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Westcliff High School for Girls

Westcliff High School for Girls

About Westcliff High School for Girls

Westcliff High School for Girls is a state grammar school and academy in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. Rated Outstanding by Ofsted, it has exceptional academic credentials; in 2014 its pupils achieved the second-highest GCSE results in England.

The school aims for high moral standards and national standing for its scholarship, producing leaders and thinkers with a lifelong passion for learning.

  • Address: Westcliff High School for Girls, Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff-On-Sea, SS0 0BS
  • Local authority: Essex County Council
  • School type: girls' grammar with a mixed sixth form
  • Headteacher: Emma Matthews
  • Number of pupils: 1,300+
  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 62
  • A level results: 81.1% A*–B
  • GCSE results: 81.9% A*/A/9/8/7

Westcliff High School for Girls term dates

The term dates at Westcliff High School for Girls for 2023–2024 are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 20th December 2023
  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023
  • Spring term: 8th January – 28th March 2024
  • Half term: 16th–23rd February 2024
  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024
  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Westcliff High School for Girls

Westcliff 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 Westcliff 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 Westcliff 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 Westcliff 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 Westcliff High School for Girls was 303 for children living within the priority area, and 327 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.

Westcliff High School for Girls admission criteria

If there are more spaces than those who have passed the CSSE 11 plus exam, then all successful applicants who have met the pass mark will be offered a place at the school. However, if there are more successful applicants than the 184 places available at the school, then the following oversubscription criteria will be applied.

Note that children who have an Education, Heath and Care (EHC) plan which names the school, and who have passed the 11 plus, will automatically be admitted to the school.

1. Looked After or previously Looked After children who have passed the exam

2. Children who primarily live within the school's priority area, who have passed the exam, and who qualify for preferential consideration. Up to 15 places are designated for children in this category

3. Children who primarily live within the school's priority area, and who have passed the exam. Up to 147 places are designated for children in both categories 2 and 3

4. Children who live outside of the priority area, who have passed the exam, and who qualify for preferential consideration. Up to 4 places are designated for children in this category.

5. Children who live outside of this priority area, and who have passed the exam. The remaining places up to 184 are available in this category.

'Preferential consideration' is available to children who pass the 11 plus test, are in receipt of Free School Meals or the Pupil Premium Grant at the time of test registration, and have indicated this when registering for the CSSE test.

Westcliff High School for Girls catchment area

The priority area for Westcliff High School for Girls covers the postcodes SS0, SS1, SS2, SS3, SS4, SS5, SS6, SS7, SS8 and SS9.

School Details

Type of School Grammar
Website http://www.whsg.info/
Address Kenilworth Gardens W SS0 0BP
Phone 01702476026
Email [email protected]
Location
Region Essex

Admissions

Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Girls

Calendar

Academic Exam 22/9/2023 5-8pm
Allocation Day 1/3/2024
Registration 15/5/2023
CAF form 31/10/2023

Academic Selection

Number of Places 184
Standardised No
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
Multiple Papers View English, Maths

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

  • Do boys have the opportunity to enroll in Westcliff High School for Girls?
    No, Westcliff High School for Girls is exclusively for female students.
  • What sets Westcliff High School for Girls apart from other grammar schools in the area?
    The school specializes in science and engineering, and it has achieved awards such as National Healthy Schools Status and The Diana Award, providing a unique educational experience.
  • Can students from a wide geographical area apply for admission to the school?
    Yes, students from various primary schools in a wide geographical area are welcome to apply for admission to Westcliff High School for Girls.