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OrganThe school was founded in 1895 and provided the first secondary education within the Borough of Southend-on-Sea. It moved to its present spacious site on Prittlewell Chase in 1939.

Southend High School for Boys is an Academy Grammar School. Entry is dependent upon performance in selective tests set by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE).

In 2001 the school became a Language College, promoting modern foreign languages both inside and outside the curriculum as well as within the local community. It was a founder member of Southend Excellence Cluster, supporting and collaborating with nearly thirty primary and secondary schools. In 2006, as a high-performing specialist school, we were invited to become a Leading Edge school, promoting innovation in teaching and learning in liaison with partner schools.

The school continues to place a special emphasis on curriculum development and outreach, not least as a lead partner in Southend Education Trust working closely with more than fifty local schools.

Pupil numbers have been increasing over recent years and currently there are 1060 pupils on roll with 315 in the Sixth Form, including some girls.

The aims of the school simply put are:

•  The pursuit of academic excellence

•  Stress upon the personal and social development of the individual

•  The fostering of a positive set of values

•  Preparation of pupils for a responsible and enriching role within society.

The school was last inspected in February 2009 when the comments of Ofsted (the Office
for Standards in Education) included:

The school 'is an outstanding school.  The school has maintained its exceptional performance over the years, and has demonstrated an outstanding capacity to improve further.  Students relish rising to the challenges set for them'.

'Achievement is outstanding.  Standards are exceptionally high ... As learners, students are accomplished, and ... teachers have an infectious enthusiasm for their subjects.'

'Students speak very highly of the opportunities on offer to them, which enable them all to follow a very broad range of interest.  Sudents enjoy their time at school ... They are extremely self-motivated.'

'The opportunities for students to excel and foster their talents in music, drama, sports and science are quite outstanding.  Students regularly win prestigious national and regional awards.'

'Personal development and well-being are outstanding.'

'The excellent curriculum enables students to achieve in many different ways and to enjoy their time at school.'


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