West Hatch High School

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West Hatch High School
Motto The Best That I Can Be - Manu et Mente (By Hand and By Mind)
Established 1957
Type Academy
Location High Road
United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°36′45″N 0°03′47″E / 51.612480°N 0.062933°E / 51.612480; 0.062933
DfE number 881/5405
DfE URN 136758 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 80 full time
Students 1258
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Website www.westhatch.essex.sch.uk

West Hatch High School is a secondary school located in Chigwell, Epping Forest, Essex (near Woodford Bridge). The area now occupied by West Hatch was previously the western gate (or hatch as it would have been known) into Epping Forest; it is from these roots that the school derives its name. The school currently educates 1300 students from the local catchment area and nearly 200 sixth form pupils from north east London and west Essex. Built in 1957 (as West Hatch Technical High School) on Chigwell High Road the grounds have been renovated on numerous occasions developing the many acre site into 7 main teaching buildings.


West Hatch has been under major renovations of late with recent additions including a Music Suite (2002), Maths Dining & Drama Block (1999), Ruby Theatre (2000 built by students attaining Gold The Duke of Edinburgh Award Status), Sixth Form Centre (2000) and Business and Enterprise Block (2003) technology and the 4-storey classroom block.

Extensive renovation of the ICT infrastructure has culminated in a state of the art ICT network for students and staff. The wider community makes use of these resources with evening classes and Microsoft Digital Literacy training provided to parents using a parent portal.


In 2014 the overall pass rate for the Sixth Form (Year 13) was 99%, with 50% of students achieving grades A*, A or B.[1]

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