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Nonsuch High School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Nonsuch High School 11 plus: A Parents' Guide for 2022


Opened in 1938, Nonsuch is now an academy girls' grammar school with specialisms in science and languages. It is located on the edge of Nonsuch Park in 22 acres of grounds, and became part of the Girls’ Learning Trust in 2015.

11 plus information for Nonsuch High School for Girls

  • Address: Ewell Road, Cheam, Sutton, SM3 8AB

  • Area: London Borough of Sutton

  • Headteacher: Ms A Cavilla

  • Admissions contact details: [email protected], 020 8394 3400

  • School type: girls’ grammar, academy

  • Number of pupils: 1,240 (approximately)

  • Number of Year 7 places: 210

  • Open day: Thursday 14th July

  • 11 plus exam date: Tuesday 13th September 2022 (stage 1), Saturday 1st October 2022 (stage 2)

  • Exam board: Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET)(stage 1) and NWSSEE (tage 2)

Nonsuch High School term dates 2022-23

  • Autumn term: 5th September - 16th December

  • Half term: 24th October - 4th November

  • Spring term: 3rd January - 31st March

  • Half term: 13th - 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April - 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May - 2nd June

Admissions process for Nonsuch High School

Nonsuch High School is part of the Girls' Learning Trust, and they are the admission authority for the school. The school uses an 11 plus test format to select pupils for admission.

Looked After children and previously Looked After children are prioritised for places in Year 7, then the following process is followed for admission:

  1. 85 places awarded to those scoring highest in the Entrance Test, regardless of distance from the school

  2. Up to 35 places will be awarded to those children in receipt of Pupil Premium

  3. Up to 110 places awarded to children linked to the school’s catchment circle

  4. 15 places are ring-fenced for children whose parents would pay Council Tax to the London Borough of Sutton

How and when to apply to Nonsuch High School for Girls

Online registration to register for the Nonsuch High School for Girls entrance test opens on 1st May 2022 via the school website. Registrations are open until midnight on Friday 5th August 2022. There is an earlier deadline of 17th June 2022 for submissions of special adjustments for applicants with SEN, and for supporting evidence.

A Common Application Form from the Local Authority (LA) where the applicant lives must also be completed. The date for this will be set by the LA, but it is usually the October of Year 6.

When is the Nonsuch High School 11 plus exam taken?

After applying for a place at the school, applicants will sit the first stage test, the Selective Eligibility Test (SET) on Tuesday 13th September 2022.

All girls who reach the required standard in the SET will be invited to sit the second stage test on Saturday 1st October 2022.

When do 11 plus results come out?

You will find out your child's 11 plus results in mid to late September, in time for invitations to sit the second stage test on 1st October.

For children who meet the testing standard, parents can list their chosen grammar schools in order of preference on the Common Application Form. For children who do not pass, parents can produce an order of preference from non-selective schools, or select grammar schools for the appeal process in March.

In March, you will be informed whether your child has been offered a place at their first-choice school, or given information regarding the appeals process.

Nonsuch High School entrance exam format

Nonsuch High School for Girls uses the Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET) for their first stage of entrance testing. The SET is made up of two papers, both consisting of multiple-choice questions:

  1. English (40-50 minutes)

  2. Maths (40-50 minutes)

These papers are based on the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and do not include verbal reasoning or non-verbal reasoning questions.

Students who pass the SET are then required to take an additional School Admission Standard test which is written by the school itself. This consists of two written papers in English and maths (no multiple-choice questions).

For preparation advice, take a look at our complete guide to the 11 plus.

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