Southend High School for Girls

Southend-on-Sea
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School Details

Headteacher:Fiona Brierley

DFES Number:8825428

Phase:Secondary

District:Southend

Web site:www.shsg.org

Southchurch Boulevard
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS2 4UZ

Telephone:01702 588852

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Email:recruitment@shsg.org

Description

Ofsted – Outstanding (December 2011)

''Southend High School for Girls is an outstanding school. All aspects of the school's work are excellent and the great majority of parents, carers and students are extremely pleased with the quality of education and the care, guidance and support it provides.' (OFSTED) Southend High School for Girls is a girls' grammar school based at the eastern side of Southend. There are currently 1100 students who come from the top 26% of the ability range. 180 girls are admitted each year. The majority arrive with level 5 from KS2. There are 291 in the sixth form including 40 boys. The school was founded in 1913 and moved to the present site in 1957. The buildings are situated in beautiful grounds which include tennis courts, hockey pitches and outstanding facilities for athletics. Inside there are nine laboratories, over 500 computers, a sports hall, with fitness suite, an art and technology block, a well-stocked library, sixth form block and specialist facilities for media, music and dance. There is a new kitchen and cafeteria, drama studios and two 6th form classrooms. 'The curriculum is innovative in providing an outstanding range of opportunities to ensure students study the subjects they want, and have enrichment activities that widen their experiences.' (OFSTED)

The senior team was delighted when one of the Ofsted inspectors said “the school is at the forefront of innovation”. Year 7 have a 'flexible Friday' every other week when they concentrate on one topic for a whole day. For example, they learn about a medieval village by enacting it with lord and knight and peasants. We create similar curriculum days for all year groups on a less regular basis. This facilitates group and team work and develops the students' ability to articulate their ideas. All students take two languages at KS3 and at least one to GCSE. The majority of students take triple science at GCSE. At A' level the school offers over twenty subjects.

'Teaching is excellent, never less than good and effective in promoting outstanding progress and sustained high levels of achievement.' (OFSTED)

The school has a long and well established tradition of academic excellence. It is one of the most successful schools in Southend, and is regularly in the top 100 state schools nationally. The majority of our students stay on in the sixth form and after A' levels go on to Higher Education, mostly to the best universities and colleges. 2016: Progress 8 measure = +0.22 GCSE 100% 5 A* - C
A Level 100% A* - B 7 students gained places at Oxford or Cambridge 4 students went to medical school 1 student went to veterinary school

'Students' progress is outstanding' (OFSTED) We believe that our bright students have the right to the best teaching: teaching and learning are our core purpose. We hold Investors in People status. There is a strong commitment to CPD for all staff in the school; there is rigorous training for Trainee Teachers and NQTs as well as opportunities at middle management level. Teachers are well supported by accomplished associate staff. The school has an extensive outreach programme. It leads on promoting the teaching of languages at primary level, facilitates primary PE events and has a Fronter (VLE) ambassador on the staff. We also lead on innovative work in maths across the Borough. We have a tradition of dialogue with and support of other schools. In September 2014 became an accredited ITT Provider and runs the Southend SCITT. 'The range of out of school activities is excellent and extremely well supported by students.' (OFSTED) Education here extends well beyond examinations. There are numerous and challenging opportunities for students: the engineering scheme, World Challenge, project work in Vietnam, maths challenge, exchange trips, visits to theatres, concerts, lectures and art galleries. The school is regularly in the finals of the National Athletics and Cross Country. The athletics team came fifth in the World School Games in the Czech Republic in 2013, and represented England once again, in 2015 in China coming 8th and will be representing England again this summer at the World Games. About 125 girls take instrumental lessons and drama and music play a central role in the life of the school. Many year 9 take their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Some progress to Silver and Gold. The school has three times been awarded the coveted International Award which acknowledges the extensive work done in the curriculum to promote international understanding. Students also take Arts Awards and Sports Awards. We have also gained the Healthy Eating Award, Eco-school status and Arts Mark Gold. 'Pastoral arrangements are outstanding and class tutors have exceptionally good relationships with their students.' (OFSTED) SHSG is known for its pastoral care and has a reputation as a happy school. There is a strong pastoral system with Learning Managers responsible for each year group. In addition there is a House system which encourages students to take responsibility and to work for others. The school regularly raises over £10K a year for charity. The school has always aimed to help young women develop independent, open minds, curiosity and a keen sense of responsibility. We want them to relish their learning and their experiences, to attain a very good education and to have the resilience and strength of character to enjoy a fulfilling life and contribute to their community.

We have also gained the Healthy Eating Award, Eco-school status and Arts Mark Gold.

'Pastoral arrangements are outstanding and class tutors have exceptionally good relationships with their students.'

SHSG is known for its pastoral care and has a reputation as a happy school. There is a strong team of Learning Managers responsible for each year group. In addition there is a House system which encourages students to take responsibility and to work for others. The school regularly raises over £10K a year for charity.

The school has always aimed to help young women develop independent, open minds, curiosity and a keen sense of responsibility. We want them to relish their learning and their experiences, to attain a very good education and to have the resilience and strength of character to enjoy a fulfilling life and contribute to their community.

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