Southend High School for Girls 11 Plus (11+) CSSE Exam Information


Established in 1913, Southend High School for Girls is located on Southchurch Boulevard in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. The school has academy status and caters for pupils aged between 11 and 18. The school is rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in all 31 inspection areas. Southend High School for Girls specialises in languages, and all Key Stage 3 pupils select two languages to study from a choice of French, German and Spanish.


11 Plus Exam Information for Southend High School for Girls


Address: Southend High School for Girls, Southchurch Boulevard, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 4UZ

Admissions Info: [email protected]

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 1036 (approx.)

Number of places in year 7: 180

Open day date: July

Exam date: September

Exam board type: CSSE (Essex 11 Plus)


For more information on Southend High School for Girls’ admissions policy, please visit the school’s admissions page. Parents can also take a look at the admissions policy document here.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Southend High School for Girls


Before applying for a Year 7 place at Southend High School for Girls, parents and students are encouraged to visit the school during its open day, which takes place in July. More information about the school’s open day events can be found here.


To apply for a Year 7 place, parents need to complete the CSSE registration form, which can be done online on their website. A Supplementary Information Form (SIF), can also be obtained from the CSSE website.


Southend High School for Girls’ 11 Plus Exam Format


All CSSE members use the same 11 Plus selection test to ensure that students only need to take one exam. The Southend High School for Girls 11 Plus exam consistes of two tests, covering English and Maths.


The English test focuses on comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, creative writing, verbal reasoning and literacy. The Maths paper is based on topics from the KS2 National Curriculum.


The test scores are age-standardised and offers of places are dependent on passing the selection tests. However, it should be noted that passing the selection tests is not a guarantee of being offered a place.


Test results are sent to parents by first class post in October.


How to Prepare for the Southend High School for Girls’ 11 Plus Exam


In addition to working from a study timetable, at Exam Papers Plus, we recommend that students use 11 Plus practice tests to get used to the types of questions they may be asked on exam day. We specialise in producing practice exam papers that are similar in style to those used in the CSEE 11 Plus exam. When used under timed exam conditions, our tests can also help improve students’ time management skills.


Practice Exam Papers for the Southend High School for Girls’ 11 Plus Exam


We have a number of practice tests specifically designed to help students prepare for the Southend High School for Girls 11+ exam. You can learn more about them here.


Full Practice Tests


11+ Essex (CSSE) Practice Test 1

11+ Essex (CSSE) Practice Test 2

11+ Essex (CSSE) Practice Test 3

11+ Essex (CSSE) Practice Test 4

11+ Essex (CSSE) Practice Test 5


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.


For multiple-choice comprehension practice, we’d highly recommend:


11+ English Pack 1

11+ English Pack 2

11+ English Pack 3

11+ English Pack 4

11 Plus Comprehension (Fiction)

11 Plus Comprehension (Non-fiction)

11 Plus Writing Prompts


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


11 Plus English Pack 1 (Open Answer)

11 Plus English Pack 2 (Open Answer)

11 Plus English Pack 3 (Open Answer)


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


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Pack 4


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.


We’d highly recommend:


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)


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