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Nonsuch High School 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Guide

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About Nonsuch High School

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Nonsuch High School is an all-girls grammar school with academy status for 11 to 19-year-old girls in Cheam. The 22-acre site, built on the boundary of Nonsuch Park, is located between the boroughs of Epsom and Ewell, Surrey and the border of Sutton, London. The school was named after Henry VIII’s 16th-century palace, which was once located in the park and officially began accepting students in 1938 offering 490 young minds a place to study.Today there are over 1220 students at Nonsuch.

Nonsuch offers a rich co-curricular programme which includes school drama productions, music performances, and an annual Art Soiree. Students also have access to impressive facilities such as a 25m indoor swimming pool, an Astro pitch, netball/tennis courts, sports fields, and a sports hall.

Notably, Nonsuch is a Borough, Regional, and National winner in multiple sporting events. They are also a founding member of the International Coalition of Girls Schools; a coalition that acts as an advocate for girls’ schools through networking, forums, and research.

Nonsuch’s curriculum makes sure to encourage girls in under-represented fields like science, technology, engineering, and maths. Additionally, they offer school trips abroad to Europe, the United States, and China. Their key values are positivity, respect, integrity, courage, and endeavour.

Key information for 2025 entry to Nonsuch High School at 11 Plus (11+)

  • Registration deadline: August 2024
  • Requests for special adjustments deadline: June 2024
  • Open event: July 2024
  • Exams: September (Stage 1 Assessment: SET), September (Stage 2 Assessment: NWSSEE) 2024
  • Results: September (SET), mid-October 2024 (NWSSEE)
  • CAF deadline: October 2024
  • Contact details: 020 8394 3400, [email protected], www.nonsuchschool.org

Admissions information for 2025 entry to Nonsuch High School at 11 Plus (11+)

Applications for Year 7 entry into Nonsuch High School will be made available on their website until June 2024. You are also able to book a spot at their July Open Event through their website.

All of Nonsuch’s entrance exams will be held over the course of September and they will consist of two stages; your child must pass Stage 1 to be invited to participate in Stage 2. Both rounds of results for the entrance exam will be sent out in late September 2024 following each assessment. 

It is important that you submit a Common Application Form (CAF) following receiving these results before the October 2024 deadline.

In the event that there are more eligible applicants than places available for Year 7, places will be allocated following these criteria in this order: 

  • Looked after, or previously looked after children 
  • 85 places on the basis of the entrance test score, regardless of home address
  • Up to 35 places available for children who receive Pupil Premium who pass the entrance test
  • Up to 125 places linked to the school’s catchment area- in order of highest score to those whose permanent residence is closest to the school
  • If there are still places available after these points, the remaining places will be offered in order of highest score in the entrance test

How can I register my child for the 11 Plus (11+) exam at Nonsuch High School?

To register your child for the entrance exams, you as their parent/legal guardian must complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which will be made available from May 2024 on Nonsuch High School’s website. 

On your child’s Common Application Form (CAF) which is issued by your home local authority, you must write down ‘Nonsuch’ and submit the CAF by October 2024.

In addition, if your child is of selective ability with an Education or Health Care Plan, they will be given priority over other applicants. The Published Admission Number (PAN), the places available for Year 7 entry, is 210.

What is the 11 Plus (11+) entrance exam format for Nonsuch High School?

The exam format is divided into two stages:

  • Stage 1: Selective Eligibility Test (SET)

The SET is comprised of two multiple-choice tests:

  • Maths
  • English

If students pass the SET test, Nonsuch will invite them to return to the school for the NWSSEE.

  • Stage 2: Nonsuch’s Second Stage Entrance Examination (NWSSEE)

The NWSSEE is comprised of two standard format tests (no multiple-choice options):

  • Maths
  • English – your child will be given a prompt for a writing task

The total score for the entrance test is calculated by adding the NWSSEE marks to half of the aggregate SET marks, where each part has equal weighting. The school then creates ranked lists from these total scores.

How to prepare your child for the 11 Plus (11+) Nonsuch High School exam

The most useful way to prepare for Nonsuch High School’s 11+ entrance exam is to use practice tests to familiarise your child with the exam content and format.

These tests can help your child to build their confidence and improve their performance in the exam.

For Nonsuch High School 11+ preparation, we recommend the following packs: 

Sutton Stage One (SET) 11+ Practice Tests

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Sutton Stage Two 11+ Practice Tests

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