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Wilson's School, Sutton

Borough: Sutton
Address: Mollison Drive
Town: Wallington
Postcode: SM6 9JW
Phone: 020 8773 2931
Fax: 020 8773 4972
Website: Wilson's School
Nearest tube or station: train stations: Wallington or Waddon

Funded: Voluntary Aided
Admissions: Comprehensive
Gender: Boys
Age group: 11-18
Number of Pupils: 1031
Latest Ofsted report (external)
Government Public Services Link (external)

Wilson's School was founded in 1615 by Edward Wilson, Vicar of Camberwell, as a grammar school for the sons of his parishioners. After the Second World War the school became Voluntary Aided and in 1975 we moved from Camberwell to more spacious accommodation in Wallington.

In 2002 the school was designated a Specialist School in Mathematics and Computing and as such we work closely with a partnership of local primary and secondary schools in promoting excellence in these two key curriculum areas.

We welcome boys from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds and regard the diversity and richness that this brings as a real strength of the school.

All places are dependent upon achieving a pass mark in the entrance examination and most places are awarded solely on the basis of rank order of performance in the entrance tests, which take place in the spring term. Some advantage is given to those who already have brothers in the school, to those who live in Sutton and Central and South Croydon and to those who can demonstrate strong participation and performance in extra-curricular activities.

Additionally, in view of the historical links with the Church of England, the Governors seek to ensure that at least twenty-five boys in each year group come from practising Christian homes. This number is normally fully achieved within the initial rank order selection. We are not a church foundation and boys of any faith or none are welcome on an equal basis at the school.

Ofsted report in 2007 says

"Wilson's is an outstanding school that deserves its high reputation. This is how the school sees itself, a view shared by the vast majority of the large number of parents who responded to the inspection questionnaire. One parent summed up the school well by noting of their son, 'Wilson's has helped him realise his potential and given him a life-long love for learning'. There are several features that contribute to this very strong picture, not least of which is the excellent leadership provided by the headteacher and the senior management team. Together with very effective middle managers, they have made sure that there is a constant drive for improvement, both in academic standards and in the personal development of students. The school has been successful in providing a teaching team of a high standard. With high levels of subject expertise, teachers provide students with lessons that are interesting, enjoyable and intellectually challenging. As a result, students make excellent gains in their learning, enjoy school and attend very well indeed. Their attitudes to school are very positive; as one student commented, 'I am proud of my school, its history, tradition and heritage'. The behavior of almost all the students is excellent and they are developing into very well-rounded young citizens with a strong commitment to service in the community."



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