Southend High School for Girls

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Southend High School for Girls
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Motto Latin: Ad Dei Gloriam
"Glory to God", previously "Vehicula Vehicula Vehicula; Amitae Tuae Prudentiae."
Established 1913
Type Grammar school
Academy
Headteacher Mrs. Fiona Briely
Chair of Governors Dr Linda Bernard
Location Southchurch Boulevard
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS2 4UZ
England
DfE number 882/5428
DfE URN 136444 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Colours Green and White
Website www.shsg.org

Southend High School for Girls is a grammar school with academy status situated on Southchurch Boulevard in the east of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. It caters for students from the age of 11 through to 18 years old. The current headteacher is ex-pupil Mrs Fiona Brierly.

Academics[edit]

The school achieved an 'Outstanding' grade following a full Ofsted inspection in December 2011.The school was rated as outstanding in all 31 areas, one of less than 50 secondary schools nationally to be so assessed. [1]

The school achieved an overall Grade 1 (Outstanding) following an Ofsted inspection in 2007. Generally the school was rated as outstanding in all aspects except Teaching and Learning which was rated as "Good"[2]

Southend High School for Girls has a specialism in languages. All Key Stage 3 students study two languages from the following three - French, German or Spanish (replacing Latin in 2002, which is now available as an additional subject studied off-timetable).

Similar to other Southend-on-Sea district grammar schools, the school achieves excellent results at A level and various other examinations which are consistently above national averages, in part because of the selective entry system.[3] Given this entry system, the school does however continue to lag behind its neighbours such as Futures Community College in terms of Level 3 Contextual Value Added results.[4]

In Science, Mathematics, English and Geography all students take a two year Key Stage 3 qualification allowing them to commence their GCSE studies early. In year 7 all students participate in 'Flexible Friday', where every other Friday is a cross curricular activities day. Sixth form students have the option of taking the extended project and gaining the AQA Baccalaureate.

Subjects taught at AS/A2 include:

Sports[edit]

The school competes in various sports, including football and cross-country. Recently girls have been given the opportunity to represent the school in show-jumping. Sports Day is a chance for the athletic girls to win Sports Day titles. Each house competes in a range of events such as shot putt, javelin, sprinting and hurdles. The school recently underwent a major extension providing it with a new and fully equipped sports hall.

In 2009 SHSG won the National Junior and Intermediate Athletics Cup and have gone on to win many other important competitions in Cross Country and Netball since then.

The school represented England in the World School Athletics in Tallinn 2009 and came third.

House system[edit]

Until recently the houses were assigned to students at random, unless the new student had a sibling previously at the school, in which case they were placed in the same house.

  • Artemis (red)
  • Athene (purple)
  • Hera (yellow)
  • Hermes (blue)

This was changed in 2003 to match the number of classes per year. The new house was chosen by the students and wearing the correct house badges became compulsory.

  • Artemis (red)
  • Athene (purple)
  • Aphrodite (originally pink, changed to white)
  • Hera (yellow)
  • Hermes (blue)

In September 2008, the House Cup was re-introduced. House points are awarded for various achievements.

Clubs[edit]

There are many extra curricular clubs on offer at the school including:

  • Choir club
  • Dance club
  • Maths Club
  • Cross Country Club
  • Volleyball Club
  • Book Club
  • Jazz Band
  • Junior Band
  • Wind Band
  • Speed Stacking Club
  • ICT Club
  • Art Club
  • Football Club
  • History Club

Traditions[edit]

The school celebrates its birthday at the end of October where students, staff and alumni buy presents for the school. It has become something of an in-joke to buy the school clocks for classrooms. Two hymns are sung during the course of the birthday assembly where "Happy Birthday" is also sung to the school. On this day students are encouraged to enjoy themselves by walking round a field for a sponsored walk. As part of the celebration year 13 students put on a pantomime for the rest of the school. There are usually no lessons on this day and sixth form students all make and decorate cakes for the whole school. There is a particular theme for the decorative side of the cakes each year. The school will be celebrating its 100th birthday this coming year, 2013.

Notable former pupils[edit]

2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
  • Wendy Punt. Former Professor of Finance at the University of Portsmouth.

Arson[edit]

In April 2003 the school was closed for two days following a fire in an art room started by a student.[7][8] On the day of the re-opening another fire was started; eventually three students were arrested in connection with the incidents.[9] There was also another fire started in Room 8a in the towerblock where the students set a record for the amount of time taken to leave the building. The second fire was started in close proximity to gas pipes. In total three fires were started in the space of a single month leading to several parents withdrawing their daughters from the school. [10]

The school was again attacked in December 2005 causing several thousand pounds worth of damage to the school kitchen and a number of classrooms at the front of the school. Despite the then headteacher David Mansfield's strong rhetoric,[11] the damage was so extensive that the Christmas holiday break was extended for students of years 7 and 8.[12][13] Reconstruction work took almost a year whilst a new kitchen, dining room and reception area were constructed and a number of classrooms had to be fully refitted.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find an inspection report". Ofsted. 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  2. ^ "Find an inspection report". Ofsted. 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Performance results for Southend High School for Girls". BBC News. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  4. ^ "Secondary schools in Southend-on-Sea". BBC News. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Professor conducted studies into sexual behaviour of mushrooms". Oxford Mail. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  6. ^ Ian Gallagher (2008-11-23). "Rachel Riley's Countdown to 'the coolest maths job in the world'". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "School fire 'may be arson'". BBC News. 2003-04-29. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  9. ^ "Three arrests in school arson case". BBC News. 2003-05-22. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
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  11. ^ [3][dead link]
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  13. ^ a b "Suspected arson at girls school". BBC News. 2006-01-03. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  14. ^ [5][dead link]

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Coordinates: 51°32′29″N 0°44′45″E / 51.5415°N 0.7459°E / 51.5415; 0.7459