Raleigh Learning Trust

The Raleigh Learning Trust was formed on 1st April 2017. The multi-academy trust at its launch includes the Westbury Woodlands Federation of Westbury School and Woodlands School, and the Denewood and Unity Learning Centres.

The Trust is committed to working together to gain the maximum benefit for the young people of the City of Nottingham with Special Educational Needs, by sharing expertise, resources and facilities.

More information will be made available on the Trust website www.raleighlearningtrust.co.uk which is currently under construction.

Westbury Auction

We are running an auction to try to raise funds to take some pupils on a narrowboat experience during the Autumn Term.

A lot of items, experiences and tickets have been generously donate by local businesses, including meal vouchers, transport tickets and experience days. Prices start from £1.00 and there’s something for everyone.

Visit the auction here: www.westburyschool.co.uk/auction

Bidding closes on Sunday 24th July and successful bidders can pay for and collect their items/ tickets at the Westbury Parents’ Open Afternoon on Monday 25th July.

Please have a look through the lots and when you find something you like – get bidding!

Consultation on Expansion of Westbury

Nottingham City council (with the support of the Governing Body) is proposing to increase the size and capacity of Westbury Special School to 120 places. Consultation on these proposals will run from Monday 16 May to Sunday 19 June.

Letters have been sent to parents/carers of pupils, staff, and governors to outline the reasons for the proposal and offer an opportunity to respond to the consultation. There are several ways to respond:

  1. Complete the response form enclosed with the letter and return to the school office
  2. Online completion – log on to www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/westbury
  3. Email the consultation form to Jennifer Hardy: jennifer.hardy [at] nottinghamcity.gov.uk

For further information or copies of the letter sent to parents, please visit the above website or contact the school office.

We Are Writers

Huge congratulations to all the pupils at Westbury who are now published authors!

As part of our Westbury Book Festival back in the Spring term, all our pupils submitted stories, poems and other pieces of writing to be published in our very own book.

Box of books

Mrs Ramage ran a whole-school assembly to introduce the book and Key Stage Leaders read out their favourite stories before giving out the books.Every pupil should now have received a copy of the book to keep.

We gave parents and carers the opportunity to purchase extra copies of the book and we have a few copies left, so if you are interested in having another one, having seen what it looks like, please contact the school office.

Well done to everyone involved.

Festival of Books

Westbury is celebrating books and reading during a month of activities that will conclude with Key Stage 2 taking part in World Book Day on 3rd March.

In February we had a visiting author in Key Stage 2 and the whole school took part in our second Blind Date With A Book event for Valentine’s Day, with each pupil receiving a wrapped book to keep that they had been set up on a ‘date’ with!

bd books

We are writing our own book of pupil stories and poems that will be professionally published later in the year through the ‘We are Writers‘ programme. Pupils had an opportunity to design the picture for the front cover, with the winning entry designed by Luke in Mrs Routledge’s class.

book front cover

Pupils will each receive a copy of the book and there will be an opportunity for parents and carers to purchase additional copies.

Other events and activities will take place in-class and we aim to encourage all pupils to develop their love of reading for pleasure.

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