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Shoeburyness High School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Shoeburyness High School: A Parents' Guide for 2022

Shoeburyness High School is a co-educational academy serving the families of Southend-on-Sea and the surrounding area.

The school has a selective pathway allowing its most talented and able students to follow the academic rigour of a grammar school education within a comprehensive setting. Admission to this pathway falls under the CSSE (The Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex) umbrella in terms of preparation.

11 plus exam information for Shoeburyness High School

  • Address: Shoeburyness High School, Caulfield Road, Shoeburyness, SS3 9LL

  • County: Essex

  • Admissions info: [email protected]

  • School type: co-educational academy for ages 11-19

  • Number of pupils: 1,450

  • Number of places in Year 7: 310, with 31 places open on the selective pathway

For students applying for entry to the selective pathway, the following information will be helpful:

  • Exam board type: CSSE

  • Registration for CSSE: 17th May 2022

  • Open day: unconfirmed

  • Exam date: 17th September 2022

  • Deadline for applications: 31st October 2022

  • Offers sent: 1st March 2023

Shoeburyness High School term dates

The 2022-23 term dates at Shoeburyness High School are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September - 20th December

  • Half term: 24th - 28th October

  • Spring term: 5th January - 31st March

  • Half term: 13th - 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April - 20th July

  • Half term: 29th May - 2nd June

Shoeburyness High School 11 plus admissions process

Entry to Shoeburyness High School for children pursuing the selective pathway at 11 plus is decided by their performance in the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) exam, which covers English, Maths and reasoning. This test will take place on the 17th September 202 for Year 7 entry in 2023. Applications must be submitted to the pupil’s home Local Authority by 31st October.

Families hoping to apply to Shoeburyness High School for the selective pathway must also register with the CSSE so that their child can take the 11 plus exam. Registration forms can be completed online at the CSSE website from the May preceding the exams.

Places on the selective pathway at Shoeburyness High School are awarded in descending order from the highest performers down. Applications are welcomed from further afield, but the Shoeburyness High School catchment area boundaries will be taken into account when offering places.

What is the Shoeburyness High School catchment area?

The Shoeburyness High School catchment area covers most of Southend-on-Sea. On occasions where the school is oversubscribed a straight-line measure will decide placements (from a pupils’ permanent home to the nearest pupil entrance to the school site).

View a map of the Shoeburyness High School catchment area here.

What is the Shoeburyness High School 11 plus exam format?

For its selective pathway, Shoeburyness High School uses the CSSE exam paper format. Consisting of two papers, the CSSE 11 plus test assesses Key Stage 2 English and Maths competency and skills.

The CSSE exam is similar to independent school admissions tests and the test may only be sat once. The papers are created by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex and are intended to challenge the depth and security of a student’s knowledge.

Find out more about what to expect from the CSSE 11 plus exam.

How do I prepare my child for the Shoeburyness High School 11 plus test?

Children will need a very good understanding of all elements covered in Key Stage 2 Maths and English to succeed on the CSSE papers. In addition to this they will be expected to ‘go deeper’ and to demonstrate skills in deduction, inference, problem-solving, and reasoning. More guidance about the exam can be found on the CSSE website.

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