WILSON’S SCHOOL is a leading boys’ state grammar school, offering a free education to nearly 1,300 pupils aged 11-18. The Wilson’s School Football Programme seeks applications into Year 7 (starting September 2022) for boys showing an aptitude for football. Wilson’s has a long and fine footballing history as well as an outstanding academic record.

From September 2022 we have 14 priority places to offer pupils displaying potential for football.

Please read on for further details.

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The Wilson’s School Football Programme takes boys with an aptitude for football and provides a supportive and friendly environment for them to develop their footballing skills and potential, alongside a full and rigorous grammar school education.

Our Football Programme

  • Pupils typically have three set training sessions a week, one for technical ball work, one for strength and conditioning and one for match related practice. They also have a Games Afternoon which can be a match-related practice or a fixture against an opposing school
  • Each Wilson’s A football team has a 30 game season on average, consisting of friendly matches and cup competitions
  • All training sessions and matches are taken by FA qualified PE teachers and coaches
  • Our VEO video camera is used to record matches for performance analysis sessions
  • Pupils receive an Individual Action Plan to provide them with targets which are reviewed every half term

Why Wilson's?

Wilson’s provides an outstanding all-round education for free. We are a selective grammar school for academically able boys.

However, parents regularly tell us that they choose Wilson’s not just for our excellent academic record but because of the broad spectrum of extra-curricular activities we offer. These include many sports clubs, a thriving Combined Cadet Force section, an established Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and a unique music programme that allows every Year 7 pupil to learn a musical instrument as part of the curriculum.

How this is achieved…

Our expectations of boys in terms of personal achievement – academic and otherwise – and behaviour are very high. We have an excellent pastoral system that communicates our core values of respect, tolerance, courtesy, cooperation, service to the community, personal achievement and most of all, hard work. Our school motto – Non Sibi Sed Omnibus (not for oneself, but for all) – drives all that we do. In 2015 we opened our Lower School providing a nurturing and supportive environment to help our Year 7 pupils make the challenging transition from primary to secondary school. Most of their lessons are taught in their form room which provides them with the security of their own classroom and the familiarity of surroundings they are used to at primary school.

Our outstanding all-round provision has been recognised in our being awarded the Sunday Times State Secondary School of the Year in 2019, a Sunday Times Top 10 State Secondary School in 2020 and the Sunday Times London State Secondary School of the Decade in 2021.

But did you know…

Wilson’s prides itself on the fact that this is achieved whilst being a state-funded school. This means the education and wider opportunities we provide are free: no fees are payable for any pupil who gains a place at the school.

Wilson's Footballing Tradition

Football has been at the heart of Wilson’s since the school re-opened in Camberwell in 1880, and remains so to this day.

Wilson’s runs more than 20 teams from U12 to U18 level, playing over 400 matches in total per season. No other state school in the country plays more fixtures, giving our pupils a unique footballing experience. We turn out a strong Saturday morning fixture list, playing against other football playing schools.

Our A teams in each age group play 30 friendly and competitive matches on average each year, including in the Sutton Cup, Surrey Cup, National Cup and National Elite Cup.

We also have a history of entering very successful teams at District and County level. In the 2019/20 season, our U12A team reached the Elite National Cup Quarter Finals, whilst our 1st XI were U18 ESFA National Cup Finalists, both accomplishments we are proud of.

Our footballers have the opportunity to take part in an annual football tour to Europe, alternating each year between the junior and senior pupils. This provides a great opportunity for the boys to experience different styles of football and culture as well as time to bond as a team.

Wilson’s has produced a number of successful footballers at professional and semi-professional levels:

  • Jack Elliott (Philadelphia Union)
  • Niall McManus (Dorking Wanderers)
  • Ollie Sitch (Corinthian Casuals)
  • Daniel Stratford (former professional player and now coaching)
  • Luke Hackett (Dorking Wanderers)
  • Dom O’Shea (Sutton United)
  • Andy Scott (Sheffield United)

Our Facilities

Our extensive grounds are part of the main school site and include:

  • Five 11-a-side grass football pitches
  • Three 9-a-side grass football pitches
  • Two 7-a-side floodlit 4G Astroturf courts
  • Ten 5-a-side floodlit 4G Astroturf courts
  • A fully equipped Fitness Suite

Plans for new changing facilities and a new Fitness Suite are well advanced.

Pupils gaining a place under the Wilson’s School Football Programme scheme are not guaranteed an A team place. Football scholars are expected to commit to representing Wilson’s School in friendly and competitive fixtures, including Saturday fixtures.

Football Programme Entry Requirements

Please see our Year 7 admissions criteria here for full details about admissions into Wilson’s School in September 2022.

Wilson’s is a selective grammar school, selecting on the basis of academic ability. Up to 14 boys, having passed the two-stage entrance test, will be eligible for priority places based upon their aptitude for football.

Football Scholars will be awarded their place by:

  • passing both stages of the two-stage entrance test,
  • their rank order of performance in the Football Aptitude Test taking place in June 2021
Therefore, of all applicants passing the school’s two-stage entrance test, places will be awarded in this order:

  1. Looked After Children or Previously Looked After Children.
  2. 14 places for boys eligible to receive Free School Meals.
  3. 14 places for boys who have demonstrated aptitude in Football.
  4. Remaining places including any unallocated places under criteria 2 and 3 will be allocated to boys according to their position in the rank order of standardised score in the entrance tests.

If your son participates in the Football Aptitude Test but is not successful in meeting the required threshold to be considered for one of these places, he can still be considered for a place at the school under the other admission criteria provided he has passed the entrance examinations. Taking part in the Football Aptitude Test in no way disadvantages your son in his chances of gaining a place in the school under other of the admission criteria.

On the day of the Football Aptitude Test boys will take part in fitness tests and sports related practices. While we appreciate that some boys might feel nervous about taking part in the day, the environment will be relaxed, friendly and supportive. The tests will be administered by our own experienced specialist PE staff and coaches.

Register an interest

The deadline for application for this year’s Football programme has now passed.

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 (no. 7536970). Registered office: Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey SM6 9JW
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