Westcliff High School for Girls

Westcliff High School for Girls

Infobox Secondary school
name = Westcliff High School for Girls

motto = "Fide Et Fortitudine"
'By fidelity and fortitude'
established = 1920 (founded) 1931 (moved to current premises)
type = All-female secondary grammar Yr 7 - 11, mixed sixth form
headmaster = Dr Paul Hayman
enrolment = 1050 students, including approximately a dozen boys
city = Westcliff-on-Sea
state = Essex
country = England
houses = color box|yellow Bourchier
color box|green Mandeville
color box|blue Bohun
color box|red Devereux
website = [http://www.whsg.info/ www.whsg.info]

Westcliff High School for Girls is a selective non-boarding grammar school 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 opposite St Thomas More High School for Boys. If a student attends one of these three schools and an A-level subject is not offered at their school, they may attend the course at one which does- for example, Geology at Westcliff High School for Boys, Food Technology at Westcliff High School for Girls and Media Studies at St Thomas More's.

In September 2003 the school became a specialist Science and Engineering school; it is also a Beacon School.fact|date=August 2008


Westcliff is a strong school academically, with 2006 A-level results placing the school 14th in the country. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/displayPopup/0,,113844,00.html]

Subjects taught at GCSE and A-level are Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, English, Food Technology, French, Geography, Graphics, History, Information Technology, Mathematics, Music, Religious Education, Spanish, Physical Education, Physics and Textiles.

Health and Social Care, a double award vocational course, is taught at GCSE only.
Engineering, an AS level, is offered to girls in GCSE years 10 and 11.

Subjects taught at A-level only are Economics, Engineering, Further Mathematics, Geology (at Westcliff High School for Boys), Government and Politics, Media Studies (at St Thomas More High School), Law, and Psychology. Moreover, it was recently discovered that 180 new students join the school at the beginning of the school year, but this is whittled down to 150. Everyone wonders how the science block got those organs to dissect.

Notable Alumnae

*Nathalie Emmanuel, actress
*Catherine Bishop, silver medalist, coxless pairs, 2004 Olympic Games
*Annabel Port, Radio broadcaster

External links

* [http://www.whsg.info/ School website]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/education/04/school_tables/secondary_schools/html/882_5423.stm Entry on the BBC school database]

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