Independent school St Hilda's in Westcliff shuts at short notice

Independent school in Westcliff shuts at short notice

Independent school in Westcliff shuts at short notice

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AN independent school in Westcliff has closed its doors for the last time after shutting at short notice.

St Hilda's Independent Day School in Imperial Avenue closed unexpectedly at the end of term yesterday and pupils and parents returned this morning to say their final goodbyes as staff packed up their belongings.

Teachers and support staff were told the news after children went home at 12pm yesterday but most parents and pupils only heard the news when Thorpe Hall school posted on their Facebook page that they were organising a meeting to discus transferring pupils.

The school will go into liquidation at the end of the month.

The school, whose headteacher Susan O'Riordan has been there for 15 years, catered for boys and girls between the ages of three and 11, and just for girls aged 11 to 16 years.

There is currently no notification on the school's website that it has closed.

For the full story see Monday's Echo.

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12:10pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

I know its in Westcliff, but Westcliff is a big place. Any chance you could report where it is?
Is it the one in Imperial Avenue?
I know its in Westcliff, but Westcliff is a big place. Any chance you could report where it is? Is it the one in Imperial Avenue? Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 5

12:13pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Sid the Cat says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
I know its in Westcliff, but Westcliff is a big place. Any chance you could report where it is?
Is it the one in Imperial Avenue?
Yes it is in Imperial Avenue
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: I know its in Westcliff, but Westcliff is a big place. Any chance you could report where it is? Is it the one in Imperial Avenue?[/p][/quote]Yes it is in Imperial Avenue Sid the Cat
  • Score: 9

12:40pm Fri 11 Jul 14

DeanesSupporter says...

Very sad news.

If any parent wants to have a look at a small, personalised small, with small class sizes, please contact The Deanes. It's a lovely school with small year groups and excellent facilities.
Very sad news. If any parent wants to have a look at a small, personalised small, with small class sizes, please contact The Deanes. It's a lovely school with small year groups and excellent facilities. DeanesSupporter
  • Score: -21

12:43pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

Sure they will squeeze a few in to Westborough and Earls Hall, a furniture shop or window firm you expect, but a school, what a thing to be allowed to happen.
Sure they will squeeze a few in to Westborough and Earls Hall, a furniture shop or window firm you expect, but a school, what a thing to be allowed to happen. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 11

2:02pm Fri 11 Jul 14

attic37dweller says...

This is such sad news. As a former pupil, I can only thank St Hilda's School for the excellent education that it gave me not only academically but as an grounding for the rest of my life. The teaching staff were second to none being supportive and inspirational to all the pupils who were luck enough to pass through the school gates. St. Hilda's will always have a very special place in mine, and many other others, hearts.
This is such sad news. As a former pupil, I can only thank St Hilda's School for the excellent education that it gave me not only academically but as an grounding for the rest of my life. The teaching staff were second to none being supportive and inspirational to all the pupils who were luck enough to pass through the school gates. St. Hilda's will always have a very special place in mine, and many other others, hearts. attic37dweller
  • Score: 28

2:16pm Fri 11 Jul 14

biider says...

Very sad but parents should not despair. Take a look at St John's School in Billericay. My son is very very happy there and the facilities are amazing
Very sad but parents should not despair. Take a look at St John's School in Billericay. My son is very very happy there and the facilities are amazing biider
  • Score: -6

7:08pm Fri 11 Jul 14

rayinsouthend49 says...

I have 2 children at Thorpe Hall and would highly recommend it. I think it's an excellent school. Very high academic standards, great facilities and superb staff. Pastoral care is a particular strength - as noted in a recent ISI inspection report. For those that may not know, there's meeting on Tuesday at 7pm at Thorpe Hall especially for St Hilda's families. I really feel for those affected - it must be an awful time for you and I wish you well.
I have 2 children at Thorpe Hall and would highly recommend it. I think it's an excellent school. Very high academic standards, great facilities and superb staff. Pastoral care is a particular strength - as noted in a recent ISI inspection report. For those that may not know, there's meeting on Tuesday at 7pm at Thorpe Hall especially for St Hilda's families. I really feel for those affected - it must be an awful time for you and I wish you well. rayinsouthend49
  • Score: 5

9:46pm Fri 11 Jul 14

parent100 says...

Not every child is right for grammar school regardless of how academic they are. I wish all the families affected by this the very best and hope that they are happy in their new schools.
Not every child is right for grammar school regardless of how academic they are. I wish all the families affected by this the very best and hope that they are happy in their new schools. parent100
  • Score: 1

10:33am Sat 12 Jul 14

jayman says...

perhaps the local authority could take it over as a state school to prevent pressure being placed on other schools in the area.
perhaps the local authority could take it over as a state school to prevent pressure being placed on other schools in the area. jayman
  • Score: 3

2:49pm Sat 12 Jul 14

biider says...

biider wrote:
Very sad but parents should not despair. Take a look at St John's School in Billericay. My son is very very happy there and the facilities are amazing
St John's in Billericay are having a meeting for parents affected by this on Monday 14th July between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Worth a look
[quote][p][bold]biider[/bold] wrote: Very sad but parents should not despair. Take a look at St John's School in Billericay. My son is very very happy there and the facilities are amazing[/p][/quote]St John's in Billericay are having a meeting for parents affected by this on Monday 14th July between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Worth a look biider
  • Score: -1

5:50pm Sat 12 Jul 14

lucy10 says...

biider wrote:
biider wrote:
Very sad but parents should not despair. Take a look at St John's School in Billericay. My son is very very happy there and the facilities are amazing
St John's in Billericay are having a meeting for parents affected by this on Monday 14th July between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Worth a look
long walk for the kids
[quote][p][bold]biider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]biider[/bold] wrote: Very sad but parents should not despair. Take a look at St John's School in Billericay. My son is very very happy there and the facilities are amazing[/p][/quote]St John's in Billericay are having a meeting for parents affected by this on Monday 14th July between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Worth a look[/p][/quote]long walk for the kids lucy10
  • Score: 12

8:19pm Sat 12 Jul 14

heather85 says...

I went to Crowstone, it is a lovely school. They are having an open evening. Here are the details:
Mr J.P. Thayer and Crowstone Preparatory School's teachers, parents and pupils would like to invite the St. Hilda's community to an Open Evening on Monday 14th July, 18:30 - 21:00.
- Tours of the School by the Headmaster,
- Opportunity to meet with teachers,
- Our proud pupils will show their work and share their games,
- Enjoy a cup of tea and a cake with our parents!

We are very proud of our school and we'd love the opportunity to show you why!

We hope you can join us
I went to Crowstone, it is a lovely school. They are having an open evening. Here are the details: Mr J.P. Thayer and Crowstone Preparatory School's teachers, parents and pupils would like to invite the St. Hilda's community to an Open Evening on Monday 14th July, 18:30 - 21:00. - Tours of the School by the Headmaster, - Opportunity to meet with teachers, - Our proud pupils will show their work and share their games, - Enjoy a cup of tea and a cake with our parents! We are very proud of our school and we'd love the opportunity to show you why! We hope you can join us heather85
  • Score: 3

11:07pm Sat 12 Jul 14

blaireau says...

Saint Pierre School is only a short walk around the park from St. Hildas in Leigh Road - I hear a lot of good things about the place from my nephew and niece there. The first thing they usually tell me about is the healthy stuff that they have had for lunch, but I'm sure that there is more to the place than the catering! The oldest class went over to France a few weeks ago to do a talk in French and English for some French kids about Southend-on-Sea, and I wonder if anyone in Boulogne will come to flocking to our town as a result :)
Saint Pierre School is only a short walk around the park from St. Hildas in Leigh Road - I hear a lot of good things about the place from my nephew and niece there. The first thing they usually tell me about is the healthy stuff that they have had for lunch, but I'm sure that there is more to the place than the catering! The oldest class went over to France a few weeks ago to do a talk in French and English for some French kids about Southend-on-Sea, and I wonder if anyone in Boulogne will come to flocking to our town as a result :) blaireau
  • Score: 0

12:21pm Sun 13 Jul 14

ddf35 says...

heather85 wrote:
I went to Crowstone, it is a lovely school. They are having an open evening. Here are the details:
Mr J.P. Thayer and Crowstone Preparatory School's teachers, parents and pupils would like to invite the St. Hilda's community to an Open Evening on Monday 14th July, 18:30 - 21:00.
- Tours of the School by the Headmaster,
- Opportunity to meet with teachers,
- Our proud pupils will show their work and share their games,
- Enjoy a cup of tea and a cake with our parents!

We are very proud of our school and we'd love the opportunity to show you why!

We hope you can join us
I went to crows tone too (the Sutton annex) & I adored it.
[quote][p][bold]heather85[/bold] wrote: I went to Crowstone, it is a lovely school. They are having an open evening. Here are the details: Mr J.P. Thayer and Crowstone Preparatory School's teachers, parents and pupils would like to invite the St. Hilda's community to an Open Evening on Monday 14th July, 18:30 - 21:00. - Tours of the School by the Headmaster, - Opportunity to meet with teachers, - Our proud pupils will show their work and share their games, - Enjoy a cup of tea and a cake with our parents! We are very proud of our school and we'd love the opportunity to show you why! We hope you can join us[/p][/quote]I went to crows tone too (the Sutton annex) & I adored it. ddf35
  • Score: 2

3:02pm Sun 13 Jul 14

ddf35 says...

& auto correct spelt Crowstone wrong, just to clarify my quality of education, ha!
& auto correct spelt Crowstone wrong, just to clarify my quality of education, ha! ddf35
  • Score: 4

4:05pm Sun 13 Jul 14

SARFENDMAN says...

I can't say 100% but appears on the face of it to give staff and pupils little time to sort themselves out for next term,
I can't say 100% but appears on the face of it to give staff and pupils little time to sort themselves out for next term, SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 2

9:21pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Feminism is Dead says...

Middle class problems.
Middle class problems. Feminism is Dead
  • Score: -7

10:53pm Mon 14 Jul 14

MuthaFunky says...

Feminism is Dead wrote:
Middle class problems.
I disagree - not everyone whose children attend St Hilda's are middle class. I am proud to be a working class mum to an introverted little girl whose needs were best met at a small independent school. They took early years vouchers there, the same as state schools and childminders and I felt that the nurturing environment that the early years staff provided were just what my daughter needed and I was right. In the last year I have seen her grow from a very shy toddler into a confident and happy little girl who is still introverted but understands that I am not the only one that cares about her individual needs, something that any teacher or LSA would struggle to do so well in classes as large as they are in our local state run primary schools.

My older son attends one of the said primary schools and is happy and thriving under their care, however my daughter's requirements are different and I try to meet their needs individually.
[quote][p][bold]Feminism is Dead[/bold] wrote: Middle class problems.[/p][/quote]I disagree - not everyone whose children attend St Hilda's are middle class. I am proud to be a working class mum to an introverted little girl whose needs were best met at a small independent school. They took early years vouchers there, the same as state schools and childminders and I felt that the nurturing environment that the early years staff provided were just what my daughter needed and I was right. In the last year I have seen her grow from a very shy toddler into a confident and happy little girl who is still introverted but understands that I am not the only one that cares about her individual needs, something that any teacher or LSA would struggle to do so well in classes as large as they are in our local state run primary schools. My older son attends one of the said primary schools and is happy and thriving under their care, however my daughter's requirements are different and I try to meet their needs individually. MuthaFunky
  • Score: 5

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