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Senior School

Most girls enter the Senior School at 11+, 13+ and 16+ through our annual application cycle.

We often have interest in other year groups too, as well as girls joining us during the school year. We aim to offer flexibility for parents and to hold assessments whenever possible subject to the availability of places. We can accommodate girls starting with us at any point throughout the year and international assessments can be held online.

The deadline for 2022 entry to Year 7 has passed. 

Our Registrar, Mrs Julie White, is here to help you every step of the way. Please do get in touch: / 020 8225 3001

Discovering our school

11+ entry in September 2022

11+ 2022 entry examination: 

Committed to offering a unique and individual experience, we want to ensure your daughter has a chance to get a real feel for her potential new home for the next 7 years as well as an opportunity to demonstrate her full potential.

You will be invited in to school on a week-day morning from 9am-midday during November and December. Candidates will be invited in small groups of 15, and you will be notified of your allocated date closer to the time. 

  • All girls will take a 90-minute test, which covers three areas;
    - Mathematics (online)
    - English comprehension and verbal reasoning (online)
    - Non-verbal reasoning (paper-based)
    This is a nationally standardised, age-appropriate test, which reveals your potential and allows us to see what you could achieve at Sutton High School. There are no practice papers for this test, and as it is a reflection of your potential, you do not need to have practised any specific skills – girls achieving within national curriculum Maths and English will be well-prepared for the test.
  • After the test (and a cookie break), you will take part in a taster lesson, led by a Senior School teacher. This is not part of the assessment, but allows us to show you what lessons are like at Sutton High School.
  • You will also have an interview with Beth Dawson, Head of the school, so that she can start to get to know you. These interviews will take place between September and December. This is an informal chat, for around 5-10 minutes, and will focus on you as an individual – you will know all of the answers! We would also like you to bring with you something that you would like to talk to me about. This can be a hobby, something that you are proud of, or something that really interests you.

We post outcome letters to girls as soon as we are able to do so, following their day with us, by mid-December, so that they do not have a lengthy and anxious wait.

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10+ Application Process

An increasing number of parents are choosing to apply for their daughters to join us at 10+, to ensure a place into our Senior School and to avoid the pressures of 11+ entry.

Girls can apply to start in September 2022 in our own Prep School in Year 6. They will not then need to sit an 11+ examination for entry to our Senior School in September 2023.

We offer personalised assessment for Year 6 entry and places into our Senior School are guaranteed for any girl who passes this assessment and enters into Year 6. Around fifteen girls join Year 6 each year, and we split into three form groups at this point, with girls mixing across the form groups.

Girls applying for a Year 6 place will be invited to a ‘Ready for Prep’ assessment, on a day to suit you. They take short tests in verbal and non-verbal reasoning and they have an informal meeting with a member of the Prep School leadership team. Our assessment for Year 6 is designed to be a fun, exciting experience. Girls bring a book they have enjoyed reading, their last school report and something they are proud to talk about. They will also have a chance to meet the other girls in the class they would be joining.

Girls in our Year 6 are taught in the Senior School, by Senior School teachers, in Science, Art, Computing, Languages, Design Technology and Music. Girls who join in Year 6 are able to apply for scholarships into Year 7 during their time in Year 6.

We also guarantee Senior School places to girls who join us in Year 3, 4, or 5, and the process for entry is the same as outlined above. Around ten girls join Year 5 each year, and 7+ entry is also popular.

If you would like to apply for a 10+ place, the first step is to register your application online, and you can read more about entry to Year 5 or 6 by following the link below.

10+ Information Booklet

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Our admissions team will then contact you to arrange the assessment.

13+ entry

Applications for entry into Year 9 in September 2022 are now open.

For more information please contact the Admissions Team or register online using the link below.

A step-by-step guide to admissions

Step 1

Come and get to know us. You can either book online for an Open Event or it's easy to arrange a personal tour (which includes a meeting with the Head where possible). If you want, you can do both! We look forward to meeting you.

Step 2

To apply for a place, please complete our online application form. You will need to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £100 (or £150 for overseas applications). For entry at 11+ please note the key application deadlines.

Step 3

Your daughter will be invited to attend an entrance examination day. 

Step 4

On successful completion of the assessment, we will make your daughter an offer. A confidential report from her previous school will always be requested. An acceptance deposit of £1,000 is payable when you return the signed contract. We look forward to welcoming you to Sutton High School!

International students

We welcome applications from students who are permanently resident outside the United Kingdom. Overseas candidates follow the same entry process as UK residents. An additional paper to assess their English language skills may be required.

Although we can usually arrange for overseas candidates to sit our assessment papers at their current school abroad, or via online assessment, we strongly recommend that students visit us before accepting a place.

We provide English Language support to girls who join us at any age, and our school community is diverse and welcoming.

In addition to your £100 deposit, you will be required to pay 1 year's worth of fees on acceptance of your daughter's place.

I am bowled over by my daughter's new-found confidence. I can see it in the way she speaks and the way she holds herself.

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