|St Thomas More High School for Boys|
|Motto||God's Servant First|
|Type||voluntary-aided bilateral school|
|Headteacher||Mr P Travis|
|Specialism||Maths and Computing|
|Gender||Boys (mixed sixth form)|
|Ages||11 to 18|
St Thomas More High School for Boys is a voluntary-aided Roman Catholic Mathematics and Computing College located in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England. It caters for boys between the ages of 11 and 18 but has a mixed sixth form.
Around 1000 Students were on the roll in September 2007 (including 160 sixth-form students). The majority of pupils come from local Roman Catholic schools but the school does accept pupils from other Christian denominations. The school is located in the Diocese of Brentwood and the serving bishop is Rt. Revd. Thomas McMahon. The school's patron saint is St Thomas More, which is mainly celebrated, annually, on St Thomas More Day.
The school is bounded on two sides by playing fields, belonging to two neighbouring schools, while private housing and a dual carriageway border the other two sides.
The school opened as a two-form entry school in 1960 with around 100-200 pupils and has progressively expanded. In September 1973 it was extended to become a four-form entry school and its status was changed to a bilateral school offering 30 selective and 115 non-selective places. Various building projects have taken place including a modern sixth-form block, which was completed in 1996.
The school became grant-maintained on 1 September 1993, and the first sixth-form intake was admitted in September 1996. It was converted to voluntary-aided status in September 1999.
There was an extensive refurbishment project, completed in autumn 2001, which provided the school with a new reception area, extra classrooms, a brand new art department and an advanced music room with individual practice facilities. A new technology block was built in 2003, complete with state-of-the-art facilities.
A former teacher admitted in court to falsifying a reference presented to an employment agency in February 2002, having previously lost his job after stealing from the school. The man who was "gifted" but troubled, according to the summary of the General Teaching Council hearing in the Times Educational Supplement, was suspended for 12 months from December 2003.
Pupils enter the school aged 11 with above average standards and their attainment both at age 14 and 16 is above the national average. In the November 2005 Ofsted inspection the school was rated 'Good' (Point 2 on a four point scale) and an 'Outstanding' rating was given for 16-19 year olds in the 'How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the learners?' category. The school regularly competes in the annual UKMT Regional Maths Challenge.
In May 2006, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) website was launched, specifically for St Thomas More pupils. The site allows students to download school documents, view homework assignments and even send homework via email to their subject teachers.
Every week the school is open, pupils take a newsletter home, Contact, containing details of school life, such as religious matters, charities, sporting activities, school trips and dates of meetings.