Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School

Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School

About Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School is a mixed (girls and boys) school with academy status in the south-east London Borough of Bexley. Consistently rated Good by Ofsted, the school aims to help 'the learners of today become the leaders of tomorrow'. Over the last ten years, the school has spent over £10 million to add purpose-built facilities for art, music, technology and the performing arts, a modern lecture theatre and a new computer suite.

  • Address: Hurst Road, Sidcup, DA15 9AG
  • Local authority: London Borough of Bexley
  • School type: mixed grammar
  • Headteacher: Nigel Walker
  • Number of pupils: 1,479
  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 82
  • A level results: 80.8% A*–B
  • GCSE results: 69.7% 9/8/7

Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 21st December 2023
  • Half term: 20th–27th October 2023
  • Spring term: 8th January – 28th March 2024
  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024
  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School shares an entrance test with the three other schools in the London Borough of Bexley (Beths Grammar, Bexley Grammar, and Townley Grammar). This means that your child only needs to take one exam – known as the Bexley Selection Test – to apply for these schools.

1. Register for the 11 plus

Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them.

While your child is in Year 5, register them to take the Bexley Selection Test on the council website. Registration opens in early May each year and closes at the end of June.

If you are considering schools outside Bexley, such as grammar schools in Kent, remember to register for their 11 plus exams too.

2. Apply for school places

You will receive your child's 11 plus results by 17th October 2023. You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority application form.

Before listing Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. As well as your child's exam score, how close you live to a school is an important factor in whether your child is likely to be offered a place.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School 11 plus?

The 11 plus exam for Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School (the Bexley Selection Test) will take place during the week of 11th September 2023. Your child will be assigned a test slot on one day during this week.

It consists of two papers, which include questions in four subject areas:

  • English comprehension
  • Maths
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning

In April 2023, Bexley Council announced they're changing their 11 plus provider from CEM to GL Assessment.

Learn more and get free preparation resources in our full guide to the Bexley Selection Test:

What is the pass mark for Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School?

There is no specified pass mark for Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. After your child takes the exam, their scores are age-standardised and combined to give them a total score across both papers. These total scores are ranked in order and the 180 highest-scoring children are eligible to be considered for a place. As a result, the cut-off score varies from year to year and is only decided after the tests have been marked.

Achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it is likely to be oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area.

Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School admission criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 192. When there are more eligible applicants than there are places available, places are allocated in this order:

1. Looked-After or previously Looked-After Children.

2. Children who have achieved the highest 180 scores in the Selection Test.

3. Children who have a sibling at the school.

4. Children who have a parent employed by the school for two or more years.

5. Children who live closest to the school, regardless of their test score. Distance is measured as a straight line distance between the child's home address to the school's entrance in Hurst Road. Selection Test scores are used as a tie-breaker when the distance is identical.

Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School catchment area

There is no catchment area for Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. The highest-scoring 180 children are offered a place at the school regardless of how far they live from it. The places offered on distance (criteria 5 above) vary each year depending on the number of available places and where the applicants live.

School Details

Type of School Grammar
Address Hurst Road Sidcup Kent DA15 9AG
Phone 02083026511
Region Bexley


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Mixed


Allocation Day 1/3/2024
CAF form 31/10/2023
Registration 15/5/2023 - 30/6/2023

Academic Selection

Number of Places 192
Standardised Yes
Age Standardised Yes
Admission Policy View

Exam Boards

  • Granada Learning (GL)

Exam Styles

  • Multiple Choice (MC)

Sample Papers

Name Document or Link Subjects
Familiarisation booklet View Mixed Subjects

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School

  • Is there a waiting list for admission to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School?
    Yes, the school maintains a waiting list. Refer to the school’s official website for details on the admission process and waiting list procedures.
  • What happens if my child is unwell on the day of the 11+ test?
    Contact the school as soon as possible to discuss options, including rescheduling the test if applicable.
  • Can students from outside London–Borough of Bexley apply for admission to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School?
    Yes, the school accepts applications from students residing outside the borough. Follow the school’s application process, including the 11+ test, for detailed information.