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What is the NWSSEE and how should I prepare my daughter for it?

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Situated in the sought-after borough of Sutton, Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls are two of the region’s top-performing grammar schools. Renowned for their academic excellence, these schools see a high demand for 11+ places every year.


Their admissions process is characterised by a unified testing system that gauges the abilities of prospective students. Initially, candidates must undertake the Selective Eligibility Test (SET). Only those who attain or exceed the pass mark in the SET move forward to the next phase. This subsequent phase is the Nonsuch and Wallington Second Stage Entrance Examination, commonly referred to as the NWSSEE. 


Which is better, Nonsuch or Wallington?


Both Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls consistently demonstrate academic excellence, boasting impressive examination results year after year. Their outstanding performance not only underscores the staff’s dedication to providing a top-tier education but also reflects the students’ commitment and hard work. Nonsuch and Wallington’s academic prowess is reflected in both their Progress 8 scores and the high percentage of leavers progressing into higher education. 


Nonsuch and Wallington: Progress 8 scores


Progress 8 scores show how students grow academically from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school. This score can tell you how well a school is helping its students improve.


To obtain this score, schools analyse pupils’ results in eight main subjects, including English, Science and Maths, and compare them to how pupils were expected to do based on their earlier grades in primary school. This helps establish how one school’s performance compares to that of other schools.


📊 Please refer to the chart below for details on Progress 8 scores at Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls:

is Nonsuch High School for Girls a good school



Nonsuch and Wallington: Progression into higher education


Russell Group universities hold a prominent spot on the global academic stage, celebrated for their remarkable accomplishments. These institutions thrive in their research endeavours, which often lead to groundbreaking discoveries.


Among the stars of the Russell Group are Oxford University and Cambridge University. Their rich academic histories, combined with cutting-edge courses taught by eminent professors, elevate their global prestige and reputation.


📊 The chart below shows recent leavers’ destinations for Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls:

best girls' schools in Sutton



What comes up in the NWSSEE?


The NWSSEE assessment consists of two parts:


⦿ An English paper

⦿ A Mathematics paper


Each section lasts between 40 and 50 minutes. The tests will not include Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning components or English comprehension sections, and they are not in a multiple-choice format.


How is the NWSSEE marked?


The results of the English and Maths tests in the NWSSEE undergo age standardisation so that pupils are not disadvantaged on the grounds of their age. It is important to be aware that only the final answers will be graded, not the workings. Additionally, the pass mark for the NWSSEE is set only after all papers have been marked.


How can students prepare for the NWSSEE?


Our practice papers are designed to familiarise students with the format and style of the Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls NWSSEE, thereby instilling confidence as the examination day approaches. They encompass all the relevant question types and can highlight areas that might need further attention.


By utilising a systematic approach to 11+ exam preparation, you can alleviate undue stress, making the process more relaxed and manageable for your daughter.


Here at Exam Papers Plus, we encourage:


– Active study: Instead of simply reading materials, your daughter should engage with them by summarising information in her own words, or pretending to teach it to someone else.


– Creating a study schedule: Your daughter should break down the syllabus into smaller chunks, create a realistic study schedule and stick to it.


– Growth mindset: It is essential that your daughter believes that abilities and intelligence can be developed with effort, training and perseverance.


For optimal preparation, we advocate for students to use our practice tests under timed conditions. This helps them hone their speed and adapt to the pressure of time constraints. For further guidance on preparing your daughter for the NWSSEE, please refer to our recommendations below. ⬇️


NWSSEE (Sutton Stage 2 Exam) Prep Material


The following 11+ material is fully up to date, providing comprehensive preparation for the actual exam. Created by assessment experts, it includes specialised sections for Mathematics and English, each developed to align closely with the NWSSEE syllabus. 


NWSSEE 11+ Full Practice Tests

The following practice tests are specifically designed to help your daughter prepare for the NWSSEE. They provide excellent mock exam preparation, highlighting your child’s strengths and weaknesses:


11+ Sutton Stage 2 Practice Test 1

11+ Sutton Stage 2 Practice Test 2

11+ Sutton Stage 2 Practice Test 3

11+ Sutton Stage 2 Practice Test 4

11+ Sutton Stage 2 Practice Test 5


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NWSSEE 11+ Maths Practice Tests

The following 11+ resources extensively cover the Mathematics section of the NWSSEE, allowing your daughter to thoroughly prepare for exam day:


Full Practice Tests

11+ Maths (Pack 1)

11+ Maths (Pack 2)

11+ Maths (Pack 3)

11+ Maths (Pack 4)

Skill Specific Practice

11+ Problem Solving (Pack 1)

11+ Problem Solving (Pack 2)

11+ Mental Arithmetic

11+ Algebra

11+ Angles & Degrees


11+ Estimation & Place Value

11+ Factors & Multiples

11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

11+ Measurements

11+ Money

11+ Operations

11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume

11+ Position & Direction

11+ Probability

11+ Properties of Shapes

11+ Ratio & Proportion

11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry

11+ Sequences

11+ Special Numbers

11+ Speed, Distance & Time

11+ Statistics


NWSSEE 11+ English Practice Tests

The following 11+ resources provide full preparation for the English section of the NWSSEE, maximising your child’s writing skills:


11+ Writing Prompts

11+ Rewrite & Improve

11+ Spelling (Pack 1)

11+ Spelling (Pack 2) 

11+ Complete Writing Guide (covers all known writing categories that could come up in the NWSSEE)


✅ You can now purchase a bundle of all of our recommended resources for the NWSSEE’s (Sutton Stage Two) 11+ Mathematics and English exams at a large discount. Click the button below to learn more:


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Why do some of the recommendations above show me independent school papers?


The main difference between independent and grammar school papers is the question format. Independent schools usually assess candidates’ abilities with standard format questions, which means students need to write out full answers. Grammar schools usually use multiple-choice format questions.


While Nonsuch and Wallington are grammar schools, they use the independent school (standard) format for their second-round exam, NWSSEE, which is why standard format papers are included in the recommendations above.


When are the NWSSEE results published?


Before the Common Application Form (CAF) deadline in October, you will receive an email notification informing you of your daughter’s result in the NWSSEE. It’s essential to be aware that due to a high volume of applicants, numerous candidates who successfully pass the entrance test might not receive a placement offer on National Offer Day. 


Additionally, it’s worth noting that the results of the NWSSEE are valid for applications to both Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls, providing potential flexibility in your school choices.



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in NWSSEE past papers. The information provided about Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post. 

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