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Sutton Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Sutton Grammar School (formerly Sutton Grammar School for Boys) is a state grammar school for ages 11-18. The school has a co-educational sixth form and is selective. Since 2011, the school has held academy status, changing its name to Sutton Grammar School. Consistently a leading school academically, it has been featured as one of the Sunday Times ‘Best Secondary Schools in London’.

11 plus information for Sutton Grammar School

  • Address: Sutton Grammar School, Manor Lane, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 4AS

  • County: London Borough of Sutton (Surrey)

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • School type: boys' grammar

  • Number of pupils: 785

  • Number of places in Year 7: 135

  • Open day date: September 2022

  • 11 plus exam dates: 13th September 2022

  • Exam board type: Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET)

Sutton Grammar School term dates

Sutton Grammar School's term dates for 2022-23 are:

  • 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 Sutton Grammar School

You will need to register your child for the Selective Eligibility Test on the Sutton Grammar School website.

Sutton Grammar School is part of the Pan-London Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. As well as registering for the SET, you will need to complete the Common Application Form (CAF) issued by your Local Authority, naming Sutton Grammar School as one of your chosen schools.

Year 7 places for students who pass the SET are allocated in order of the following priorities:

  • Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)

  • Children who are or have been looked after

  • 75 in order of attainment, who live within the specified priority postcodes

  • A further 60 applicants in order of attainment, irrespective of postcode

  • All other applicants, in order of proximity

What is the catchment area for Sutton Grammar School?

The following postcodes are prioritised for admission to Sutton Grammar School: SM1-7, KT4, KT17, CR0 4- -, CR4.

While these are the postcodes where the first round of admissions will be made (up to 75 places), entrance is still based on academic attainment in the 11 plus test.

Up to 60 more places (or more if there is an under-subscription of boys that live in the above postcodes) will be given to students based on academic attainment by the rank of their combined scores in the 11 plus papers.

If some scores are equal, admission will be made on the basis of the applicant with the closest address.

The Sutton Grammar School 11 plus exam format

Sutton Grammar School uses the Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET), which is taken in the September of Year 6. 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).

How to prepare for the Sutton Grammar School 11 plus

It is best to begin preparing as early as possible. Not only will this help to ease the pressure of preparing for an exam, 'little and often’ is the most effective way to build your child’s understanding of the 11 plus material.

Moving onto online mock tests is a great way for your child to practice their exam technique and get to grips with the format of an 11 plus test from home.

How Atom can help your child prepare for the Sutton Grammar School 11 plus

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