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Wallington High School for Girls

Wallington High School for Girls

'A strong learning community. Pupils are proud of their school. The broad curriculum and high prior attainment of pupils lead to strong achievement.' OFSTED 2019

NONSUCH AND WALLINGTON SECOND STAGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION (NWSSEE)

Procedures for the Second Stage Entrance Exam 2020

To put all parents minds at ease, we have undertaken significant planning and risk assessments for these events. We have provided a number of important requests below

  1. To limit numbers in and around the school, only one family member or carer will be allowed to escort or collect each candidate to or from the premises. Any additional people will be turned away.
  2. All candidates or accompanying adults are asked to wear a face mask or covering whilst on site or in any queue. Candidates may remove face coverings whilst seated in an exam room.
  3. All Wallington staff have been encouraged to wear face coverings and gloves when moving amongst the candidates.
  4. Candidates and families are asked to respect social distancing at all times whilst on school premises; keeping at least 2m between different household groups.
  5. Contact between candidates has been minimised wherever possible by running 2 exam sessions instead of one, sitting candidates in smaller exam rooms and having more spacious seating plans and limiting access around the school by use of Zones.
  6. As much of the waiting prior and after exams will happen outside, each candidate is strongly advised to bring warm or weather appropriate clothing
  7. There will be no parking provided by the school itself or in the surrounding roads on the day of the tests. However, parking is available in Woodcote Garden Centre from 9am. Toilets at the garden centre will only be available for paying customers.
  8. All exam rooms will be provided with hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and tissues

Arrangements for the day

What should my child bring with them to the NWSSEE?

Candidates will need:

  1. A print out of the invite that will have been sent to you in advance by email with details of venue and candidate number.
  2. Two pencils (HB or B), black or blue pen/biro, a soft rubber, a pencil sharpener and a ruler in a clear plastic pencil case or bag.
  3. A fleece or jumper as windows will be open for ventilation.
  4. If desired, water in a clear sports cap bottle (no fizzy drinks) and a snack for break time (no nuts or products containing 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.
  6. Tissues, face covering and hand sanitizer.
  7. As much of the queuing and waiting will take place outside, we would recommend bringing suitable cold/wet weather clothing.

Candidates must not bring:

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

Arrival at WHSG

  • Only one accompanying adult per candidate.
  • You must enter the school site by foot.
  • All candidates or accompanying adults are asked to wear a face mask or covering whilst on site or in any queue. Candidates may remove face coverings whilst seated in an exam room.
  • When you drop your child at the check in point you will be given a colour card indicating the zone for pick up after the test.  YOU MUST BRING THIS WITH YOU WHEN COLLECTING YOUR CHILD.
  • Please make a swift exit to help ease congestion and to allow for social distancing.
  • Please follow all signs and instructions.
  • Access to the site will be denied before 8am.

For session 1, arrive no earlier than 08:00 and no later than 08:45

For session 2, arrive no earlier than 12:30 and no later than 13:15

Collecting you child after the test

  • ONLY ONE PARENT OR CARER WILL BE PERMITTED ONTO SITE FOR COLLECTION.
  • Remember to bring the colour card given at drop off.
  • Access will be via the Woodcote Road service entrance.
  • Please ensure that you are wearing a face covering unless you are exempt.
  • As soon as you are reunited with your child please depart the site immediately.
  • Please ensure that you respect others and social distance when waiting.

For session 1, arrive no earlier than 11.30

For session 2, arrive no earlier than 15.30

If your child is unwell on the day.

You and your daughter must not enter the school site if you or any member of your household are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

Your daughter must not attend the second stage test if she has been told to self-isolate by her Primary School or should be self isolating due to a family member showing symptoms or testing positive. 

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

IMPORTANT GUIDANCE ON WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD IS NOT FIT, WHETHER FOR MEDICAL OR OTHER REASONS, TO SIT THE NWSSEE ON SATURDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2020

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the Nonsuch and Wallington Second Stage Entrance Examination?

A joint second stage test will be held by Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls on Saturday 28 November 2020.  Both the test and the criteria applied to be of selective ability will be common to both schools.  All girls who have passed the Selective Eligibility Test will receive an invitation to sit the Nonsuch and Wallington Second Stage Entrance Examination (hereafter NWSSEE).

Where will my daughter sit the NWSSEE?

The NWSSEE will be held at both Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls. All applicants will receive an email containing the detailed arrangements in the week before the tests.

What is in the NWSSEE?

There are two elements: an English test and a Maths test. They will not be multiple-choice. Each paper will be around 45 minutes to 1 hour long. The tests will not include verbal reasoning or non-verbal reasoning. There is no comprehension paper for English in the NWSSEE.

Can I get specimen papers or sample questions for the NWSSEE?

We do not provide specimen papers. The content of the English and Maths tests is broadly based on the Key Stage 2 curriculum.

You can find some examples of the sorts of questions which might be set in the Second Stage Entrance Examination by clicking on the links below:

Where can my daughter do her working out in the Maths paper?

If there is not enough space on the paper, candidates will be given rough paper to do any working out. This will be collected in and thrown away. It will not be marked.

Will my daughter’s working out receive any marks in the Maths paper?

No. Only the answer your daughter puts on the answer paper will be marked.

What is the pass mark in the NWSSEE?

It is not possible to state a pass mark in advance of the examination. The pass mark will be decided after the papers have been marked.

Does my daughter’s score in the Selective Eligibility Test count towards her score in the NWSSEE?

Yes. The final rank order of the entrance examinations will be determined on the basis of the aggregate scores of the Selective Eligibility Test and the two elements of the NWSSEE in the ratio 1:1:1.

Does my daughter have to pass both parts of the NWSSEE?

Yes. Candidates must pass BOTH parts of the NWSSEE to be eligible for a place. The marks in these tests will then be added to half of the mark achieved in the Selective Eligibility Test and each part will carry equal weight.

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

Yes. Age standardisation is applied to the results of the Selective Eligibility Test and each of the English and Maths tests which make up the NWSSEE before the aggregate score is calculated.

Can my daughter sit the test abroad?

Candidates applying from abroad can sit the NWSSEE in a school abroad as long as the candidate has passed the Selective Eligibility Test and as long as the school will guarantee that the tests are taken in suitable test conditions.

How many children will sit the NWSSEE?

All the girls who pass the Selective Eligibility Test will be invited to sit the NWSSEE.

I have received an invitation for my daughter to sit the NWSSEE at Wallington but I am not interested in a place at Wallington.

As we run a joint second stage test with Nonsuch High School for Girls, your daughter would need to sit the test if she is interested in a place at either school. If your daughter is not interested in a place at either school, then your daughter does not need to sit the NWSSEE. If this is the case, it would be appreciated if you could email admissions@girlslearningtrust.org to let us know.

Can my daughter sit the NWSSEE if she has not sat the Selective Eligibility Test?

No. It is a requirement that your daughter sits and passes the Selective Eligibility Test in order for her to sit the NWSSEE.

Are there any other opportunities to sit the NWSSEE?

There are no alternative dates to sit the NWSSEE except in the case of illness on the day for which a signed medical certificate dated 28 November 2020 will be required.

Candidates must ensure that they arrive on time on the day of the NWSSEE and you must immediately contact your allocated venue on if there is any delay.

Can we request a morning or afternoon slot for the NWSSEE?

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 special needs and will need special arrangements in the examination?

You will have already provided details of these when completing the online registration for your child to sit the Selective Eligibility Test. You will have been informed of the arrangements that will be put in place for your child at the NWSSEE.

What will happen if my child becomes ill during the test?

If your child informs an invigilator that she feels unwell and does not feel that she can carry on with the test, then a member of staff wearing PPE will collect her from the test venue and will ask her to wear a facial covering if possible.

Your child will be taken to our first aid area where a member of our first aid team will attend to her.

We will also contact you and ask that you come to the school to collect her.

In this instance we will allow vehicle access at the school entrance

When do I find out the outcome of the NWSSEE?

You will be notified by email whether or not your daughter has passed the test in the week commencing 14 December. Please note that, because of oversubscription, many candidates who pass the test will not be made an offer on National Offer Day.

 

Am I able to change my preferences or order of preferences after the closing date of 31 October, if I am unsuccessful in the test?

You should visit your Local Authority website for information on this. London local authorities have agreed that such changes may be made up until 10 December but this may not be the case of you live outside of London. It will, however, not be possible to change preferences after the second stage results are issued.

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

Please email admissions@girlslearningtrust.org