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Eligibility test 2015

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a place at Sutton Grammar School?

For a place at Sutton Grammar School in Year 7 September 2015 you must register your child to take the Selective Eligibility Test by completing the registration form which can be accessed via this website. This online Supplementary Form can also be accessed via the websites of Greenshaw High School, Nonsuch High School for Girls, Wilson’s School, Wallington High School for Girls and Wallington County Grammar School.

The online registration form will be available to complete online from 1 May 2014. The closing date for the completion of the registration form is midnight on 4 September 2014.

You must complete your registration using the online form in advance of this closing date.

Should your son be successful in the Selective Eligibility Test he will be invited to sit the second stage Entrance Examination at Sutton Grammar School.. If your son passes this test you must include Sutton Grammar School on the Common Application Form (CAF) to be eligible for consideration for a place at Sutton Grammar 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 onlinevia the following link:

https://www.eadmissions.org.uk.

 The closing date for submission of the CAF is 31 October 2014. If you wish to apply for a place at Sutton Grammar School you must name the school on the CAF.

 In order to make a valid application to Sutton Grammar School:

  • you must name Sutton Grammar School on your home Local Authority’s Common Application Form; and
  • your son must sit the Sutton Grammar School second stage Entrance Examination.

 

If I am also interested in a place at one or more of the other participating schools do I need to complete a separate form for them too?

No. 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.

 

What if I am only interested in a place at one or two of the participating schools?

That’s fine. Just complete the online registration form to sit the Selective Eligibility Test (accessed via the website of any of the participating schools). Your child must sit the Selective Eligibility Test in order to be considered by any of Nonsuch High School for Girls, Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School, Wallington High School for Girls, Wilson's School or for one of the 60 ability places available at Greenshaw High School.

How do I register twins or two children in the same school year?

You need to complete a separate registration form for each child (for example twins or siblings in the same school year). Once you have completed and submitted the form for one child you should commence a new registration for any other children.

 

Can my child sit the test if they are not in Year 6 at the time of the tests?

The Selective Eligibility Test is for children who will be in Year 6 of primary school at the date of the test (17 September 2014) – expected date of birth range 1 September 2003 to 31 August 2004. Children can only sit the Selective Eligibility Test once. A younger child cannot sit the test in earlier years as a practice. The participating schools will conduct year on year comparisons of the names of registered children.

 

Why is there a question on the registration form about the Pupil Premium/Free School Meals?

You will only have been asked to complete these questions in the registration form if you might be considering applying for a place at Nonsuch High School for Girls or Wallington County Grammar School.
This is due to Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington County Grammar School including this as a criterion in their oversubscription criteria which is applied after their second stage entrance examinations.
You should consult the Admissions Policy of these specific schools for further information. Whether or not your child is eligible for Pupil Premium/Free School Meals is not relevant to the outcome of the Selective Eligibility Test.

 

Why am I being asked whether my son is eligible to receive free school meals?

You will only be asked this question if you are considering applying for a place at Wallington County Grammar School and you are being asked the question because Wallington County Grammar School has this as a criterion in their oversubscription criteria which is applied after their second stage entrance examination.
You should visit the School’s website for information. Whether or not your son is eligible to receive free school meals is not relevant to the outcome of the Selective Eligibility Test.

 

Why am I being asked whether my daughter has triggered Pupil Premium?

You will only be asked this question if you are considering applying for a place at Nonsuch High School for Girls and you are being asked the question because Nonsuch High School for Girls has this as a criterion in their oversubscription criteria which is applied after their second stage entrance examination. You should visit the School’s website for information. Whether or not your daughter has triggered Pupil Premium is not relevant to the outcome of the Selective Eligibility Test.

How do I find out if my child is eligible to receive free school meals (FSM) at the time of completing registration for the Selective Eligibility Test?

You should speak to your child’s primary school who will be able to help answer this question.

 

How do I find out if my child has triggered Pupil Premium in the last six years?

You should speak to your child’s primary school who will be able to help answer this question.

I am having trouble with the online registration form. What should I do?

The online form has been designed to be very straightforward to complete. However if you are having problems you are invited to attend any one of the events listed below where there will be members of staff from the participating schools available to help you complete your registration, including taking and uploading a photograph of your child:

Date - 22 May 2014
Time - 4 - 6pm
Event - Selective Eligibility Test Online Registration Drop In Session - Greenshaw
Address - Greenshaw High School, Grennell Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 3DY

Date - 26 June 2014
Time - 4 - 8pm
Event - Online Registration Room at Wilson’s Open Evening
Address - Wilson’s School Mollison Drive, Wallington, SM6 9JW

Date - 3 July 2014
Time - 3.30 - 7pm
Event - Online Registration Room at Wallington Boys’ Open Evening
Address - Wallington County Grammar School, Croydon Road, Wallington, SM6 7PH

Date - 7 July 2014
Time - 3.30 - 7pm
Event - Selective Eligibility Test Online Registration Drop In Session – Wallington Girls
Address - Wallington High School for Girls, Woodcote Road, Wallington, SM6 0PH

Date - 10 July 2014
Time - 4 - 7pm
Event - Online Registration Room at Nonsuch Open Evening
Address - Nonsuch High School for Girls, Ewell Road, Cheam, SM3 8AB

 

When is the Selective Eligibility Test?

The date of the Selective Eligibility Test will be Wednesday 17 September 2014. Each of the participating schools will run a test centre and candidates will be invited to sit the test at one of these. You will be notified by email of the test centre your child should attend, along with other details needed to sit the test about a week before the test date.

 

What is in the Selective Eligibility Test?

The test consists of two multiple choice style papers; a Maths paper and an English paper. Each paper will be about 45 minutes long. The tests do not include verbal reasoning or non verbal reasoning.
Candidates will need to record their answers on a separate multiple choice answer sheet. A sample answersheet will be available to view before the exam.

 

Can I get specimen papers or sample questions for the Selective Eligibility Test?

No. The content of the maths and English tests is based on the content of Key Stage 2.

Are there any other opportunities to sit the Selective Eligibility Test?

There are no alternative dates to sit the Selective Eligibility Test except in the case of illness on the day (a medical certificate dated 17 September 2014 will be required).

Where will I sit the Selective Eligibility Test?

All six participating schools will be hosting the Selective Eligibility Test at their schools during the same time periods on the same day.
The intention is that 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.
In general candidates will be allocated their nearest venue by reference to their post code. Boy/Girl twins or siblings will be allocated to sit the test at Greenshaw High School irrespective of your post code.

Can I request to sit the Selective Eligibility Test at a particular venue?

No. In view of the number of candidates, it is not possible to manage requests for a specific venue.
However as candidates will generally be allocated to venues by reference to the post code of their home address it is most likely that you will be allocated the most convenient venue for you.

I have been allocated a particular venue for my child to sit the Selective Eligibility Test but I am not interested in a place at that school?

It doesn’t matter. The school your child attends to sit the Selective Eligibility Test has no relevance to your preferences for a school place.

Can we request a morning or afternoon slot for the Selective Eligibility Test?

No, as it is likely that there will only be one examination session for the Selective Eligibility Test which will run concurrently at all the participating school venues.

What if my child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs?

If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs, there are separate processes to be followed and you should speak first with your Local Authority who administer the process.
Your child will still need to sit and pass the Selective Eligibility Test (and any second stage tests) to be eligible for a place at Nonsuch High School for Girls, Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School, Wallington High School for Girls, Wilson’s School or for one of the 60 ability places at Greenshaw High School.

 

What if my child has special needs or special medical requirements that I would like to be taken into account for the Selective Eligibility Test?

The online registration form asks you to provide details of any special needs or medical requirements your child may have. It is particularly important that you should tell us if your child has any disability, such as impaired sight or hearing that may disadvantage him/her in the context of an examination. It is also important that you let us know if your child has been formally identified as dyslexic or dyspraxic or has any other medical condition that we ought to be aware of. Letting us know will not disadvantage your child in any way.
Decisions on the special arrangements if any to be given to each candidate will be taken by reference to the content of the JCQ guidelines on access arrangements for children. To support this judgement we will require you to provide documentary evidence from an appropriately qualified professional. You are also invited to provide a letter from your child’s primary school confirming the arrangements if any that the school has in place for your child but this will not be considered sufficient evidence in itself.

 

What should my child bring with them to the Selective Eligibility Test?

Your child will need:

  1. The information which will be sent to you in advance by email with details of venue and candidate number.
  2. Two pencils (HB or B), a soft rubber, a pencil sharpener and a ruler in a clear plastic pencil case or bag.
  3. A fleece or jumper.
  4. If desired, water in a sports cap bottle (no fizzy drinks) and a snack for break time (no nuts due to the number of children who suffer from nut allergies).
  5. If desired, a reading book to help pass waiting time. This is optional and has absolutely nothing to do with the examination.

 Your child must not bring:

  1. A mobile telephone or any other electronic device.
  2. A calculator or calculator watch.
  3. Any piece of stationery which displays times tables or other such information.
  4. A dictionary.

 

Can my child bring their medication (e.g. EpiPen, inhaler) with them to the Selective Eligibility Test?

Your child may bring their usual medication with them to the test venue. It is important to provide details of their medical requirements on the online registration form so that we can make sure that the members of staff supervising their test venue are aware.

 

What should I do if my child is ill on the day of the Selective Eligibility Test?

If your child is ill on the day of the Selective Eligibility Test you must ring the school to which he has been allocated as a venue to sit the test before the test is due to start. You will then need to take your child to the doctor and produce a doctor’s certificate with the same date as that of the test. We will then arrange for your child to sit the test at a later date.

Greenshaw High School                    -    020 8715 1001

Nonsuch High School                          -    020 8394 3400

Sutton Grammar School                      -    020 8642 3821

Wallington County Grammar School  -   020 8647 2235

Wallington High School for Girls        -   020 8647 2380

Wilson’s School                                 -   020 8773 2931

 

What is the pass mark for the Selective Eligibility Test?

It is not possible to state a pass mark in advance of the test. The pass mark will be decided by the participating schools after the test has been marked.

 

Does my child have to pass each paper in the Selective Eligibility Test?

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.

 

Does my son’s score in the Selective Eligibility Test count towards his score in the second stage Entrance Examinations at Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School and Wilson’s School?

Yes. The rank order of the entrance examinations at each of these schools will be determined on the basis of the aggregate scores of the Selective Eligibility Test and the papers which make up the second stage Entrance Examination at each of these selective schools.
For the specific ratio to be applied for each school you are advised to look further at the websites of the individual schools.

Do you make allowances for age (as in a child whose birthday is at one end of the school year)?

Yes. A standardisation for age mechanism is applied to the Selective Eligibility Test.

 

When and how do I find out the outcome of the Selective Eligibility Test?

You will receive an email on 26 September 2014 with the outcome of the Selective Eligibility Test.

 

Will I be given details of my child’s results of the Selective Eligibility Test?

You will only be informed whether or not your child has passed the Selective Eligibility Test. Please note that it is only possible to sit the Selective Eligibility Test once and that we do not offer a re-mark / script return service. The Admissions Offices at the participating schools are not able to provide any further information about your child’s performance in the tests.

 

If my child passes the Selective Eligibility Test does that mean they have a place at my chosen school?

No. If your child achieves the pass mark in the Selective Eligibility Test it means:

For Greenshaw High School – your son or daughter is eligible to be considered for one of the 60 ability places at Greenshaw High School and you may wish to list this school on your CAF. Please note that even if your child does not achieve the pass mark in the Selective Eligibility Test they may also be eligible for a place at Greenshaw under one of the school’s other criteria.

For Nonsuch High School for Girls – your daughter is eligible to sit the second stage Entrance Examination for Nonsuch High School for Girls details of which will be sent to you by email. The date for the second stage Entrance Examination will be Saturday 11 October 2014. The outcome for the second stage entrance examination will be emailed to parents/carers by the end of October (in advance of the deadline for completion of the CAF). Please note that success in the examinations does not mean that a place will be offered.

For Sutton Grammar School – your son is eligible to be considered for a place at Sutton Grammar School and you may wish to list this school on your CAF. Your son will then be invited to sit our second stage test to be held on Saturday 15 November 2014 to determine his position in the rank order.

For Wallington County Grammar School – your son is eligible to sit the second stage Entrance Examination for Wallington County Grammar School details of which will be sent to you by email. The date for the second stage Entrance Examination will be Saturday 11 October 2014. The outcome for the second stage entrance examination will be emailed to parents/carers by the end of October (in advance of the deadline for completion of the CAF). Please note that success in the examinations does not mean that a place will be offered.

For Wallington High School for Girls – your daughter is eligible to sit the second stage Entrance Examination for Wallington High School for Girls details of which will be sent to you by email. The date for the second stage Entrance Examination will be Saturday 4 October 2014. The outcome for the second stage entrance examination will be emailed to parents/carers by the end of October (in advance of the deadline for completion of the CAF). Please note that success in the examinations does not mean that a place will be offered.

For Wilson’s School - your son is eligible to sit the second stage Entrance Examination for Wilson’s School details of which will be sent to you by email. The date for the second stage Entrance Examination will be Monday 6 October 2014. The outcome for the second stage entrance examination will be emailed to parents/carers by the end of October (in advance of the deadline for completion of the CAF). Please note that success in the examinations does not mean that a place will be offered.

Please note:
Greenshaw High School admits both boys and girls.
Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School and Wilson's School only admits boys.
Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls only admit girls.

 

What happens if my child does not pass the Selective Eligibility Test?

If your child does not pass the Selective Eligibility Test it means:

For Greenshaw High School – your son or daughter is not eligible for one of the 60 ability places at Greenshaw High School but they may still be eligible for a place at Greenshaw High School under one of the school’s other criteria.

For all the other participating schools – your child is not eligible for a place at any of these schools as they will not have met the admissions criteria. You should not name these schools on your CAF.

 

When will I receive an offer of a school?

You will not receive an offer until 2 March 2015 (National Offer Day). Offers of places at Sutton Grammar School are dependent not only on passing the Sutton Grammar School second stage Entrance Examination and your son’s position in the rank order, but also on whether or not you have placed another school or schools higher on your list of preferences and, if you have, on the outcome of the process at those schools.

I have a question which isn’t covered here; what should I do?

You can email your query to SET2015@wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk.
You are also welcome to contact a member of the Admissions Team at any of the participating schools:

Greenshaw High School - 020 8715 1001
Email - admissions@greenshaw.co.uk

Nonsuch High School - 020 8394 3400
Email - admissions@nonsuch.sutton.sch.uk

Sutton Grammar School - 020 8642 3821
Email - admissions-sgs@suttonlea.org

Wallington County Grammar School - 020 8647 2235
Email - wcgs@suttonlea.org

Wallington High School for Girls - 020 8647 2380
Email - admissions@wallingtongirls.sutton.sch.uk

Wilson's School - 020 8773 2931
Email admissions@wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk

 

   
 
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