change, such as if a family has just moved to the area, or has returned from abroad. The address to be used for waiting lists, after the initial allocation, will be the child’s current address. Any offer is conditional upon the child living at the appropriate address on the relevant date. Parents/carers have a responsibility to notify the Local Authority of any change of address.