Colchester County High School for Girls is a selective grammar school in Colchester, in Essex. Founded in 1909, the school consistently ranks well in exam league tables. The school has academy status and was one of the first Science Specialist Schools in the UK. Colchester County High is also a Modern Language school and offers a range of language subjects.
For an insight into what it’s like to study at Colchester County High, take a look at this Year 7 welcome film, created by the school.
Address: Colchester County High School for Girls, Norman Way, Colchester, CO3 3US
Admissions Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01206 576973
School Type: Girls’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 783 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: Approximately 140
Open Day Date: July
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: CSSE (Essex 11 Plus)
Colchester County High School for Girls admits students based on the criteria set out by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (the CSSE). The CSSE takes responsibility for the administration of the test. There is one selection exam, split over two tests that determines Year 7 entry and the same exam is used by all the schools in the Essex consortium. In order to be eligible to sit the exam, girls need to be registered with the CSSE ahead of time.
In cases where there are more eligible candidates than school places, the school uses its over-subscription criteria, which gives priority to Looked After Children, or children who have previously been in looked after care.
In order to apply for Year 7 entry to the school, parents need to register their daughter for the 11 Plus exam. The registration form can be found on the CSSE website, here. Parents also need to complete a Supplementary Information Form. The school encourages prospective students and their parents to visit the school for a daytime tour in July, where they will have the opportunity to meet staff and attend a talk by the Headteacher. Only girls who meet the admission criteria and meet the standard required in the exam will be eligible for entry.
Entry to Colchester County High School for Girls is determined by student performance in two tests, covering English and Mathematics. The English paper tests comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, as well as creative writing, verbal reasoning and literacy.
The Maths paper tests students on topics contained within the KS2 National Curriculum.
The test scores are age-standardised to ensure that older pupils don’t have an unfair advantage.
Our practice exam papers can help familiarise students with the types of questions they may be asked on the day. Furthermore, when taken under exam conditions, our practice papers can help improve time management and get students used to answering questions under pressure.
The Colchester County High School for Girls 11 Plus exam is set by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex. At Exam Papers Plus, we produce similarly-styled practice papers that can help students prepare for the Essex 11 Plus exam.
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Further English practice
The CSSE 11+ English paper can include both multiple-choice and open-answer comprehension questions, as well as a writing section and reasoning section.
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Further Maths Practice
The CSSE 11+ Maths paper covers the KS2 syllabus (including problem solving and arithmetic) as well as some non-verbal reasoning. The maths questions are not multiple-choice.
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