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Sutton High School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Sutton High School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

Sutton High School is an independent day school for girls aged 3–18 in Sutton, South West London. It’s a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) – a network of 25 all girls’ schools across England and Wales. Sutton High School’s three core values are courage (empowering girls to embrace challenge), truth (promoting a sense of belonging) and joy (fostering a love of learning).

Pupils at Sutton High School join one of four houses, named after women connected to the school: Dora Black (former pupil who was an author, feminist and campaigner), Phyllis Mudford King (former pupil and tennis player), Henrietta Stanley (co-founder of the GDST and campaigner for women’s education) and Frances West (the first Sutton High School pupil known to have attended university).

Girls at Sutton High School have a bespoke curriculum with personalised learning targets to keep them in the stretch zone. Lessons are active, interesting and upbeat. In 2021, 69% of GCSE grades were 9–8 (A* equivalent) and 80% of A level grades were A*–A.

There are many opportunities to learn new skills and develop new interests beyond the curriculum within the school’s co-curricular programme. In Year 7 and 8, the Kaleidoscope enrichment programme offers courses including Ancient Greek, musical theatre, cake decorating, magic, acoustic guitar, ceramics, digital photography and chess.

Key information for Sutton High School

  • Headteacher: Mrs Beth Dawson

  • Address: Sutton High School, 55 Cheam Road, Sutton, Surrey SM1 2AX

  • London Borough: Sutton

  • Admissions contact: Mrs Julie White – [email protected], 020 8225 3001

  • Age range and gender: 3–18, girls only

  • Number of pupils: 766

  • Number of places in Year 7: Undisclosed

  • Ratio of applicants to places: Undisclosed

  • Open day date: Saturday 24th September 2022 - book online

  • Overview of selection procedure for Year 7 entry: Assessment and interview

  • Registration opens: Currently open – register online

  • Registration closes: 1st October 2022

  • Assessment date for Year 7 entry: Small group dates between November and December 2022

  • Scholarship assessment date: TBC

Sutton High School fees and financial assistance

The fees from September 2022 for Sutton High School are £6,357 per term. Lunch is mandatory for all girls in Years 7–11 and costs £236 per term.

A limited number of bursaries for up to 100% of fees are available for girls joining at 11 plus, based on academic merit and the income and financial resources of the candidate’s family. Bursary applications are assessed by the GDST Head Office and the final award, which is based on the GDST assessment, is made at the discretion of the headmistress.

The following scholarships are also available to 11 plus candidates for Sutton High School:

  • Academic Scholarships: between 5% and 50% of school fees

  • Performance Scholarships: available in the disciplines of art, drama, music and sport. These are typically set at 5–10% of school fees (although up to 30% may be awarded for outstanding candidates).

Sutton High School term dates

The term dates for Sutton High School in 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term: 8th September – 15th December 2022

  • Half term: 17th – 28th October 2022

  • Spring term: 5th January – 31st March 2023

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February 2023

  • Summer term: 19th April – 12th July 2023

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June 2023

Admissions process for Sutton High School

To register your daughter for a place at Sutton High School, you will first need to complete the online application form and pay the non-refundable registration fee of £125 before the deadline of 1st October 2022.

Candidates will be invited to Sutton High School in small groups of 15 for the assessment day, which includes a test and a taster lesson (which is not assessed). This will take place on a weekday morning during November and December 2022.

There will also be interviews with the headmistress which will take place via Zoom between September and December. These are informal chats of around 5-10 minutes which will focus on your child as an individual.

If your daughter is applying for a scholarship, there may be additional steps to this admissions process:

  • Academic Scholarships: Girls sitting the 11 plus entrance exam in Year 6 are automatically considered for Academic Scholarship, with awards based on the results of the exam.

  • Art Scholarships: Candidates will be asked to submit a digital portfolio of their work along with a reference from a recognised art teacher. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to take a practical exercise and have an interview with the head of art.

  • Drama Scholarships: Potential drama scholars should have had significant performance experience both within and outside school. Candidates will need to submit a reference from a drama teacher and a digital recording of a monologue from a published play. Shortlisted candidates are invited to an audition, where they will present a monologue and take part in a group activity.

  • Music Scholarships: Eligible candidates are those who are of Grade 5 standard on their main instrument. Candidates will need to submit references from a current music teacher and a digital video recording of a performance of one piece. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to an audition, which will include a live performance. Sports Scholarships: Girls eligible for a Sports Scholarship are those who currently represent their school in more than one sport and are members of a recognised sports club/association beyond school. Candidates will need to submit a reference from a recognised coach or teacher and identify their preferred sport and level of performance. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to attend an assessment day, which will include the following activities: alternate ball toss, 8-minute maximal run, Illinois agility run, 50m sprint test, movement routine, online resilience test and an interview.

Outcome letters are posted to girls by mid-December 2022. In accordance with the code of conduct by the Girls’ School Association (GSA), places will need to be accepted by the first Friday in March.

Sutton High School entrance exam format

Girls who are applying for Year 7 entry to Sutton High School in 2023 will be invited to an assessment morning at the school, along with 14 other candidates, during November or December 2022. The 90-minute test covers three areas:

These tests are nationally-standardised and age-appropriate for girls currently studying the Key Stage 2 core curriculum. There are no practice papers available, but you may find the following resources helpful

How to help your child prepare for the selection process at Sutton High School

Build foundational knowledge

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When working through challenging topics, your child will need immediate clarity with any misconceptions so that they feel truly secure in every topic. Atom gives your child access to video tutorials, help sheets and examples for each question to help build confidence and competence across all areas of the Key Stage 2 core national curriculum.

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Celebrate your child’s improvement in areas of challenge together. An accurate and ongoing assessment of their areas of strength and development is helpful. Atom’s Parent Portal offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress to help you prepare effectively, including targets achieved, a detailed breakdown of progress by subtopic and the ability to set custom practices to target your child’s most challenging subtopics.

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