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 Post subject: SHSH or WHSH
PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:58 pm 
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Think I may have made a mistake !!
Which is a better school ...
My daughter likes :? SHSH better but having seen the league table on the FT, WHSH scores a lot higher.
Her 1st choice is SHSH & 2nd WHSH. :?


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 Post subject: Re: SHSH or WHSH
PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:37 pm 
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I'm assuming that you are referring to Southend High School for Girls and Westcliff High School for Girls?? I am also going to be a bit naughty and make the assumption that you are not local to either? (Apologies if I have got this terribly wrong :shock: ). Most of us in the area have a preference for one over the other due to how we and our DD 'feel' about the school, not choosing on the basis of where it comes in a league table, I think. Both are excellent schools. If you have put SHSG first because your DD felt that this was the school that she would be happiest at, then you have probably made the right choice.

One always has to remember that results are not just the product of what the school puts in, but a combination of the school's efforts and the pupils with whom they are working and so there will be some variation from year to year anyway, even where the intake is all of GS standard.

(P.S. Our DD is in year 8 at SHSG, never wanted to go to Westcliff. So perhaps we are a bit biased here :D ).

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 Post subject: Re: SHSH or WHSH
PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:51 pm 
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Thanks for your honest opinion ...
I'm new to this !
Must respect mine daughter 's choice of school.


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 Post subject: Re: SHSH or WHSH
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:42 am 
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Traditionally, under the old catchment rules, WHSG has far more girls from out of catchment. Those girls had to attain much more highly in the 11+. A few years ago Ofsted picked up on quite a high difference in attainment amongst different ethnic groups at WHSG too.


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