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Author:  lauritta [ Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Southend High School for Girls ( SHSG ) - advice please


I am after some (and any) information about SHSG please.

- Do they set girls according to their test results (either at the start of the school year or throughout) in year 7 or in later years?

- On the school's website they mention swimming club. How does this work if the school does not have a swimming pool?

- Do they offer Latin as an option in year 7 or later?

- How many languages pupils are allowed to study? Is two languages a maximum? Is French compulsory?

- Do they teach Science as separate subjects (i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Biology)?

- I have noticed their 2019 GCSE results dropped significantly from last year. Does anyone have any knowledge as to why this could have been?

Thank you very much in advance.

Author:  ToadMum [ Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Southend High School for Girls ( SHSG ) - advice please

Have you given up on both Brentwood School and Mayfield now?

When DD was at SHSG (caveat, she is at university now), the languages taken in KS3 were compulsory French and then either Spanish or German, according to the form allocated. Latin was taken via a lunchtime club and Japanese available as a paid-for twilight class. As far as I can remember, Maths was set from at least year 8 (DD only joined the school at the very end of year 7).

I have no idea how, if at all, it has changed since the new HT took over (but his previous school certainly seemed to improve during his time there), but DD was very happy there, made lovely friends, with whom she has remained close. Her decision to move to WHSG for sixth form surprised us and although she says it wasn't a total mistake, she wished that she had realised whilst a return was still possible that she really should have stayed put.

As for results, dip in, no idea, I'm afraid. It's never been the first thing we've looked at in a school.

Author:  lauritta [ Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Southend High School for Girls ( SHSG ) - advice please

ToadMum, thank you so much for your reply.

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