What is the 11 plus exam format in Essex?

There are twelve Grammar Schools in Essex that children will need to take an 11 Plus Exam to get into.

Chelmsford County High School for Girls       Southend High School for Boys

Colchester County High School for Girls         Southend High School for Girls

Colchester Royal Grammar School                  St Thomas More High School

King Edward VI Grammar School                     St Bernard’s Girls High School

King John School                                                 Westcliff High School for Boys

Shoeburyness High School                               Westcliff High School for


Chelmsford County High School for Girls – FSCE, has three papers including: Maths, English and Creative Writing

King John School – GL including Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning

Other ten schools form CSSE – Papers including: English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning

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