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Greenshaw High School 11 plus: 2024 entry guide

By Atom | Feb 15, 2023, 4:09 PM

Greenshaw High School entry guide

Are you considering Greenshaw High School in Sutton for your child? We've collated all the information you need to know about 2024 entry to Year 7, including key dates, how to register and what's on the 11 plus exam.

About Greenshaw High School

Greenshaw is a partially-selective mixed school (for girls and boys). Rated 'Good' by Ofsted in 2017, it is an academy school, part of the Greenshaw Learning Trust. Alongside academic excellence, the school is committed to wellbeing, and encourages students to become productive citizens with positive social impact.

60 of the school's Year 7 places are awarded based on performance in the 11 plus test, and the remaining 254 are non-selective (not awarded based on academic performance).

  • Address: Grennell Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 3DY

  • Local authority: Sutton Council

  • School type: mixed partially-selective academy

  • Headteacher: Nick House

  • Number of pupils: 1,885

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected] or 020 8715 1001

  • Number of places in Year 7: 314

  • Open day: October 2023 (TBC on school website). Virtual tour available here

  • 11 plus registration opens: 1st May 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 4th August 2023

  • Exam date: 12th September 2023

  • Exam type: Sutton SET

  • Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Greenshaw High School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Greenshaw High School are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 21st December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd October – 3rd November 2023

  • Spring term: 9th January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 23rd July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Greenshaw High School

For its 60 selective Year 7 places, Greenshaw High School shares an entrance test and registration process with the five other grammar schools in Sutton. The entrance test is called the Selective Eligibility Test (SET).

1. Register for the SET

Before you register you should speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus is right for them.

Register your child to take the SET by completing the online application form which is available from 1st May onwards, on any of the Sutton grammar schools' websites. You only need to register for the test once to apply for any of the grammar schools in Sutton. Registration closes on 4th August 2023.

If you're applying for grammar schools outside Sutton, remember to register for their 11 plus exams too.

2. Apply for school places

Once your child has taken the SET, you will get their results about a week later. You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority application form.

Before listing Greenshaw High School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. How close you live to a school is very important as schools have priority areas which change based on the demand for places.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Sutton 11 plus exam?

The 11 plus exam for Greenshaw High School takes place on 12th September 2023. There is only one stage, whereas the other five grammar schools in Sutton also have a second-stage test.

It consists of two papers:

  • English

  • Maths

Each paper takes between 40–50 minutes and there is a break between them. Children record their answers in a separate answer book which is marked first electronically and then by hand.

The content is based on the Key Stage 2 national curriculum objectives for Year 5 and 6. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning are not tested. Get more details and free preparation resources in our full guide to the Sutton SET:

Sutton 11 plus exam guide

What is the pass mark for Greenshaw High School?

After your child takes the SET, their scores are age-standardised and combined to give them a total score across both papers. This means that a very strong score in one paper can compensate for a lower score in another paper.

Combined scores are ranked in order and the 60 highest-scoring children are offered a place under priority 4 (below). The school sets a pass mark each year once the papers have been marked. This will depend on the size and performance of the year group.

Achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it is always oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area.

Greenshaw High School oversubscription criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 314. Up to 60 of these places are offered based on children's 11 plus results.

Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names Greenshaw High School are offered places first. Places are then allocated to children in this order:

  • Priority 1: Looked-After or Previously Looked-After Children.

  • Priority 2: students who have an exceptional social and/or medical need for admission to the school.

  • Priority 3: children of members of staff.

  • Priority 4: up to 60 children are admitted based on the outcome of the SET 11 plus.

  • Priority 5: children who have a sibling at the school.

  • Priority 6: any remaining places are offered based on how close the child lives to the school, measured in a straight line.

Greenshaw High School catchment area

There is no defined catchment area, but in the last few years, children offered a place under priority 6 have lived no more than 1.25 km from the school:

  • 2021: 1.151 km

  • 2020: 1.245 km

  • 2019: 1.245 km

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Sutton SET 11 plus.

Cover all the content

The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives across the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and beyond.

We recommend that your child starts revising content at least one year before the test. Setting aside study periods using a 'little and often' approach will give them time to build the skills and knowledge they need. When preparing, avoid falling into the trap of over-focusing on either the topics your child enjoys or the topics they find hardest.

Atom Nucleus is an 11 plus online course that tailors your child's personalised learning journey to cover all elements of the SET at the right pace for them.

No surprises

Your child will encounter lots of unfamiliar types of questions in the 11 plus exam. Building exam technique with 11 plus test papers will help your child to feel fully confident with the styles of questions they'll encounter in the exam, reducing the potential for stress on the day.

Celebrate their progress

Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help keep motivation high. Atom Nucleus offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress towards mastering the 11 plus curriculum, making it easy to see where they need to focus next.

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Personalised 11 plus prep for your child

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Atom Nucleus is the award-winning online 11 plus practice platform that gives your child everything they need to prepare for grammar school exams.

Children work independently through over 90,000 interactive practice questions in English, maths and reasoning. Teacher-created helpsheets and videos help them discover new concepts and consolidate their learning.

Atom's algorithm keeps children on their ideal learning path, tailored to their unique learning style and pace to keep them challenged and motivated.

Sutton SET practice papers

Atom Nucleus gives children access to unlimited online practice papers. Our online tests are designed to mirror the format and style of the real Sutton Selective Eligibility Test, so your child will go into the exam knowing exactly what to expect.

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We understand how important this next step is for them, and for you. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have about the 11 plus or Sutton grammar schools.

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