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Wallington County Grammar School, Sutton

Borough: Sutton
Address: Croydon Road
Town: Wallington
Postcode: SM6 7PH
Phone: 020 8647 2235
Fax: 020 8254 7921
Website: Wallington County Grammar School
Nearest tube or station: train stations: Wallington or Carshalton

Funded: Foundation
Admissions: Comprehensive
Gender: Boys
Age group: 11-18
Number of Pupils: 891
Latest Ofsted report (external)
Government Public Services Link (external)

Wallington County Grammar School was founded in 1927, this selective school of approximately 880 pupils is set in nine acres of grounds against the background of Beddington Park . The School is a foundation school in the London Borough of Sutton, situated on the main road between Sutton and Croydon. Wallington County is a grammar school. 120 pupils are selected from among the top 25% of the ability range by 11+ examination with a few more pupils admitted at 13+.

The School retains a traditional character which promotes academic achievement, personal qualities, sporting prowess and cultural pursuits. Pupils are involved in the life of the School and develop a strong sense of loyalty and commitment. Throughout there are high expectations of all those who work and study here; the pursuit of excellence pervades all that we do.

The School has a progressive outlook, reflected in current issues concerning the curriculum. The "Condensed Curriculum" at Key Stage 3 is being implemented fully; the National Curriculum for all subjects at Key Stage 3 will be completed in two years. Options choices are made at the end of Year 8, and GCSE courses begin in Year 9. Consequently three years will be devoted to Key Stage 4 allowing scope for an enhanced programme of work and the consolidation of GCSE material.

This approach reduces the pressure to complete the syllabus, releasing more time and affording greater scope for additional activities whilst improving still further GCSE results. The School's value-added results at Key Stage 3 have been ranked 7 th nationally and the 11 th best boys' school in recent years, so covering the work in two years is perfectly realistic. Innovations are usually effective because the pupils are receptive to new ideas.

At GCSE, pupils are entered for 10, 11 or 12 subjects depending on whether they study Statistics in addition to Mathematics and on whether they are entered for the three separate sciences.

Ofsted report in 2008 says

"Wallington County Grammar School is an effective school, which provides its students with a good education. As one parent wrote, reflecting the views of many, 'to be able to maintain good results within a caring, nurturing environment is something to be proud of'. The school seeks to combine the best elements of its traditional ethos, values and expectations, with a growing emphasis on meeting the needs of all its students in an evolving social and educational climate. Examination results are generally very high, particularly in the sixth form, but the school is not complacent and recognises that its students could, in some areas, do even better. Students work very hard and behave well. They are proud of their school and want to play a more active role in determining its future."



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