Founded in 1920, Westcliff High School for Boys is a selective grammar school for boys in Westcliff-on-Sea, in Essex. The school has academy status and is classified as a Humanities College with specialisms in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The school has recently undergone a series of renovations and has a new sixth form building, science laboratories and technology block.
Address: Westcliff High School for Boys, Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0BP
Admissions Info: 01702 475443
School Type: High School
Number of pupils: 1241 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 180
Open Day Date: June
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: CSSE (Essex 11 Plus)
Admission to Westcliff High School for Boys is determined by a selection procedure administered by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE). Offers of places are made in early March and parents are given until the end of the month to accept. More information about the testing procedure will be sent to parents by the CSSE in September.
For more information on the admissions process at Westcliff High School for boys, please visit the school’s admission pages, or the Southend on Sea Local Authority website. Alternatively, parents can contact the school directly on 01702 475443.
Before applying for a place at Westcliff Boys, parents and students are encouraged to attend the Year 7 Open Evening, which takes place in September. The event will provide the opportunity to tour the school and attend a talk from the Headteacher.
In order to apply for a Year 7 place at Westcliff Boys, parents need to complete the CSSE Supplementary Information Form (SIF), which is used to coordinate testing.
Parents also need to complete the Single Application Form (SAF), which is used across the Southend Local Authority. Please note that Westcliff High School for Boys needs to be named as one of give preferences on the SAF for students to be considered for entry.
Parents who are applying for a selective place for their son must also complete the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) application.
The 11 Plus exam takes place in September and parents will receive the results by the end of October.
Entrance to Westcliff High School for Boys is determined by student performance in the 11 Plus exam. There are two test papers that cover English and Maths.
The English paper tests comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, as well as creative writing, verbal reasoning and literacy. The Maths paper focuses on topics contained within the KS2 National Curriculum.
The test scores are age-standardised to ensure older students don’t have an unfair advantage.
When it comes to preparing for the 11 Plus exam, organisation is key. We recommend that students work from a study schedule to ensure that they cover all the topics they’ll need to know for the exam.
In addition to working from a study plan, we’d recommend that students practice with 11 Plus test papers to refine their exam technique. At Exam Papers Plus, we specialise in publishing practice exam papers in a similar style to the 11 Plus. Our practice papers can help familiarise students with the types of questions they may be asked on the day. When taken under timed exam conditions, our papers can also help improve time management skills.
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The information provided about Westcliff High School for Boys was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.
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