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We are now in joint consultation with Southend High School for Boys, Westcliff High School for Girls and Westcliff High School for Boys on our admissions criteria for admission in 2020.  The consulting period runs from Monday 19th November 2018 until 11th January 2019.  You can view the consultation document by follow the link on the left hand side.

We are delighted that you are considering a place at our school for your daughter to join our expanding and popular year 7, or for your daughter or son to join our vibrant and challenging Sixth Form.   Whether you are the parent of a prospective year 7 student, a prospective year 12 student or are looking for your daughter or son to transfer to our school this section should include everything that you need to know.  

What is our admissions policy? (yr7, in-year and Sixth form)  

To access a copy of our Admissions Policy for 2019, please click here; this covers entry at year 7, 'in year' entry and entry into the Sixth Form.  It also includes the over subscription procedure should entry into either year 7 or year 12 be oversubscribed.

How do i apply for my daughter to join the school in year 7?

In order apply to join the school in year 7 parents must express a preference for the school on their Local Authority's (LA) Common Application Form which should be returned to the LA by the appropriate date.  Parents must also complete the Consortium of Selective schools’ (CSSE) Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which must be returned to the CSSE by the required date.  Further information can be found on the CSSEs’ website.  Here you will also find information about how to register with the CSSE for the 11+, obtain practice papers and more information how to make an application to the school on the CSSE website.  Please click on the following link for school catchments.  Please refer to the following document for more information about admissions including guidance about moving into the priority area.

how do i appeal if my daughter is not offered a place in year 7?

Appeals Process 2019

Any parent whose child is not offered a place has the right to appeal providing they have named this school as one of their choices.  If a parent intends to lodge an appeal, they must notify the school in writing.

Please address the letter to the Admissions Administrator and the full address of the school, who will then reply to the request and send a Notice of Appeal form to complete.

The closing date for the Notice of Appeal form and any supporting evidence to be returned is Friday 29th March 2019 at 12 noon

Subject to receipt of the appeal papers being received by Friday 29th March 2019 (12 noon) the appeals will be held on Wednesday 1st May 2019 and may carry on to Friday 3rd May 2019, depending on the number of appeals.

Any additional evidence not available at the time of the initial submission must be received three school days before the appeal date. 

Letters confirming date and time of appeal will be issued on or before 1st April 2019.

The Clerk to the appeal panel will write to you at least 10 days in advance of the hearing to give notice of the venue, time and date of your appeal.

How do i apply for my daughter to join the school in yrs 7-11 (in-year entry)?

If you wish to apply for a place in Years 7 – 11 (after the first week of the autumn term in the case of new year 7 students) you need to complete the application form here.

On receipt of the application form, if there are vacant places in the year group concerned we will invite your daughter,  together with any other applicants for the same year group, to sit a series of tests at the school.  These tests will be in English, Mathematics and Science.

If, based upon her performance, your daughter is deemed to meet the required standard for entry into the relevant year group; the Headteacher will offer a place on behalf of the Governors’ Admissions Committee.  If there are more applicants deemed to have met the required standard than there are places; then places will be awarded strictly according to the rank order based upon the overall performance of the applicants.

In year selection criteria and priorities are the same as at the 11+ entrance examination – see admissions policy below.

Parents of an unsuccessful applicant have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel. 

Please note: No more than one application may be made in any one academic year.

 how do i apply for my daughter / son to join the sixth form?

To join the Sixth Form please visit our Sixth Form pages here.

Should you have any questions regarding admissions or if you would like an opportunity to visit the school then please contact the admissions line on: 01702 588852 or email on

What are the Admission arrangements for students with SEN or disabilities?

Southend High School for Girls is a selective girls’ school.  Admission to the school at age 11 is determined through a selection procedure administered by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE).  The offer of a place is dependent upon passing the selection tests. Students are admitted on passing the selection tests regardless of SEN or disabilities. However, passing the selection tests is not a guarantee of being offered a place.  A pass mark for the tests is set annually. No student will be admitted below this pass mark. Where the school is named in a child’s statement of special educational needs and the child passes the selection tests, the school and the Local Authority have a duty to admit the child.