11+ entry in September 2023
Entrance Exams commence on Tuesday 1st November for September 2023 entry.
11+ 2023 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 80-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 via Zoom. 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.
Most girls enter the Senior School at 11+ 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.
In-year entry applications are considered at any time.
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 who apply to join our Prep School from Year 3, 4, 5 or 6 will be considered for automatic transfer to Senior School, without the requirement to sit our 11+.
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, Drama 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.
Our admissions team will then contact you to arrange the assessment.
A step-by-step guide to admissions
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.
To apply for a place, please complete our online application form. You will need to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £125 (or £175 for overseas applications). For entry at 11+ please note the key application deadlines.
Your daughter will be invited to attend an entrance examination day.
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!
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