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Shoeburyness High School 11+ guide

By Atom | Mar 11, 2024, 12:02 PM

Shoeburyness High School, Essex (CSSE)

Thinking about applying to Shoeburyness High School? Find out everything you need to know about admissions and how to prepare your child for success in the 11 plus.

Key information about Shoeburyness High School

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

  • Number of pupils: 1,800+

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • Number of places in Year 7: 310 (including 28 selective places)

  • 11+ exam: CSSE 11+

  • Catchment area: yes

Dates for your diary

  • 11+ registration opens: Tuesday 14th May 2024

  • 11+ registration closes: Friday 28th June 2024

  • 11+ exam date: Saturday 21st September 2024

  • 11+ results released: mid-October 2024

  • Secondary school application deadline: 31st October 2024

  • School allocations: 1st March 2025

About Shoeburyness High School

Shoeburyness High School is a large academy for boys and girls aged 11–18 in Southend-on-Sea. It has a local reputation as a friendly and caring school which is dedicated to fostering positive relationships.

Shoeburyness High School is a bilateral school. This means that children applying for Year 7 entry can apply for a place on the selective pathway. This gives bright children access to a grammar school education within a more relaxed environment. Children on the selective pathway have extended curriculum opportunities and enrichment activities. An aspirational university programme helps students secure places at top universities such as Oxford and the Russell Group.

How to apply to Shoeburyness High School

Shoeburyness High School is a bilateral school. This means that only a proportion of places are academically-selective. These places are reserved for children who pass the 11 plus entrance exam.

Shoeburyness High School is a member of the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE). All 10 schools in the CSSE use the same 11 plus exam. This means that your child will only need to take the exam once – even if they’re applying to other schools in the consortium.

The deadline to register for the CSSE 11 plus exam is Friday 28th June 2024. The exam will take place on Saturday 21st September 2024 and you’ll receive your child’s results in mid-October. You can then use these results to decide whether to apply for a place at Shoeburyness High School.

Regardless of whether you intend to apply for a selective or non-selective place at Shoeburyness High School, you’ll need to name the school as one of your preferred schools on the secondary school common application form. This will be available on your home council website from early September and must be submitted by 31st October.

Remember – passing the entrance exam doesn’t guarantee that your child will be allocated a selective place. Many schools are often oversubscribed with qualified children. Schools and their admissions authorities work through admissions criteria to prioritise children for places. We’ve included the admissions criteria for Shoeburyness High School below.

What subjects are on the entrance exam?

The CSSE 11 plus exam consists of two papers. Each paper lasts around one hour.

  1. English: this consists of reading comprehension and creative writing

  2. Maths: questions are based on the Key Stage 2 maths curriculum

Guide to the CSSE 11 plus

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How does place allocation work at Shoeburyness High School?

Each of the two CSSE papers are worth up to 60 marks (120 in total). Your child’s final marks will be standardised and weighted.

Each school in the CSSE sets its own qualifying score, and this varies from year to year. In 2023, the lowest score for which a child was offered a place on the selective pathway at Shoeburyness High School was 305.

If more children apply to Shoeburyness High School than there are places available, the school applies oversubscription criteria in the order below.

  1. ‘Looked after’ and ‘previously looked after’ children

  2. Up to 28 places are available for children who achieve a score of 303 and above in the CSSE 11 plus, and who live within the priority area

  3. If any selective places are unfulfilled, the school Governors will decide whether to award borderline selective places (children who achieved a score of 295–303 in the CSSE 11 plus). These children must also live within the priority area

  4. Children who live within the catchment area and who have a sibling at the school

  5. Children who live within the catchment area

  6. Children who live outside the catchment area and who have a sibling at the school

  7. Children who attend one of the feeder schools

  8. Children who live outside the catchment area

What is the catchment area for Shoeburyness High School?

The catchment area for Shoeburyness High School covers the eastern end of Southend-on-Sea, including Thorpe Bay, North Shoebury and Shoeburyness. A map is available on the Southend Council website.

The priority area for children who are eligible for a place on the school’s selective pathway extends further to cover all of Southend-on-Sea. A map is available on the Shoeburyness High School website.

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Refine exam technique

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