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Southend High School for Boys 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 4:27 PM

Southend High School for Boys, Essex (CSSE)

Looking for information about the 11 plus at Southend High School for Boys? We've collated everything you need to know about entry in 2024, including how to register your child, the content of the exam and how to help your child prepare.

About Southend High School for Boys

Founded in 1895, Southend High School for Boys has been offering a stellar education to boys for over a century. Rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted with boys achieving excellent exam results every year, this is a school to be reckoned with.

The sixth form is open to boys and girls and offers its young people a chance to pursue a broad range of A levels ahead of gaining admission to many of the UK's finest universities. A nurturing and innovative establishment with a thriving parents’ association and one of the largest alumni organisations in the UK, Southend High School for Boys sets its pupils up for a life of learning and success.

  • Address: Southend High School for Boys, Prittlewell Chase, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 0RG

  • Local authority: Essex County Council

  • School type: boys' grammar with a mixed sixth form

  • Headteacher: Robin Bevan

  • Number of pupils: 1,300+

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 60

  • A level results: 84% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 77% A*/A/9/8/7

Year 7 admissions: key info

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open evening: Thursday 29th June 2023, 4.30–8.00pm

  • 11 plus registration opens: Thursday 16th May 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 30th June 2023

  • Exam date: Saturday 23rd September 2023

  • Exam type: CSSE 11 plus

  • Results posted: 16th October 2023

  • Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Southend High School for Boys term dates

The term dates for Southend High School for Girls in 2023–2024 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 20th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 19th–23rd February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Southend High School for Boys

Southend High School for Boys is a member of the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE). This means that the admissions arrangements are similar at all the grammar schools within the consortium, and all children applying to one of the 10 schools take the same 11 plus test.

If you would like your child to be considered for a place at Southend High School for Boys you will need to complete two forms:

  • Register for the 11 plus: you will need to register your child to take the CSSE 11 plus exam on the CSSE website. Registration opens on Thursday 16th May 2023 and closes on 30th June 2023.

  • Register for a school place: you will need to submit the common application form (CAF) and name Southend High School for Boys as your preferred school of choice. You will be able to complete the form on the Essex County Council website between 1st September and 31st October 2023.

The 11 plus at Southend High School for Boys

The 11 plus exam takes place on Saturday 23rd September 2023. All of the grammar schools in the CSSE take the same exam, which is created and administered by the CSSE itself.

The CSSE 11 plus consists of two papers:

  • English: one hour, with some additional reading time. It comprises questions that test reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and applied literacy and verbal reasoning. There will also be two pieces of creative writing.

  • Maths: one hour. Children will be tested on the Key Stage 2 national curriculum, with additional non-verbal and mathematical reasoning questions.

Find out more in our comprehensive guide to the CSSE 11 plus and access free resources to help your child prepare.

CSSE 11 plus: everything you need to know

What is the pass mark for Southend High School for Boys?

After your child takes the CSSE exam, a team of independent professional markers will double-mark and check the papers. Some scores will be age-standardised and then the results for each school will be ranked in order.

The pass mark can vary from year to year. In 2022, the pass mark at Southend High School for Boys was 303 for children living within the priority area, and 337 for children living outside the priority area.

The CSSE does not normally make secondary school offers to any child who has scored under a total standardised score of 303. However, some appeals outside of this criteria are successful.

How are places prioritised at Southend High School for Boys?

Of the 180 places available in Year 7 at Southend High School for Boys, 150 are reserved for children who pass the CSSE exam and primarily live within the school's priority area. This covers the postcode areas SS0, SS1, SS2, SS3, SS4, SS5, SS6, SS7, SS8 and SS9. If there are fewer than 150 children from the priority area who have scored the pass mark or higher, then more places will be available for children who live outside of the priority area.

10% of places (15 within the priority area, and 3 outside the priority area) are reserved for children who exceed the pass mark and are Looked After children, previously Looked After children, or entitled to Free School Meals.

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the CSSE 11 plus.

Cover all the content

The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives across the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and beyond.

We recommend that your child starts revising content at least one year before the test. Setting aside study periods using a 'little and often' approach will give them time to build the skills and knowledge they need. When preparing, avoid falling into the trap of over-focusing on either the topics your child enjoys or the topics they find hardest.

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No surprises

Your child will encounter lots of unfamiliar types of questions in the 11 plus exam. Building exam technique with 11 plus test papers will help your child to feel fully confident with the styles of questions they'll encounter in the exam, reducing the potential for stress on the day.

Celebrate their progress

Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help keep motivation high. Atom Home offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress towards mastering the 11 plus curriculum, making it easy to see where they need to focus next.

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