Wilson's School 11+ Guide

A detailed look at Wilson's School including past 11+ papers and practice 11+ papers.

About Wilson's School

Wilson's School is a selective secondary school in Sutton, London. For children to get into Wilson's School they need to pass the school's 11+ entrance test. Hence, Wilson's School is a traditional grammar school, one of only 163 remaining in England.

Nestled in the vibrant London Borough of Sutton, Wilson's School stands as a beacon of academic excellence for boys. This selective grammar school has garnered a reputation for its exceptional performance, consistently ranking among the top institutions nationwide. With a steadfast commitment to nurturing intellectual growth and fostering a love for learning, Wilson's School sets the stage for its students to thrive.

All images © Wilson's School.
All images © Wilson's School.

At the core of Wilson's educational philosophy lies a meticulously crafted curriculum that emphasizes the importance of key disciplines such as mathematics, PSHE, computing, and science. By weaving these subjects into the fabric of the syllabus, the school encourages students to embrace intellectual challenges, building their academic confidence and resilience. This rigorous approach to education lays the foundation for future success, equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate an ever-changing world.

All images © Wilson's School.
All images © Wilson's School.

Beyond the classroom, Wilson's School offers a rich tapestry of co-curricular activities designed to cater to the diverse interests and passions of its students. From the art of debating and the intricacies of music theory to the strategic thinking of chess and the camaraderie of the Combined Cadet Force, the school provides a wealth of opportunities for personal growth and development. Whether it's on the badminton court or the football pitch, students are encouraged to explore their talents, forge lasting friendships, and cultivate a well-rounded perspective.

All images © Wilson's School.
All images © Wilson's School.

Wilson's School takes great pride in its outstanding music and football programmes, which serve as pillars of the school's commitment to the arts and athletics. Aspiring musicians benefit from free instrumental tuition, nurturing their creativity and honing their skills under the guidance of dedicated mentors. Meanwhile, football enthusiasts receive specialized training sessions, personalized action plans, and comprehensive performance analyses, enabling them to reach their full potential both on and off the field.

With an unwavering dedication to its motto, "Not for self, but for all," Wilson's School cultivates a strong sense of community and shared purpose among its students. By fostering an environment where every individual is valued and encouraged to contribute to the greater good, the school instills in its students the importance of empathy, collaboration, and leadership. Through this holistic approach to education, Wilson's School prepares its students not only for academic success but also for meaningful engagement with the world around them.

Wilson's School is a boys-only grammar school.
Wilson's School is a boys-only grammar school.

School Information

Below you will find further information about Wilson's School together with their admissions contact details.

Wilson's School,
Mollison Drive,
School Website
Telephone 02087732931
Email Address admissions@wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk
Gender Boys only
Total Year 7 Places 186
Total Pupils (Girls/Boys) 1298 (0 Girls / 1298 Boys)
Head Mr T R Lissimore

Wilson's School is a boys only school. It is also an academy, meaning the school is run independently by a trust or sponsor and is directly funded by the central government (not the local authority).

In total 1,298 pupils attend Wilson's School and it's led by the Head, Mr T R Lissimore.

Wilson's School Location

Below you will find a map showing the school's location:

GCSE & A-Level Subjects

Below you will find a complete list of GCSE and A-Level subjects offered to pupils at Wilson's School for the 2022-23 academic year.

GCSE Subjects Offered
  • English Literature (184 pupils)
  • English Language (184 pupils)
  • Mathematics (184 pupils)
  • Religious Studies (184 pupils)
  • Physics (181 pupils)
  • Chemistry (181 pupils)
  • Biology (181 pupils)
  • Business Studies:Single (143 pupils)
  • Geography (139 pupils)
  • History (96 pupils)
  • French (93 pupils)
  • German (90 pupils)
  • Latin (61 pupils)
  • Computer Studies/Computing (47 pupils)
  • Physical Education/Sports Studies (15 pupils)
  • Music (14 pupils)
  • Art & Design (14 pupils)
A-Level Subjects Offered
  • Mathematics (305 pupils)
  • Chemistry (201 pupils)
  • Physics (176 pupils)
  • Economics (167 pupils)
  • Biology (107 pupils)
  • Mathematics (Further) (63 pupils)
  • History (55 pupils)
  • Computer Studies / Computing (39 pupils)
  • Geography (37 pupils)
  • English Literature (30 pupils)
  • Government and Politics (27 pupils)
  • Logic / Philosophy (12 pupils)
  • French (11 pupils)
  • Design and Technology (Product Design) (8 pupils)

Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET) Information

In order to get into Wilson's School, children need to pass the Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET). This 11+ test is written by Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET) for use by the school's admissions process.

Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET) Subjects & Structure

The Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET) requires children to complete tests in the following subjects:

  • English
  • Maths

The Sutton Selective Eligibility Test is a challenging assessment designed to evaluate the academic abilities of students seeking admission to selective schools in Sutton. The exam comprises two distinct papers, each focusing on essential subjects: English and Maths.

The English paper assesses students' proficiency in spelling and reading comprehension, with a total of four sections. The Maths paper covers a wide range of topics typically taught in Key Stage 2, including arithmetic, fractions, geometry, and data interpretation.

In the second stage of the exam, students face a more advanced English test in the form of an extended writing task, along with a standard Maths paper. These assessments aim to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the candidates' skills and potential, ensuring that the most deserving students are selected for admission to the prestigious schools in Sutton.

Other Schools using Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET)

As well as Wilson's School, several other schools also use Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET). These are:

Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET) Marking Process

The reality of 11+ tests, selective education and academic institutions such as Wilson's School is that only children with particularly high marks are admitted. Hence why it is important that children perform well in their 11+ papers.

Different schools (and different 11+ tests) have different marking processes. Some tests are marked in person, some remotely, while others utilise computer-based optical recognition technologies for quickly marking multiple-choice answer sheets.

Most 11+ tests are multiple-choice and marked electronically but still some remain that are marked by teachers or examiners.
Most 11+ tests are multiple-choice and marked electronically but still some remain that are marked by teachers or examiners.

Many 11+ tests are age-standardised to ensure younger children are not disadvantaged (i.e. their marks may be moderated depending on the month in which they were born). While creative writing papers can be used as tie-breakers, multiple-choice tests in Maths, Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning normally make up the bulk of a child's marks. The specific details and weightings can vary from year to year.

It's worth remembering that once children's 11+ tests are being marked, the admissions process is completely outside of the parents' control. Hence, parents should not worry themselves about whether their child has got a place!

Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET) Pass Mark

The pass mark for the Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET) changes every year and isn't generally made public knowledge. This is due to the academic strength of the children taking the test varying and how challenging the test ends up being (as well as plenty of other smaller variables).

Stop worrying! Once the 11+ marking has started the admissions process is out of your control.
Stop worrying! Once the 11+ marking has started the admissions process is out of your control.

Hence, as a vague rule-of-thumb, it's recommended that children aim for roughly 75-80% in their practice tests. Whilst this won't guarantee them a place at Wilson's School, it's a ballpark exam result figure for successful candidates.

Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET) Key Dates for your Diary

Here are all the important dates for the Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET) tests (to get into Wilson's School) as well as other relevant dates.

Date Event Calendar Link
01/05/2024 Sutton SET Registration Opens
14/06/2024 Deadline For Requests For Special Adjustments
Early June Open Evening
02/08/2024 Sutton SET Registration Closes
17/09/2024 Sutton Selective Eligibility Test
Late September Sutton SET Results Released
05/10/2024 Second Stage Entrance Exam
Mid October Second Stage Results Released
31/10/2024 Secondary School Application Deadline
01/03/2025 School Allocations

Although the utmost care has been taken to gather these dates, parents should treat them as a guide and check with Wilson's School as they may well change.

Ofsted Information

Wilson's School was last inspected by Ofsted on 28/09/2022 and the inspection only lasted one day. Ofsted published their report on 07/12/2022, declaring that the school was 'Outstanding'. This information is summarised in the table below along with a link to the full report.

Wilson's School obtained <strong>Outstanding</strong> in their last Ofsted inspection in 2022.
Wilson's School obtained Outstanding in their last Ofsted inspection in 2022.

Last Ofsted Report Data

Date Inspected Inspection Duration (Days) Reporting Date Rating Full Report
28/09/2022 1 07/12/2022 Outstanding Full Report

Ofsted Report Summary

Wilson's School was inspected by Ofsted on 28 September 2022 and received an Outstanding rating in all areas. The school demonstrated exceptional quality of education, with students consistently achieving high standards across the curriculum. The behaviour and attitudes of pupils were also deemed outstanding, creating a positive learning environment throughout the school.

The school's personal development provision was highly effective in supporting students' well-being and preparing them for future success. Leadership and management at Wilson's School were found to be outstanding, with a clear vision and effective strategies in place to drive continuous improvement.

The sixth form provision at Wilson's School was also rated as Outstanding, providing students with an excellent foundation for their future academic and professional pursuits. Overall, Wilson's School has demonstrated exceptional performance across all areas, setting a high standard for educational excellence.

GCSE & A-Level Performance

Below are the individual GCSE and A-Level performance tables for Wilson's School per subject. Note that this may include children taking GCSEs early (e.g. taking a language GCSE in Year 10) or indeed a child in Year 12 retaking a GCSE.

GCSE Results Information (2022-23)

Subject Total Pupils Grades Achieved
U 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Art & Design 14 - - - 1 - 3 4 - 4 2
Biology 181 - - - - - - 3 9 39 130
Business Studies:Single 143 - - - - - 1 8 19 41 74
Chemistry 181 - - - - - - 1 6 27 147
Computer Studies/Computing 47 - - - - - - - 1 10 36
English Language 184 - - - - 1 3 21 32 54 73
English Literature 184 - - - - 1 3 15 41 55 69
French 93 - - - - - 2 9 24 26 32
Geography 139 - - - - 1 - 2 13 40 83
German 90 - - - - - - 2 7 27 54
History 96 - - - - 1 2 - 9 21 63
Latin 61 - - - - 1 2 1 2 15 40
Mathematics 184 - - - - - - 1 6 36 141
Music 14 - - - - - 1 3 2 3 5
Physics 181 - - - - - - - 8 25 148
Religious Studies 184 - - - - - - 4 15 56 109
Physical Education/Sports Studies 15 - - - - - - - 2 4 9

A-Level Results Information (2022-23)

Subject Total Pupils Grades Achieved
U E D C B A A*
Biology 107 - - 3 10 22 54 18
Chemistry 201 - 2 4 7 33 110 45
Computer Studies / Computing 39 - - - 1 4 27 7
Design and Technology (Product Design) 8 - - - - 1 7 -
Economics 167 - - - 4 26 116 21
English Literature 30 - - - 2 11 15 2
French 11 - - - 1 2 8 -
Geography 37 - - - - 7 28 2
Government and Politics 27 - 1 1 2 11 11 1
History 55 - - - 2 15 29 9
Logic / Philosophy 12 - - - - 3 3 6
Mathematics 305 - 1 4 10 32 175 82
Mathematics (Further) 63 - 1 2 1 10 20 29
Physics 176 - - 1 6 18 112 39

Past 11+ Paper Downloads

Unfortunately, Wilson's School has not made any of their past 11+ papers publicly available.

None available.


Is Wilson's School hard to get into?

Yes, Wilson's School is hard to get into! Children need to pass their challenging 11+ entrance test (with a high pass mark) and there's tough competition with many other children trying to get a place for Year 7.

Is Wilson's School a private school?

No, Wilson's School is one of the few remaining academically selective, state-funded grammar schools left in England.

Is Wilson's School free?

Yes, Wilson's School is free, there are no school fees. Thus, sending your child to Wilson's School won't cost you any money.

How do I get my child into Wilson's School?

You need to apply to take the school's 11+ test. Contact Wilson's School for how up to date information on how to apply (it may be automatic or it may require some forms to be filled in). More information on their 11+ entrance test can be found here.

Is Wilson's School a boys-only school?

Yes, Wilson's School is a boys-only school.


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