Well, it's closer than Westcliff! A former neighbour of ours used to work in Wilmington, and we are very close indeed to WHSG
Definitely worth investing in a DartTag, though.
If you are near a c2c station, WHSG isn't a very difficult journey, but there is a nice initially uphill walk at this end - this can be avoided by carrying on to Southend Central on the train and getting bus 21 or 29 to the school, but this does add another layer of complexity (and cost
). Hordes of WHSG / WHSB / St Thomas More DC get off the train at Chalkwell - note, not
Westcliff - and the walk to school from the station doesn't seem to bother them.
I only know one person whose DS is at New Hall, but they seem happy with the school. There is even a school bus (I assume there isn't from Thurrock?), although the nearest pick-up point is rather more than walking distance away.