Firstly, the list below shows the Essex Grammar School Entrance info and secondly, we offer premium Essex 11 plus papers and Essex 11 plus practice tests.

Essex 11 plus results

The 11 plus test results for all Essex grammar schools are scheduled to be posted by 1st class post on 2nd December.

From 3rd December, the online link will reopen for you to view your child’s test results here on the official CSSE 11+ Results for 2021 Entry site.

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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 1960s. 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.

Some of these Grammar schools that retained their selective intake recently gained Academy status. Therefore making them independent from the Local Education Authority.

Grammar schools today

Only 164 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.

Essex 11 plus English papers format

  • All of the grammar schools in Essex have their own unique 11 plus exam for the whole county.
  • This Essex 11 plus exam comprises two separate 11 plus papers.
  • These are each worth 60 marks. During the English test, the grammar school provides 1 hour (for answering the 11 plus questions); plus an additional 10 minutes reading time.
  • The English paper covers: 11 plus English comprehension, 11 plus continuous writing, and 11 plus verbal reasoning.

Essex 11 plus Maths papers format

  • Similarly, the Essex 11 plus maths paper, has a 60 minutes administration and completion time allocation (by each Essex grammar school).

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:

The following schools are not part of the consortium and their entrance tests vary. For more information, visit the school site.


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