Westcliff High School for Boys

Westcliff High School for Boys

Infobox Secondary school
name = Westcliff High School for Boys

motto = "Fide Et Fortitudine"
" By Faith and Fortitude"
established = 1920 (founded) 1926 (moved to current premises)
type = All-male secondary grammar Yr 7 - 13
| headmaster = A.J. Baker M.A.
deputy headmaster = Dr. A. White
second deputy headmaster = Dr. Burnett
chairman of governors = Mr. Ian Croxford Q.C
vice-chairman = Mr. S Johnson
| grades = A*-C (No other grades are recognised)
free_label_1 = Main Sports
free_1 = Rugby union, Football, Cricket, Athletics
free_label_2 = Former pupils
free_2 =
colours = Crimson (Rugby), White (Football)
campus = Suburban
city = Westcliff, Southend
state = Essex
country = England
website = [http://www.whsb.essex.sch.uk/ www.whsb.essex.sch.uk]

Westcliff High School for Boys is a selective non-boarding grammar school for boys in Westcliff-on-Sea, near Southend-On-Sea, Essex and surrounding areas. It caters for those between the ages of 11 and 18. The school owns a portion (approximately 4/5 of the land ) of nearby Bentalls' Field which is used predominantly for internal cross country and occasional rugby and football lessons.

In September 2001 the school was awarded "Beacon" status for its breadth of achievements and quality of work. Currently, the school is a "Humanities College"

The school was the only institution in Southend to remain open during the Teachers' Strike in April 2008, despite some teachers taking part in the strike action, ignoring the advice of the Headmaster.


Westcliff is a relatively strong school academically; the students regularly achieve good results and a few progress to the most prestigious universities, including a yearly average of around 5 boys to Cambridge and Oxford. Most of the remaining students attend other prestigious establishments across the country with some progressing to former polytechnic universities.Fact|date=April 2007

Subjects taught at GCSE and A-level are Geology, English, History, Geography, French, German, Religious Education, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Food Technology, Physical Education, Music, Information Technology and Art. Subjects taught at GCSE only are Citizenship, Humanities and Business Studies.

Subjects taught at A-level only are Government and Politics, Economics, Psychology, and Further Mathematics.

Notable Old Westcliffians

And see .

*John Hutton (Labour MP) - Cabinet Minister, now Defence Secretary
*Alan Hurst - Former Braintree MP (1997-2005)
*Benjamin GrosvenorFact|date=April 2007 - BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist
*David Nixon - Magician
*Wilko Johnson - Rock musician
*Joshua Hayward - Musician

References and Sources

* [http://www.whsb.essex.sch.uk School website]

External links

* [http://www.whsb.essex.sch.uk School website]
* [http://www.whsb.essex.sch.uk/DownloadAttachment.php?file=ofsted/1999.pdf Full 1999 OFSTED report]
* [http://www.whsb.essex.sch.uk/DownloadAttachment.php?file=ofsted/2005.pdf Full 2005 OFSTED report]

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