SELECTIVE ELIGIBILITY TEST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  

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 use 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 use 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 are not holding 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. 

For boys:-
Separate second stage tests will be held as follows:
-   Sutton Grammar School – Saturday 1 October 2016
-  Wilson’s School – Monday 3 October 2016

For girls:-
A joint second stage test will be held by Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls on Saturday 1 October 2016.   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. 

Please note:
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 Wallington High School for Girls (WHSG)?

For a place at WHSG 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 via this website.   This online Supplementary Registration Form can also be accessed via the websites of Greenshaw High School, Nonsuch High School for Girls, Sutton Grammar School, Wilson’s School, and Wallington County Grammar School. 

The online Supplementary 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 Friday 19 August 2016.   No late registrations will be accepted under any circumstances. 

You must complete your registration using the online form in advance of this closing date.  Should your daughter be successful in the Selective Eligibility Test, she will be invited to sit the joint second stage Entrance Examination for WHSG and Nonsuch High School for Girls.  If your daughter passes this test you must include WHSG on the Common Application Form (CAF) to be eligible for consideration for a place at WHSG. 

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 2016.   If you wish to apply for a place at WHSG you must name the school on the CAF.

In order to make a valid application to WHSG:

  • your daughter must meet the WHSG Admission Standard following completion of the second stage test, and
  • your must name WHSG on the CAF.

 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 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 14 September 2016 (expected date of birth range 1 September 2005 to 31 August 2006).   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 2005 and 31 August 2006) 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 / Service Premium / Free School Meals (FSM)?  

You will only have been asked to complete these questions on the registration form if you might be considering applying for a place at Nonsuch High School for Girls, Wallington High School for Girls or Wallington County Grammar School as these criteria may be part of the oversubscription criteria within the admissions policies of these schools.   The table below shows which criterion is applicable to which of these schools and at what stage of the testing process the criterion is applied:

School

Pupil Premium

Service Premium

Free School Meals (FSM)

Point at
which criterion triggered

Nonsuch High School for Girls

Yes

Yes

Yes

After the outcome of the Second Stage Test

Wallington High School for Girls

Yes

No

Yes

After the outcome of the Second Stage Test

Wallington County Grammar School

No

No

Yes

After the outcome  of SET

 

You should consult the Admissions Policy of these specific schools for further information.   Whether or not your child is eligible for Pupil Premium / Service Premium / Free School Meals (FSM), subject to the conditions of the relevant Admissions Policies, is not relevant to the outcome of the Selective Eligibility Test and/or the second stage test, if applicable.  

What is Pupil Premium?  

Pupil Premium is triggered for children who at any time in the six years prior to 31 October 2016:-

  • 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.  

What is Service Premium?

Service Premium is triggered for children who meet the following criteria at any time prior to 31 October2016:

  • at least one  of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces;
  • at least one of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years;
  • at least one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the child is in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and the War Pensions Scheme.

How do I find out if my child has triggered Pupil Premium / Service Premium / Free School Meals (FSM), subject to the conditions of the relevant Admissions Policies?

Having looked at the relevant school Admissions Policy, 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

Times

Event

Location and Address

23 June 2016

4.00pm to 8.00pm

Admissions Information and Online Registration Room at Open Evening

Wilson’s School

Mollison Drive, Wallington, SM6 9JW

7 July 2016

4.00pm to 7.00pm

Online Registration Room at Open Evening

Wallington County Grammar School, Croydon Road, Wallington, SM6 7PH

4 July 2016

3.30pm to 4.30pm

SET Registration Drop-In

Wallington High School for Girls, Woodcote Road, Wallington, SM6 0PH

12 July 2016

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 Wednesday 14 September 2016.  

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 dated 14 September 2016 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. What if my child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education & Healthcare Plan?   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.   You still need to complete the online Supplementary 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.

Please note that any supporting evidence must be submitted to Wilson’s School (for male candidates) and Nonsuch High School for Girls (for female candidates) no later than midday on Monday 22 August 2016.   If you need supporting documentation from your child’s primary school, you will need to ensure that you obtain this before the school closes for the summer holidays.

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 requirements your child may have.   It is particularly important that you should tell us if your child has any special educational need, disability, such as impaired sight or hearing, 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.

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.   Access arrangements are adjustments for candidates based on evidence of need and normal way of working.   To support this judgement we will require you to provide documentary evidence of your child’s need from an appropriately qualified professional.   Where relevant, you should also provide a letter from your child’s primary school confirming the arrangements, if any, that the school has in place for your child (i.e. their normal way of working)  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 to the email address you provide on the registration form 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 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).
  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.  

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.   

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 child’s score in the Selective Eligibility Test count towards his / her score in the second stage Entrance Examination?  

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 during Friday 23 September 2016 with the outcome of the Selective Eligibility Test.  

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

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 and will be invited to second stage testing (where applicable).  

If your child does not meet the required standard(s) 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 2017 (National Offer Day).   Offers of places at WHSG are dependent not only on passing the WHSG / Nonsuch High School for Girls second stage Entrance Examination and your daughter’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 SET2017@suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk.   You are also welcome to contact a member of the Admissions Team at any of the participating schools:

 

School

Tel No

Email

Greenshaw High School

020 8715 1001

admissions@greenshaw.co.uk

Nonsuch High School
for Girls

020 8394 3400

admissions@nonsuch.sutton.sch.uk

Sutton Grammar School

020 8642 3821

admissions@suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk

Wallington County
Grammar School

020 8647 2235

admissions@wcgs.org.uk

Wallington High School
for Girls

020 8647 2380

admissions@wallingtongirls.org.uk

Wilson’s School

020 8773 2931

admissions@wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk