How to get into Wilson’s School


State Boys’ Grammar School for boys aged 11-18. 


As a state grammar school no fees are charged. 

Current Head (as of publication of this blog):

Nathan Cole

About Wilson’s School

Wilson’s School is one of the oldest schools as it was founded in 1615. It’s located in Camberwell and, as the names fits, was founded by Edward Wilson’s as he wanted something to be his legacy, having had no children of his own. 

In 1845, the school was closed down due to a financial scandal but was restored in 1880 following an Order in Council of Queen Victoria. It moved to its present site in Camberwell in 1975, and in 2011, it became an Academy. 

Is Wilson’s School good for you?

Wilson’s School has many accolades and academic recognition. Their GCSE and A-levels results have consistently placed them among the highest-ranking schools in the United Kingdom. 

The school provides numerous opportunities for parents to visit throughout June 2022. But the visit events for September 2023 for Year 7 have ended and there will be no further visits. More opportunities will be provided for 2024. 


Applications for boys to join the school outside of the normal Year 7 admissions round can be made at any time (except, for Year 7, in the first term of entry as above).

Registration into Year 7 for 2023 entry opens on 1 May 2022 and closes on 5 August 2022. Registration can be done here. The process to get into Wilson’s School is as follows; Registration, Selective Eligibility Test and Second Stage Entrance Exam. 

Pupils need to be registered to sit a Selective Eligibility Test (SET). Candidates need to be present in either of the six schools (Sutton Grammar School, Wilson’s School, Nonsuch High School for Girls, Wallington County Grammar School, Wallington High School for Girls, and Greenshaw High) hosting the test to write it. 

In order to make a valid application to Wilson’s School and for your child to be considered: you must name Wilson’s School on your home Local Authority’s Common Application Form, and your son must have passed the Wilson’s School Second Stage Entrance Examination.

Entrance exams and interviews

The Selective Eligibility Test (SET) for entry to Year 7 in September 2023 will take place on Tuesday 13 September 2022. SET for entry into September 2024 will take place on Tuesday 12 September 2023. 

Pupils who pass the eligibility tests are invited for a second-stage entrance exam. For September 2023 entry into Year 7, the Second Stage Entrance Exam will take place on Saturday 1st October 2022. Pupils will sit papers in Mathematics and English and must pass a standard mark to be considered. 

Offers for places in the Sixth Form are dependant on students GCSE results. Students are expected to achieve well in Maths, English (Language or Literature) and have high grades in six other subjects which can include the Sciences (triple or combined) Phycics, Biology, Chemistry), languages (French, German, Spanish, Latin), History, Geography, Religious Studies, Business Studies/Economics, Art, Design and Technology, Music, Classics, PE. 

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