Secondary School Destination Trends
I am writing to highlight arrangements for the Wandsworth Year 6 Late Admissions Test. If your child did not sit the test in September, you must register your child for the test if you are considering applying for at one of the following schools:
• Ashcroft Technology Academy
• Burntwood School
• Chestnut Grove Academy
• Graveney School
Your child will sit the test at a secondary school on one of the following dates:
Friday 1 December 2023 (Burntwood School),
Saturday 9 December 2023 (Graveney School)
or Monday 11 December 2023 (Ashcroft Technology Academy).
The Pupil Services team at Wandsworth Council will email you with details of the date, time and venue in the week commencing Monday 13 November 2023.
For further information please visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/about-the-year-6-test/.
1. What if a family do not register for the test by the deadline but later decide that they wish to apply for one of the four schools using test scores?
If the family do not register for the test, the child is absent on the day of the test or joins the school at a later date, it will be possible for them to sit it a later date at a secondary school venue in December. It is important that as far as possible all pupils registered take the test on the scheduled day (27-29 September 2023). It will not be possible to provide test scores for those sitting the test at a later date ahead of the closing date for applications.
2. Can a child still sit the test even the family don’t intend to apply for Ashcroft, Burntwood, Chestnut Grove or Graveney?
There is no need for a child to register and sit the test if the for the family don’t intend to apply for Ashcroft, Burntwood, Chestnut Grove or Graveney.
3. How are the tests marked?
All the test papers are scored by GL Assessment. Using an independent organisation to do all the scoring makes sure that the tests are marked fairly and consistently. Your child's age will be taken into account in the final test scores. GL Assessment send your child's test scores Wandsworth Council. The council will forward the results to the schools each family have applied to, which use the test for admissions purposes. The Council will also pass on the details to your child's primary school, if the school is in Wandsworth.
4. How are the test scores used?
Burntwood School and Graveney School both have a proportion of ‘selective’ places which are offered to applicants with the highest total score from the test. As it is not yet known who will apply for the schools, it is not possible to advise of the minimum score needed to secure a selective place at one of these schools. This varies from year to year depending on the number of applicants and the test scores achieved by all pupils applying for a place.
Ashcroft Technology Academy and Chestnut Grove Academy use the test scores to split applicants into five equal ability bands. This helps the schools admit pupils from a range of abilities. Ashcroft uses the NVR test scores only and Chestnut Grove use the average of score from the NVR and VR test for each applicant. As it is not yet known who will apply for the schools, it is not possible to advise which band a child may fall into if an application is made for one of the schools. This varies from year to year depending on the number of applicants and the test scores achieved by all pupils applying for a place.
5. Why not hold the tests after families have applied?
The National Admissions Code requires the test to be held before applications are made to help parents assess the likelihood of being offered a place should they make an application for one of the schools.