- 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
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,
Essexand 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, Geologyat Westcliff High School for Boys, Food Technologyat Westcliff High School for Girls and Media Studiesat 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, Physicsand 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.
Nathalie Emmanuel, actress
Catherine Bishop, silver medalist, coxless pairs, 2004 Olympic Games
Annabel Port, Radio broadcaster
* [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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