Firstly, the list below shows the Essex Grammar School Entrance info. You will find information on the relevant Grammar School and the town it is in from the links below.
Grammar schools in England and subsequently in British territories overseas have a long and colourful history as part of a highly rated education system. As far back as the sixth century, there are mentions of these schools. However, the term ‘scolae grammaticales’ (Grammar schools) was only used since the 14th century. Originally these schools were attached to cathedrals and monasteries and taught Latin because this was seen as the language of the church.
However, in more recent days, Grammar schools are seen as selective academically-oriented secondary schools in England. They also now teach a wide variety of subjects.
Interestingly, these schools were one part of the state-funded education system from around 1944 to the late 1960’s. The other part of this stated funded system was state schools. However, after this era, many of these schools became independent, charging fees. Subsequently, other former grammar schools were abolished or became state-funded comprehensive schools.
Grammar schools today
Only 163 of these Grammar schools still remain in England today. There are however no remaining Grammar schools in North East England or Wales and 69 Grammar schools in Northern Ireland. Currently, Grammar schools are only found in 37 local English authorities, of which 7 are in the Greater London area. Consequently, more than half of these Grammar schools are therefore seen as selective, with only 1 out of 5 local children get selected on ability.
In 1998 the government at the time also put a ban on any new all-selective grammar schools being formed. They did, however, make provision for future local ballots on the existence of grammar schools. This has, therefore, become a contentious subject within government and social circles. In 2016 the Prime Minister lifted the ban on Grammar schools. Consequently, in May 2018 it was announced that Grammar schools will create thousands of new places. It will certainly be interesting to see how the selectivity of these schools will be influenced.
Most noteworthy is that you don’t necessarily have to live within a certain catchment area to gain access to a Grammar school. Some schools recruit outside of their local authority and some also offer boarding facilities. However, most Grammar schools these days give preference to children with an easily commutable distance of the school. Therefore, for some of these schools, the commuting distance can be the tiebreaker.
It would be easiest to list the remaining Grammar schools according to the different regions in England. Below are further subdivisions of these regions. Various types of subdivisions exist. These also include boroughs, for London as well as metropolitan counties, shire counties and unitary authorities.
1. North West England
2. Yorkshire and the Humber
- North Yorkshire
3. East Midlands
4. West Midlands
- Telford and Wrekin
5. East of England
6. South East England
7. South West England
8. Greater London
- Kingston upon Thames
Essex Grammar School Entrance
There are 13 grammar schools in Essex, a county in southeast England. Of these 13 schools, 11 are part of the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE).
The CSSE schools set up their own entrance exam papers. These consist of 2 tests, each being worth 60 marks:
- English: one hour plus 10 minutes’ additional reading time, covering comprehension, applied reasoning (puzzle solving) and continuous writing. Some of the questions are multiple-choice.
- Maths: one hour, with answers written on the question sheet provided.
Firstly the 11 Consortium schools are listed below:
- King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford (boys)
- Colchester County High School for Girls, Colchester (girls)
- Colchester Royal Grammar School, Colchester (boys)
- Southend High School for Girls, Southend-on-Sea (girls)
- Southend High School for Boys, Southend-on-Sea (boys)
- Westcliff High School for Girls, Westcliff-on-Sea (girls)
- Westcliff High School for Boys, Westcliff-on-Sea (boys)
- St Bernard’s High School for Girls (partially selective), Westcliff-on-Sea (girls)
- St Thomas More High School, Westcliff-on-Sea (boys, partially selective)
- Cecil Jones College, Southend-on-Sea (Mixed)
- Shoeburyness High School, Southend-on-Sea (Mixed)
The following schools are not part of the consortium and their entrance tests vary. For more information, visit the school site.
- Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Chelmsford (girls)
- The King John School (Mixed; partially selective)