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Types of Schools

There are many different types of both state maintained schools and independent schools. To help you make your choice visit the Directgov website for further information.

You can also visit the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Schools and Learning site for more information on local schools, from Primary, Secondary and colleges and the local university.

Southend and the local area has 12 Outstanding Ofsted rated schools.

Southend has four grammar schools, Southend High School for Girls, Southend High School for Boys, Westcliff High School for Girls and Westcliff High School for Boys, all located within 1-3 miles of the Hospital

More information on Independent schools can be found at ( There are 3 local independent schools:

  • St Michaels School - Church of England Prep School for ages 3 - 11
  • Alleyn Court Preparatory School for ages 2.5 - 11
  • Thorpe Hall School for ages 2 - GCSE


If you've moved to England with your child you can apply for your children to attend a maintained school or Academy regardless of their immigration status. However, different rules operate in relation to those making applications for children not yet living in the UK. These rules are explained in the School Admissions Code.