" Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. You have raised the school’s expectations of pupils’ behaviour and the overwhelming majority have responded positively."
It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Westfield Academy. We are a non-selective school that converted to Academy status in September 2012. This was on the back of an Ofsted inspection in November 2012, where we were judged “Good” in all areas. This reflected the huge improvements we have made over the last 7 years.
During that time the Academy has gone from strength to strength, once again being judged by OFSTED as “Good” in 2016. The exams results for the students are consistently the highest for a non-selective school in the Watford and Hemel Hempstead area. Students at Westfield make at least good progress. In both English and Maths (57% 4+) year on year students make above expected progress. This is so gratifying as we are a true community school. Our progress 8 score is the best of all the non-selective schools in the area and better than a number of the selective schools. https://www.gov.uk/school-performance-tables
At Westfield “One size doesn’t fit all.” We are not and never will be a selective school. We believe that it is our duty to cater to the wide variety of needs of all our students. This is reflected in our curriculum where our subjects range from Further Maths and Latin to Hair and Beauty, Horticulture and Construction, depending on the requirement of the students.
Our Sixth form also mirrors this ethos. In the Sixth form students can follow a very academic A-level program, or follow more vocational courses such as BTECs, or join either of our “Academies.” In the sixth for we have Academies in both Hair and Beauty and Football. Our Football course is a joint venture with Watford FC and has proven to be both popular and successful
In Dec 2016, I was lucky enough to move the school into our new purpose built building. For me that meant that the students and the community finally got the school that they needed and deserved.
I urge you all to visit us; you will find interesting, courteous, engaged students who want to succeed, alongside teachers prepared to go the extra mile (and more) for all their students. Like all visitors you will be amazed by how quiet and calm it is. Westfield Academy is a purposeful focused environment where every child gets the opportunity to succeed. Our motto of “believe, strive, achieve” is so important as it highlights the qualities that we believe all young people need to thrive in the modern world.
OUR ETHOS & VALUES ; BELIEVE / STRIVE / ACHIEVE
The Westfield community is founded on the values of Believe, Strive and Achieve.
We know that all students, whatever their background, can and should Achieve. It is our duty to make them Believe that they can be successful, and then give them the framework in which if they Strive they can Achieve their goals. Of all the schools you will visit, you won't see a more supportive staff body. Our teachers believe wholeheartedly in the students and will go far further than the "extra-mile" to achieve this. They care, but they also challenge and don't accept second best.It is only through their continued hard work, and dedication that we have been able to continually get such strong exam results.
We recognise the crucial role, which parents have to play in the education of their children. The future success of this school is based on this positive partnership between parents and school. The active involvement of parents in the life of the school brings a special warmth and vitality to our community.
Westfield Academy now enjoys a good reputation within the local community that it serves and it is our intention to strengthen the confidence invested in the school by a renewed focus on achievement, both in terms of academic progress and social development. Our highly professional staff are dedicated to ensuring that every student realises their full potential. Students of all abilities are provided with appropriate work which challenges and extends them. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning throughout the curriculum.
I am determined that each student at Westfield Academy will be able to reflect on their years at the school as being a period of happiness and personal fulfillment. I know that the governing body, teaching and support staff share my commitment in achieving this goal.
If you would like to visit or just get in touch, please do not hesitate to do so, you will get a warm welcome.
Mr. Tim Body