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Westcliff High School for Boys

Westcliff High School for Boys, Kenilworth Gardens, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom



Unlock your potential at Westcliff High School for Boys Every School has its own ethos and identity. We believe this Statement will be endorsed by the overwhelming majority of our parents present and prospective.      

WHSB is a caring, and disciplined School.  No young person will learn effectively unless he is both happy and secure; unless his individuality is respected; his difficulties understood; his interests extended and his talent developed.  At WHSB, we address the moral, spiritual, cultural and social as well as academic needs of each child.  Discipline we have, and are prepared to enforce in the interests of the whole community, but our first responsibility is to encourage its development from within.      

Knowledge and skills. We recognize that between the ages of 11 and 18 young people have to begin to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to equip them for adult life.  Without these, they will leave School with few formal academic qualifications and they will be denied access to the more challenging, rewarding and satisfying careers.      

Worthwhile activities and beliefs. Knowledge and skills by themselves serve little purpose unless those who have them have also a coherent set of values.  We believe it is important that those in a position to influence young people try, with patience and sensitivity, to encourage them towards a respect for worthwhile activities and beliefs.    

Academic Values.  We hope that pupils at WHSB will acquire not only qualifications but a respect for scholarship and learning as things worthwhile in themselves.  They should develop an appreciation of human achievement in art, music, science, literature and public life but they should also learn to think critically, to respect evidence, to distinguish between opinions and prejudices and to make balanced judgements of their own.      

Personal Values.  We try to foster a respect for the importance of work, self-discipline, initiative, reliability, punctuality and tidiness.  We believe that it does matter how we dress, how we speak and how we conduct and organize our lives.  It matters too that we have high expectations of ourselves.      

Moral Values.  We care too about conduct, about honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, tolerance and respect for the opinions, beliefs and interests of others.  We care not only about what we achieve but how we achieve it.  We try to encourage pupils to recognize the inter-dependence of individuals, groups and nations, to understand that life ought never to be entirely self-regarding and to appreciate that we do have obligations to others and to the community.  We believe that from those to whom much is given, much is expected.  If a Grammar School education is a 'privilege', it should make us conscious of our duties. The ethic of service we regard more highly than that of self-interest: we are part of a community, not isolated and self-centred individuals.  


We're playing in the Borough Football Finals today. Here's Jack Hussey defending against SHSB. Go blues!

Our Charity Committee are hosting a Quiz Night tonight! Tickets are still available at and can also be bought on the door. You are welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks. Please come along to support this year's great causes!

Thank you to our four speakers at last night's Careers in STEM evening. It was another fascinating insight into the life and work of a number of people connected to the School. Our next event will be a 'Careers in Apprenticeships' evening on 25 April.

At lunchtime today it was our Staff Pantomime in aid of this year's charities. There were some interesting outfits and accents!

The Music Department are holding an information evening on Wednesday at 6.00pm for the planned 2019 tour to New York. This will be an opportunity for pupils and parents to see the provisional itinerary and other essential information. Please come if you are able.

On Wednesday we are hosting a Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) evening. We have four interesting speakers lined up and would encourage you to reserve your spaces at

Our Charity Committee are hosting a Quiz Night next Friday (23 March). Tickets are still available at Tickets will be available on the door but places cannot be guaranteed unless bought in advance. You are welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks.

Here is a collage of photos from last night's performance of Ui.

If you came along to see Ui this week then hopefully you were impressed - the students, staff and volunteers involved in the production were phenomenally good, and the quality of what was on show was simply outstanding. Well done to all in the cast and orchestra!

Our final performance of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui takes place tonight - very limited tickets remain available for sale at and there will be no tickets available for sale on the door. The PA will again be selling mocktails and running a raffle, and the Charity Committee will be operating a tuck shop.

After a fantastic performance of Ui last night there are very limited tickets remaining for Thursday night's performance, and some for tonight. Make sure you reserve yours at ASAP if you want to see this super production.

The Sixth Form Pastoral Team is delighted to announce that nineteen Year 12 students stood for election to our Sixth Form Council for the forthcoming year. Sixth Form councillors serve as a team of 6 with a rotating chair for a year starting in March. Many of the candidates put forward printed manifestos and campaigned on issues such as the organisation and arrangement of the Sixth Form Building, wider learning, facilities and communication and support. All candidates are to be congratulated for their courage in being willing to stand. The election took place on Friday 9 March, was counted that afternoon, and we are pleased to announce the names of the new councillors: Faisal Abdul, Max Fountain, Jasper Harmer, Noah Phillips, Victor Popoola and Alex Small.

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