King Edward VI Grammar School – About

King Edward VI Grammar School (KEGS) is a boys grammar school located in Chelmsford, and is one of the country’s leading state grammar schools. Since its foundation in 1551, the school has produced academic excellence, whilst striving to help students develop into well-rounded and confident individuals. This is achieved through focus on extra-curricular opportunities as well as academic studies. 

King Edward VI Grammar School

King Edward VI Grammar School – Essential Information

Address: Broomfield Rd, Chelmsford CM1 3SX

Phone number: 01245 353510

Students admitted at 11+: 150 students

School email:

Link to website:


KEGS was established on March 24th 1551 as a result of a royal warrant issued by King Edward VI for a free grammar school in Chelmsford. For over 450 years, the school has provided education on a close to continuous basis.In the late 1800s, the school began to experience some reforms, with the classical curriculum from the Tudor era losing popularity with the Victorian population. Hence, the school broadened the curriculum, introducing science and modern languages. The school also moved site, leaving the one room schoolhouse in Duke Street for the larger site on Broomfield Road in 1892, where it has remained to this day.


GCSEs in 2019

Percentage of grades
Grades 8-9 68.3%
Grades 7-9 85.8%
Grades 5-9 99.3%

A Levels in 2019

Percentage of Grades
Grades A*-A 65.6%
Grades A*-B 87.1%

KEGS – Examinations

KEGS requires an 11+ entrance examination, using the CSSE examination type.

Format Standard
Layout Whole paper
Separate Answer Sheet No
Creative writing Yes
Timing Usually 50 mins per paper

KEGS – Entrance exam

The school entrance exams consist of two main parts:

  • English Paper – topics include:
    • Comprehension exercises
    • Vocabulary – where children are asked to replace words in the passage
    • Short writing piece
    • Very short Verbal reasoning section
  • Mathematics Paper – topics include:
    • Knowledge of times tables
    • Applying the four basic operations (+ – x ÷)
    • Quick mental arithmetic
    • Graph reading
    • Understanding of shapes, space & measures

CSSE-style practice papers can be found by clicking on the desired images below:


CSSE Practice papers