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St. Thomas More High School 11 Plus (11+) CSSE Exam Information


Founded in 1960, St Thomas More High School is a Roman Catholic bilateral academy. Located in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, the school educates boys between the ages of 11 and 18 and has a co-educational sixth form. There are approximately 1,025 students at the school, making it larger than the average-sized secondary academy. The majority of the school’s students are from local Roman Catholic primary schools although St Thomas More’s does accept pupils from other Christian denominations. The school is currently undergoing a state-of-the-art extension that will include a fitness suite, specialist subject rooms and additional teaching rooms.


11 Plus Exam Information for St Thomas More High School


Address: St Thomas More High School, Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0BW

County: Essex

Admissions Info: [email protected], 01702 344933

School Type: High School

Number of pupils: 1010 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 180

Open Day Date: July

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CSSE (Essex 11 Plus)


St Thomas More High School 11 Plus Admissions


The school’s Governors place particular emphasis on ensuring that pupils and their families are aware of the school’s expectations and the opportunities that the school offers. St Thomas More’s aims to admit students who will support the school and its reputation, work hard and respect the needs of others.


Of the 150 places available at the school, 30 places will be offered to boys who pass the 11 Plus exam, which is administered by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex, of which the school is a founder member. In the instance that two or more boys tie for the final selective place, allocation will be determined by the school’s oversubscription criteria, which gives priority to:


  • Looked After and previously Looked After boys from Catholic families
  • Baptised, practising Catholic boys from selected parishes
  • Other baptised, practising Catholic boys.
  • Baptised Catholic boys.
  • Other Looked After boys
  • Practising Christian boys that attend a Catholic primary school
  • Practising Christian boys
  • Families who desire a Catholic education for their son


Additionally, preference will be given within each category to boys who have a sibling at the school and to those who live closest to the school.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to St Thomas More High School


In order to apply for a Year 7 place at St Thomas More High School parents need to complete a Common Application Form (CAF) as well as the school’s Supplementary Information Form.


In some cases, the application will also need to be supported by a Certificate of Practice, obtained from the applicant’s Parish Priest (or another Priest who knows the family well).


Parents applying for a selective place for their child need to complete the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) application. The CSSE continues to administer the selective test process and details are available at www.csse.org.uk.


The 11 plus exam is taken in September and parents will receive the results in October. Registration begins in early in May, when students are in Year 5.


St Thomas More High School 11 Plus Exam Format


Admission to St Thomas More High School is determined by student performance in two tests that cover English and Maths.


The English paper tests students in comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, creative writing, verbal reasoning and literacy.


The Maths paper focuses on topics contained within the KS2 National Curriculum. Test scores are age-standardised to ensure that older pupils aren’t given an unfair advantage.


How to Prepare for the St Thomas More High School 11 Plus Exam


In addition to following a study schedule, at Exam Papers Plus, we recommend that students use 11 Plus practice tests to improve their exam technique ahead of the actual exam. Our practice tests help students become familiar with the types of questions they may be asked on the day.


When taken under exam conditions, these practice papers can help improve time management skills and get students used to answering questions while under pressure.


Practice Exam Papers for the St Thomas More High School 11 Plus Exam


We have a number of practice tests specifically designed to help students prepare for the St Thomas More High School 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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