Can I on behalf of all the Staff at Westbury School wish all of our pupils their families and carers a very happy new year.
I hope that all of our pupils enjoyed the Christmas break and appreciated the gifts that they received.
The school received its own surprise over the holiday period when we were informed that £4.75 million pounds of building work has been approved to create new buildings and expand provision on the school site.
There has been a huge amount of work that has been carried out by senior staff in partnership with local authority officers over the last two years which has brought about this very welcome decision.
The improvements to the site will be beneficial to all our pupils and will be a further factor in promoting their academic success and their personal development. I look forward to keeping you informed as the plans for the delivery of the buildings are announced.
Best wishes for 2016
In English lessons, Gabriel in Year 8 had to turn a piece of prose from the WWII story ‘Rose Blanche’ by Roberto Innocenti into a poem.
He used the ending of the story to be the format of his poem. Gabriel has used his own thoughts and cleverly turned this piece of prose into a poem.
Robins sung as the cold retreated.
Grass of lush green advanced with a gentle note of cinnamon in the air.
Roses bloomed and cherry blossom flowers, swayed back and forth.
The colour of life splattered across the crimson field.
Trees burst into colour and animals filled the world with life.
Birds in their nests tweeted a tune and their message was heard.
Spring had triumphed!
Another year has passed and the old Year 11’s have moved on. All of the pupils have gone on to either College or an apprenticeship with a potentially successful future ahead of them.
This year we had our first GCSE A* which was in Art. A superb outcome for the pupil and the staff’s supportive efforts.
Also we had a pupil that we entered a year early for Foundation GCSE Maths and he achieved full marks in all 3 papers giving him a grade C in Maths already! Fantastic.
At Westbury School we have a lot of contact with parents and carers throughout the year and towards the end of the summer term we invited them to come into school to speak to current class teachers and meet the staff their children would be with next year.
Lots of parents and carers came in and had a look through their child’s work, There were refreshments in the hall and some helpful reminders about the sorts of foods pupils should be bringing in their packed lunches.
Miss Wilkins collated information about the various support network available to children and families in Nottingham. This included information about health, counselling, self harm a
nd online safety, and attendance issues. Please contact the school if you would like any more information about these issues.
We also had an external provider to showcase the assisted technology available to Nottingham City children. Some of the items had a small charge and they included things such as calendars, timers, and things to help children and young adults to gain independence. School can provide more information and contact details if you are interested and want to find out more.
This is the first time we have held an afternoon like this and it proved very successful with both staff and parents. We have already planned a similar event for next year.