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Welcome to Westlands School

Welcome to Westlands School. If you are reading this message on our website, I would strongly advise you to come and visit us so that you can see for yourself what a great school we have. Westlands School is based on a tradition of success in terms of high achievement, a caring approach to our students, and in providing opportunities for all. Whatever your background, learning needs, gifts and talents, we believe we can offer all students a chance to do well, both with regard to their learning and in preparation for adulthood. As a large school we have facilities to appeal to students who are academic, creative, and practical. There really is something for everybody. Find out more here.

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Parent View

Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about the Westlands School.

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of the school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour.

By sharing your views, you'll be helping Westlands School to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about the school. Or, if you want to, view the results for any school in England.

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News
  • 18-04-2018 - Parent Forum Wednesday 18 April

    Dear Parent/Carers

    We have the pleasure of welcoming HeadStart Kent to our Parent Forum meeting tomorrow (Wednesday 18 April 2018). This will be held in the library from 7pm-8pm if you would like to attend.

    The idea of the session is to share information on resilience and how parents can support their children through stressful times as they are growing older and pressures begin to increase.

    Kind regards

     

    Mr Cregeen
    Assistant Headteacher

  • 28-03-2018 - Information for Parents/Carers

    ParentPay is the new form of payment at Westlands school.

    What does ParentPay do?

    • Enables you to pay for trips, clubs and other items such as music tuition fees.
    • Offers a highly secure payment site.
    • Gives you a history of all the payments you have made.
    • Allows the creation of a single account which you can add all your children to, even if they attend different schools (as long as the school subscribes to ParentPay).
    • Shows you all items available for payment relevant to each of your children.
    • Emails a receipt of your payment to the email address you register.

    How does ParentPay help you?

    • Gives you the freedom to make payments to school whenever and wherever you like.
    • Stops you having to write cheques or search for cash to send to school.
    • Gives you peace of mind that your payment has been made safely and securely.
    • Helps with budgeting; payments are immediate, there is no waiting for cheques to clear.
    • Payments for many of the larger trips can be made by instalments up to the due date.
    • ParentPay is quick and easy to use.

    How does ParentPay help our school?

    • Reduces the administrative time spent on banking procedures.
    • Keeps accurate records of payments made to every service for every pupil.
    • Payments do not bounce.
    • Reduces paper ‘waste’.
    • Allows for easy and quick refunds to be made back to the payment card.
    • Improves communication between the school and parents concerning payments.
    • Offers a more efficient payment collection process, reducing the amount of money held on school premises.

    How do I get started?

    Over the next few days you will receive an activation letter to enable you to setup your ParentPay account.

    The activation letter will contain a personal activation username and password to enable you to login to ParentPay. During the activation process you will be guided through changing your username and password to something more memorable; you can also merge your accounts if you have more than one child at Westlands School or children who attend different schools (as long as the school subscribes to ParentPay).

    ParentPay will not cover payments for school meals at present, but will be introduced at a later date, to be confirmed.

    Please do not hesitate to contact our Finance team at [email protected] or 01795 426091 option 2 if you need assistance. 

    More Information can be found on the ParentPay website www.parentpay.com

  • 06-03-2018 - For the attention of Year 11 and Year 13 Parents and Carers

    Dear Parent/Carer

    As you are aware, the recent bad weather has played havoc with pupil's education. We are particularly concerned to make sure that both Year 11 and Year 13 are given as much support as possible to make up for lost time between now and the public examinations. Over the coming days I will write to you again setting out how the school will provide additional teaching for pupils in these year groups to help secure the best possible outcomes for this summer.  In the meantime please make sure your child is available to come into school, as normal, on the Staff Development Day, Thursday 29 March 2018.

    Yours faithfully

    Mr Cox

  • 05-02-2018 - Headstart Kent

    Dear Parents/Carers

    It is easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health, the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us.

    At lunchtime on Thursday last week, Headstart Kent visited Westlands to talk about mental health, they were supported by our Peer Mentors.

    The link below will take you to the time to talk website:

    https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day-2018

    Yours faithfully

     

    Mrs M Fazakerley

    Senior Assistant Headteacher

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  • 03-01-2018 - Incident on the school farm

    Incident on the School Farm


    As many parents will be aware, a serious incident recently occurred on the Westlands School Farm.


    I feel it is important to make a statement to reassure the school community as to the nature of the incident and the steps the school is taking to respond.
    A group of boys trespassed onto the school site on two separate days over the Christmas holiday period.  They opened the pens to a number of animals, as well as being a general nuisance.  Eleven chickens disappeared, and one pig was injured, although it has made a swift recovery. It is likely that the chickens were killed by foxes as a result of being let loose from their pens. This is significantly different to what is being reported on news and social media.  However, a boy, who is not a member of the school, was cruel to at least one animal as witnessed on CCTV, and we are reassured by police that he has been arrested.


    Mr Cox, Headteacher, is in almost daily contact with the police so that the matter is dealt with appropriately.  The school has 24-hour CCTV on the farm and footage is being used by the police in their ongoing investigation.  Any Westlands pupil identified as part of the group of trespassers will be isolated until the investigation has established the facts.  Although this incident is shocking, especially for the young farmers and staff on the farm, the school are resolute that the farm will thrive in the future.  Westlands School are grateful for the offers of support they have already received from members of the community.


    I wish to reassure the community the farm is an invaluable part of the school and we will do everything in our power to ensure that it continues to go from strength to strength.


    Jon Whitcombe
    Trust Principal
    Swale Academies Trust    

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Westlands School  
Westlands Avenue
Sittingbourne 
Kent 
ME10 1PF  

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