Secondary School Admissions

Latest updates 2017:

– New KEGS student tours for boys in the current Yr 5 Click here
– Helena Romanes Yr 5 taster day Click here
– Student tours for boys in the current Yr 5 – March 2017 Click here

Sent home in March 2017:
– White Court School’s information booklet 1 (Secondary Schools) Click here
– White Court School’s information booklet 2 (Grammar Schools) Click here

Secondary School Admissions for September 2018 entry (Current Year 5s)

There are 3 main Secondary Schools in Braintree:
– Notley High School. Click here
– Tabor Academy. Click here
– Alec Hunter Academy. Click here

Other schools in the area include:
– Chelmer Valley High School. Click here.
– The Helena Romanes School. Click here.
– St John Payne Catholic School. Click here.
– Anglo European School, Ingatestone. Click here.
– Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School (Music Scholarships).  Click here

Selective or Grammar Schools (children intending to take the 11+):

Click here for the CSSE Information Guide which includes the application form, important dates, FAQs, Admission numbers, Open Days/Evenings and order forms for practice packs.  

Essex has a small number of Selective or Grammar schools. Selective schools have admission criteria which state highest rank in the selection tests as their first admission criteria. The nearest ones being:

  • King Edward VI Grammar School (Boys) Click here
  • Colchester County High School for Girls Click here
  • Colchester Royal Grammar School (Boys) Click here
  • *Chelmsford County High for Girls (Girls) * Click here

* Chelmsford County High School for Girls – are not part of the same process, they have withdrawn from the consortium and now have their own admission exam, called the CEM 11+ Entrance Test.  Their entrance test takes place on Saturday 16th September.   CCHS  – Information Guide click here.   Familiarisation booklet click here. CCHS  Important dates click here.

11+ key dates:
From 4th May 2017, parents can register for the 11+ tests by post OR online by referring to the CSSE website:  Click here
21st July 2017– deadline for registration.
23rd September 2017 – main test day.
16th October 2017 – results sent out.  Along with the results, there will be advice that lets you know if your child has a realistic chance of securing a place at the Selective Schools.
1st March 2017 – National Offer date.
Preparing for the 11+ Click here
Free familiarisation papers Click here

Headteachers from the Grammar schools are saying very strongly that they do not want children to be coached in preparation for these tests.  They believe if a child needs tuition in getting selected, then they shouldn’t really be going as they will struggle on a day to day basis.  All that is required is familiarisation with the format of the papers, and these are provided on their websites.