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Head's Blog #1
Firstly I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.
As always at Westfield it has been an extremely busy but successful term. More details can be found in the Westfield News which is also available on the website.
Firstly I would like to thank you all for your support. Our students have never looked smarter, in particular thank you for your support with winter coats; blue or black and plain, the students look better than ever. Also I am really pleased that I am no longer seeing “fizzy drinks” at schools. Our young people’s health must be a priority for us and we will continue to look at what students can/can’t bring into school to eat and drink, as well as looking at what we sell in the canteen.
We have also introduced our half-termly assessments for all years this term. Whilst it’s too early to see what impact this may have I know it is vital that we don’t simply focus on the achievement of our Year 11’s but on all students. Once again however I have been amazed at our Year 11 students, on average 35 of them have attended regular early morning (7.30) Maths and this really paid dividends for them in their November mocks.
I hope like me, everyone who attended our pantomime, had a great time. I loved it and really believe that it reflected all that is so good at Westfield. I’d like to once again thank all the staff and students involved in it, it was a great success.
The New Building – is on course and going up as we speak. Currently it will be on time and will be amazing. (Opening November 2016) The Senior Staff and I were lucky enough to get to visit the site in November and even stand on the roof. (See photos below) It’s massive; you can see as far as Chorleywood from the top. What was also clear was that when looking down on the current school, it really is in need of knocking down. What was also clear was how big the new school is, it’s designed to fit 1600 students not the current 1200.
Homework still concerns me. I have been pushing hard on staff to ensure that it is set and is meaningful. However sadly I do see an awful lot of students in detention for failure to complete homework. I would ask all parents to, please, try to create some good home routines for the children. Whether like in my house where we all sit and work around the kitchen table or whether it is looking through their planner each evening, I know it will help both them and us.
Again, thanks for your support and I wish you and your families a Happy and Prosperous New Year.