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Westcliff High School for Girls

Westcliff High School for Girls

Established in 1920, Westcliff High School for Girls stands as a long-standing and highly selective grammar school situated in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. With a vision to empower girls as the leaders of the next generation, the school places a strong emphasis on academic excellence and personal development.

The curriculum at Westcliff High School for Girls is intricately designed around the English Baccalaureate, aiming to provide students with a robust foundation in key subjects for academic, social, and emotional success. From Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5, the diverse range of subjects is complemented by leadership qualifications available from Year 9 onwards.

The school places a distinct focus on the holistic development of each girl beyond the classroom. It offers a myriad of extracurricular activities such as drama club, orchestra, psychology society, and board games to nurture additional hobbies and interests. Additionally, the school organizes various local and international trips, including visits to Southend General Hospital for aspiring medical students.

Committed to bridging the achievement gap between different groups, Westcliff High School for Girls strives to create an inclusive community where every girl can flourish and realize her full potential. The school promotes a strong sense of respect and acceptance, fostering friendships capable of standing against any form of discrimination.

Consistently achieving notable success, the school's students excel in both GCSE and A-Level exams. Notably, 81.9% of pupils recently achieved the highest grades (7-9) in GCSEs, while A-level results were equally impressive, with 81.1% attaining A* to B grades. Recognizing its quality, Ofsted has bestowed an "Outstanding" score upon the school.

County / Area:
Girls Grammar

The catchment area for Westcliff High School for Girls prioritizes admission based on the location and proximity to the school, encompassing the following postcode areas: SS0, SS1, SS2, SS3, SS4, SS5, SS6, SS7, SS8, and SS9.

Number of places in Year 7:
Total number of students:
5 - 6 Applicants for every place
Westcliff High School for Girls, Kenilworth Gardens, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0BS, UK
11+ Exam Details:
Exam Board/Format:
Paper 1 : English
Paper 2 : Maths

There is a single selection test in place to eliminate the necessity for students to undergo separate exams for each school to which they have submitted an application.

The 11+ assessment at Westcliff High School for Girls comprises two tests:

1. English, which includes sections on comprehension, applied reasoning, and creative writing.

2. Mathematics, with a concentration on topics derived from the KS2 National Curriculum.

To ensure fairness, the test scores are age-standardized, preventing older pupils from having an unfair advantage.

Exam Date:
Registration Starts:
Registration Closes:
21st September 2024
24th April 2024
21st June 2024 at 4pm

All candidates will receive their test results through first-class postal mail.

How to prepare:

We run specialist 11+ online courses focussing on the CSSE (English & Mathematics). The sessions are online and highly interactive. Speak to us about how we can help your child.

Mock Exams: Our mock exams are designed to reflect the real exam in complexity and format. Click here to view the mock exam schedule.

Practice Papers: Practice packs designed to help your child master the entire syllabus.

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Westcliff High School for Girls

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