We welcome new entrants to Year 7 every year who we split across four tutor groups. Tutors groups are usually no larger than 24 students.
The deadline for application for the entrance exam is the end of October of your daughter's Year 6 (i.e. 31 October 2019 for 2020 entry.)
The Admissions Process

There are a few simple steps along the route to joining SWPS. Please see the helpful list below for each stage of the journey.

Step Deadline

1. Visit Us

Come and see the school at any of our numerous events, whether it be an Open Evening, Information Morning, School Production, Year 4 Workshop or Year 5 Taster Day. To name just a few!


2. Apply

Fill out our simple to follow Application/Registration form and pay the registration fee (£100).
By applying, you get advance invitations to popular events, such as the Year 5 Taster Day and you ensure that we are able to send you the full Examination Information pack (November of Year 6).

Application deadline:
31 October of your Year 6

Entry into other Year Groups

Due to our Surrey location and close proximity to the London rail network, families sometimes relocate out of, and into, the area so occasional vacancies in other years may exist.

All you need to do is contact the Admissions Department (01932 574 900) to see whether we have a space in your year group and we'll guide you through the process beyond that.

Entry into other year groups and the entrance exams for this, take place at a mutually convenient time.


3. Application Pack

In November of applicants' Year 6, we send out all the official paperwork for you to work your way through and return to us. This includes details of timings, what to wear/bring, scholarship and bursary information, important dates throughout the process, and a chance to express an interest in a particular coach route.

Return in mid-November

4. Entrance Exam

Now it's time for the actual Entrance Exam. The Exam takes place in just one morning and contains four papers in total: two Mathematics papers, and two English papers, with a break in between each subject to relax and prepare for the next subject. We'll provide you with drinks and snacks to help you keep your energy up!

By the Friday following the Entrance Exam, our hardworking English and Maths departments have marked all of the papers and the Head is able to offer places and Academic Scholarship interviews. We ensure that these results leave the school in Friday's post so they should hopefully arrive with your Saturday post, just one week after sitting the exam!

First (sensible) Saturday of January.

Saturday 11 January 2020

5. Accept your place

If you are offered a place, you have a little while to make sure that you're 100% positive that SWPS is the right school for you. There are opportunities to revisit the school to help make your final decision. Once you're sure, accept your place by returning the acceptance slip and paying your deposit (£750), this can be either by cheque or through the school's secure online payment system.

Acceptance deadline: March

6. Welcome to the SWPS Community!

That's it! You're in! But in the meantime: Get to know each other...

We put on a few events to help you meet other new SWPS students before September. You'll receive invitations to our Easter Chertsey Trail, where you form teams to discover the surrounding area's history and points of interest - but the main purpose is to make new friends! 

Then there is the chance for your grandparents to visit us on their special day in the summer: our Grandparents' Information Morning.

Also there is our Year 7 Welcome Party, held at the end of the Summer Term when you can come to SWPS to find out your form groups, meet your form tutors, see your new uniform and find out about all of the things that we can help you organise before starting.

If you have any queries over the summer, they are better sent by email as we are only in the department intermittently over the holidays.

After all this you'll be ready to relax over the Summer and in September you'll walk through our doors as a brand new Year 7 student!

Overseas Applicants
We are happy to accept applications from overseas students prior to their arrival in the UK and to arrange assessment at their current school. However, we are not accredited to sponsor overseas students under the UKBA's Tier 4 programme.