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  • Key Information | Lunch Menu | Uniform | westgate-home

    Secondary Phase: Key Information | Lunch Menu | Uniform Admissions Follow the link to our admissions page Authorised Absences For authorised absences please follow the following link for more information: Authorised Absence Request Lunch Menu Innovate Catering Service ​ The Main meal price for 2021/22 will be £2.40 in line with local Authority guidance for Hampshire Schools. ​ Please click below to view the latest menus for The Hub and Hatch catering services. ​ ​ Innovate Restaurant ​ Innovate Hot Deli Menu ​ Innovate Cold Deli Menu ​ FAQ- Fusion App ​ Please click here to view the Biometric Information ​ ​ Please click here to view the Allergen Customer Notice Uniform: Upper school Purchasing Uniform ​ ​ Skoolkit You can purchase all of the uniform from Skoolkit. Please click on to view the Skoolkit Westgate uniform list. Please see the Skoolkit price list below. From April 2021, Parents will be able to purchase uniform from our new supplier Stitch- a -logo ( www.stitch-a-logo.co.uk). here ​ School Uniform Price List 20120/2021 ​ Pupils must have a bag that is suitable for carrying A4 exercise books and the equipment listed above - handbags are unsuitable. ​ Uniform Reminders ​ The Westgate School is proud of its pupils and believes that the uniform should reflect the high standards of our learning community. Consequently, all pupils attending The Westgate School are required to wear the correct uniform (including to and from school) without exception or negotiation. ​ We are proud of our supportive culture that enables us to work in partnership with pupils and parents/carers in order to consider individual needs. If you would like to discuss this, please do not hesitate to contact your child's Year Leader. ​ We do not allow pupils to display extremes of fashion. Extreme hair colour is any colour that is not natural; hair cuts below grade 2, beading/braiding or patterns cut into the hair style are not permitted at any time. ​ Outdoor Clothing and Other Information ​ Dark outdoor coat of plain colour only. Hoodies, leather, denim jackets and other clothing of this type are considered to be unsuitable and must not be worn. Hair must be tidy, in an appropriate style for school and must not reflect any extreme of fashion(of any colour). ​ In the Lower School and Years 7 & 8 makeup and nail varnish are not allowed. In Years 9. 10 & 11 makeup must be discrete (if it is noticed, it is too much), henna tattoos, artificial nails and nail varnish are not allowed. Pupils may only wear one plain stud earring in each ear. Gauging/stretching and facial piercings are not permitted. Necklaces/chains/rings/bracelets, bangles etc, are not allowed. Pupils may wear a single charity wristband. Watches may be worn at the owner’s risk. Hats/beanies/caps must not be worn in and around school. PE kit and school books are to be carried in a plain, dark ruck sack. Plastic bags, carrier bags and handbags must not be used. ​ Please view the uniform reminder. ​ CORRECT UNIFORM ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ GIRLS ​ - New style blazer, black with school logo Blazer ​ ​ - Burgundy school tie with logo; any damaged ties must be replaced - the logo must be visible and the front of the tie work to belt length. Clip on ties are compulsory for all years. School Tie ​ ​ - School's grey v-neck jumper with stripe around collar; the jumper must be work from October half-term through to the start of summer term. Jumper ​ ​ Plain white shirt (not fitted) with conventional collar suitable for a tie; must be worn tucked in at the waist at all times; top buttons must be done up. Shirt - ​ ​ - Regulation tartan pleated knee length skirt (compulsory for Year 7 from Sept 2021, optional for all other year groups, available from Easter 2021), regulation charcoal grey, pleated skirt (skirts must not be above the knee or rolled up); or pinafore Skirt ​ ​ - Plain black or grey ankle socks/black or neutral tights Socks/Tights ​ ​ - Regulation grey trousers Trousers ​ ​ BOYS ​ - New style blazer, black with school logo Blazer ​ ​ - Burgundy school tie with logo; any damaged ties must be replaced - the logo must be visible and the front of the tie work to belt length. Clip on ties are compulsory for all years. School Tie ​ ​ - School's grey v-neck jumper with stripe around collar; the jumper must be work from October half-term through to the start of summer term. Jumper ​ ​ Plain white shirt (not fitted) with conventional collar suitable for a tie; must be worn tucked in at the waist at all times; top buttons must be done up. Shirt - ​ ​ - Plain black or grey ankle socks Socks ​ ​ - Regulation mid-grey trousers (these must be worn correctly at the waste and with no extremes of style) Trousers ​ ​

  • Pupil Support | westgate-home

    Top of Page The team Pupil support Supporting parents Support partners Manage feelings & emotions COVID-19 pupil support Contact We believe in a holistic approach to pupil support at Westgate and therefore, all colleagues work together to make sure pupils are supported with their emotional wellbeing, in order for them to succeed in lessons and in life. We have worked hard to create an atmosphere where it is easy and accessible to ask for help from all colleagues. We are incredibly proud of the team that is around every child. Pupil Support All-Through​ get HELP now Andy Hider Head of Pupil Support I have been part of the Westgate School for over 20 years and I lead the Pupil Support Team who support all pupils. I support pupils through one to one sessions, extensive Group work and running a variety of clubs. I also co-ordinate our volunteer workers and those from outside agencies who complement our Pupil Support Team in offering a range of support for both our Lower and Upper school pupils. Pupils can be referred through teachers or they can refer themselves by popping a note in the postbox outside of my office. Please feel free to contact me if you would like support for your child or just need a sounding base for advice on A.hider3@westgate.hants.sch.uk Katharine Young Lead Child and family Support Practioner My role at The Westgate School is to support pupils and their families through the ups and downs of school and home life. As a Thrive practitioner, my practise is based on understanding neuro-science, childhood development and an understanding of the communicative function of behaviours; enabling me to work in a holistic way to support young people. Being a parent and having responsibility for a young person's social and emotional wellbeing is rewarding, but undeniably challenging and demanding too. None of us are perfect parents and I never under estimate the additional challenges that some families face. A listening ear, reassurance and some well-placed advise is something that we all need at times. Please feel free to contact me directly on K.Young@westgate.hants.sch.uk Meet the rest of the team How we support pupils The Gallery The Gallery is our wellbeing room which is used for 1:1 sessions, intervention, time out and group work. It provides pupils with a quiet, calm space to support them with the challenges of everyday life. It is run by members of the Pupil Support Team who are on hand to have a chat and offer a listening ear. The Gallery is also open before school from 8.00am and after school. Group (Student Assistance Programme) Group has been running in the Westgate School since 2002. It is a six-week course which creates a safe place for pupils to share their thoughts, feelings and concerns. Our aim is to take every pupil in Year 7 through the course, which then gives them a firm foundation to continue through the rest of school and life. ​ Group looks at different aspects of their lives and allows them to simply share what’s going on. As we look at different themes such as feelings, control, defences, forgiveness and families, the individuals grow in confidence and self-esteem, as they start to share and listen to other members of the group. Barriers that may have been formed before group, are broken down, as pupils become more aware of people around them, who are facing different issues. ​ The six sessions are: Personal History Feeling Defences and Control Families and feedback Forgiveness Certificates and celebration One to One Sessions ​ The Pupil Support Team and key outside agencies run 1:1 sessions with pupils. These are confidential and can run for a number of weeks. If you need support or would like to talk to somebody, please pop a note in Andy’s help box, outside of his office (just by the PE rooms). There are support rooms for Lower School pupils. The Den is situated in the foyer area of the Lower School, this creates an open space for lessons, one to work and food preparation. The Cave is situated in the foyer of the Lower School and is an area where the Support Team can take pupils who need a quiet space and a place to work with sensory items. The Nest is situated near Year R classrooms, and is an ideal space to hold one to one sessions and creative arts. Restorative sessions Facilitated by a member of the Pupil Support Team, a restorative conversation is scheduled to provide pupils with an opportunity to reflect on behaviours, causes and to consider alternative choices. By ‘holding a mirror up’, pupils can reflect on the impact that their behaviours had on others and to consider the possible outcomes if they do not make the choice to change. A plan is jointly created during the session and pupils are supported, by the adults in school, to achieve the change they want. A restorative approach gives pupils choices, perspective and ownership of their actions and leads to better long-term outcomes. The Thrive Approach The Thrive Approach provides us with a simple web-based tool to profile children’s social and emotional needs, create a targeted action plan and measure progress. A straight- forward checklist enables us to identify needs in pupils’ emotional learning and devise a programme of activities to fill the gaps. By providing right time experiential learning through fun activities and relational play, children develop better emotional regulation skills, resilience and develop improved inter relational skills. The Thrive Approach is attachment informed and trauma aware; and is unpinned by latest research in neuroscience. ​ Thrive resources, linked below to the website: Download your free resources ​ ​ ELSA sessions ​ Our Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA) run sessions to teach children social and emotional skills and devise strategies to help pupils to better understand and manage their emotions and regulate their feelings. Through fun activities ELSA’s co-regulate with pupils and model appropriate emotional responses to feelings. Sessions are either individual or run in a small group, and typically run for several weeks. The Girl I Want To Be (run by The Wildfire Project) ​ This 8-week project is run by a couple of female youth workers from a local charity called Wildfire. It is aimed at Year 9 girls and looks at several different topics like identity, self-esteem, sex and relationships and the media. It is run after school from the Gallery. MIKA (Pets As Therapy) Mika is our Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog. She comes in with Rachel her owner once a week to spends time with invited pupils, in order to support their wellbeing. Creative Mentor ​ Libby Read is our Creative Mentor. Libby is a professional singing coach and uses her skills to work with pupils around confidence, self-esteem and resilience. She works two days a week. A support site for teenagers with useful sections relating to feelings; growing up; heath; lifestyle; relationships and sexual health. healthforteens.co.uk/?location=Hampshire How we support parents Partners in learning events At The Westgate School we pride ourselves on excellent pupil support, for each and every pupil. We are also looking for more ways to support and connect with the parents and carers that care for our pupils. We offer a number of opportunities to come together, to challenge, inspire, encourage and share together. They will cover a different topic at each event and have an opportunity to ask questions, to share as parents and to pick up tips and strategies. These events are open to anyone. ​ There are no perfect parents - in fact we all need support in decisions, experiences and day to day interactions with our young people. Dates TBC Anxiety Workshops Lorraine Lee leads workshops in school for parents and pupils on how to live with anxiety. ​ Family THRIVE A six-week Family THRIVE programme introduces parents and carers to the fundamentals of Thrive and how it works in practise. Parents will learn how to understand the growth of their child’s brain though childhood and support their emotional development. The course covers: How our brains develop, How your right brain, talks to your left brain Why play and creativity are so important, How to support your child at times of change and difficulty, Keeping calm during every day trigger times How to understand behaviours and respond in the most appropriate ways. Helpful leaflets and information FSS is a County Council service for families with children aged 0–19 years (or up to 25 for young adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities) hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/childrenandfamilies/familysupportservice This site provides teachers, professionals and parents with information and resources to help educate young people about keeping safe and making responsible choices. safe4me.co.uk/ Find advice on all aspects of family life from bonding with your new baby, dealing with tantrums, positive discipline, bullying, communicating with teens and divorce and separation. You can also call our confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222 or email us for support at familylives.org.uk/advice/ . askus@familylives.org.uk Balancing the various demands parents have to cope with isn't easy and all parents can come under pressure or stress from time to time. learning.nspcc.org.uk/research-resources/leaflets/positive-parenting/ ​ A support service, supported by the Solent NHS trust and Barnardos to support families with all things health and family related in Hampshire. It includes a chat service and bespoke support for under 5s, children and teens. hampshirehealthyfamilies.org.uk a School nursing text messaging chat health service for young people and for parents of children aged 5-19- hampshirehealthyfamilies.org.uk/chathealth This guide shares practical advice and tips for positive parenting techniques that work well for children - from babies to teenagers. These techniques encourage better behaviour and help parents find out what works for them and their child. The guide is also a valuable resource for services and professionals offering parenting advice to new parents and those caring for young children or teenagers. ​ Tips booklet ​ Parent support pack The Primary Behaviour Service have produced these, packed full of wonderful ideas, links and advice for parents. Topics covered include: ​ The basics: support with sleep, diet and exercise. Positive parenting strategies: advice about setting boundaries, creating routines, keeping calm, using rewards & consequences effectively, self-esteem, managing conflict and difficult times. Brain development: understanding needs and behaviours, ages and stages of brain growth and how thoughts can effect feelings. The function of play: developmental play, ideas for play activities, play activities to meet particular needs, therapeutic play ideas and how to use praise effectively. Managing change: how to support your child with change, why change can be difficult and how to help your child with transitions. Military families: strategies for home, strategies for school, key contacts and how to manage challenging behaviours. Communication: dealing with conflict, how to teach about feelings, supporting your child with their feelings and strategies to help to manage overwhelming feelings. General parenting tips: how to effectively use of language to create changes in behaviours. Information directory: links to support for a variety of mental and physical health conditions (parenting children with Autism, ADHD & anxiety and more), advice for different and difficult family situations, parental well-being as well as links to a variety of useful apps. The pack has links to useful videos and downloadable resources, all designed to help make parenting a little easier. ​ PBS Parenting Support Pack January 2021 Lower school & nursery ​ PBS Parenting Support Pack January 2021 Upper school ​ Pupil support partners We work in partnership with a range of partners, including local and national charities, health professionals, trusts and more. We identify which partners may be able to support pupils and families, and work together to ensure each pupil has the support they need. Some of the organisations we work with can be found here: ​ An excellent resource for positive well-being and support of young people. They offer links online and also support young people face to face youngminds.org.uk A really simple and easy to use website which highlights a range of techniques to help you be positive and look after your mental health whenthetensiongoes.com Child Adolescent Mental Health Services has been around for many years and has some excellent web pages giving specific advice around subjects like anxiety, self-esteem and key mental health issues hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk For general advice and support on any specific medical issues. nhs.uk A local charity working specifically around drugs and alcohol. Their qualified workers can support pupils in and out of school and also offer great advice around this subject catch-22.org.uk Based in Winchester, this Charity works specifically with pupils who have been affected by sexual abuse or been involved in rape or unwanted sexual experiences. rasac.org.uk A relatively new charity that was set up in 2019 to support families and individuals which are looking for key support. Sessions are priced depending on income and you can access help quickly and confidentially familycounsellingtrust.org A National charity that works with pupils who have lost a family member or close friend. Jo Clarkson, one of their workers, has supported pupils at the Westgate for a number of years griefencounter.org.uk Child line offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help nspcc.org.uk 0800 1111 Support with anxiety and loneliness. Online resources to support with Anxiety, Stress Management and General Mental Health. turn2me.ie ThinkNinja is an app specifically designed to educate 11-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well. thinkninja.co.uk Whatever you’re going through, call us free any time, from any phone, on 116123. We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. We won't judge your or tell you what to do, we'll listen to you. samaritans.org Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. We take people from crisis to calm every single day. giveusashout.org How do we manage our feelings and emotions? It is natural for us all to get worried or to feel pressure however, some of us may feel it more intensely and regularly. We work in partnership with families and support groups in order to support pupils who find worry and pressure difficult to manage. ​ Please find links to resources below: Click image to open The Anxious child A booklet for parents and carers wanting to know more about anxiety in children and young people. Click image to open Anxiety management: Self help work book for teens In this book you will find a lot of useful information about why we experience anxiety as well as several different types of techniques to help you manage and lessen your anxiety Click image to open How to beat anxiety: Self help work book for children This book tells us why we have anxiety and some ways to make us feel better You may find links to useful websites below: We protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to ... bring lasting improvements to their lives actionforchildren.org.uk/support-for-parents/children-s-mental-health/children-s-anxiety Information, resources and support for young people dealing with depression and/or anxiety. healthyfamilies.beyondblue.org.au/age-6-12/mental-health-conditions-in-children/anxiety/strategies-to-support-anxious-children Mental Health Charity‎ Committed to improving children's wellbeing and mental health. Discover information, advice & support for young people affected by mental health. Improving Mental Health. youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-anxiety With the right support, young people can transform their lives Growing up is a challenge for everyone, but for some it's more difficult than others. We offer practical and emotional support so that young people can enter adulthood with the confidence they need to achieve their full potential. barnardos.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-young-people Beacon House is a specialist, innovative and creative therapeutic service for young people, families and adults. ​ With a special interest in working with individuals of all ages who have experienced trauma and loss, we are passionate about offering safe and effective therapies in a way that enables people to re-build their lives following stress and adversity. beaconhouse.org.uk/ Welcome to Inner World Work Living with and loving a child who carries trauma pain through their daily life is a humbling and exhausting experience. They are brave warriors whose strength and ability to keep going, even when the world feels dangerous and frightening is incredible to be part of. It also means day to day life is demanding, unusual, chaotic, scary, rewarding and at times bizarrely funny. This website is a collection of creative works in different formats to support parents and professionals working with these incredible children. innerworldwork.co.uk/ COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pupil support We are all encountering challenging times as the COVID-19 virus causes such disruption to our school community. However, we want to make sure that pupils and parents have the support they need. Pupils can access support by completing this form which will be sent to the Pupil Support Team. Find out how to contact the team here ​ CAMHS How to Cope After Covid ​ Returning to school ​ Mental Health Support for Children ​ ​ ​ Pupils may also experience inactivity, isolation and bereavement during this period. Please find resources and links that you may find useful, if your child does experience any of these: 1. Healthy body healthy mind! It is important that pupils remain active – try these NHS videos out: ​ ​ 10 minute home cardio workout - nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-home-cardio-workout/ 10 minute body toning workout - nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-home-toning-workout/ 10 minute abdominal workout - nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-abs-workout/ 10 minute upper arm workout - nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-upper-arms-workout/ Other activities to promote : wellbeing Born to be Adventurous: borntobeadventurous.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/28-days-of-activities.pdf A creative list of non-screen based activities for children: medium.com/pobble/simple-and-fun-non-screen-activities-that-children-can-do-at-home-115543cb3b9c ​ 30 days of Lego play ideas: thatbricklife.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/LEGO30daysofplay.pdf Cosmic Kids stories, yoga and fun! cosmickids.com/ Joe Wicks home workouts - youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ ​ 2. Having to self-isolate and not being able to socialise with peers at school, may negatively impact on a pupil’s mental health and cause them to worry more. Please find support for anxiety here: ​ youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-anxiety healthyfamilies.beyondblue.org.au/age-6-12/mental-health-conditions-in-children/anxiety/strategies-to-support-anxious-children ​ ​ actionforchildren.org.uk/support-for-parents/children-s-mental-health/children-s-anxiety/ ​ ​ Wellbeing and mindfulness are widely proven to improve mental health: ​ 1 month of mindfulness calendar assets.bupa.co.uk/~/media/images/healthmanagement/pdfs/mindfulness-calendar.pdf whenthetensiongoes.com/#video Daily mindfulness and coping ideas actionforhappiness.org/calendars ​ A "Body Scan" is a simple and essential mindfulness skill that can help you connect with the present moment, reduce anxiety and stress, and feel calmer. The essence of a body scan exercise is to bring your awareness to various parts of your body, to scan your body with your "noticing" and to come into contact and acceptance with the sensations in each area of your body. youtube.com/watch?v=6iDKF-TrAfE Mindfulness Apps for Children This app has great body scan meditations to help children develop the awareness of what’s happening in their bodies. Learning about what’s happening in your body is one of the first steps of an authentic mindfulness practice. Smiling Mind: smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-app ​ ​ : This app teaches parents and children together about for different age levels. They focus on Calm, Kindness, and Bedtime. (for Kids) Headspace meditation headspace.com/meditation/kids ​ ​ This app provides mindfulness and sleep stories for children of varying ages. Several parents I know use the app to help their children relax, and restore themselves after a full day of running around. Calm: app.www.calm.com/sleep This app is simple and easy-to-use, helping children focus on the positive and recognising what went well today. (Ages 6 and up.) Every child gets to list three things daily that went well, which begins to train their mind to look for things to appreciate and begin a gratitude practice. A Happiness Journal. Three Good Things: This app is free with meditations for parents and children. They focus on relaxation, managing , and sleep, as examples. Insight Timer: , stress concentration ​ ​ ​ Finally, the most important person in all this is YOU! You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. How you respond and react will set the tone for your child. With that in mind, we’ve also included a “Wellbeing For Adults and Children” (adapted with thanks to Southampton Neo-Natal Unit) … as it says: you can’t pour from an empty cup! ​ ​ Wellbeing for Adults and Children ​ ​ 3. Getting the right tone, when talking about COVID 19 with your child can be difficult. Here are some stories which have been created to be honest, factual but without being alarmist. elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Story-about-Coronavirus.pdf ​ Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus Social Story ​ The-Corona-Virus-Free-Printable-Updated-2-The-Autism-Educator ​ Dave-the-dog-coronavirus-1-1 ​ WWE Resources C19 Social Story 2020-03-19 ​ ​ These links are more suitable for Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6: · Dr Chris and Dr Xand from Operation Ouch – super video (8 minutes long) for KS2 children mainly about Covid-19 and children’s questions being answered - bbc.co.uk/newsround/5186109 · Why Covid-19 might not be as scary as it sounds - Dr Chris and Dr Xand from Operation Ouch, Newsround Clip bbc.co.uk/newsround/51342366 4. There is a chance that pupils may experience loss and bereavement. Please find support for child bereavement here: childbereavementuk.org supporting-bereaved-children-and-young-people winstonswish.org cruse.org.uk get-help/for-parents/how-to-help-a-child-or-young-person simonsays.org.uk nhs.uk conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/children-and-bereavement/ Bereavement advise for parents If you have any questions about the above, please contact A.Hider@westgate.hants.sch.uk. Make contact with the pupil support team If you would like the pupil support team to get in contact with you, please click the message button - it doesn't matter how big or how small your current challenge is, we're here to listen and offer guidance. We will find the right person and the right time to discretely come and speak to you. If it is an emergency and either yourself or another person is in danger, please call 999. Contact us Parent & PSA Menu Pupil Support Menu

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  • Thank you!

    Thank you to Mr. Keough for leading a wonderful whole school assembly yesterday to mark a year since our first Covid lockdown.

  • Safe and Welcome Return

    Well done and thank you pupils and colleagues for managing such a positive return to school amid the increased health and safety requirements: support for one another is shining through!

  • Successful Careers Fair

    Thank you to Mrs. Edwards for leading a wonderful careers event online yesterday evening! We are most grateful to all contributors.

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