Surrey Grammar Schools 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information



The selective schools in Surrey are divided between two areas of the county: Kingston-upon-Thames and Sutton. Please refer to the specific articles below for information about each school’s 11 Plus admissions information.


The grammar schools in Kingston-upon-Thames are:



The Sutton grammar schools are:



11 Plus Exam Information for Surrey Grammar Schools


Registration Closing Date: August (Sutton), September (Kingston)

Common Application Form (CAF) Closing Date: October

Exam Date: September and October (Sutton), October and November (Kingston)

Results Date: October

Pass Mark: No set pass mark for Sutton schools, Kingston schools average 200 (subject to change)

Allocations Date: March

Appeals Hearings: May and June

Admissions Info: For Sutton schools: Sutton Council, 0208 7705000 | For Kingston schools: Kingston Upon Thames, 0208 5474610


Surrey Grammar Schools 11 Plus Admissions


All Sutton grammar schools use the Selective Eligibility Test (SET) to determine Year 7 place allocation. For some of the Sutton schools, the SET is the first stage in a two-step assessment process. The Kingston-upon-Thames grammar schools also use a two-stage entrance exam process to allocate places. As Surrey is one of the most competitive grammar school areas in the country, parents are always encouraged to visit their preferred school(s) ahead of applying for a Year 7 place.


All of Surrey’s Year 7 places are allocated via local authorities, whether that’s Sutton Council or Kingston Upon Thames. Parents should confirm their local authority (LA) and check more detailed admission criteria via their LA’s website.


How to Register for the Surrey Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam


For Sutton grammar schools, parents can visit Sutton Council’s website, which provides direct links to the schools in the area, their admissions policies and how to register to take the SET.


For Kingston Schools, parents must complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF), which is available on each of the school’s websites. Parents can also visit Kingston Upon Thames’s LA website for more details.


Surrey Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam Format


The SET, used by all Sutton schools, consists of two multiple-choice tests that last 40-45 minutes each and focus on mathematics and English. Students who achieve the required standard at stage one will be asked, at some schools, to sit an extended English writing task for stage two.


Both the Kingston-Upon-Thames schools have a two-stage process that test students’ English skills and mathematical knowledge. The first round at both schools is multiple-choice. The second round is open-anser can involve written tasks such as story writing and mathematical problem solving.


Parents will receive the results of their child’s entrance exam online in October, and final Year 7 place allocations will be published in March.


Practice Exam Papers for the Surrey Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam


Stage 1


Stage 1 SET – Full Practice Tests


Targeted Practice for the Stage 1 SET English Test


Skill Specific Practice


Targeted Practice for the Stage 1 SET Mathematics Test


Full Practice Tests

Skill specific practice



Stage 2


Mathematics (open answer)


Full Practice Tests

Skill specific practice



English (open answer)




Practice Exam Papers for the Kingston-Upon-Thames Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam


Tiffin Stage 1


Full Practice Tests





If you’d like further practice, we’d recommend trying the Sutton Practice tests listed below too. They will provide good extra preparation for the Kingston test as there are a number of similarities in terms of exam style and question types:




Tiffin Stage 2


English (open answer)




Mathematics (open answer)

Full Practice Tests

Skill specific practice



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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 with standard format questions, which means students need to write out full answers. Grammar schools usually use multiple-choice format questions.


Whilst these selective schools in Surrey are grammar schools, they actually use the independent school (standard) format for parts of their exams, which is why papers in this format are included in the recommendations above.



The information provided about Surrey grammar schools was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the schools directly if you are unsure of anything. Contact details are provided within individual school posts.

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