Wilson's School

Admission to Year 7 in September 2018

Applying for a place at Wilson’s School

For a place at Wilson's School in Year 7 September 2018 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 2 May 2017. The closing date for the completion of the registration form is midnight on Friday 18 August 2017.  You must complete your registration using the online form in advance of this closing date.  No late registrations will be accepted under any circumstances. Please note that there is an earlier deadline of 30 June 2017 for submission of requests for special adjustments for candidates with SEN, and for supporting evidence (further information is provided on our SET FAQ's page.)

The Selective Eligibility Test will take place on Tuesday 19 September 2017.

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 for Wilson’s School. 

The Second Stage Entrance Examination will take place on  Saturday 7 October 2017.

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 2017. 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.

Shared Second Stage Testing
For admission to Year 7 in September 2018, Wilson’s School and Sutton Grammar School have agreed to share our Second Stage Entrance Examinations to be held on Saturday 7 October 2017. 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 Wilson’s School and Sutton Grammar School have different Admissions Criteria and different methods of combining the scores from the SET and Second Stage Examinations 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. Further information about the shared Second Stage Entrance Examination can be found in the Second Stage Entrance Examination FAQs section on this website.

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 Strategy 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 for entry to Year 7 in September 2018


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 180. Boys in Year 6 of primary school in September 2017 (with a date of birth from 1 September 2006 to 31 August 2007*) 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 2017. 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 2018


THE ENTRANCE TESTS

Selective Eligibility Test


For entry into Year 7 in September 2018 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 19 September 2017.

To register your son to take the SET parents 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 [Deadline Date]. 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 7 October 2017. 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 2017.

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 2018.


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.