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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.

For entry in September 2021, please email to arrange a personal tour of the school or, if you have already visited us, you can apply using our online form.

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

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11+ entry in September 2021

The deadline to apply has now passed. However, the  deadline for scholarship or bursary applications for 11+ entry in 2021 is on 2nd November. Missed the deadline? We may still have a place available, contact

11+ 2021 entry examination: Things will be a little different this year...

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.

We understand that girls have had a varied experience of school during the past term, and we have also been advised that we should not be holding large open events or entrance examinations due to Covid-19. Our usual ‘Discovery Afternoons’ have also been cancelled as they fall outside of the Covid-19 guidance for schools.

For these reasons, we are moving to the following process for our 11+ admissions for 2021:

  • You will be invited in to school on a week-day morning from 9am-midday during November (this may also include early December, depending on numbers).
  • All girls will take a 90-minute online test, which covers three areas;
    - Mathematics
    - English comprehension
    - Reasoning
    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.
  • During the morning, your parents will be able to join us for a tour of the school in action. This will be socially distanced, and parents will be required to wear a face covering and gloves (gloves provided by the school).
  • You will also have an online interview with me, as Head of the school, so that I 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! I 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 know that girls who apply to us will have had an enormous amount of uncertainty over the past year, and we want to reduce this as far as possible. We will therefore be posting outcome letters to girls as soon as we are able to do so, following their day with us, in the period between November and December, so that they do not have a lengthy and anxious wait. However, Academic Scholarships will be allocated after the last assessment has taken place, with scholarship letters being sent by the Christmas holidays. This is also the case for bursaries.

Following the initial shortlisting process for performance-based scholarships, Drama and Music Scholarships will be assessed by video/online. Sport and Art Scholarships will be assessed in small groups, on-site. Further information will be sent to all candidates who apply for these scholarships.

Further details of each assessment date will be sent out in the new term. For any further questions about this process please contact

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Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries

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. We offer two 10+ options:

Girls can apply during Year 5 to start in September 2021 in our own Prep School in Year 6.

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.

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, Design Technology and Music. Their form room is also based in the Senior School to help with a smooth transition to Year 7. Girls who join in Year 6 are able to apply for scholarships into Year 7 during their time in Year 6.

Girls can apply in Year 5 for deferred entry into Year 7.

If you are looking to gain a deferred place, your daughter will be invited in to sit tests in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. Following this assessment, we offer successful girls a place into our Year 7 cohort for September 2022. 

If you would like to apply for a 10+ place, the first step is to register your application online.

10+ Information Booklet

Apply for 10+ online now

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

13+ entry

Applications for entry into Year 9 in September 2021 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, 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.

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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