Sutton Grammar Schools Consortium


Schools that form a part of the Sutton Consortium are located in the London Borough of Sutton. There are five Grammar Schools and one comprehensive school in the consortium:

  • Sutton Grammar School
  • Wilson's Grammar School
  • Wallington County Grammar School
  • Nonsuch High School for Girls
  • Wallington High School for Girls
  • Greenshaw High School

Sutton Grammar, Wilsons and Wallington County are selective boys schools and Nonsuch and Wallington High admit only girls. Greenshaw High is a comprehensive school which also has some ability based seats.

Key Facts:

  • Upto 945 academically selective seats available in Sutton Consortium Schools every year
  • Grammar schools in Sutton follow the Selective Eligibility Test (SET), the paper is set by the schools themselves

League tables:

1. Good School Guide (Three Sutton Schools in 25 Top Grammar Schools) 
2. Parent Power Best UK School Guide (Wilson's School Ranked No 2 for A Level Performance)
3. BBC League Tables (Nonsuch and Wilson's schools in top 15)

Click on above links to go to the comparison source.

Sutton SET Exam Pattern

Exam pattern:

The Sutton SET consists of 2 stages, around one third of the students are invited for stage 2. 

    Stage 1 Exam (SET)

    • Paper 1: English (45mins - 34 Questions)
    • Paper 2: Maths (45mins - 50 Questions))

    Both papers in Stage 1 are multiple choice questions. There is a rest and toilet break between the two papers. 

    Significant changes were made to the English Exam pattern in 2021, these include:

    Comparison of Text: Two individual (but linked) passages are given with individual questions that follow each passage. There is a seperate section for 'Comparison of Text' questions which need information/understanding from/of both passages.

    Multiple Correct Answer: Question types were introduced where students need to 'Select TWO correct answers' and 'Select ALL correct answers'.

    Stage 2 Exam

    • Paper 1: Maths (50mins)
    • Paper 2: Creative Writing Task 

    Maths paper consists of standard type questions followed by a creative writing paper.

    There is a rest and toilet break between the two papers. 

    Key Admission Dates

    1 May 24: SET Registration opens

    14 Jun 24: Deadline for special adjustment requests

    2 Aug 24: Deadline for registration

    17th Sep 24: Stage 1 SET Exam

    28th Sep 24: Stage 2 SET Exam for girls

    5th Oct 24: Stage 2 SET Exam for Boys

    Late Oct 24: Results Announced

    31st Oct 24: CAF Form

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    How to prepare for the Sutton SET?

    At Oxbridge we offer a number of resources, courses and mocks to help with your 11Plus Prep.
    Ideal for students who are self-preparing or Home-preparing, our resources are custom made for success in Sutton SET, London Grammar and Private School Exams.
    We recommend the following resources:

    1.   Subject-wise courses:

    We offer subject-specific camps: English Camp, Maths Camp. The camp are designed as one-week intensive courses focusing on key topics relevant to the 11Plus exam. These camps provide an excellent opportunity to refresh knowledge, enhance understanding, and boost confidence.
    Key features: 

    • Practice essential question types for each subject
    • Timed Quizzes
    • Access our partner resources
    • Practice over 400 questions

    2.    Online Practice Books:
    Our brand new 'online test books’ help students develop: Stamina, Speed and Accuracy. It is comprised of 3 bundles of tests for each subject (English, Maths) :
    •    10-minute tests (Beginner)
    •    15-minute tests (Intermediate)
    •    20-minute tests (Advanced)
    Progression along the test series helps children develop effective time management and tackle increasingly difficult questions. Each test covers a wide range of topics, contains detailed solutions and shows ‘score analytics’ to benchmark performance.

    3.    Mock Exams
    Mock exams are a great way to prepare for the real exams. They can help you to:

    • Start revising early and avoid time wastage.
    • Improve your knowledge.
    • Familiarise yourself with the exam conditions and pressure.
    • Identify your strengths and weaknesses.

    We offer a mix of Online, In-Person and At-Home Mock exams to guide your perpetration. We highly recommend starting with mock exams six months prior to your main exam to ease into the test process.

    4.    Special Courses
    Special courses on vocabulary and courses to improve your accuracy and time-management.

    Sutton Prep Bundles

    Explore our selection of bundles and discover great savings!

    Sutton Physical Mock Exam Bundle (£100)

    Sutton Physical Mock Exam

    • 3x Physical Mock Exams
    • Physical Mock exams based in London

    Full Price £120

    Sutton Books Bundle (£35)

    Complete Books Bundle for Sutton SET
    English & Maths Online Books
        10 Min Books (Beginner)
        15 Minute Books (Intermediate)
        20 Minute Books (Advanced)
    All Special books
    Full price £45+

    Complete Sutton Mock Exam Bundle (£130)

    Complete Sutton Mock Exam Bundle

    • 3x Physical Mock Exams 
    • Physical Mock exams based in London.
    • 2x Online Mock Exams
    Full Price £160

    Sutton 11+ Parents' Information Event

    Date: 27th April 2024

    Time: 2-3 pm

    In this session, we will cover:

    - Exam pattern
    - Exam scoring
    - Admission policies (Including catchment and key dates)
    - Top tips for preparation
    -Insights into Mock Exams & Online Subject Camps by OxbridgeInstitute
    - Q&A

    Date: 27th April 2024

    Time: 2-3 pm

    In this session, we will cover:

    - Exam pattern
    - Exam scoring
    - Admission policies (Including catchment and key dates)
    - Top tips for preparation
    -Insights into Mock Exams & Online Subject Camps by OxbridgeInstitute
    - Q&A

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What are standardised scores?

    Most of us understand scoring systems like those used in our schools, ‘7 out of 10’ or percentage scores, e.g. 70%. Such scores, known as raw scores, are easily understandable and helpful in indicating ‘how many you got right’. However, these scores are less useful in enabling teachers to compare pupils’ performance meaningfully between one test and another and monitor progress over time. This is because raw scores do not account for factors such as: Varying the difficultly of tests from year to year. Varying the aptitude and number of students taking the test each year. These factors can make the average scores (and hence selection scores) subject to significant variations year on year. To overcome these challenges, standardised scores are used instead of raw scores as they help balance children's overall performance between years and tests. The process of standard score calculation is relatively complex. We will try and discuss the basics for interested parents and students, but the detailed mechanism is not necessary for succeeding in the exam– it all comes down to attempting questions in a considered, accurate manner and keeping pace with the speed of the test.

    2. What are age-standardised scores?

    This basically means that some of the standardised scores are increased slightly to give a small additional score to children who are younger within the year group. Such adjustments are used because in extreme circumstances there can be up to a year of difference between the ages of the children taking the test and older children naturally:

    • Can concentrate harder and longer
    • Have a wider vocabulary than younger class-mates
    • Display greater comprehension ability
    • Are able to work quicker and with greater accuracy
    • Deal better with exam stress
    Although this may be concerning for some parents and children (and equally euphoric for others), it is worth remembering that the factor is very small and the most important parameter remains test performance by far.

    3. Is it possible to self-prep for SET Exam ?

    Hundreds of students self-prep (or Home prep) for the Sutton SET and other Grammar and Private School exams every year. At Oxbridge Institute we aim to provide courses, online resources and mock exams to take your learning in your own hands and achieve 11Plus success. Self (Or home) prep requires tremendous commitment but is the most rewarding journey for intelligent and dedicated students who choose to take this challenge.

    5. How do I know which school is the right choice for my family?

    Only your family can choose which school is right for your child. The competition both to get in and to stay among the top pupils in class is bound to be high but can be very rewarding in the end. We suggest attending the open day at your target schools and going through the various sources of information available on this page and on the schools' website before deciding if that is the right school for your child. Here are a few things that you might need to consider: 

    • Academic Ranking
    • Commute
    • Mixed or Single Sex School 
    • School Demographics 
    • School Infrastructure 
    • School Speciality

    6. How to self-prepare for the SET Exam with support from Oxbridge?

    We have a support plan for students who want to gain admission into one of the best Grammar Schools in the country.

    • Join our Weekly Test Series: Weekly English and Maths theory videos and weekly practice tests on the topic of the week. Additional resources shared on weekly basis.
    • Get our Online Books: Segregated as 10-minute (Beginner), 15-Minute (Intermediate) and 20-Minute (Advanced) Tests. Perfect practice for the SET and similar exams.
    • Regular Mock Exams: Starting Feb 2024, we have a monthly schedule of Online and Physical Mocks. we also have At-Home Mocks for practice of past mock exams.
    • Special Courses & Revision Camps: Special courses in Vocabulary, Grammar, Maths, English and Accuracy & Time Management, NVR Camp and VR Camp