The current documentation and updated correspondence for Preparation for School Opening can be downloaded using the following links.

The School is now closed for students other than those of critical workers by prior arrangement.

Click here for the Government statement on School Closures

Updated 20 April 2020 - a letter from Clare Kershaw, Director of Education, Essex County Council

All students should be undertaking on-line learning via Sharepoint

Places at CCHSG are applied for through the Local Education Authority and allocated to students based on performance in the 11+ selection test. The purpose of the 11+ test is to enable grammar schools to identify students who have the potential to thrive in an environment which provides a highly academic curriculum, which also has depth and breadth, and offers a range of challenging pursuits. We do not charge fees and we welcome applications from students living in Essex and surrounding areas. The school is committed to fair access for disadvantaged students.

The 11+ test for admission in September 2021 will take place in September 2020. CCHSG is part of the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex. Registration for the test is via the CSSE website for schools within the CSSE and opens for a limited period in May/June 2020. A full copy of the CCHSG Admissions Policy is available here

In view of social distancing measures in place as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic we will not be offering tours of the school this academic year. A virtual tour, video of a talk by the Executive Principal and the updated 2021 “Guide to Our School” will be available on this site from early July. You can also follow regular news and updates from CCHSG on Facebook and Twitter.


CCHSG is one of the highest performing schools in England winning national awards for both attainment and student progress

We congratulate Year 13 on an outstanding set of results. The students have achieved the highest percentage of A* grades in the history of the school.

58% of all grades were A*/A

28% of all grades were A*

82% of all grades were A*/B

18 students achieved 4 A*/A grades, including EPQ and a further 17 achieved 3 A*/A grades.

Each year around a quarter of our Sixth Form students join us in Year 12 from other local secondary schools. Credit is due for the foundation they received at these schools which, in addition to the support at CCHSG, helped them to achieve excellent A level results.

Mrs Marshall said “We are extremely proud of the students and these outstanding results will form a stepping stone to future success. We thank them for the tremendous contribution that they have made to CCHSG and wish them every happiness in the future.” 

Last year, we celebrated the best results in the history of the school; this has once again been repeated. We thank students, staff, governors and parents for all of the hard work and support on our journey.

There were 140 students taking GCSEs in 2019. The school was ranked the fourth state school in the country for GCSE performance in The Times.

Progress 8 Score (provisional) +1.01

Attainment 8 Score (provisional) 82.0

% 9 Grades 46%

% 9-8 Grades 74%

% 9-7 Grades 90%

% of students achieving a strong pass (5+) in English and Maths 100%

% students entered for the English Baccalaureate 86%

% achieving English Baccalaureate (from entries) 100%

% Achieving 5 GCSEs (Grades 9-5) 100%

17 students gained 9/9/9 in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics.

We are proud of all of our students and their efforts. Many congratulations to our Year 11 on such an outstanding set of results and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.

Newly released provisional figures from the Department for Education for the August 2019 GCSE results, place CCHSG top in Essex, as judged by both the Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures.  Progress 8 is a measure of the progress that students make from arrival in Year 7 until GCSE results. Based on the student’s best 8 GCSE grades, including English and Maths, if a student makes the progress expected, the school’s Progress 8 score is 0.0.  A score of 0.5 means pupils made on average, half a grade more progress across their subjects than expected.  Our Progress 8 score of 1.01 means that students on average achieved a whole GCSE grade higher than they would have been expected to achieve.  This is particularly pleasing given that students join us already achieving at a high level and provides strong evidence of the value added by the school to the overall academic progress of our students.

Mrs Gillian Marshall, Executive Principal said:  “While we are delighted with the school’s performance in both attainment and progress, the students also deserve to be commended for attributes not reflected in league tables, such as their kindness, support of each other and community spirit.  It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with them and we thank the students themselves, our parents and governors for their consistent support and our hard working and loyal staff who aim high and always want the very best for all our students.”   

CCHSG is one of only 16 grammar schools, across 12 counties in England to have been given a share of the Department for Education's £50m selective school expansion fund. The fund supports the expansion of selective schools that have plans to improve access for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.