Southend-on-Sea: best-rated primary and secondary schools

There is a huge choice of excellent schools for all ages in Southend, including comprehensive, grammar and private schools.
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There are lots of outstanding schools in Southend surrounded by excellent houses. This street in Thorpe Bay is close to Bournes Green Junior school
It is not hard to find a good primary school in Southend; however, the following schools are judged “outstanding” by the government’s education watchdog, Ofsted: Westborough in Macdonald Avenue; Temple Sutton in Eastern Avenue; Bournes Green Infants and Juniors in Ladram Road and Burlescoombe Road in Thorpe Bay; West Leigh Junior in Ronald Hill Grove (the Infant school is judged “good”); and Chalkwell Hall Infants in London Road (the Junior school is judged “good”), the last two both in Leigh-on-Sea.

Southend has four grammar schools, all of which are judged “outstanding”: Southend High for Boys in Prittlewell Chase and Southend High for Girls in Southchurch Boulevard; Westcliff High School for Boys and Westcliff High School for Girls, both in Kenilworth Gardens.

However, there are a number of comprehensive schools which also get above average results; these are: St Bernard’s High RC (girls ages 11 to 18), St Thomas More High RC (boys ages 11 to 18) in Kenilworth Garens and the Eastwood Academy (co-ed ages 11 to 16) in Rayleigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea.

There is also a choice of private schools: St Hilda’s (girls ages two to 16) in Imperial Avenue; Crowstone (co-ed, ages two to 11) in Crowstone Road; Saint-Pierre Prep (co-ed ages two to 11) in Leigh Road; Alleyn Court Prep (co-ed ages one to 11) in Wakering Road; St Michael’s CofE prep (co-ed ages four to 11 in Hadleigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea.

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