Welcome to Southend High School for Boys and thank you for taking an interest in this outstanding school.
Reading through this website you will begin to understand why SHSB is such a good school; pupils and teachers have high expectations and pupils achieve in numerous areas. The environment is friendly, welcoming and safe. It is not surprising then that many parents want their sons to have the opportunity to attend SHSB.
Please watch our videos and read the FAQs at the bottom of this page:
Our Open Evening, which was schedule for Thursday 25th June 2020 from 4.30 to 8.00 pm, has been cancelled due to the current Covid-19 restrictions.
The CSSE online SIF registration system is now closed - the deadline was 1st July 2020 to register online (this was extended to 31st October 2020 to register by post). Please email the CSSE office if you have missed the deadline date and need assistance.
Parents must express a preference for this school as a choice on their Local Authority (where they are resident) Single Application Form (SAF) for their child to be considered for a place. Completed application forms for the September 2021 intake must be returned to Essex LA and Southend LA by 31st October 2020. You should check with your own LA for their closure date if your home LA is not Southend or Essex. The Local Authority will allocate you the first school on the list for which you fulfil the criteria. If you put another school as a higher choice than SHSB on your list and you fulfil that school’s criteria, you will be allocated that school, even if your son has passed the 11+ test.
Information on admission to the school will also be found in the Southend Borough Council booklet on Secondary School Admissions (Southend on Sea Secondary Admissions 2021 Booklet ).
The dates of the 11+ have changed and will now be Saturday 7th November and Monday 9th November 2020. Please read a letter from the Chair of the CSSE about the test arrangements for September 2020 in light of Covid-19: Covid-19 Update
Details of the arrangements for taking the tests will be sent to parents from the Consortium Office. Candidates for the CSSE procedure sit two written papers in mathematics and English. Practice papers are available from the CSSE.
The transition from primary to secondary
Although the move from primary to secondary school is considered by some to be a traumatic time, there is no doubt that it is also a most exciting and important event in your child's life. At Southend High School for Boys we aim to make the move as smooth and easy as possible.
SHSB has a challenge with the transition procedure that is unique to grammar schools; we have a very large number of feeder schools providing us with pupils. Each year there are upwards of 60 primary schools involved in the process and yet, because we understand how important this particular phase of their educational life is, the Leader of Year 7 will endeavour, during that final Summer term, to meet all pupils due to come to the school, either in their own primary school or by invitation to visit SHSB.
The Leader of Year 7 will also liaise with the pupil's primary school teacher in order to better understand the needs of each individual. Those parents currently in receipt of Free School Meals are eligible to receive a uniform bursary of £150.
Each Year 6 pupil will be given a Year 7 booklet containing a wealth of useful facts designed to help familiarise them with SHSB, its history and day-to-day running.
Our Open Evening is on Thursday 24th June 2021 from 4.30 to 8.00 pm.
The Headteacher will speak at 5.45, 6.45 and 8.00 pm.
There is no need to make an appointment; prospectuses will be available on the evening and are available on this website.
Parents must complete a CSSE Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and return it to the Consortium Office in order to register their child to sit the 11+ tests. A copy of the form is available in the CSSE Information Guide and is also available on the CSSE website; registration may also be done online. Please click this link www.csse.org.uk. Registration opens on in May 2021 and closes in July 2021.
If your child requires special adjustments due to medical or other reasons, your application must also be submitted to the CSSE - date to be confirmed.
Details of the arrangements for taking the tests will be sent to parents from the Consortium Office.
Candidates for the CSSE procedure sit two written papers in mathematics and English. The tests will be taken in September 2021. Details of the tests and practice papers are available from the CSSE.
Results of the tests will be sent to parents by the CSSE in October 2021.
Parents must then express a preference for this school on the Local Authority (LA) Single Application Form (SAF) in order for their child to be considered for a place. Completed application forms for the September 2022 intake must be returned to Essex LA and Southend LA by 31st October 2021. You should check with your own LA for their closure date if your home LA is not Southend or Essex.
Information on admission to the school will also be found in the Southend Borough Council booklet on Secondary School Admissions.