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Wallington High School for Girls 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 21, 2023, 8:44 AM

Wallington High School for Girls 11 plus entry guide

Are you considering Wallington High School for Girls in Sutton? 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 Wallington High School for Girls

Founded in 1888, Wallington High School for Girls has an excellent academic reputation, specialising in STEM and languages. It describes itself as a happy, purposeful and vibrant school community with first-class pastoral care and an outstanding enrichment programme. Its twin school is Wallington County Grammar School, a boys’ school.

  • Address: Woodcote Road, Wallington, SM6 0PH

  • Local authority: Sutton Council

  • School type: girls' grammar

  • Headteacher: Richard Booth

  • Number of pupils: 1,524

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 26

  • A level results: 84.9% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 91.3% 9/8/7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • Number of places in Year 7: 210

  • 11 plus registration opens: 1st May 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 4th August 2023

  • Exam type: Sutton SET followed by school's own second-stage exam

  • Selective Eligibility Test: 12th September 2023

  • Second-stage exam: 30th September 2023

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

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Wallington High School for Girls term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Wallington High School for Girls are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 21st December 2023

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

  • Spring term: 8th January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024

  • Half term: 3rd June–31st May 2024

How to apply to Wallington High School for Girls

Wallington High School for Girls 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. Second stage test

Children who achieve the qualifying mark in the SET are invited to take the Wallington High School for Girls second stage test on 30th September (a couple of weeks after the SET).

Wallington High School for Girls and Nonsuch High School hold a joint second-stage test known as the NWSSEE (Nonsuch and Wallington Second Stage Entrance Examination). Because the admissions criteria differ between schools, children may be considered for the second-stage test at certain schools but not others.

3. Apply for school places

You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority application form.

Before listing Wallington High School for Girls 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?

Stage 1: SET

The first stage 11 plus exam for Wallington High School for Girls takes place on 12th September 2023. 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.

Stage 2: NWSSEE

The second stage test on 30th September consists of two elements: English and maths. Again, the content is based on the Key Stage 2 national curriculum.

Unlike the SET, these tests are not multiple-choice. The second-stage English paper is a writing task, usually based on a prompt.

Get more details and free preparation resources in our full guide to the Sutton SET and NWSSEE:

Sutton 11 plus exam guide

What is the pass mark for Wallington High School for Girls?

Wallington High School for Girls does not state a specific pass mark in advance. The pass mark is decided each year once the papers are marked and is based on the performance of the cohort.

In general, UK grammar schools tend to consider the top 25% highest-scoring children for a place. Achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as Wallington is likely to be oversubscribed with qualified candidates.

We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criterion and their catchment area.

How is the Wallington High School for Girls exam scored?

After the SET papers are marked, the scores are standardised to even out any age disadvantage for children born later in the year. Your child's total SET score is then halved and added to their marks in the NWSSEE to give an overall score. The overall scores are used to create ranked lists, and offers made to the highest-scoring children.

Wallington High School for Girls selection criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 210. Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names Wallington High School for Girls and who achieve the pass mark are offered places first. Places are then allocated to children in this order:

  1. Current or previously Looked After Children who achieve the pass mark or above, or whose score is up to 10% lower than the pass mark.

  2. 100 places are offered based on children's overall test scores, in order of highest score, irrespective of home address.

  3. Up to 35 places are offered to children who receive free school meals who achieve the pass mark or above, or whose score is up to 10% lower than the pass mark, by rank order, and irrespective of home address.

  4. Up to 110 places are offered to children who live in the catchment area, in order of highest score.

  5. Any remaining places up to the PAN of 210 are offered in order of highest score.

Wallington High School for Girls catchment area

Under priority 4, up to 110 places are offered to girls who live in the catchment area, in order of highest score. This is a 6.7 km circle from the front door of the school, measured in a straight line.

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 Home 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 Home 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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Sutton SET practice papers

Atom Home 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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