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With tailored resources for the CSSE (Essex) 11 plus exams, getting into grammar school has never been so easy.

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  • 90,000+ practice questions for English, maths, verbal & non-verbal reasoning

  • Clear data on progress and areas for improvement

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Master the content of the CSSE 11 plus and hone exam technique.

  • Unlimited practice papers for the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE)

  • Verbal and non-verbal reasoning

  • Key Stage 2 English, maths & science

  • Live and on-demand lessons & revision programmes

  • Progress dashboard

  • Specialist webinars

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Your child builds their understanding of the CSSE 11 plus curriculum through practice questions, helpsheets and videos.


Our technology adapts to your child, targeting their areas for improvement and building confidence in tricky topics.


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You get clear data on your child's progress and performance compared to their peers.

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About the CSSE 11 plus

What is the CSSE exam?

The CSSE exam is an 11 plus entrance test used by state-funded grammar schools in Essex. It is used to assess:

  • Your child's progress and potential in core subjects

  • Whether your child is likely to thrive at grammar school

There is one entry test shared by all 10 Essex grammar schools. It is taken in September of Year 6.

How to apply for 11 plus exams in Essex

Registrations for the CSSE exam are open online from May to June.

Registrations are now closed for entering Year 7 in 2023.

Registrations for entering Year 7 in 2024 will open in May 2023.

Learn more about registering for the CSSE exam.

When do 11 plus results come out in Essex?

Key dates for the CSSE (this takes place while your child is in Year 6):

  • 21st July 2022: You will be sent information about test day

  • 17th September 2022: Your child sits the test

  • 13th October 2022: 11 plus results are posted to you

  • 31st October 2022: Deadline for applying for school places (advised to wait for the 11 plus results before applying)

  • 1st March 2023: You will find out which school has offered your child a place

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What is the pass mark for CSSE 11+?

The pass mark varies year on year and depending on the school.

In 2021, these were the lowest scores at which children were offered a place:

  • Colchester County High School for Girls: 332

  • Colchester Royal Grammar School (Boys): 342

  • King Edward VI Grammar School (Boys): 345 (inside priority area), 375 (outside priority area)

  • All Southend grammar schools: 303 (inside priority area), 318–353 (outside priority area)

Find out more on the CSSE website.

Which schools use the CSSE exam?

  • King Edward VI Grammar School

  • Colchester County High School for GirlsColchester Royal Grammar School

  • Southend High School for Girls

  • Southend High School for Boys

  • Westcliff High School for Girls

  • Westcliff High School for Boys

  • St Bernard’s High School (for Girls)

  • St Thomas More High School

  • Shoeburyness High School

What subjects are covered?

The CSSE 11 plus covers:

  • Reading comprehension

  • Verbal reasoning

  • Creative writing

  • Maths

Unlimited CSSE past papers

With your Atom Nucleus subscription you get unlimited online 11 plus mock tests for Essex grammar schools.

Your child can take the tests as many times as they like and never see the same paper twice. No more rationing past papers!

No more marking them either, as everything is instantly marked and analysed for you.

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Our Education Experts can help with any questions you may have about preparing for the 11 plus or admissions to Essex grammar schools.

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What age is Atom Nucleus suitable for?

Atom Nucleus is designed for children ages 7–11. Our Exam Prep packages are specifically for children preparing for the 11 plus.

Which exam board is Atom relevant for?

Atom Nucleus covers both CEM and GL 11 plus, as well as SET and CSSE. Our unlimited practice papers replicate the exam used by your child's target grammar school.

Do I need to supervise my child on Atom?

No, our platform is designed for your child to use independently. It's fun and easy to navigate, with helpsheets and videos to help them build and consolidate their knowledge.

What support does Atom provide?

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