Chelmsford County High School for Girls 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Chelmsford County High School for Girls was founded in 1906. Located in Chelmsford, in Essex, the school accepts girls aged between 11 and 18 years old. CCHS, as it’s known locally, is considered one of the most competitive schools in the area to gain admission. It is considered one of the highest performing in the UK with students frequently scoring top marks at GCSE and A Level.  CCHS has Technology, Music and Language College status and converted to an academy in 2011.


For an insight into life in Year 7 at Chelmsford County High School for Girls, check out this welcome video:


11 Plus Exam Information for Chelmsford County High School for Girls


Address: Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1RW

County: Essex

Admissions Info: admissions@cchs.essex.sch.uk, 01245 352592

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 889+ (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 120

Open Day Date: June

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (Durham University)


Chelmsford County High School for Girls 11 Plus Admissions


Admission to Chelmsford County High School for Girls is based on a pupil’s performance in the 11 Plus entrance exam. All applicants must satisfy the school’s criteria and it should be noted that passing the entrance test isn’t a guarantee of a place in Year 7. A formal application should be made through the pupil’s local authority in order to be eligible to take the entrance test.

More information on the CCHS admissions process can be found on the school website, here.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Chelmsford County High School for Girls


In order to apply for a Year 7 place at Chelmsford County High School for Girls, parents need to register their child by completing the online application form on the school website. The school also has a Supplementary Information Form (SIF), which provides more information on the registration process.


CCHS should be named on the student’s Common Application Form (CAF), which can be submitted online, or by post to the school. In order to submit the form online, parents will need a passcode to gain access to the admission section of the site. In order to obtain a passcode, parents need to first of all, register their email address on the site, here. Paper registrations are also accepted and can be obtained by emailing the school directly at admissions@cchs.essex.sch.uk.


Additional documents needed to complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF), include:


  1. A passport-sized photograph of the applicant
  2. Proof of address, including a council tax bill, and two utility bills
  3. A copy of your tenancy agreement, if living in rented property.
  4. Evidence to support request for special requirements.
  5. Evidence to support Pupil Premium eligibility, or Looked After Child status.


Chelmsford County High School for Girls 11 Plus Exam Format


The CCHS 11 Plus exam consists of two test papers, each lasting approximately 60 minutes. Each test contains a mix of the following elements:


  • Vocabulary, comprehension, verbal reasoning
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning


The verbal reasoning test contains literacy and comprehension questions, rather than the usual verbal reasoning questions you’d typically find in the 11 Plus.


How to Prepare for the Chelmsford County High School for Girls 11 Plus Exam?


Preparation for the 11 Plus entrance exam should begin early. The sooner your daughter begins her preparation, the more time she’ll have to improve any weak areas.


We advise students to create a revision timetable that covers all the elements they’ll need to know for the exam. Additionally, introducing practice exam papers early can provide a good indication of their current abilities.


As the exam approaches, it’s a good idea to have your daughter do timed practice papers, so she gets used to answering questions quickly and under pressure. The more practice papers she completes under test conditions, the better her time management skills will become.


Not only do practice exam papers help with time management, but they’re also a great way to help familiarise your child with the types of questions they may be asked on the day of the test. They also help students become familiar with the layout of the exam.


We specifically recommend the following resources for the Chelmsford County High School for Girls 11+ exam:


Eleven Plus Comprehension (CEM)

Eleven Plus Cloze (CEM)

Eleven Plus Verbal Reasoning (CEM)

Eleven Plus English Spelling Pack 1 (CEM)

Eleven Plus English Spelling Pack 2 (CEM)


Eleven Plus Short Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

Eleven Plus Long Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

Eleven Plus Multiple Choice Numerical Reasoning (CEM)



The information provided about Chelmsford County High School for Girls was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


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