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Westcliff High School for Boys 11 Plus (11+) CSSE Exam Information

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Founded in 1920, Westcliff High School for Boys is a selective grammar school for boys in Westcliff-on-Sea, in Essex. The school has academy status and is classified as a Humanities College with specialisms in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The school has recently undergone a series of renovations and has a new sixth form building, science laboratories and technology block.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Westcliff High School for Boys

 

Address: Westcliff High School for Boys, Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0BP

County: Essex

Admissions Info: 01702 475443

School Type: High School

Number of pupils: 1241 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 180

Open Day Date: June

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CSSE (Essex 11 Plus)

 

Westcliff High School for Boys 11 Plus Admissions

 

Admission to Westcliff High School for Boys is determined by a selection procedure administered by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE). Offers of places are made in early March and parents are given until the end of the month to accept. More information about the testing procedure will be sent to parents by the CSSE in September.

 

For more information on the admissions process at Westcliff High School for boys, please visit the school’s admission pages, or the Southend on Sea Local Authority website. Alternatively, parents can contact the school directly on 01702 475443.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Westcliff High School for Boys

 

Before applying for a place at Westcliff Boys, parents and students are encouraged to attend the Year 7 Open Evening, which takes place in September. The event will provide the opportunity to tour the school and attend a talk from the Headteacher.

 

In order to apply for a Year 7 place at Westcliff Boys, parents need to complete the CSSE Supplementary Information Form (SIF), which is used to coordinate testing.

 

Parents also need to complete the Single Application Form (SAF), which is used across the Southend Local Authority. Please note that Westcliff High School for Boys needs to be named as one of give preferences on the SAF for students to be considered for entry.

 

Parents who are applying for a selective place for their son must also complete the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) application.

 

The 11 Plus exam takes place in September and parents will receive the results by the end of October.

 

Westcliff High School for Boys 11 Plus Exam Format

 

Entrance to Westcliff High School for Boys is determined by student performance in the 11 Plus exam. There are two test papers that cover English and Maths.

 

The English paper tests comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, as well as creative writing, verbal reasoning and literacy. The Maths paper focuses on topics contained within the KS2 National Curriculum.

 

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

 

How to Prepare for the Westcliff High School for Boys 11 Plus Exam?

 

When it comes to preparing for the 11 Plus exam, organisation is key. We recommend that students work from a study schedule to ensure that they cover all the topics they’ll need to know for the exam.

 

In addition to working from a study plan, we’d recommend that students practice with 11 Plus test papers to refine their exam technique. At Exam Papers Plus, we specialise in publishing practice exam papers in a similar style to the 11 Plus. Our practice papers can help familiarise students with the types of questions they may be asked on the day. When taken under timed exam conditions, our papers can also help improve time management skills.

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Westcliff High School for Boys 11 Plus Exam

 

We have a number of practice tests specifically designed to help students prepare for the Westcliff High School for Boys 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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The information provided about Westcliff 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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