Colchester Royal Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) CSSE Exam Information

Colchester Royal Grammar School (CRGS) is a state-funded grammar in Colchester, Essex. It was founded in 1206 and educates students aged between 11 and 18. The school has a co-educational sixth form and a scholarship history dating back to the sixteenth century. The sixth form regularly ranks highly at a national level for A-Level results and has previously been ranked 27th in the country for Oxbridge admissions. The school became an academy in 2012 and, the following year, it was recognised as a National Teaching School and a National Support School. Colchester Royal is one of the few state boarding schools in the UK.


11 Plus Exam Information for Colchester Royal Grammar School


Address: Colchester Royal Grammar School, Lexden Road, Colchester CO3 3ND

Admissions Info: office@crgs.co.uk

School Type: Boys’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 813 (approx.)

Number of places in year 7: 120 (approx.)

Open day date: July

Exam date: September

Exam board type: CSSE (Essex 11 Plus)


Colchester Royal Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions


Year 7 admission to Colchester Royal Grammar is primarily determined by student performance in the CSSE 11 Plus exam. Admission is open to all students in Essex and testing takes place before application.


In cases where the school is oversubscribed for Year 7 entry, places are offered to the top-scoring 120 boys in the selection tests who have named CRGS as their preferred school. Boys must also meet the relevant criteria under the co-ordinated admissions arrangements to be offered a place at the school.


If two students have equal ranking, preference will be given to Looked After or previously Looked After children, followed by the applicant who lives the closest to the school.


Applications are open to boys who are currently registered in Year 6 and under 12 years of age. The school does not normally admit overage applicants.


For more information on Colchester Royal Grammar School’s admissions process, please take a look at the admissions policy page, or the admissions policy document, which are both on the school website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Colchester Royal Grammar School


Before applying for a Year 7 place at Colchester Royal Grammar School, parents and students are encouraged to visit the school during one of its open days, which usually take place in July. For details of the next event, please see the school’s website.


Parents applying to Colchester Royal Grammar School must register with the CSSE so that their son can take the 11 Plus exam. Registration forms can be completed online at the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) website, here.


Parents also need to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF), which is also available from the CSSE website.


All parents who are resident in Essex need to state their son’s preferred secondary schools on the Essex Common Application Form (CAF), which can be completed by hand on the paper form supplied in the LEA Secondary School Admission booklet.


Colchester Royal Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format


Colchester Royal Grammar School follows the same 11 Plus exam format as all CSSE member schools. There is only one selection test to ensure that students don’t need to take a separate exam for each school to which they have applied.


The Colchester Royal Grammar School 11+ consists of two tests, covering English and Maths. The English paper tests for comprehension, grammar and vocabulary skills, as well as creative writing, verbal reasoning and literacy.


The Maths paper focuses on topics from the KS2 National Curriculum, as well as some non-verbal reasoning.


The test scores are age-standardised to ensure that older pupils don’t have an unfair advantage.


How to Prepare for the Colchester Royal Grammar School 11 Plus Exam


Most students benefit from a little preparation ahead of the 11 Plus. In addition to working from a planned study schedule, at Exam Papers Plus, we’d recommend that students use 11 Plus practice tests. Our practice papers can help boost a student’s confidence before exam day as they provide students with an indication of the types of questions they could be asked.


Boys who are preparing for the Colchester Royal Grammar School 11 Plus exam will find the following resources particularly useful:




The CSSE 11 Plus English paper can include both multiple-choice and open-answer comprehension questions, as well as a writing and reasoning section.


For multiple-choice comprehension practice, we’d recommend the following practice tests:


11+ English Pack 1

11+ English Pack 2 

11+ English Pack 3

11 Plus Comprehension (Fiction)

11 Plus Comprehension (Non-fiction)


For open-answer comprehension and writing practice, we’d recommend these resources:


11 Plus English Pack 1 (Open Answer)

11 Plus English Pack 2 (Open Answer)

11 Plus English Pack 3 (Open Answer)

11 Plus Writing Prompts


For the reasoning section, we’d recommend these practice tests:


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3




The CSSE 11+ Maths paper focuses on topics covered by the KS2 syllabus (including problem solving and arithmetic) as well as some Non-Verbal Reasoning. The maths questions are not multiple-choice.


For Maths practice, we’d suggest:


11 Plus Mathematics Pack 1 (Open Answer)

11 Plus Mathematics Pack 2 (Open Answer)

11 Plus Mathematics Pack 3 (Open Answer)

11 Plus Mental Arithmetic (Open Answer)


For Non-Verbal Reasoning practice, we’d recommend:


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


The information provided about Colchester Royal Grammar School 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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