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Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School is a co-educational grammar school in Sidcup, within the London borough of Bexley, which takes pupils from age 11 to 18.

The school has academy status and was founded in 1931 as a boys’ school; the school has admitted girls since 1973. The school has undergone a number of building developments over the last decade, including a brand new Art and Technology block and a new study facility for sixth form students.

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School is rated good by Ofsted.

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School 11 plus information

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School term dates

The Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School’s term dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 2nd September – 16th December

  • Half term: 21st October – 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th February – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 19th July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School 11 plus test

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School is a member of the Bexley Grammar Schools consortium. Students applying to any school in the consortium must sit the Bexley selection test in September of Year 6. Tests either take place at testing centres or at primary schools in Bexley.

How and when to apply to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Children applying to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School must be registered to set the Bexley Grammar Schools 11 plus test by the start of July. This can be done through the London Borough of Bexley website.

The 11 plus test usually takes place during the second and third weeks of September in Year 6. The results are emailed to parents in early October.

The common application form (CAF) must also be completed by parents applying to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. Parents living outside Bexley should apply via their home Local Authority (LA). The CAF form becomes available online via your local authority from 1st September. The CAF must be submitted online by 31st October, so parents will know whether their child passed the test before submitting the CAF.

Parents will find out whether their son has been accepted to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School by 1st March in 2022; this is likely to be similar in 2023.

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

Scores for the Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School selection test are adjusted based on children’s age and are weighted across the cohort. In 2021, the school awarded 192 places, while 2,567 applicants ranked Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School as their top choice on their CAF forms.

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School takes into account how close applicants live to the school. In 2021, all accepted applicants lived within 4.4 miles (in a straight line) from the school. Further information is provided in the council's guide Admission to Secondary Schools in Bexley 2022-2023 to help parents make reasonable judgements on their child's chance of being offered a place.

If your child is not offered a place at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School but has scored highly on the Bexley Grammar Schools 11 plus test, they can be placed on the waiting list.

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School 11 plus exam format

The Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar Schools' 11 plus test has two papers that cover a mixture of verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and maths. The sections are timed and under an hour in length. Both papers are predominantly multiple-choice, but some of the maths questions are in a standard format which requires students to write down their answers and show workings out.

It will be useful for you to familiarise your child with the format of the CEM 11 plus exams in advance.

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