Wallington County Grammar School

Selective Eligibility Test (SET), Arrangements for the Test Day on 11/11/2020 & SET FAQs

General Information about the Selective Eligibility Test (SET) & your CAF preferences

The postponed Selective Eligibility Test ('SET') scheduled originally for 15th September 2020 will now be held on Tuesday 11th November 2020. Please be aware that as this test is now being held after the deadline date for submission of your Common Application form (or 'CAF') at the end of October, if you are interested in a place at Wallington County Grammar School, you will need to list our School as a preference on your CAF.

Question: Am I able to change my preferences or order of preferences after the closing date of 31st October, if I am unsuccessful in the SET? Answer: Yes, you should visit your Local Authority website for information on this. London local authorities have agreed that such changes may be made up until 10 December, but this may not be the case if you live outside of London. It will not, however, be possible to change preferences after any second stage results are issued by the other SET participating Schools. Please note: Wallington County Grammar School do not hold a second stage test. 

Approximately one week after the test in November 2020 you will receive a communication informing you whether your son/daughter was successful in reaching the pass marks of any of the participating schools.  There are 6 schools who hold this test and each school are allowed to set their own pass mark. If your son does not reach the Wallington County Grammar School pass mark from the SET, he is not eligible to be considered for a Year 7 place at our School. 

Please scroll down for information on what to do on the day of the SET

IF THERE IS A FURTHER LOCKDOWN AND THIS TEST CANNOT TAKE PLACE, THE DATE OF THE REVISED TEST WILL BE PUBLISHED ON OUR WEBSITE AND WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU AS SOON AS IT IS KNOWN. 

  • If your child is unwell or unfit to sit the SET on 11th November 2020, please read the FAQ section below entitled 'WHAT TO DO IF MY CHILD IS UNWELL OR UNFIT TO SIT THE SELECTIVE ELIGIBILITY TEST'.
  • For information regarding what your child should bring with them to the test, please read the 'WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD BRING WITH THEM TO THE SELECTIVE ELIGIBILITY TEST?' section further down on the Frequently Asked Questions list.

You can be assured that the plans for the test day have been given careful consideration in line with government guidance, to ensure the arrangements for the test are run as safely as possible.  

 

Arrangements for the day of the SET

Approximately one week before the SET on 11th November 2020, you will be sent an invitation email confirming which test centre your child has been allocated to. Please note the following information if your child is sitting the SET at Wallington County Grammar School: 

AM Session

  • The gates will be open from 8.00am to 8.45am.
  • The School will try to open our gates a little earlier to avoid a large number of parents having to congregate outside of our premises. Parents/carers are asked to adhere to social distancing when outside of our premises. 
  • You may therefore wish your son to bring a reading book with him to help pass the time once he is seated in his exam room but before the first test commences.    
  • The list of equipment to be brought (and not to be brought) to the test can be found in one of the Frequently Asked Questions below ('WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD BRING WITH THEM TO THE SELECTIVE ELIGIBILITY TEST?'). Please ensure you read it.  
  • If your child is unwell or unfit to sit the SET, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below ('WHAT TO DO IF MY CHILD IS UNWELL OR UNFIT TO TAKE THE SELECTIVE ELIGIBILITY TEST').  
  • Please ensure a printed copy of your invitation email is to be brought with you on the day of the SET as this contains not only your candidate number (which indicates which room and seat your son will be seated in) but will also state your specific Gate Entrance for the test. 
  • Please return to this Gate Entrance to collect your child.  Parents may be asked to come on site to collect their child so please ensure you bring a face mask/face covering with you to wear whilst on our site.
  • The AM session candidates will start to be dismissed from their exam rooms from 11.10am and it may take a few minutes for candidates to collect their belongings and be escorted back to their Gate Entrance. Please collect your child promptly. 
  • If you wish your son to leave our premises by himself you must provide him with a written note to state this. Any child without a letter or note to this effect will not be allowed our premises by themselves and a parent will be called to come and collect them. 
  • Please ensure your child comes to the school with his own hand sanitiser. If he wishes to wear a mask he may so, but this is not compulsory for SET candidates.  

 

PM Session

  • The gates will be open from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. 
  • The School will try to open our gates a little earlier to avoid a large number of parents having to congregate outside of our premises. Parents/carers are asked to adhere to social distancing when outside of our premises. 
  • You may therefore wish your son to bring a reading book with him to help pass the time before the first test commences.    
  • The list of equipment to be brought (and not to be brought) to the test can be found in one of the Frequently Asked Questions below ('WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD BRING WITH THEM TO THE SELECTIVE ELIGIBILITY TEST?'). Please ensure you read it.  
  • If your child is unwell or unfit to sit the SET, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below ('WHAT TO DO IF MY CHILD IS UNWELL OR UNFIT TO TAKE THE SELECTIVE ELIGIBILITY TEST').  
  • Please ensure a printed copy of your invitation email is to be brought with you on the day of the SET as this contains not only your candidate number (which indicates which room and seat your son will be seated in) but will also state your specific Gate Entrance for the test.
  • Please return to this Gate Entrance to collect your child.  Parents may be asked to come on site to collect their child so please ensure you bring a face mask/face covering with you to wear whilst on our site.
  • The PM session candidates will start to be dismissed from their exam rooms from 3.40pm and it may take a few minutes for candidates to collect their belongings and be escorted back to their Gate Entrance. Please collect your child promptly. 
  • If you wish your son to leave our premises by himself you must provide him with a written note to state this. Any child without a letter or note to this effect will not be allowed our premises by themselves and a parent will be called to come and collect them. 
  • Please ensure your child comes to the school with his own hand sanitiser. If he wishes to wear a mask he may so, but this is not compulsory for SET candidates.      

 

What additional measure are being put in place due to Covid-19?

Where possible, we are seating candidates from the same primary schools in the same room. Where this is not possible, candidates will be seated 2m apart. Only 1 parent is permitted to accompany their child to the test and onto the school site when collecting after the test. Parents and students are encouraged to wear face masks when entering the school site. Staff and invigilators will wear a face mask/face covering where needed. Extra cleaning will be carried out between the morning and afternoon sessions. Candidates should bring hand sanitiser and tissues with them.

 

Please now read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for information on:

What Should My Child Bring with Them To The Selective Eligibility Test? 

What Should I Do If My Child Is Unwell or Unfit To Sit The Selective Eligibility Test?

 

Please also read the document below:

Request to Parents