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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 2014 you must register your child to take the Selective Eligibility Test by completing the Supplementary Form which can be accessed via this website. This online Supplementary Form can also be accessed via the websites of Greenshaw High School, Wallington County Grammar School and Wilson’s School.

The online Supplementary Form will be available to complete online from 1 May 2013. The closing date for the completion of the Supplementary Form is midnight on 17 September 2013.

You are strongly encouraged to submit the online form in advance of this closing date. Registrations submitted prior to 2 September will receive notification of venue and other details for the Selective Eligibility Test in the week of 12 September 2013. Later registrations will receive these details much closer to the date of the Selective Eligibility Test. The test date is 21 September 2013.

 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. You will not receive the outcome of the second stage Entrance Examination prior to the deadline for submission of the Common Application Form. However, if you wish your son to be eligible for consideration for a place you must include Sutton Grammar School on your Common Application Form.

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 2013. 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 Supplementary Form for them too?

No. You only need to complete the Supplementary Form once. This is the case whether you are interested in one, two, three or all four of the participating schools.

 

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

That’s fine. Just complete the Supplementary 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 Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School, 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?

The Supplementary Form allows you to register more than one child (for example twins or siblings in the same school year). Once you have completed the form for one child you will be given the option to add details for another child.

 

When is the Selective Eligibility Test?

The date of the Selective Eligibility Test will be Saturday 21 September 2013.

 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. Please note that if you submit your Supplementary Form after 2 September 2013, you are likely to receive email notification of these details only a few days in advance of the test.

 

What is in the Selective Eligibility Test?

The test consists of two multiple choice style papers; a numeracy paper and a literacy paper. Each paper will be 40-45 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 that will be similar in style to the sheet that can be downloaded here.

 

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

No. The tests are designed to try to produce a level playing field for the children and we do not therefore make sample tests available. The content of the literacy and numeracy tests is based on the content of Key Stage 2.

 A sample of a multiple choice answer sheet of the type that will be used in the Selective Eligibility Tests is available to download here solely to familiarise your child with the way in which they will be required to record their name, candidate number and answers.

 

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 21 September 2013 will be required).

 

Where will I sit the Selective Eligibility Test?

All four participating schools will be hosting the Selective Eligibility Test at their schools at the same time on the same day. In general candidates will be allocated their nearest venue by reference to their post code. All girls will be allocated to sit the test at Greenshaw High School. Boy/Girl twins will also 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 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?

It is likely that there will only be one morning 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 been formally ‘statemented’, 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 Entrance Examination required by the participating schools to be eligible for a place at Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School, 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 Supplementary Form asks you to provide details of any special needs or 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 them 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. You will need to provide appropriate professional evidence well in advance of the examination.

 

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 with them (e.g. epipen, inhaler) 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 Supplementary Form so that we can make sure that the 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 / she have been allocated as a venue to sit the test between 8 – 8.30am. 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

Sutton High School       -    020 8642 3821

Wallington County Grammar School   -   020 8647 2235

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. It is intended to set the pass mark so that between 600-700 candidates pass the Selective Eligibility Test.

 

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 literacy can compensate for one that is a little weaker in numeracy.

 

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 the boys’ 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. An allowance for age is applied to the combined scores of the literacy and numeracy tests in the Selective Eligibility Test.

 

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

Following the Selective Eligibility Test you will receive an email on 26 September 2013 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 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 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 16 November 2013 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 Friday 4 October 2013.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 Wednesday 9 October 2013. 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 that Greenshaw High School admits both boys and girls but Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School and Wilson's School only admits boys.

 

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 Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School and Wilson’s School – your son 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 3rd March 2014 (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 are welcome to contact a member of the Admissions Team at any of the participating schools:

Greenshaw High School - 020 8715 1001

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

Wallington County Grammar School   - 020 8647 2235

 Wilson’s School – 020 8773 2931 or email admissions@wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk.

 

My son has passed the Selective Eligibility Test. When will I receive details of the second-stage test at Sutton Grammar School?

Details of the second-stage test will be emailed to you by 7 November 2013.

 

What is in the second-stage test at Sutton Grammar School?

The second-stage test will consist of two papers as follows:-

  • Literacy – 40-45 minutes – This paper will be made up of two extended writing tasks.
  • Maths – 40-45 minutes – This will be a standard maths paper.

 

Are any past papers available?

No. However, the content will be based on the Key Stage 2 curriculum.

 

What should my son bring to the second-stage test?

Your son will need:

  • A print-out of the email sent to you inviting him to the second-stage test showing his candidate number.
  • Two pencils ( HB or B), a soft rubber, a pen, a pencil sharpener and a ruler in a clear plastic pencil case or bag.
  • A fleece or jumper.
  • 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).

 Your child must not bring:

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

 

What should I do if my son is ill on the day of the second-stage test?

If your son is ill on the day of the second-stage test at Sutton Grammar School, you must ring the school office between 8.00am – 8.30am, telephone number 0208 642 3821, to let us know he is unwell. 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.

 

My son has special needs and I noted these on his supplementary form. Will this information carry forward to the second-stage test?

Yes. Any information provided by you will be shared by Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School and Wilson’s School for their respective second-stage tests. You will be notified in advance of any special arrangements deemed necessary.

 

When will I get the results of the second-stage test?

You will not get any further information until after 3 March 2014 which is National Offer Day. Parents of children who have been offered a place at the school will receive a letter from us confirming the place in addition to the notification they will receive from their home Local Authority.

 

Will I be given my son’s marks?

If your son is unsuccessful we will provide you with a full breakdown of his marks after National Offer Day, 3 March 2014. However, if your son passed our exam we do not give any information about his marks. This is to ensure that children who come to the school start on an equal footing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
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