Sutton Grammar School
Intake: 120, boys only
2006 Applicants Per Place: 7.33
Conducted through the LEA, applicants will need to apply through their common application form. As such there is no exam fee. A supplementary form is also required and once completed it should be sent to the school office.
The form is available either from the LEA or at the bottom of this page!
The school offer places in the following order.
- 30 places to the highest ranking boys in the Selection Test
- Children who are looked after by a local authority; supporting evidence of such status will be required
Rank order of the scores in the Selection Test for those boys who live within a circle of radius 10km, centered on the main entrance to Sutton
Civic Offices, or have a brother who will be on the school roll in September 2007
- Rank order of the scores in the Selection Test for all other eligible boys
The selection test comprises verbal reasoning, literacy and numeracy papers.
The school was founded in 1899 as a state school for the surrounding area. In 1992 it became self-governing and is now a boys' grammar school. The school prides itself an small classroom numbers, 30 in each form for years 7-9, with smaller classes for GCSE. However, a recent inspection still described the school as overcrowded and lacking in open areas. Results have been impressive of late; the school has recently overtaken Tiffin School as the highest attaining boys school in the region. Facilities include: Extensive sports grounds in Northey near Cheam and an on-site swimming pool. Future projects nearing completion include a new humanities block, library and Sports Hall.
External entry to the sixth form is limited as explicit priority is given to students in the lower school. This means those who do pass the entrance exam are more or less guaranteed 7 years education at the school. External applicants who do apply are admitted in order of their GCSE results.
Ofsted (2000) :
'The school has 791 boys, including 201 in the sixth form. This is about average for a grammar school. About one-quarter of the students are from ethnic minority groups. The percentage of students known to be eligible for free school meals is below average for grammar schools. The percentage of students speaking English as an additional language is high but almost all of these students are very competent English speakers. The percentage of students on the school’s register for special educational needs is well below average. The needs of these students include learning difficulties, sensory impairment and medical matters. Students’ attainment on entry is well above average, as the school draws its students from the top 25% of the attainment range, which is wider than some other nearby grammar schools.'
What could be improved:
- The monitoring and support of teaching, as the quality of teaching in 18% of
lessons did not enable students to make the best possible progress.
- The use of computers as, during Key Stages 3 and 4, subjects do not use
them enough to enable students to apply and improve their information and
communication technology (ICT) skills.
- The Key Stage 4 curriculum, as not all students study a design and technology
subject as required by the National Curriculum.
- The standards attained by students in the sixth form in economics.
- The gymnasium as it is too small to allow students to take part in an
appropriate range of sports.
- 2005: A-level points per exam entry - 100.4
- 2004: A-level points per exam entry - 101.0
- 2003: A-level points per exam entry - 94.3
- 2002: A-level points per exam entry - 95.6
Phone - 020 8642 3821
Fax - 020 8661 4500
Website - www.suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk
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