The 11+ club at our school will begin after Easter with Mr Appleby for year 5 children, and it is recommended that you talk to your child’s class teacher at Parents Evening in March about their current levels if you are unsure about their suitability for sitting the 11+ test.
The club will run during a lunch time once a week. Spaces are limited, so please seriously consider whether your child should attend. The children will be given homework to complete for the following week. This club is aims to give further support and practise for children who want to register to take the tests in September.
We recommend children and parents work through free familiarisation papers or other similar resources before attending the club.
Preparing for the 11+
The following is advice from the CSSE website.
The purpose of the 11+ test is to select the children who have the potential to thrive in an environment which provides a highly academic curriculum, which also has depth and breadth, and a range of challenging pursuits. Such children will have demonstrated some of the following:
- curiosity, enjoyment of learning and problem solving
- perseverance and completion of challenging tasks
- understanding of all concepts taught at primary school
- enjoyment of a wide range of literature and/or non-fiction text
- creativity in sustained writing
- ability to make connections between various areas of knowledge
- good memory
- imagination and original ideas
- ability to work at pace and assimilate information quickly
- appreciation of numerical conventions
- ability to apply mathematical concepts
The Headteachers of the CSSE schools believe that in addition to the above, children should:
- be familiar with reading and responding to texts with a reading age greater than 11
- understand the rudiments of spelling, grammar and punctuation
Whilst it is advisable for children to spend a few hours familiarising themselves with the style of responses required in the papers, this can be done at home, using materials and papers available on the CSSE website.
Headteachers share a concern that extensive coaching for the 11+ is inappropriate, ultimately counterproductive and may jeopardize a child’s ability to cope with the demands of a highly academic curriculum.
The precise difficulty of papers can vary and entry requirements are based on standardised score calculations which depend on the performance of the cohort. In addition, application numbers for any particular schools may vary over time and this will affect entry cut off scores. It is therefore impossible to give any exact guidelines about how well candidates need to do on 11+ papers in order to be offered a place in a school.
However, based on recent data and assuming an equal performance on English and Maths, the following are rough guidelines of the percentage score necessary on the papers:
- 55-60% for the Southend grammar schools’ priority area and other Southend schools
- 65% for out of area places at most of the Southend grammar schools
- 65-70% for Colchester County High School
- 70% for CRGS and for KEGS priority area
- 75% for KEGS out of priority area
Registration opens each year at the beginning of May and closes at the end of July. Information guides will be available at this time and a link will appear on the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex website for online registration. Open days will take place during the Summer Term and you need to look at the schools’ websites for details about these.