Wilson’s has an outstanding reputation for being one of the leading football schools in the country.

The school plays over 400 games a year, one of the most in the country, and with 22 teams there is football available for all age groups and standards. The ‘Wilson’s Way’ has been designed to educate and bring the best out of both footballers who wish to play A or B team level and those boys who want to play for fun.

The department works with seven specialist football staff who all have a vast amount of playing and coaching experience in high levels of football. This leads to Wilson’s teams consistently competing for honours in National, County and local competitions.

The 'Wilson's Way' coaching philosophy

Coaching Mission Statement
To provide quality coaching and development to improve the individual pupil and Wilson’s football.

Coaching Objective
To provide an environment where the pupils can improve, express themselves and enjoy their football whilst always striving for excellence.

What is a Wilson’s Footballer?
A pupil that is honest and trustworthy to give 100% at all times. A person that loves playing the game and wants to continually improve through listening, hard work and dedication. They strive for excellence while always showing great sportsmanship never forgetting the school motto 'not for oneself, but for all'.

We aim to build positive, physically able teams who make good decisions and execute them with success.

We currently have a plethora of thriving sports teams from football and cricket through to badminton and table tennis. Whilst Wilson’s has a very strong (and deserved) reputation for excellence in football, many of our other teams are very strong. Rugby is becoming increasingly popular.

A thriving Music Department runs a number of various bands ranging from a string orchestra to a Latin band. The school choir also sings at a number of high profile events over the course of the year, and continues to build its reputation as one of the finest school choirs in the region.

Our Drama Department also puts on a school play each year and cooperates with the Music Department to mount the annual Year 7 Musical.

There are successful Chess and Debating teams as well as any number of groups and societies meeting during the school week, and which vary in size according to their interest and following. Sporting and educational trips also take place during the holidays.

A document giving a sample of all the opportunities throughout the week can be viewed here.  Students interested in attending any of the opportunities listed should talk to a member of relevant department staff to check on current timings.

The Coaching Programme

The coaching programme is based on the FA four corner model of:

  • Technical
  • Physiological
  • Social
  • Physical
These corners are used in training sessions, PE lessons and games to develop the whole person. Training varies for different teams with A-D teams training at least twice a week in PE lessons, games lessons, lunchtime or after school. Coaching opportunities are not just available for players who represent the school, our open training sessions for those that want to play the game for fun are very popular.

One of the recent success stories of the Wilson’s Football is former pupil Jack Elliott recently becoming a professional footballer in the MLS. Jack is regularly in the MLS team of the week after facing such players as Wayne Rooney. We have a high number of students that go on to gain football scholarships at some of the best Colleges in America.


Wilson’s has one of the most established fixture schedules playing against many big independent footballing schools such as Hampton, Dulwich, Whitgift, Royal Russell, Wellington College, Harrodian and Brighton College. There are games every Saturday with often over 15 games taking place and all A teams are entered in National, County and Local competitions.

On top of the normal season games football tours are run regularly with opportunities for both younger players and senior players. Recent tours have included trips to Spain, France, Italy and Croatia.

Wilson’s School

A boys’ grammar school in the London Borough of Sutton (UK), Wilson’s School is:

  • committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
  • a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (registered number 7536970). Registered office: Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey SM6 9JW
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