11 Plus Schools

Essex 11 Plus

The New Schools Admissions Code, by law from 2012 , due to take effect for admissions for Entry in September 2013, states that schools must take all reasonable steps to inform parents of the outcome of tests before the closing deadline for applications on October 31st 2012.

Essex and Southend grammar school admissions are managed by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE), Telephone: 01245 348257. The office is open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, term time only.

The schools have one common selection test except from Chelmsford County High School for Girls, who have opted to administer their own tests from 2013. All selective places are awarded on the basis of a pupil’s ability, as defined by their test score.
Also The King John School, which is partially selective school, administers its own admission’s test.

Beyond that, places are allocated according to the criteria of the individual schools, all of which vary. All the links below take you to the Admissions Policies of the schools in the Consortium.

If you wish your child to take the 11+ test, you need to complete not only the CAF but also a Supplementary Information Form in order to register for the selective test. The form can be completed on-line on the CSSE website or can be obtained from the CSSE or any school that offers selective places. For Chelmsford County High; the form can be downloaded from the school’s website.

N.B. If you are applying for both a selective and non-selective place at the same school it counts as a single preference on the CAF (Common Application Form), not two preferences.

Latest Information for September 2014 Entry

Chelmsford County High School have announced that they are changing their entrance exam to the CEM 11 Plus by the University of Durham. Please see the school’s website here. Also the The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring -CEM of the University of Durham.

Please visit our region pages for Birmingham and Warwickshire for examples of the CEM 11 plus test.
You should be mindful that not all CEM 11 plus exams will be identical across regions as these tests are written to the schools’ or own requirements, however, there will be similarities.

The Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) have no plans to change their current tests to the CEM 11 plus format. See below for details.

CEM Style Practice Sessions in Harrow suitable for Chelmsford County High School

Chelmsford County High School for Girls Admissions September 2015 entry

Closing date for applications LA forms: 31st October 2014
Test Registration closing date: (tbc)
Registration for the test can be downloaded from CCHS website from Monday 19th May 2014.
Open Evening Wednesday 25th June 2014 3.30pm to 7.30pm
11+ test dates Saturday 13th September 2014.
Test Types Twp 45 minute papers, each one comprising a mixture of Verbal Reasoning, Non Verbal reasoning, Maths.
The verbal reasoning does not consist of the usual verbal reasoning questions, but comprises of an English component consisting of comprehension and literacy.
Examiner CEM 11 Plus – University of Durham
11+ Test Results tbc confirmed (last years date was 15th October 2013
Allocations 2nd March 2015
Admissions Chelmsford County High School Tel : 01245 352592
Essex Council Tel: 0845 603 2200
Email: admissions@essex.gov.uk

Appropriate Practice Materials For Chelmsford County High

NEW CEM Practice Materials now available on our online shop

Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials see here
Non-verbal Reasoning Practice Materials see here
Maths Practice Materials see here
English Practice Materials see here
Cem Practice Materials see here

CSSE (The Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex)Latest Information for September 2015 Entry

The CSSE have announced that there will be changes in the testing for the test in 2014 (entry 2015). The papers are more in line with KS2 Level 5 in English and Maths. There will be not be a Verbal Reasoning paper on its own; but the English paper will incorporate an element of verbal reasoning.

There will be two papers, English and Maths, each 1 hour long and worth 60 marks.
The English paper will comprise:
- Comprehension, grammar and vocabulary questions.
- Two pieces of creative writing
- Applied reasoning (literacy/verbal)

The Maths paper will comprise:
- Questions consistent with KS2 National Curriculum
- Applied reasoning (maths/non-verbal reasoning)

Details can be found on the CSSE website here

CSSE (The Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex) Admissions Information for September 2014 entry

Closing date for applications LA forms: 31st October 2013
Test Registration closing date: 7th September 2013
Registration for the test can be downloaded from CSSE website from 3rd June 2013.
11+ test dates Saturday 21st September 2013
Test Types Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English.
Verbal reasoning – 50 minutes, multiple choice.
English – 40 minutes, mixture of multiple choice and standard questions.
Maths – 35 minutes, standard format and is 35 minutes long (see details below)
Examiner Verbal Reasoning by GL Assessment.
Maths and English are written by teachers from the schools (Actual Past exam papers for Maths and English can be purchased from the Consortium website)
11+ Test Results Posted 11-13th October 2013
Pass Mark Variable. In Southend the minimum mark is 303; it is anually adjusted and is referenced to the top 24% . Verbal reasoning makes up 50% of the total mark. English 25% and Maths 25%. Information about pass marks in 2010 can be found on this thread on the Essex section of our 11+ Forum
Allocations 3rd March 2014
Admissions Essex Consortium Tel : 01245 348257
Essex Council Tel: 0845 603 2200
Email: admissions@essex.gov.uk

Appropriate Practice Materials For Essex Consortium

Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials see here
Maths Practice Materials see here
English Practice Materials see here

More information and advice can also be found in the Essex section of the 11+ Forum

Further information is also given below.

School information

Note that King Edward VIth Chelmsford School and the Royal Grammar School,Colchester, are both co-educational in the 6th form.

School Gender Places Open Evening
Chelmsford County High School For Girls Girls 120 places in Year 7, 679 applicants in 2010, 749 in 2011 Wednesday 26th June 2013 (eve)
King Edward VI Grammar School Boys 120 places in Year 7, 703 applicants in 2010 w/c 8th July 2013- school tours
Colchester County High School For Girls Girls 140 places in Year 7, 490 applicants in 2010 9th-12th July 2013(mornings and afternoon tours) &
15th July 2013 (eve)
Colchester Royal Grammar School Boys 96 places in Year 7, 511 applicants in 2010, 840 in 2011 Tuesday 9th July 2013 (eve)

The King John School, Benfleet

The King John School is a partially selective mixed school, but not part of the CSSE. The school has 320 places in Year 7, of which up to 15% are selective places. Children who live in catchment for the school, or who have brothers or sisters already attending the school, do not need to take the entrance test, but it is recommended that all other children should do so. Admissions information as follows:-

Admissions Information for September 2015 entry

Places 320 places (15% selective)
Open Day Saturday 14th September 2013 (morning)
Closing Date Wednesday 17th September 2014 – Test Registration.(forms available from 1st July 2014)
31st October 2014 – CAF form.
Test Dates Saturday 4th October 2014
Test Type A single Verbal Reasoning paper, multiple choice, 50 minutes
Examiner GL Assessment (NFER)
Results Posted on Wednesday 16th October 2013
Allocation 2nd March 2015
Admissions The King John School

Appropriate Practice Materials For King John School

Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials see here

Southend Schools

The 11+ test for Southend schools are administered by CSSE (The Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex), see details above for the 11+ test.

See also Southend Borough Council website for details.

There are four fully selective grammar schools in Southend – the Southend and Westcliff High Schools for Girls and Boys. In addition there are two partially selective schools – Cecil Jones College and Shoeburyness High School, and two “bilateral” schools where a grammar stream runs alongside non-selective streams – St. Bernard’s High School and St. Thomas More High School.

All Southend schools are co-educational in the 6th form.

The Southend and Westcliff Grammar Schools are having to make changes to their admission arrangements because it is no longer a legal requirement to give priority to children attending Southend Primary Schools. These new arrangements will affect children applying for admission in September 2013 and subsequent years.

School Gender Places Open Evening
Southend High School for Boys Boys only 150 places in Year 7, 804 applicants in 2011 Thursday 27th June 2013 (eve)
Southend High School for Girls Girls only 150 places in Year 7, 730 applicants in 2010 10th July 2013 (eve) &
11th & 12th July 2013 (mornings)
Cecil Jones College Mixed 200 places in Year 7, of which 28 are selected on general ability 10th July 2013 (Wentworth Site), 4-6pm
Shoeburyness High School Mixed Partially selective, 280 places in Year 7 of which 28 are selected on general ability Wed 19th June 2013
St. Bernards High School Girls Catholic, 145 places in Year 7 of which 30% are selective 26th June 2013 (eve) & 27th June 2013(morning)
St. Thomas More High School Boys Catholic, 150 places in Year 7 of which 30% are selective Thursday 11th July 2013 (eve) & maybe a date in Oct 2013
Westcliff High School for Boys Boys only 154 places in Year 7 25th & 26th June 2013 (eve)
Westcliff High School for Girls Girls only 154 places in Year 7, 836 applicants in 2010 Thursday 16th July 2013 (eve)

Essex 11+ – Further Information

With grateful thanks to our 11+ Forum member “Moved” for her contribution to this page.

The Essex 11+ test is taken in one of the local high schools. You can choose which school – it does not have to be your first choice, within the limit of girls at Girls Schools and boys at Boys Schools.

Nervous children may be better at St. Bernard’s and St. Thomas More as fewer children take the exam there.

Only Colchester Royal Grammar School has a 13+ entry system.

Format of the exam

The Headteachers of the schools believe that children should have a sound understanding of the National Curriculum Maths and English stage 2 level 4/5.
Be familiar with reading and comprehension , with a reading age greater than 11.
Understand the principles of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

  • English – 40 minute test (25% of the marks)
Very short break (while the papers are swapped – children remain seated)
  • Maths – 35 minute test (25% of the marks)
Long break (15-20 mins – children leave their desks)
  • Verbal Reasoning – 50 minute test containing 80 multiple choice questions (50% of the marks)

English

The English papers are written by one of the teachers from the Essex High Schools. The previous two years’ English papers can be purchased from the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex -CSSE but older papers are not available. Suitable practice material for the English paper can be hard to obtain and many local tutors write their own papers in the appropriate format.

The paper usually has about 30 marks allocated to comprehension skills. These are often subtle and quite difficult. The format is tick box style, with some written answers: for example,

  • Wording Matching “Find the word in the text that means …” (10+ marks)
  • Punctuating a piece of direct speech (6-8 marks).

The English paper is a comprehension, usually from a 19th century text. There are 50 marks. Past texts used for comprehension have been as follows:

  • 1997 The Road to Wigan Pier – George Orwell (old style paper) (pub date 1937)
  • 1999 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain (pub. date 1876)
  • 2000 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (pub date 1847)
  • 2001 Kipps – H. G. Wells (pub. date 1905)
  • 2002 Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy (pub. date 1874)
  • 2003 Tobermory – H. H. Munro (pub. date 1909?)
  • 2004 Silas Marner – George Eliot (pub. date 1861)
  • 2005 The Snow Geese – William Fiennes (pub. date 2002)
  • 2006 The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot (pub. date 1860)
  • 2007 Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy (pub. date 1891)
  • 2008 The Destructors – Graham Greene (pub. date 1954)
  • 2009 Longitude – Dava Sobel (pub. date 1995)
  • 2010 Bleak House – Charles Dickens (pub. date 1852-1853)
  • 2010x Hard Times – Charles Dickens (pub. date 1854)
  • 2011 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernières (pub date 1994)
  • 2011x Atonement – Ian McEwen (pub date 2001)

Maths

The Maths papers are written by one of the teachers from the Essex High Schools. The previous two years’ Maths papers can be purchased from the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex-CSSE but older papers are not available.

Maths needs the development of problem solving skills – Primary Maths Challenge style questions are helpful. The maths paper is tough, harder than the GL Assessment papers. It begins with arithmetic on the first page, there are questions involving area, bar charts, angles, percentages, ratio, BIDMAS, algebra, etc. Often the questions are not straightforward and the final question has been of the standard expected for the junior maths challenge (aimed at bright year 8 children).

Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning paper is provided by GL Assessment and is in multiple choice format following the format of most other counties, it is essential that children learn how to use the multiple choice format. This has only existed in Essex for a few years. This site has a great deal of information and resource lists.

Information on this page was believed to be correct at the time of writing, but we would not necessarily be aware of subsequent changes unless someone brings them to our attention.
Before acting on any information given here, please verify that it is up to date.

Page updated on 3 March 2014

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