I am glad to say that after all of the waiting and the turmoil that it has caused, the new building for the school is complete and the school and its grounds look really nice with the whole site finished. The school is now one that the staff and pupils can be proud of and far better reflects their efforts and attempts to improve themselves both academically and socially.
Pupils continue to make good progress whilst at Westbury as a whole. This year the commitment in the exams from the Year 11 was fantastic with all of them working for as long as they possibly could for each and every paper. A sterling effort despite the new changes to the exam system. The pressures of actual exams continue to be a significant issue for our pupils and is an issue that we intend to focus on with even greater intensity this year in the hope that our pupils are fully prepared.
Slowly but surely we are increasing our numbers from 80 to 120 over the coming years. This year will be the first time that we have had a two-form entry for all of Key stage 3 and 4, with the exception at the moment of Year 8. This has enabled us to stream the pupils, for the first time, in individual subjects so that each pupil’s learning can be maximised to an even greater extent than previously. It will be interesting to see the impact from this over the next few years.
Nothing reminds me more of how important we are as a school for our pupils than when an ex pupil ‘drops in’ and thanks us for what we have done in supporting them both academically and emotionally so that they can now function as a positive member of society who actively contributes to it. Sometimes it takes a while for our pupils to mature and ‘sort’ themselves out – but until that point in time the education we have given them, both in its widest sense and the qualifications that they have earned, gives them the basic foundations that they need in life to succeed.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions about Westbury or the Raleigh Learning Trust.
Westbury has been preparing for the festive season with a series of events this year.
The Westbury Academy Christmas Fair took place on Friday 8th December. It included a wide range of games and stall organised by each class and the Key Stage 4 ‘Tycoon in School’ project, selling their handmade products.
Parents and carers filled the hall; stocking up on gifts, taking a change with Key Stage 2’s take on a Bush Tucker Trial, and enjoying refreshments.
On Friday 15th December we held our annual music concert which gave our pupils an opportunity to show everyone what they have achieved in music this term.
On Thursday 30th November we went to the National Justice Museum in Nottingham. We left at 9.30am and everyone was on time. Mr Wells drove class 8B to the museum and dropped us of at a coffee shop . We had to walk a long time – about 30 seconds – and finally we got there.
The museum used to be called the Galleries of Justice and is a museum about the law and justice system in olden times. There are areas like prison cells, holding cells, a police station, dungeons and two massive courtrooms.
When we went in the big building, a lady led us around. First we went to an old police station from 1938 . There were old police weapons like a bat and shield and hats. We went down to the dungeon. It was a bit scary down there and we had to be careful for the ghost. We went down to the exercise yard where they hanged people as well.
There are activities like branding stamps, history games and the famous courtrooms where we did a play. They also have people who walk up to you and act like they are executioners, prisoners and peasants.
We would recommend the museum for age 6 years and over as it can be scary for young children. Our favourite bits were the police cells and the courtroom.