Essex 11 Plus
The Schools Admissions Code, that came into effect in 2012, stated that by law, schools must take all reasonable steps to inform parents of the outcome of tests before the closing deadline for the Common Application form (CAF) on October 31st .
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.
Chelmsford County High School for Girls
Chelmsford County High School is part of a group of Grammar schools who will be using a common admissions test on the same date. The other schools in this group are Woodford County High School for Girls, Ilford County High School for Boys, the Slough Consortium of Grammar schools, Reading School and Kendrick. There are other schools in the wider geographical area that will use the same test. Applicants to these schools may only take the test once. The raw marks will be shared with the schools. If a child is found to have taken the test twice, the raw scores for the first attempt will be used.
Applicants who wish to attend a test for another school on the same day will not be permitted to sit the test at CCHS on an alternative date. This will not be classed as an exceptional circumstance.
Admissions Information for September 2017 entry
|Closing date for applications||LA forms: 31st October 2016|
|Test Registration closing date: Monday 27th June 2016
Registration for the test can be downloaded from CCHS website from Friday 6th May 2016
|Open Evening||Wednesday 22 June 2016 3.30pm to 7.30pm|
|11+ test dates||Saturday 10 September 2016|
|Test Types||Two 60 minute papers, each one comprising a mixture of questions testing:
Verbal ability (tests vocabulary, comprehension, verbal reasoning)
Numerical reasoning (tests the ability to solve mathematical problems)
Non-verbal reasoning (tests the ability to see how objects relate to each other)
The verbal reasoning does not consist of the usual verbal reasoning questions, but comprises of an English component consisting of comprehension and literacy.
|Pass Mark||The first 80% of places will be allocated in order of rank by the academic score to girls living within 12.5 miles radius of the school. The next 20% of places will be allocated from the ranked list irrespective of distance.|
|Examiner||CEM 11 Plus – University of Durham|
|11+ Test Results||Wednesday 12th October 2016|
|Appeals||For entry in September 2015, 808 sat the test, 589 indicated CCHS as their preference, only one appeal was heard which was unsuccessful.|
|Allocations||1st March 2017|
|Admissions||Chelmsford County High School Tel : 01245 352592|
|Essex Council Tel: 0845 603 2200
Appropriate Practice Materials For Chelmsford County High
CEM Practice Materials see here
The Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE)
In 2014, the CSSE announced that there will be changes in their testing arrangements. 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
Admissions Information for September 2018 entry
|Closing date for applications||LA forms: 31st October 2017|
|Test Registration closing date: Friday 21st July 2017
Registration for the test can be downloaded from CSSE website from Thursday 4th May 2017
|11+ test dates||Saturday 23rd September 2017|
|Test Types||Maths and English|
|Examiner||Papers 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||TBA|
|Allocations||1st March 2018|
|Admissions||Essex Consortium Tel : 01245 348257|
|Essex Council Tel: 0845 603 2200
Appropriate Practice Materials For Essex Consortium
More information and advice can also be found in the Essex section of the 11+ Forum
Further information is also given below.
Note that King Edward VI and the Royal Grammar School, are both co-educational in the 6th form.
*Enquiry Visit – a re-visit to discuss your application.
|King Edward VI Grammar School||Boys||150 places in Year 7, 703 applicants in 2010||Enquiry visit-21st October 2016 1.35pm-3.35pm|
|Colchester County High School For Girls||Girls||140 places in Year 7, 490 applicants in 2010||Enquiry visit – 18th October 2016 4pm-6pm|
|Colchester Royal Grammar School||Boys||120 places in Year 7, 511 applicants in 2010, 840 in 2011||Enquiry visit – 19th & 20th October 2016 2pm-4pm|
Historical Pass Marks (as at 2016, for entry September 2017)
|School||Lowest score obtained in the last 4 years||The level at which every pupil was offered a place in the last 4 years||Scores that will ensure a place||Minimum pass mark|
|Southend High School For Boys||in priority area||303||above 308||above 309||303|
|outside priority area||323||above 329||above 330||303|
|Westcliff High School For Boys||in priority area||303||above 303||above 303||303|
|outside priority area||325||above 330||above 341||303|
|Southend High School For Girls||in priority area||303||above 303||above 303||303|
|outside priority area||303||above 316||above 326||303|
|Westfield High School for Girls||in priority area||303||above 303||above 303||303|
|outside priority area||318||above 325||above 338||303|
|King Edward VI Grammar School (Boys)||in priority area||332||above 338||above 45|
|outside priority area||350||above 362||above 370|
|Colchester Royal Grammar School (Boys)||in priority area||333||above 339||above 350|
|Colchester County High School (Girls)||in priority area||333||above 339||above 350|
|St Thomas More High School (Boys)||in priority area||303||above 308||above 309||303|
|St Bernard’s High School(Girls)||in priority area||303||above 303||above 310||303|
|Shoeburyness High School (Mixed))||in priority area||303||above 303||above 303||303|
The King John School, Benfleet
The King John School is a partially selective mixed school, but not part of the CSSE. The school has 350 places in Year 7. 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 and are given priority. Up to 15% are selected by general ability. In the event of two or more children with tie scores, priority is given to the child living closest to the school.
Admissions Information for September 2017 entry
|Open Day||10th September 2016|
|Test Registration||Unavailable until July 2016|
|Closing Date|| Test Registration – Wednesday 14th September 2016
CAF form – 31st October 2016
|Test Dates||Saturday 8th October 2016|
|Test Type||Verbal Reasoning (multiple choice) 50 minutes|
|Examiner||GL Assessment (NFER)|
|Results||Posted on 21st October 2016|
|Allocation||1st March 2017|
|Admissions||The King John School|
Appropriate Practice Materials For King John School
Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials see here
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.
*Enquiry visit – a re-visit to dicuss your application
|Southend High School for Boys||Boys only||150 places in Year 7, 804 applicants in 2011||Enquiry visit – 20th October 2016 2.00pm-4.00pm|
|Southend High School for Girls||Girls only||150 places in Year 7, 730 applicants in 2010||Enquiry visit – 13th October 2016 2.00pm-3.30pm|
|Cecil Jones College||Mixed||200 places in Year 7, of which 20 are selected on general ability||Enquiry visit – Wednesday 13th July 2016 6pm-8pm|
|Shoeburyness High School||Mixed||Partially selective, 280 places in Year 7 of which 28 are selected on general ability||Enquiry visit – 17th & 18th October 2016 9am-12.30pm|
|St. Bernards High School||Girls||Catholic, 145 places in Year 7 of which 63 are selective||Enquiry visit – 18th – 20th October 2016 9.30am-11.00am|
|St. Thomas More High School||Boys||Catholic, 150 places in Year 7 of which 30 are selective||Enquiry visit – 12th & 13th October 2016|
|Westcliff High School for Boys||Boys only||154 places in Year 7||Enquiry visit – 19th October 2016 2.30pm-4.00pm & 7.00pm-8.30pm|
|Westcliff High School for Girls||Girls only||154 places in Year 7, 836 applicants in 2010||Enquiry visit – 20th October 2016 1.45pm-4.00pm|
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.
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)
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).
Page updated on 29th October 2016