Established in 1895, Southend High School for Boys is a selective grammar school with academy status, located in Prittlewell in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. The school is often referred to as SHSB, and teaches pupils aged between 11 and 18. Admission to Southend High School for Boys is dependent on student performance in a selective 11 Plus test, which is set by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE). The school is rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and consistently produces good GCSE results.
Address: Prittlewell Chase, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS0 0RG
Admissions Info: [email protected]
School Type: Boys’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 1150 (approx.)
Number of places in year 7: 150
Open day date: June
Exam date: September
Exam board type: CSSE (Essex 11 Plus)
Entry to Southend High School for Boys is dependent on student performance in the 11+ exam. Full details of the school’s admissions policy can be found in the Southend Borough Council booklet on Secondary School Admissions.
In instances where there are more applicants than available places, the school uses the following over-subscription criteria, giving priority to:
For further details on the school’s admissions criteria, please see the school’s admission pages, here.
Prior to applying for a Year 7 place at Southend High School for Boys, parents and students are invited to visit the school during its Open Day, which takes place in June. At the event, the headteacher will make a welcome speech and students and parents will have the opportunity to tour the school. There is no need to book a place on the Open Day, interested students can simply turn up to the event.
To register for a Year 7 place, parents need to complete two forms – the CSSE registration form, which is available on the CSSE website, and a Supplementary Information Form (SIF), also available from the CSSE website.
Additionally, parents living in Essex need to state their child’s preferred secondary schools on the Essex Common Application Form (CAF), which is available in the LEA Secondary School Admission booklet.
Please note that only boys who have been entered for the test will be considered for admission.
The CSSE 11 Plus exam has two written papers in maths and English, which are usually taken in September. There is only one selection test for schools that are members of the CSSE to ensure that students don’t need to sit several tests.
The English paper tests for comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, creative writing, verbal reasoning and literacy.
The Maths paper contains questions based on topics from the KS2 National Curriculum.
The test scores are age-standardised to ensure that older pupils don’t have an unfair advantage.
One of the most effective ways for students to prepare for the CSSE 11 Plus exam is to work from a study schedule that outlines what topics need to be covered and when. At Exam Papers Plus, we also recommend that parents introduce practice tests into their child’s study routine to improve their exam technique.
We specialise in publishing practice exam papers in a similar style to those used in the CSEE 11 Plus exam. Our tests help students become familiar with the types of questions that they may be asked on the day. When taken under timed exam conditions, our practice tests can also help improve students’ time management skills.
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The information provided about Southend High School for Boys 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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