The Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) is made up of 11 schools:
- King Edward VI Grammar School (Boys)
- Colchester County High School for Girls
- Colchester Royal Grammar School (Boys)
- Southend High School for Girls
- Southend High School for Boys
- Westcliff High School for Girls
- Westcliff High School for Boys
- St Bernard’s High School for Girls (partially selective)
- St Thomas More High School (Boys; partially selective)
- Cecil Jones College (Mixed)
- Shoeburyness High School (Mixed)
- The King John School (Mixed; partially selective)
If you want your child to apply for a place at one of the Consortium schools, they will have to sit two tests, worthy of 60 marks each. Firstly, an English test which is one hour with an additional 10 minutes’ reading time which covers comprehension, applied reasoning (puzzle solving) and continuous writing. Furthermore, they will have to take a maths test which is also an hour long with answers written on the question sheet provided. The test papers are written by The Consortium themselves. However, please note- If your child would like to apply for a place at Chelmsford County High School for Girls or the King John School, it is vital you contact these schools directly about their testing requirements they are not part of the Consortium, and administer their own tests.
Registration and CSSE’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF) via the Consortium website must be completed in order for your child to sit the test- this can be completed online or through a paper copy. Registration is only required once, regardless of how many schools you would like your child to be considered for. However, for the non-Consortium schools, you should check their websites for their registration process.
Your child will generally take the test at the selective school you nominate as your preferred test centre as part of your registration form. Be aware that boys’ schools will only test boys, and girls’ schools will only test girls. The tests are all taken on the same day.
The minimum pass mark is 303 for most of the schools in the Consortium; however, due to many of the schools being oversubscribed, they will use their own admissions criteria to allocate places.