Westcliff High School for Girls

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Westcliff High School for Girls
Motto Fide Et Fortitudine
'By faith and fortitude'
(I force no friend, I fear no foe)
Established 1920 (founded) 1931 (moved to current premises)
Type Grammar school, academy
Headmaster Dr Paul Hayman
Location Westcliff-on-Sea
51°33′09″N 0°40′04″E / 51.55242°N 0.66772°E / 51.55242; 0.66772Coordinates: 51°33′09″N 0°40′04″E / 51.55242°N 0.66772°E / 51.55242; 0.66772
DfE URN 136490 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1050, including approximately a dozen boys
Gender Girls, mixed sixth form
Ages 11–18
Houses      Bourchier
Website www.whsg.info

Westcliff High School for Girls is a selective grammar school and academy for girls in Southend-on-Sea, Essex and surrounding areas.


It caters for those between the ages of 11 and 18. It is next to Westcliff High School for Boys, with the two schools sharing a canteen, and is opposite St Thomas More High School for Boys. In Ofsted's 2010 report, it stated that there were 1046 students on roll, 286 of which were in the sixth form. It also stated that "the large majority of students are of White British heritage. Many other ethnic groups are represented and the proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is similar to that found nationally. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is below that found nationally and all speak English fluently. Eligibility for free school meals is much lower than average. The number of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities is lower than average."[1]


The school gained specialist status in science and engineering in 2003.[1] The new English block was completed late 2009 and opened to pupils in the spring term of 2010. The new building has three floors and caters for English, Law, Psychology and other subjects. The school converted to academy status in 2011. In January 2014, Westcliff High School for Girls achieved second highest GCSE results in the entire UK.

Academic performance[edit]

Westcliff is a very strong school academically, with 2014 GCSE results placing 2nd in the country.[2] In 2006, the school achieved the 14th best A-Levels in the country as well.[3]

Westcliff High School for Girls has been recognised by Ofsted as 'outstanding' (October 2010 inspection).[1] In 2011, 100% of GCSE students achieved 5 or more A*-C grades in English and Maths.[4][5]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Westcliff High School for Girls Inspection report". October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Westcliff grammar ranks second in country". Echo. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  3. ^ "The Times top state schools at A Level". 2007-02-23. Archived from the original on 2007-02-23. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Westcliff High School for Girls - Echo". www.echo-news.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Westcliff High School for Girls in Westcliff-on-Sea key state results". www.eduexpress.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 

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