Primary schools with highest 11+ success rate revealed

Half the intake starting this year at one of the toughest schools to win a place in Essex came from 20 primary schools, figures have shown.

And of the 156 students who won a place at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford to start in September 2021, 10 came from Lee Chapel Primary School in Basildon.

A further nine came from Buttsbury Junior School, Billericay and six from Perryfields Junior School in Chelmsford.

Another five came from St Cedds, in Chelmsford, five from The Cathedral CE School, in Chelmsford four came from Tyrrells Primary Academy in Chelmsford and four St Peter’s CE Primary in Brentwood.

There was also notable success from New Hall School, in Chelmsford, Ingatestone & Fryerning Junior School, Westlands Primary, in Chelmsford, Millhouse Primary School, Basildon, Shenfield St Mary’s CE Primary, Gearies Primary, in Ilford, Widford Lodge School, in Chelmsford, Mildmay Junior School, Chelmsford Eastcourt Independent School in Ilford and Avanti Court Primary in Ilford.

However, its 11+ entrance requirements are set at a high bar – more than 700 primary-aged students applied in 2020 for a place in 2021.

King Edwards school which is one of the most popular schools in Essex – in a first inspection since 2012 an Ofsted report published today, February 1, rated the school outstanding – drew students from a total of 85 primary schools.

A 12 and a half mile priority admissions area was introduced which took effect from the September 2013 intake – 80 per cent of places are reserved for students who live within this area.

Given its popularity it also increased its intake into Year 7 from 120 to 150 in September 2015.

In a report Ofsted said: “King Edward VI Grammar School is an exceptional place for pupils to learn. Pupils thrive in the school.

“They are challenged by staff to be the best they can be, both academically and as kind, respectful members of the community.

“Pupils and their parents support the school’s vision and positive values.

“Pupils feel safe and are well cared for by staff. Pupils of all ages care about each other. Strong support systems help pupils if they are worried.

“Pupils respect each other’s differences and celebrate the school’s diverse community. Hurtful views or attitudes are not tolerated by anyone, at any time. Bullying rarely happens.

“If it does, it is dealt with swiftly and effectively. Around the school, pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. Pupils know that they are at school to work hard. They enjoy school life and the rich variety of clubs, societies and experiences.

“From the combined cadet force to sports and chess clubs, there is something for everyone to do that interests or challenges them.

“Many pupils continue their studies at the school’s sixth form. It is a warm and welcoming community. Students have highly positive attitudes to their learning. They are excellent role models for younger pupils.”

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter