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Westcliff High School for Girls
Kenilworth Gardens, SS0 0BS, UK Westcliff-on-Sea
+44 (0)1702 476026

Welcome to Westcliff High School for Girls. I hope that you will find this web site a helpful introduction to our school.

Students at Westcliff High School for Girls are very happy and highly successful. We have an excellent staff who support the students in all their learning and extra-curricular activities. We aim to make this a friendly school and one which provides an encouraging environment in which pupils can pursue a diverse range of activities.

In September 2003 we became the only girls' school in the country to gain Science and Engineering status; this will provide many unique opportunities for the students here. We pride ourselves on the success this school has achieved while still being able to provide an excellent range of other opportunities for our students.

I hope that this web site encourages you and your daughter to decide to apply here.

The Open Evening for our Sixth Form will be held on Wednesday 7th November 2007, 7.00 to 9.00 p.m..

I look forward to meeting you.

Dr Paul Hayman


To be an outstanding school with high moral values and a national standing for its scholarship, producing citizens who are leaders and thinkers, imbued with initiative, enterprise and a quest for lifelong learning.

Our key aims are :
  • To foster enthusiasm for life-long learning and the pursuit of excellence.
  • To develop in each student the skills, knowledge and qualities needed to play an active role in a changing world.
  • To give students the confidence to apply knowledge, experiment and embrace challenge.
  • To provide opportunities for personal reflection and to encourage a deeper awareness of spiritual, cultural, ethical and social issues.
  • To establish a community where students, staff, parents and governors work as partners with mutual respect and shared responsibility.

Our status as a Science and Engineering College allows us to promote high quality learning opportunities for our pupils using new technologies as they become available.

Building on Tradition

Westcliff High School for Girls is a selective Grammar School with a Sixth Form of about two hundred and seventy students. It was founded in 1920 as a co-educational school in Victoria Avenue, Southend, and moved to its present site in 1931. Since then the school has grown to it's present size of around 1050 girls.

We have very attractive school grounds with trees, seating and sheltered spaces, as well as playing fields, tennis and netball courts.

We are committed to providing our staff with excellent teaching facilities. The school has considerable specialist accommodation and pupils have access to state of the art computer hardware and software. In recent years we have benefited from major building programmes, adding a ten laboratory science block, new music facilities, a modern dining hall and a sports hall. The provision of this additional accommodation has allowed us to create a suite of four information technology rooms, well equipped art rooms, an excellent library and a drama studio. Our school computer network has broadband access to the Internet.

Our most recent addition has been three new Science and Technology rooms to support our teaching of Science and Engineering and an E-Learning Centre.


WiFi concerns

Further to the BBC program 'Panorama' shown on Monday 21st May. WHSG has never believed WiFi is an effective way to access network resources in a classroom setting. We believe the nature of WIFi connectivity does not lend itself well to the demands of the school environment, consequently WHSG does not use WiFi anywhere on the school campus

Internet Use

As you are aware there are issues surrounding the topic of Internet access and ensuring that students are able to use this valuable resource safely.

This document covers the school's current response to these issues.

Home and school computers

Parents need to be aware that there are Internet sites that give both the instructions and the software required to attempt to bypass parental controls set on computers. These either attempt to hide the banned pages by wrapping the URL in random or innocent looking characters or by making the request to a trusted machine which is acting as a proxy. For example, a student could install a proxy on a home computer which is always turned on and connected to the Internet, then request pages that the school would normally ban via that machine. Since the home PC is not on our banned list the page request might be successful. Alternatively a student may go to a web site that attempts to hide the request inside apparently innocuous pages. The school takes this matter very seriously and actively takes measures both physical and electronic to limit this behavior. Our filtering software bans specific pages and sites and additionally weights pages based on their content to ensure the material available from the Internet is as varied and complete as possible whilst being appropriate to the environment.

Internet Safety.

The school computer system provides Internet access to students and staff. Our Responsible Internet Use statement helps protect students, staff and the school by clearly stating what is acceptable use and what is not.

  • Access must only be made via the user's authorised account and password, which must not be given to any other person.
  • School computer and Internet use must be appropriate to the student's education or to staff professional activity.
  • Copyright and intellectual property rights must be respected.
  • Users are responsible for e-mail they send and for contacts made.
  • E-mail should be written carefully and politely. As messages may be forwarded, e-mail is best regarded as public property.
  • Anonymous messages and chain letters must not be sent.
  • The use of public chat rooms is not allowed.
  • The school ICT systems may not be used for private purposes, unless the headteacher has given permission for that use.
  • Use for personal financial gain, gambling, political purposes or advertising is forbidden.
  • The security of ICT systems must not be compromised, whether owned by the school or by other organisations or individuals. Irresponsible use may result in the loss of Internet access.
The school may exercise its right by electronic means to monitor the use of the school's computer systems, including the monitoring of web-sites, the interception of E-mails and the deletion of inappropriate materials in circumstances where it believes unauthorised use of the school s computer system is or may be taking place, or the system is or may be being used for criminal purposes or for storing text or imagery which is unauthorised, unlawful or inappropriate.


The school will develop the full academic potential of every pupil across all aspects of a broad balanced and coherent curriculum.

The content and manner of delivery of the curriculum will enable each child to develop into a well informed, responsible, self relient and confident adult ready to play a full role in all aspects of society.

This can be achieved only through consideration of the needs, interests and abilities of easch individual learner at the school.

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