Southend High School for Girls

Southend High School for Girls

About Southend High School for Girls

Southend High School for Girls is a girls' grammar school, with a mixed sixth form, in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. For over a century, the school has been dedicated to educating and inspiring young women to become the leaders of tomorrow. Offering a broad curriculum and expert teaching, girls have access to staff and facilities of the highest quality as they prepare for university and beyond.

The school helps pupils to secure excellent GCSE and A level results, with many progressing to Oxbridge, Russell Group institutions and other top colleges and universities around the world.

  • Address: Southend High School for Girls, Southchurch Boulevard, Southend-on-Sea SS2 4UZ
  • Local authority: Essex County Council
  • School type: girls' grammar with a mixed sixth form
  • Headteacher: Jason Carey
  • Number of pupils: 1,200+
  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 74
  • A level results: 79.6% A*–B
  • GCSE results: 75.3% A*/A/9/8/7

Southend High School for Girls term dates

  • The term dates for Southend High School for Girls in 2023–2024 are:
  • Autumn term: 6th September – 20th December 2023
  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023
  • Spring term: 4th January – 28th March 2024
  • Half term: 19th–23rd February 2024
  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024
  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Southend High School for Girls

Southend High School for Girls is a member of the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE). This means that the admissions arrangements are similar at all the grammar schools within the consortium, and all children applying to one of the 10 schools take the same 11 plus test.

If you would like your child to be considered for a place at Southend High School for Girls you will need to apply by completing two forms:

  • Register for the 11 plus: you will need to register your child to take the CSSE 11 plus exam on the CSSE website. Registration opens on Thursday 16th May 2023 and closes on 30th June 2023.
  • Register for a school place: you will need to submit the common application form (CAF) and name Southend High School for Girls as your preferred school of choice. You will be able to complete the form on the Essex County Council website between 1st September and 31st October 2023.

What's on the Southend High School for Girls 11 plus?

The 11 plus exam takes place on Saturday 23rd September 2023. All of the grammar schools in the CSSE take the same exam, which is created and administered by the CSSE itself.

The CSSE 11 plus consists of two papers:

  • English: one hour, with some additional reading time. It comprises questions that test reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and applied literacy and verbal reasoning. There will also be two pieces of creative writing.
  • Maths: one hour. Children will be tested on the Key Stage 2 national curriculum, with additional non-verbal and mathematical reasoning questions.

Find out more in our comprehensive guide to the CSSE 11 plus and access free resources to help your child prepare.

What is the pass mark for Southend High School for Girls?

After your child takes the CSSE exam, a team of independent professional markers will double-mark and check the papers. Some scores will be age-standardised and then the results for each school will be ranked in order.

The pass mark can vary from year to year. In 2022, the pass mark at Southend High School for Girls was 303 for children living within the priority area, and 311 for children living outside the priority area.

The CSSE does not normally make secondary school offers to any child who has scored under a total standardised score of 303. However, some appeals outside of this criteria are successful.

How are places prioritised?

Any child who has passed the CSSE 11 plus and who has an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) that names Southend High School for Girls as their preferred choice, will be prioritised for a place at the school. If this happens, then the number of places available to other children will be reduced accordingly.

The school will then allocate places for children in the following order, until 180 places have been filled:

1. Looked After and previously Looked After children who have exceeded the pass mark

2. Children who have exceeded the pass mark, and live within postcodes SS0 to SS9, and are entitled to preferential consideration

3. Other children who live within postcodes SS0 to SS9, who have exceeded the pass mark

4. Children who live outside postcodes SS0 to SS9, and are entitled to preferential consideration, who have exceeded the pass mark

5. Other children who live outside postcodes SS0 to SS9, who have exceeded the pass mark

Preferential consideration is always given to Looked After and previously Looked After Children, and children who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium or Free School Meals.

School Details

Type of School Grammar
Address Southchurch Boulevard Southend-on-Sea SS2 4UZ
Phone 01702855852
Email [email protected]
Region Essex


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Girls


Registration 15/5/2023 More details
Academic Exam 22/9/2023
CAF form 31/10/2023
Allocation Day 1/3/2024

Academic Selection

Number of Places 180
Standardised Yes
Age Standardised Yes
Total Number of Exams 2
Number of Rounds 1
Admission Policy View

Exam Boards

  • Consortium (CONSORTIUM)

Exam Styles

  • Mixed (MC & STD)

Sample Papers

Name Document or Link Subjects
Familiarisation booklet View Mixed Subjects

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about Southend High School for Girls

  • Where will my Form Room be next year? and how will I find out which form room is mine?
    Form Rooms will be the normal teaching room (or as close to it as we could get) of your Form Tutor. That means that your form room could be in any area of the school. Year groups are not always all in the same area for their form rooms therefore, you are highly likely to have neighbours from different year groups. You can find out your form room in two different ways. For those of you who have access to Show My Homework, your new timetable will appear on your first day back. This will have your Form Room on it. Alternatively, an email will be sent to parents advising you of your form room prior the summer holidays. New Year 7s and Year 12s will receive a paper copy of their timetable on the first day of term.
  • Will I be able to have and use a locker? And where will this be located?
    Yes, you will be able to use a locker again. Over the summer the site team will be working hard to allocate students with lockers near to their form rooms. Your tutor will tell you more on the first day back.
  • What time will school end?
    The end of the school day will be 3:30pm for all year groups.
  • Will Show My Homework and MS Teams be used next year?
    Yes, these platforms are now a long-term part of our learning toolkit. No doubt the way in which they are used will evolve over time, however, we anticipate that they will continue to be used in the same way they have this year.