They have 6 forms for year 7 entry (25 boys in each), 3 forms are for those in the houses Sparta and Troy, and the other 3 are for Athens and Tuscany.
If you have a family connection to one of the houses you can request your son is in the same house (my son is a Trojan, just like me!) and was placed randomly in one of the three "ST" forms. If you have no family links you will be placed randomly in any of the 6 forms.
There has to date been no allocation by age, surname, geography, primary school or any other factor - all completely random!
My son is now in year 12, having got an out of borough place in year 7 (we live in Chelmsford). He loves the school, achieved brilliant GCSE results and both we and he are delighted with the standard of education as well as the pastoral support the boys get. Can't recommend it highly enough.
That is superbly helpful, thank you! My dad , three uncles and two brothers all went to SHSB so I will request the family house!
I didn't realise there were 6 forms? I went to WHSG and there were only 4!?