Nonsuch High School for Girls Article

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Description: Nonsuch High School for Girlsis a selective all-girls grammar school in the London Borough of Sutton, Surrey. The school is considered one of the country's top-performing grammar schools based on exam ...

Nonsuch High School for Girls is a selective all-girls grammar school in the London Borough of Sutton, Surrey. The school is considered one of the country's top-performing grammar schools based on exam results at GCSE and A-LEVEL. Nonsuch also boasts a Progress 8 score over 1.0. This page contains information about the school's contact details and exam results, in addition to explaining the admissions process and questions related to its unique 11+ entrance exam. You will also find key dates in the calendar for 2021-2022 and helpful resources for both you and your daughter. 


School details:


Address: Nonsuch High School for Girls, Ewell Road, Cheam, Sutton SM3 8AB

County: London – Borough of Sutton

Type of school: Girls' Grammar School Academy

Age range: 11-18

Ofsted rating: Good

Number of pupils: 1,242

Admissions to Year 7: 210

Open evening (2022 entry): 8th July 2021

11+ exam dates (2022 entry): Part 1 - 14th September 2021 | Part 2 - 25th September 2021

Exam board: Selective Eligibility Test (Part 1) | Nonsuch School Test (Part 2)

Admissions phone number: 020 8394 3400

Admissions email address:


A Brief Overview of Nonsuch High School for Girls' School Performance


The school was founded in 1938 and is named after Henry VIII's architectural masterpiece Nonsuch palace, as it is situated in Nonsuch Park on the site that the Tudor palace once stood. In 2015 it became part of The Girls' Learning Trust (GLT), which includes two other local girls' grammar schools, Wallington High School for Girls and Carshalton High School for Girls. The multi-academy trust aims to combine and synchronise resources so that all students are encouraged to reach their full potential via a high-quality curriculum that inspires success. 



Nonsuch High School is considered to be in the nation's top 2% of schools for overall progress, with an impressive Progress 8 score of 1.04. Well above the UK average, this means that pupils achieve a whole grade higher at GCSE than predicted based on their primary school attainment. In 2018/19, 99% of pupils achieved grade 5 or higher at GCSE. For the academic year 2019/2020, 63.4% of pupils achieved grade A* - A in their A-LEVELS. In the same year, 22 Year 13 students went on to study a medicine-related degree, and a further 12 to study engineering at top UK universities. 


Nonsuch High School for Girls Admissions Process: 2022 Entry

Year 6 pupils are offered a place at Nonsuch High School based on their performance in the 11 plus exam. The school's examination entry process is unique, and so we have outlined it in detail below. Candidates are required to sit two entrance exams for this school. The first is the Selective Eligibility Test (SET), and the second is the Nonsuch and Wallington Second Stage Entrance Examination. Candidates must pass both examinations to be considered for admission. Please refer to the key dates in the calendar below or refer to the 2022 Admissions Policy to apply for a place at the school. 



1st May 2021 - Opening of the online registration for the SET.

Please note that this form also serves as the Supplementary Form for all participating SET schools. (Greenshaw High School, Nonsuch High School for Girls, Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School, Wallington High School for Girls and Wilson's School). You can access the registration form here.


18th June 2021 - This is the closing date for any special requests.

Closing date for any special requests your child may require sitting the exam. It is also the closing date for a request to sit the exam overseas. 


8th July 2021 - Opening Evening.

The school plans to hold a regular open evening for prospective pupils joining in September 2022. You can learn more via the website. 

13th August 2021 - SET registrations close at midnight.

All registrations will close at midnight. No late registrations to sit the SET 2021 will be accepted. 

14th September 2021 - Candidates will sit the SET 11+ test.

Candidates will sit the SET. Please note that the test venue will be Nonsuch High School for Girls, Wallington High School for Girls, or Greenshaw High School. The venue is randomly assigned and will be communicated to you in advance. 

21st September 2021 - SET 11+ test results.

SET outcome emails are sent out to parents/guardians of candidates. 


25th September 2021 - 2nd stage 11+ test.

If a candidate has been successful, she will be invited to sit the Nonsuch and Wallington Second Stage Entrance Examination on this date. 


31st October 2021 - Deadline for the Common Application Form (CAF).

Deadline for the Common Application Form (CAF) to your local authority. The outcome of the second exam will have already been communicated to you by this date. Successful candidates will be invited to confirm both Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls on their CAF in order of preference. 

1st March 2022 - National Offer Day.

On national offer day, candidates will receive official confirmation of a place at Nonsuch High School for Girls, subject to having met all the entry criteria. 


15th March 2022 - Deadline to accept or appeal the decision.

By this date, you must inform your local authority of your decision to accept or reject the allocated secondary school. Parents who reject will have to begin the appeals process (please refer to the FAQs at the bottom of this page).




Nonsuch High School for Girls’ 11+ Exam Flowchart (2021)


Preparing for Nonsuch High School for Girls' 11 Plus Exam

If you are considering sending your daughter to this school for September 2022, she will need to sit the 11 plus exam in 2021. You will have no doubt been supporting her for some time with the preparation process. There is no right or wrong time to get prepared. However, most parents choose to start preparing their child when they begin Year 4. If your daughter has not started preparing yet, there is still plenty of time. Check out this 11 Plus Guide: Six Month Countdown for advice on helping your daughter in the run-up to the exam. 


As highlighted above, your daughter is required to pass two entrance exams to receive a place at Nonsuch High School for Girls. If she successfully passes the SET, she will be invited to sit the Nonsuch and Wallington Second Stage Entrance Exam (NWSSEE). 


Nonsuch High School for Girls 11 Plus Exam Sample Test Papers and Resources 

Both entrance exams will test candidates' English and maths ability, and each exam is equally weighted. The key difference is that the SET is a multiple-choice exam, whereas the NWSSEE is not. 


Each paper in the SET exam takes between 40 to 50 minutes to complete. There is a 10-minute break between each exam, and candidates will sit both exams on the same day. The school is planning to provide new sample papers available shortly, and you can access them here. Nonsuch High School for Girls states that candidates will not need applied training to prepare and pass these exams, as the question style is similar to KS2 maths and English. You can view some example questions below. 


SET English sample questions

SET Maths sample questions


The pass mark varies each year. However, every candidate achieving the minimum pass mark will progress to the NWSSEE. Again, candidates will sit an English and maths paper. The exam does not include verbal, non-verbal or English comprehension papers. Each paper typically takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete, and there will be a break between each. As with the SET, questions are like KS2 maths and English. The school does not provide specimen papers. 


Therefore, if you would like to help your daughter practice for the exam, you may wish to use papers from other 11 plus exam boards or even KS2 SATs papers. Below you will find free resources that you can download and print at home. 


Free 11 Plus Practice Papers and Resources


12 Free KS2 SATs Papers


Additional Information about Nonsuch High School for Girls

The school offers a wide range of extracurricular activities to its pupils, an ideal opportunity to make new friends, get involved and participate in the school and broader community. Unfortunately, the extracurricular calendar has been impacted by the pandemic, but you can find details of the school's 2019/20 calendar to better understand what is on offer. Discover everything from Drama Club to the Medicine Society. 


2019-20 Extra Curricular Activities  

2019-20 Music Clubs & Activities  

2019-20 PE Clubs - Winter Clubs    

2019-20 House Events Calendar  

2019-20 Educational Trips


Social media

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Nonsuch High School for Girls FAQs

What is the school's Ofsted rating?

The school's current Ofsted rating is 'Good'. You can access the full report here


Nonsuch High School for Girls fees

This school is a selective grammar school and is non-fee paying. 


Where is the catchment area for Nonsuch High School for Girls?

Up to 110 places are linked to the school’s catchment area circle. This will be in the order of highest score to those whose permanent place of residence on 31st October 2021 (the deadline for submission of the Common Application Form) is 5.25 km or less from the front door of Nonsuch measured in a straight line. (Distances are verified by the London Borough of Sutton using a Geographical Information System (GIS) computer program.) For more information, please refer to the 2022 Admissions Policy.


What score do 11+ candidates need to achieve to receive an offer for admission?

The pass mark varies each year and will be determined after all tests have been marked. 


Where can I learn more about the Nonsuch High School for Girls appeals process?

Official information regarding the 2022 entry appeals procedure is yet to be released by the school. Below is the timeframe for the 2021 entry procedure.


30th March 2021

·       If you decide to appeal, you should request an appeals form from by this date.

30th April 2021

·       Deadline to return the hard copy appeals form plus any supplementary information.

June 2021

·       Appeal hearings

Five days before hearing

·       Deadline to return any late evidence.

Seven days after hearing

·       Parents/guardians will receive a final decision.

Does Nonsuch High School for Girls have a waiting list?

Yes, please refer to section 6.0 of the 2022 Admissions Policy.


What is the oversubscription criteria?

Please refer to section 5.2 of the 2022 Admissions Policy.


Nonsuch High School for Girls School Uniform

You can find all the details related to the requirements for the school uniform here.


Where can I view GCSE and A-LEVEL results in further detail?

Results by subject and exam year, in addition to other metrics, can be viewed here.


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