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.
Address: Colchester Royal Grammar School, Lexden Road, Colchester CO3 3ND
Admissions Info: [email protected]
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)
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.
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 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.
The test scores are age-standardised to ensure that older pupils don’t have an unfair advantage.
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.
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Further Maths Practice
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