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Highly selective and usually in the top 10 per cent of the highest achieving schools. Needless to say, it delivers mostly excellent results. It’s made clear to these bright boys (and now girls in sixth form) right from the off that the sky’s the limit to what they can achieve, with some fantastic opportunities that reach well beyond the curriculum. Club list is huge with everything from board games to Young Enterprise club and from electronics to Rubik’s cube club...

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What the school says...

In September, Ben Cloves becomes only the seventh headmaster in the 120 year history of the school. He is a mathematician and coincidentally all the previous six have been mathematicians or scientists. This year the school won the prestigious Hans Woyda Maths Competition and three of its senior students are in the training squads for the British Olympiad maths team. Extra curricular activities are encouraged and there is a wealth of STEM based project work leading to many national prizes for students and staff. ...Read more

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State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since September 2019, Ben Cloves, a mathematician and previously deputy head at Wallington High. Married to Jo; two sons.

Entrance

Places are highly sought after. Nearly 3,000 boys take the Sutton-wide selective eligibility test, which covers the five local grammar schools and involves English and maths multiple-choice questions. Register by mid-August. Around 1,000 get through to phase two, an exam set by the school with more open-ended questions, also in English and maths. Seventy-five of the places go to the highest scorers within a set postcode that ‘doesn’t go far beyond the Sutton boundary’; the other 65 are chosen purely on scores. PTA runs mock test days for around 2,000 children each year wanting to prepare for them. At 16+ around 40 competitive entry places are available for both girls and boys into the sixth form...

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Special Education Needs

10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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