Sutton’s Grammar Schools

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by Shuahra Rahman

24/08/2021, in Main Blog | Sutton & Kingston Blog

Sutton is known for it’s elite schools at both primary and secondary school levels. The celebrated list of schools includes 5 fully selective grammar schools. They are Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School, Wallington High School for GirlsNonsuch High School for Girls and Wilson’s Grammar School.

Wilsons, Sutton Grammar School and Nonsuch High School for girls all rank top in the country for GCSE’s year upon year, with the latter coming third in the country for results last year. Known for their fierce competition, only 25-30% of pupils pass the stage 1 exam and become eligible for a place at one of these schools. Thereafter, taking a second stage test in some of these schools to secure a place. With a limited number of seats available, approximately 5000 applicants sit the 11 plus exam, a Selective Eligibility Test, each year.

Here is some information about 3 of the 4 grammar schools located in Wallington.

Wilson’s School is a selective grammar school for boys, in Wallington. As a UK state-funded selective school it doesn’t charge fees.  With a great emphasis on respect and tolerance, the headmaster’s welcome states that, ‘Respect for one another and for different beliefs permeates the school. Pupils are kind, considerate, and have a keen sense of equality.’

The school has approximately 1,250 pupils, with entry based on performance in a two-stage process. Only 180 boys are expected to be admitted per year.

As noted on Wikipedia, In 2019, The Telegraph ranked Wilson’s school the 4th highest performing school nationally for GCSE results. It was also ranked London State Secondary School of the Decade by The Times in 2020.

Wallington High School for Girls is a selective academy which, in its most recent Ofsted inspection, received an overall rating of Outstanding. Ofsted’s 2019 report states that the school has, ‘a strong learning community. Pupils are proud of their school. The broad curriculum and high prior attainment of pupils lead to strong achievement.’

Wallington High School for Girls was established in 1888 by a group of nuns. The school building has since changed many times, and now accommodates approximately 2310 students with 210 in each year group, as well as a Sixth Form College.

The school is also joined with Wallington County Grammar School for Boys in many events as both the schools are in the same area as each other.

Notable former pupils include Lucy Porter, a comedian who attended the school from 1984 to 1991; and Rebecca Romero MBE, a rower and cyclist, silver medal winner in the quadruple sculls at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and gold medal winner in the individual pursuit at the 2008 Olympics, who attended from 1991 to 1998.

Wallington County Grammar School is a selective state boys’ grammar school with a co-educational Sixth Form located in Wallington. It is one of the best schools in the country and is proud of its motto, Per Ardua Ad Summa, ‘Through Difficulties to the Heights’. On the school website, the Headmaster says: ‘Ofsted recognised the achievements of our wonderful students and staff, grading the School as ‘outstanding’ in all categories in 2017.’

It is consistently ranked as one of the top performing state schools in the country based on its GCSE and A-level results. In February 2019, the school won the Evening Standard’s Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.

The fierce competition for admission to this school is highlighted in the following statistics. In September 2013, 1,535 candidates applied and 452 became eligible for a place. In September 2012, 1,511 candidates applied and 454 became eligible for a place. In 2020, there were 150 places available for Year 7.

Notable former pupils, known as Old Walcountians, include Paul Deighton, Baron Deighton KBE, an investment banker, executive of London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games 2012 and Nick Ross, an ex-presenter of Crimewatch.

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