Selective Eligibility Test FAQs
Who are the “participating Schools” in the Selective Eligibility Test?
The “participating schools” in the Selective Eligibility Test, “SET”, are Greenshaw High School, Nonsuch High School for Girls, Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School, Wallington High School for Girls and Wilson’s School.
If my child passes the Selective Eligibility Test does that mean they have a place at my chosen school?
No. If your child passes the Selective Eligibility Test for a particular school it means:
For Greenshaw High School – Greenshaw High School uses the outcome of the Selective Eligibility Test to determine those children who may be eligible to be considered for one of their 60 ability places. 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 still be eligible for a place at Greenshaw under one of the school’s other criteria.
For Wallington County Grammar School – Wallington County Grammar School uses the outcome of the Selective Eligibility Test to determine boys who are eligible to be considered for a place at the School. You may wish to list the School as a preference on the Common Application Form (CAF). Please note that Wallington County Grammar School does not hold a second stage test. Further information is available on their website.
For Nonsuch High School for Girls, Sutton Grammar School, Wallington High School for Girls and Wilson’s School – your son or daughter is eligible to sit the second stage Entrance Examinations, details of which will be sent to you by email.
A shared second stage test will be held by Sutton Grammar School and Wilson’s School on Saturday 6 October 2018`. The test will be common to both schools, but the criteria applied to be of selective ability will be determined by each school individually. If your son is deemed to be of selective ability by one or the other or both schools, you will be able to name that school, or both schools on your CAF in your chosen order of preference.
A joint second stage test will be held by Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls on Saturday 29 September 2018. Both the test and the criteria applied to be of selective ability will be common to both schools. If your daughter is deemed to be of selective ability, you will be able to name either or both schools on your CAF in your chosen order of preference.
The outcome of the second stage entrance examinations 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.
Greenshaw High School admits both boys and girls.
Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School and Wilson's School admit only boys.
Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls admit only girls.
How do I apply for a place at Sutton Grammar School?
For a place at Sutton Grammar School in Year 7 September 2019 you must register your child to take the Selective Eligibility Test by completing the online Registration Form which can be accessed via this website. This online Registration 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 2018. The closing date for the completion of the Registration Form is midnight on Friday 17 August 2018. No late registrations will be accepted under any circumstances. Please note there is an earlier deadline of 29 June 2018 for submission of requests for special adjustments for candidates with SEN, and for supporting evidence (see further information below).
In addition, if you are an overseas candidate and wish a test to be organised at an overseas centre, you must also register online by 29 June 2018. Failure to do so will result in an overseas test not being possible and overseas candidates will be expected to travel to the UK to take the Selective Eligibility Test.
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. 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.
The closing date for submission of the CAF is 31 October 2018. 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:
• your son must meet the Sutton Grammar School Admission Standard following completion of the second stage test; and
• you must name Sutton Grammar School on the CAF.
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.
Do I need to complete a Supplementary Form for Sutton Grammar School?
The Registration Form for the Selective Eligibility Test serves as the Supplementary Form for Sutton Grammar School, and for all the schools in the SET group.
What if I am only interested in a place at one or two of the participating schools?
That’s fine. Just complete the online Supplementary 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 the following schools: 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 or more children in the same school year?
You will be asked when you start your registration how many children you are going to register. Your children will then be linked to your parental information so that we know they are from the same family group. Please follow the instructions on the registration form.
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 being held on 18 September 2018 (expected date of birth range 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2008). 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.
If your child is going to be in Year 6 at the time of the test but is out of date range (i.e. their birth date is not between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008) then there are instructions on the registration form on who to contact to make the registration. You will be asked to provide supporting evidence from your child’s primary school confirming why the decision was taken to either promote them by a year group or hold them back before any registration can be made.
Why is there a question on the registration form about Pupil Premium/Free School Meals (FSM)?
You have been asked to complete these questions because your child’s eligibility for Free School Meals and/or your child’s Primary School receiving Pupil Premium in respect of him or her forms part of the oversubscription criteria in the admissions policies of the following schools within the SET group:
Nonsuch High School for Girls
Wallington High School for Girls
Wallington County Grammar School
You should consult the Admissions Policy of these specific schools for further information.
In the case of Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls, those candidates in receipt of Pupil Premium are eligible to achieve up to 10% below the cut off point for all other candidates to be considered for the Second Stage Test. Documentary evidence to support such an application will be required from the current primary school as evidence of Pupil Premium registration at the point when a child is registered to sit the Selective Eligibility Test. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure this documentary evidence is available.
What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is triggered for children who:
- are eligible for free school meals
- at any time in the six years prior to 31 October 2018 were registered as eligible for free school meals at their primary school;
- had been Looked After (registered in public care) for 1 day or more;
- had been adopted from care;
- had left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangements order.
How do I find out if my child has triggered Pupil Premium/Free School Meals (FSM)?
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:
|28 June 2018||3.30pm to 8.00pm||Admissions Information at Open Evening||
Wilson’s School Mollison Drive, Wallington, SM6 9JW
|5 July 2018||4.00pm to 7.00pm||Online Registration Room at Open Evening||Wallington County Grammar School, Croydon Road, Wallington, SM6 7PH|
| 12 July 2018||4.00pm to 8.30pm||Online Registration Room at Open Evening||Nonsuch High School for Girls, Ewell Road, Cheam, SM3 8AB|
If it is not possible to attend one of the above events and you are still having problems with your registration please contact the admissions office at any of the participating schools.
When is the Selective Eligibility Test?
The date of the Selective Eligibility Test will be Tuesday 18 September 2018.
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. An extract from a sample answer sheet can be viewed here.
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 Key Stage 2 curriculum.
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 covering 18 September 2018 confirming illness on the day of the test will be required.
Where will my child 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. About a week before the test date you will be notified by email of the test centre your child should attend, along with other details needed to sit the test. Regardless of your preferences, 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 that my child sits 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. In view of the number of candidates, it is not possible to manage requests for a specific time during the test day.
My child is at a school abroad. Is it possible for my child to sit the SET at his/her current school?
If you are resident overseas and your child is at school in your country of residence, we may be able to arrange for your child to sit the SET in his or her current school or at an overseas test centre. Please ensure that you complete the SET registration form by Friday 29 June 2018 if you wish for such arrangements to be made. For advice about sitting the SET overseas please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What if my child has an Education, Health & Care Plan (formerly Statement of Special Educational Needs)
If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan, there are separate processes to be followed and you should speak first with your Local Authority who administer the process. You still need to complete the online Registration Form for your child to be able to sit the Selective Eligibility Test. Your child will need to pass the Selective Eligibility Test (and second stage tests where applicable) 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 medical requirements that I think should be taken into account for the Selective Eligibility Test?
The online registration form asks you to provide details of any special needs or medical conditions your child may have. It is particularly important that you tell us if your child has any physical, medical, sensory, learning or behavioural issues or conditions or is suffering from a temporary injury that may substantially disadvantage him/her in the context of an examination. Letting us know will not disadvantage your child in any way.
Please note that supporting documentary evidence must be submitted if you wish us to consider putting a special arrangement in place for the tests. The required evidence must be submitted to Wilson’s School (for male candidates) and Nonsuch High School for Girls (for female candidates) no later than Friday 29 June 2018. Further guidance and information on the evidence that is required and the basis on which decisions on special arrangements will be made can be found here
What should my child bring with them to the selective eligibility test?
Your child will need:
- The information which will be sent to you in advance to the email address you provide on the registration form with details of venue and candidate number.
- Two pencils (HB or B), a soft rubber, a pencil sharpener and a ruler in a clear plastic pencil case or bag.
- A fleece or jumper.
- If desired, water in a clear plastic 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).
- 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:
- A mobile telephone or any other electronic device.
- A calculator or calculator watch.
- A watch that beeps.
- Any piece of stationery which displays times tables or other such information.
- A dictionary.
Please do not send your child to the exam with a backpack or any other bag as space in the exam areas is limited.
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/she 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 confirming illness on the day. We will then arrange for your child to sit the test at a later date.
Greenshaw High School - 020 8715 1001
Nonsuch High School for Girls - 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. Each School may determine its own pass mark.
Please note: following the Selective Eligibility Test, no review or remarking of papers will be available.
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 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. 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 during Tuesday 25 September 2018 with the outcome of the Selective Eligibility Test.
No information regarding ranking will be given. No review service or re-mark of papers will be available.
Will I be given details of my child’s results of the Selective Eligibility Test?
Each school may determine its own pass mark.
If your child meets the required standard for at least one participating school: You will not be given any information regarding his/her scores but will be told that he/she has met the required standard(s) and will be invited to second stage testing (where applicable).
If your child does not meet the required standard for all of the participating schools: You will be given his/her standardised scores in both papers which will include any appropriate age adjustment and their total score.
What happens if my child does not pass the Selective Eligibility Test?
If your child does not pass the Selective Eligibility Test for a particular school 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. However, if you think you might want to lodge an appeal, you will need to name the relevant school(s) on the CAF. This will give you the opportunity to lodge any appeal(s) after National Offer Day.
When will I receive an offer of a school?
You will not receive an offer until 1 March 2019 (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 SET2019Entry@suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk You are also welcome to contact a member of the Admissions Team at any of the participating schools: