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  • Curriculum | westgate-home

    Curriculum ​ The curriculum at Westgate’s Upper School is uniquely shaped by the breadth of expertise available in its all-through setting. We believe that the curriculum should enable all pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies needed for a successful future therefore, it is designed to provide learners with a rich experience of different subjects and learning opportunities. ​ The Westgate School’s curriculum reflects two principles: firstly, of acquisition – where pupils are taught to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills in each subject domain in order to apply this learning to new situations; and secondly, participation – that pupils need to develop the skills to engage positively in different situations. In doing so, pupils further their learning and sense of belonging. In some subjects, such as Science, the emphasis lies more heavily on the acquisition of knowledge whereas in a subject such as Drama, the skills of participation pre-dominate. In every lesson we expect adults to consider how best to facilitate pupils’ active participation in their learning – including “thinking hard” – and, to use the School’s core approach to teaching and learning so that pupils experience a coherent learning journey. ​ In every subject, leaders are designing and evolving their curriculums based on the golden threads of learning from Year R to Year 11 in their particular domain. Planning is based on clear objectives, using misconceptions as opportunities for rich learning and, facilitating greater depth in pupils’ knowledge rather than greater curriculum coverage. The specified curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and KS4 syllabi however, the School believes strongly in ensuring that the ‘hidden curriculum’ – how pupils learn about themselves and society in the way that we organise ourselves as a school – has a positive impact on the individual child. We strongly believe that access to cultural capital is an entitlement of every pupil, and we are regularly reviewing our curriculum to increase opportunities to access learning about different cultures and diversity. We also have a specified ‘Wellbeing Curriculum’, which sets out the universal provision for all pupils, and we are developing our practice to facilitate even greater inclusion in extra-curricular provision in school. Moreover, as part of our ongoing learning, we involve pupils proactively in curriculum development through our received curriculum reviews and, our pupil leadership groups. ​ At The Westgate School our curriculum is not intended to lead learners to fulfil their potential: our intention is to unlock the individual’s potential and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to be able to learn in different situations throughout their lives. ​ ​ Please click to view the Curriculum Intent. here ​ ​ ​ Deep Learning and Discovery Days ​ We have four Deep Learning and two Discovery Days each year. ​ During these days the timetable is adjusted to allow pupils to be immersed for a whole day in a specific area of learning that may be linked to their GCSE option choices, or may follow a whole school theme. During Deep Learning Days, it is not unusual to see older pupils working with younger pupils or indeed, learning in different settings and benefiting from the rich learning that our setting has to offer. ​ Discovery Days are more open ended and are designed to give our pupils an opportunity to explore a different aspect of the world around them. The two days are often planned for the last full days of the Summer Term and are themed around a broad focus. In 2021 the focus is . During these days we will be exploring cultures from around the world as well as celebrating multiculturalism in our own community. Different Cultures ​ All these extended learning opportunities will help pupils to develop skills such as team work and communication. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Year 7 and 8 Curriculum ​ In Years 7 and 8 (Key Stage 3) pupils follow a balanced curriculum including the core subjects of English, Maths and Science alongside a wide range of Foundation subjects. In English and Maths the curriculum builds on the core skills that pupils will have learnt at Primary school, extending their experience and application of these skills to a deeper level in readiness for the challenges of Key Stage 4 (Years 9 to 11). In Science, the focus is on enquiry led learning, linking scientific exploration with real world examples and drawing together a number of strands in scientific thinking from biology, chemistry and physics that enables learners to see the relevance to every day life. ​ Strong partnerships with our linked primary schools mean that all pupils, regardless of where they attended primary education, will experience a curriculum in these core subjects that builds on their prior learning to ensure that rapid and sustained progress is made throughout Key Stage 3. High quality teaching means that at The Westgate, we recognise that young people’s talents and challenges vary across subjects and therefore, whether an individual needs individual support or greater extension, we are able to respond to this through our curriculum design and delivery. ​ In addition to the core subjects, our curriculum includes discrete teaching in History and Geography, and the combined teaching of Citizenship, PSHE and Religious Education. Modern Foreign Languages, the Arts, Technology, Digital Studies and Physical Education are all part of the weekly timetable and delivered in purposefully designed teaching areas that maximise learning opportunities. We have specialist teachers in all subject areas whose enthusiasm for their subject resonates through the Units of Enquiry that pupils experience in Key Stage 3. ​ ​ Please click to view the KS3 subjects. here ​ Please click to view the Year 8 Options leaflet here ​ ​ Please click to view the Religious Education Long Term Plan for Years 7 - 9 here Years 9 - 11 Curriculum ​ In recognition of the strong progress made by pupils at The Westgate throughout Key Stage 3, we begin our Key Stage 4 curriculum from Year 9. Careful planning of the timetable and options process allows us to increase the range of subjects from which pupils can choose for Year 9, before making a gradual reduction in the number of subjects taken in Year 10 according to the individual’s strengths, interests and in consultation with parents and pupils. ​ The Year 9 curriculum is characterised by broader opportunities for pupils to experience new subjects such as Photography, Media Studies and Sculpture as discrete option subjects. Meanwhile, the great majority of pupils will continue their learning in Humanities, MFL and Arts subjects to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is experienced. ​ Where appropriate, some subjects will begin teaching some of the GCSE specification content during Year 9, using the opportunity to broaden pupils’ experiences of the subject matter and therefore, enabling a richer learning experience. This is the case for example in Year 9 English where pupils undertake an extended study for ‘Macbeth’ (a GCSE text) having already read at least two other Shakespeare plays in Years 7 and 8. ​ By the end of Year 9, pupils will have a second opportunity to focus their learning as they choose their subjects for examination entry. Again, we expect all pupils to continue with a Modern Foreign Language and we strongly encourage pupils to consider a subject in Humanities because alongside a range of other subject disciplines, qualifications in these disciplines are a sound foundation for post-16 learning. The school takes a varied approach to the organisation of teaching groups to ensure that the challenges of learning in different disciplines are effectively met. ​ Throughout Years 9 to 11, Maths and Science will focus on the GCSE syllabi and a choice of either Double or Triple Sciences. Pupils who are achieving highly in Maths will have the opportunity to achieve greater depth in their learning with aspects of statistics included in the schemes of work. Nearly all pupils will take GCSE English and Literature in our school as part of their core provision. Where pupils have particular interests in Music or sport for example, the school provides ample opportunities for them to pursue their interests even if not taken as an examination subject. We actively promote these opportunities in our school and are keen to celebrate the achievements of our pupils in their participation of these additional learning opportunities. Our thriving extra-curricular music and sports programmes in which a great majority of pupils participate, are a key part of the all-through school provision, facilitating rich learning opportunities where younger and older pupils are working in partnership and learning together. ​ ​ Further information on specific curriculums can be sourced by following the exam board links Please click o view the list of GCSE courses and their curriculum. here t ​ Please click here to view the Year 9 Options leaflet. ​

  • 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 2020/21 will be £2.30 in line with local Authority guidance for Hampshire Schools. ​ Please click below to view the latest menus for The Hub and Hatch catering services. ​ ​ 2020/2021 Menu ​ Please click here to view the Biometric Information ​ ​ Please click here to view the Allergen Customer Notice Uniform: Upper school Purchasing Uniform ​ John Lewis You can purchase all of the uniform (apart from the new style environmentally friendly blazer made from 100% recycled plastic drinking bottles) from John Lewis. John Lewis offer on line shopping services. If you purchase from John Lewis, it can be delivered to Waitrose, Winchester. www.johnlewis.co.uk ​ ​ Skoolkit You can purchase all of the uniform from Skoolkit. Please click on here to view the Skoolkit Westgate uniform list. Please see the Skoolkit price list below. ​ 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 it's 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. ​ Please view the uniform reminde r. ​ ​ CORRECT UNIFORM ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Girls BLAZER - New style blazer (only available from Skoolkit) School Blazer - Black with school badge* SCHOOL TIE Burgundy school tie with logo; any damaged ties must be replaced – the logo must be visible and the front of the tie worn to belt length. Clip on ties are compulsory for ALL years. JUMPER School's grey v-neck jumper with stripe around collar; the jumper must be worn from October half-term through to the start of summer term. SHIRT 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 SKIRT Regulation Charcoal grey, pleated knee length skirt (skirts must not be above the knee or rolled up); or charcoal trousers or pinafore (purchased from Skoolkit)* SOCKS/TIGHTS Plain black or grey ankle socks./black or neutral tights TROUSERS Regulation grey trousers Please reload Boys TROUSERS Regulation Mid- grey trousers (these must be worn correctly at the waist and with no extremes of style)* BLAZER - New style blazer (only available from Skoolkit) School Blazer - Black with school badge* SCHOOL TIE Burgundy school tie with logo; any damaged ties must be replaced – the logo must be visible and the front of the tie worn to belt length. Clip on ties are compulsory for ALL years. JUMPER School's grey v-neck jumper with stripe around collar; the jumper must be worn from October half-term through to the start of summer term. SHIRT Plain white shirt with conventional collar suitable for a tie; must be worn tucked in at all times. top buttons must be done up SOCKS Plain black or grey ankle socks. Please reload

  • Reporting & Assessments | westgate-home

    Reporting and Assessments ​ Each term we communicate directly with parents through either a Parents’ Evening, Progress Report and Full Report. Full details of reporting/Parents' Evening dates for each year group are available on the school calendar. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ The chart indicates the approximate publishing dates for parents in brackets – these may vary slightly each year due to the lengths of the half terms, but will remain broadly constant. ​ ​ ​ Assessment and Recording: Principles​ ​In Years 7 and 8 (and the first half of Year 9), pupils are assessed against the demands of the National Curriculum, given what they have been taught so far and in an age-related manner. If a child is meeting the expectations of the curriculum they will be assessed at "Meeting", "Confidently Meeting" or "Skilfully Meeting" within their subject reports. Because the demands of the curriculum increase with time, a child who (for example) remains at "Confidently Meeting" for the whole of KS3, is making steady and secure progress. Where pupils are not yet meeting the demands of the curriculum, teachers will be working closely with pupils to help accelerate their progress. Details about what this looks like for each subject can be found below. ​ Dates for Progress and Full Reports as follows: ​ ​ Year 7 : Effort 02 Oct Short 12 Feb Full 09 July ​ Year 8: Short 11 Dec Full 19 March ​ Year 9: Short 26 Nov Full 10 June ​ Year 10: Short 13 Nov Full 30 April ​ Year 11: Short 16 Oct Full 05 Feb ​ ​ Subject specific Guidelines for Reporting on Achievement for Year 7 from Sep 2016 ​ Subject specific Guidelines for Reporting on Achievement for Year 8 from Sep 2016 ​ Generic Guidelines for Reporting on Achievement for Year 7 and Year 8 from Sep 2016 ​ ​ ​ ​ In Years 9 to 11 (from the second half of Year 9), pupils will be set targets based on an aspirational range of attainment. This means that their work will be marked and assessed using GCSE/BTEC criteria and notional* grades. When designing the curriculum for Year 9, Subject Leaders will be taking into account the most appropriate topics for study in order to ensure that pupils can achieve in the early stages of the course. However, owing to the fact that we aspire to the very best outcomes for all pupils, it is likely that their target will feel challenging to begin with. When reporting on attainment at Key Stage 4, we report an 'on track for' grade. This gives an indication of the likely projected flight path for your child in their GCSEs by the end of Year 11, and so it will give you a strong indication of whether teachers feel your child is 'on track' to achieve within their target range of attainment. It is worth highlighting that these are NOT predicted grades, because schools cannot accurately predict the national circumstances which affect final examination grades - such as changes to grade boundaries, performance of other pupils nationally, and extenuating circumstances. The 'on track for' grades therefore provide parents with teachers' best estimation of a flight path projection for each child, but this may go up and down over time based on new assessment information (or indeed remain constant, showing steady progress). These grades will become increasingly more accurate as pupils move through Year 11, as by this time teachers will have a huge wealth of assessment information and mock examinations taken under formal exam conditions with which to use for their reports. ​ *Notional grades – approximate grades based on historical data In addition, in all year groups, we report to parents on Effort, using a 1-4 scale. Details can be found below and within children's Handbooks for Learning. ​ on Effort for Year 7-11 from Sep 2015 Guidelines for Reporting ​ ​ New GCSE Assessment Information To view the comparison of new GCSE 1 -9 grade system with old system please click here. Please click the link below to view the subject grade descriptors for GCSE's grades 9 -1 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/grade-descriptors-for-gcses-graded-9-to-1

  • Attendance | westgate-home

    How we work in partnership ​ ​ We contact parents immediately if we have any concerns. We continually monitor the attendance of every pupil in school We keep in contact with parents at every stage. We will create a plan around the child if needed. We can visit pupils at home What parents can do to ensure good attendance at school Parental support can have a key influence on a child's attendance and parents/carers can do much to encourage pupils to attend. Good school attendance habits are best started early. Children learn from those around them and you as parents/carers set the standards and expectations for your child. Showing your child the importance of attending school every day not only helps your child to settle quickly when starting school but helps them to keep and maintain friendships and enjoy the school environment. Top tips for parents Create good routines for mornings at home so that your child can arrive punctually and they are properly equipped; this will also mean your mornings can start calmly too. Be organised, have a plan, be consistent and involve your child. Make time to encourage and show interest. Chat to them about the things they have learnt, what friends they have made and even what they had for lunch! Remember children can be tired when coming out of school, so a short chat over a snack or later that evening may produce a better result than a long list of questions Read all school communications. Attend school open evenings and functions. Check your child understands the homework and that it has been completed. Support them in completing homework by creating a calm space for them to work in and set specific times during the week when homework should be done. Share any education concerns your child or you may have with your child’s Tutor. Set realistic boundaries and sanctions. Make doctors and dental appointments out of school hours. Absence means your child will miss learning and these will affect their overall attendance. If your son/daughter is too unwell to come to school, please contact reception on 01962 854757. Punctuality It is equally important that pupils are on time and arrive at school ready to enter their tutor room at 8.30am. Similar to attendance, we will monitor pupil lateness and notify parents/carers of any concerns. ​ ​ Authorised Absence Request ​ Authorised Absence Requests can be made for exceptional circumstances. For further details or if you would like to request an authorised absence please click . here Should you have any questions about your son/daughters attendance or punctuality please contact the Assistant Year Leader or Year Leader using . We really do want to work in partnership, in order to improve outcomes for your son/daughter. contact@westgate.hants.sch.uk ​ ​ What parents can do to ensure good attendance at school ​ Parental attitude has a key influence on a child's school attendance and parents/carers can do much to encourage even reluctant pupils to attend. Good school attendance habits are best started early. Children learn from those around them and you as parents/carers set the standards and expectations for your child. Showing your child the importance of attending school every day not only helps your child to settle quickly when starting school but helps them to keep and maintain friendships and enjoy the school environment. ​ ​ Be organised, have a plan, be consistent and involve your child. ​ You should: ​Create good routines for mornings at home so that your child can arrive punctually and they are properly equipped; this will also mean your mornings can start calmly too ​Make time to encourage and show interest. Chat to them about the things they have learnt, what friends they have made and even what they had for lunch! Remember children can be tired when coming out of school, so a short chat over a snack or later that evening may produce a better result than a long list of questions Read all school communications. A home/school diary can help with communication only when all parties use it as intended​ Attend school open evenings and functions Check your child understands the homework and that it has been completed. Support them in completing homework by creating a calm space for them to work in and set specific times during the week when homework should be done Share any education concerns your child or you may have with the appropriate member of school staff ​Set realistic boundaries and sanctions (do not impose boundaries that neither your child nor you will be able to keep, eg grounding a child for a month will not work, short periods will have much more effect) Avoid absence from school wherever possible – try to make doctors and dental appointments out of school hours. Absence means your child will miss out on the academic studies and will also learn that education is not the main priority within the family. This can have a lifelong effect ​

  • Pupil Support | westgate-home

    Top of Page Meet the team How we support pupils How we support parents Pupil support partners Manage feelings & emotions COVID-19 pupil support Contact the pupil support team Pupil Support All-Through​ 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. Meet The Team 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. 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. Thrive Summer activities for children up to age 7 ​ Thrive Summer activities for children up to age 11 ​ Thrive Summer activities for children up to age 16 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/ 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 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 www.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

  • Westgate Alumni | westgate-home

    Westgate Alumni ​ ​ “Don’t be dismayed by goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” ​ Here at The Westgate School we are keen for past pupils to continue to be part of our community. It would be fantastic to keep you up to date with school life, for you to play a key role with current pupils and network with fellow classmates. We would love to be in contact with as many of you as possible and hear about your successes since leaving us and for you to continue to be part of school life. With an amazing response, please click below to view just a few of our Alumni letters. Trevor Smith - Westgate Leaver 1979 ​ Kate Rossi - Westgate Leaver 1980 ​ Tristan Cummings - Westgate Leaver 2010 ​ Caragh Brien - Westgate Leaver 2011 ​ Imogen Hanvey - Westgate Leaver 2012 ​ If you would like to be involved please email: alumni@westgate.hants.sch.uk ​ ​ ​ ​

  • Contacts - old | westgate-home

    Contact Us The Westgate School Cheriton Road Winchester SO22 5AZ ​ 01962 854757 Tel: ​ Email: contact@westgate.hants.sch.uk ​ ​ Absences ​ Please ring the office on the number above to report an absence. Absence - ​ Office Opening Hours - The School office is open from 8.20am until 4.00pm. Contact outside of these hours can be made as follows: ​ Contractors/Deliveries, please contact the Site Team on 07546 003657 ​ Invigilators, please contact 01962 854757 ​ ​ Contact the right person ​ To make contact by telephone, ring the main school number and the receptionist will, if possible, put you through to the relevant person or log your call and pass it on. Alternatively, email contact@westgate.hants.sch.uk and include in the subject the line 'For the attention of' and the name of the member of staff. ​ ​ If your child has a Special Educational Need and you would like to discuss this with our SENCO, please send an email marked for the attention of Mrs O'Beirne to contact@westgate.hants.sch.uk. Information on SEN provision can be found in the SEN Report in School Information. ​ ​ We endeavour to respond to emails within three school working days from receipt. This is because the matter may need investigation or indeed, because colleagues are engaged in teaching/working with pupils. ​ ​ If your concern pertains to a matter of child safety, please do not hesitate to call the School Office (01962 854757) asking to speak to: ​ your child’s Year Leader (Upper School); Mrs. Fyvie-Rae (Designated Safeguarding Lead all-through); Mrs. Woodall (Lower School); Mrs. Peverell (Headteacher’s PA); Alternatively, please re-send the email using CHILD SAFETY as the title. ​ ​ ​ We appreciate your understanding and partnership. ​ The Westgate School. ​ ​

  • Attendance | westgate-home

    Attendance Our approach: Being a high achieving, successful learning community only happens as a result of genuine collaboration. Therefore, we choose to work in partnership with parents, in order to improve attendance. We do this because of the genuine correlation between achievement and attendance in our school. This is shown in the table below taken from our most recent GCSE results: ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ How we work in partnership ​ We continually monitor attendance of every pupil in our school. We contact parents immediately if we have any concerns. We keep in contact with parents at every stage. We will create a plan around the child if needed. We can visit pupils at home. What parents can do to ensure good attendance at school Parental support can have a key influence on a child's attendance and parents/carers can do much to encourage pupils to attend. Good school attendance habits are best started early. Children learn from those around them and you as parents/carers set the standards and expectations for your child. Showing your child the importance of attending school every day not only helps your child to settle quickly when starting school but helps them to keep and maintain friendships and enjoy the school environment. Top tips for parents Create good routines for mornings at home so that your child can arrive punctually and they are properly equipped; this will also mean your mornings can start calmly too. Be organised, have a plan, be consistent and involve your child. Make time to encourage and show interest. Chat to them about the things they have learnt, what friends they have made and even what they had for lunch! Remember children can be tired when coming out of school, so a short chat over a snack or later that evening may produce a better result than a long list of questions Read all school communications. Attend school open evenings and functions. Check your child understands the homework and that it has been completed. Support them in completing homework by creating a calm space for them to work in and set specific times during the week when homework should be done. Share any education concerns your child or you may have with your child’s Tutor. Set realistic boundaries and sanctions. Make doctors and dental appointments out of school hours. Absence means your child will miss learning and these will affect their overall attendance. If your son/daughter is too unwell to come to school, please contact reception on 01962 854757. Punctuality It is equally important that pupils are on time and arrive at school ready to enter their tutor room at 8.30am. Similar to attendance, we will monitor pupil lateness and notify parents/carers of any concerns. ​ Authorised Absence Request Authorised Absence Requests can be made for exceptional circumstances. For further details or if you would like to request an authorised absence please click . here Should you have any questions about your son/daughters attendance or punctuality please contact the Assistant Year Leader or Year Leader using We really do want to work in partnership, in order to improve outcomes for your son/daughter. contact@westgate.hants.sch.uk. ​ ​ ​ ​ Attendance of pupil ​ ​ 100% ​ 95 - 99% ​ 90 - 95% ​ 85 - 90% ​ Below 85% ​ Percentage of pupils who achieved a pass (grade 9 - 4 ) in English & Maths GCSE ​ 100% ​ 91.6% ​ 83.9% ​ 50.0% ​ 18.2%

  • Enrichment | westgate-home

    Enrichment Teaching colleagues are passionate about making learning in their subject applicable to life outside of school. At the Westgate, pupils will have opportunities to participate in planned enrichment activities that are integral to the way in which our curriculum is taught. Examples of this might include a visit to Portchester Castle as part of the history curriculum; field work in Geography and regular theatre visits to enrich pupils’ learning in Drama. Learning outside of the classroom begins in the Early Years Foundation Stage where the concept of free-flow, children moving their learning to different settings, is encouraged and supported through the design of our fantastic buildings. ​ Similarly, we encourage pupils to learn together through enrichment activities such as participating in our regular music concerts. Our bands and choirs are varied and represent a range of experience. It is also not unusual to see adult members of our school community participating in musical events – another example of our community of learning in practice. In the Lower School, pupils will take part in music and drama, supported by older pupils and specialist teachers. A highlight of our school calendar is our carol concert in Winchester Cathedral which sees performances representative of all members of our learning community, including the participation of all pupils in Year 7. ​ In addition to structured enrichment activities, the School has a wide range of clubs that support learning and foster enthusiasm for a subject. Pupils can choose to attend Art, Science, MFL, Tech and English clubs where they are immersed in extended learning and are supported informally by specialist teaching colleagues. The Studio with TA's or in the Learning Resource Centre with other pupils and prefects offer provides additional support at our Home Learning Club. ​ DEEP LEARNING DAYS (DLD) ​ At The Westgate we believe that deep learning is key to success: children and young pupils must have opportunities to spend extended amounts amounts of time practising their skills and gaining knowledge on a deep conceptual level. To that end, our school year is punctuated b days when the timetable is adjusted to allow pupils to spend a whole day in a specific area of learning that may be linked to their GCSE option choices or indeed, may follow a whole school theme. During Deep Learning Days, it is not unusual to see older pupils working with younger pupils or indeed, learning in different settings and benefiting from the rich learning that our setting has to offer. EDUCATIONAL VISITS AND TRIPS ​ Every week some trip or educational visit takes place for some of our pupils. We believe strongly that for a full and rounded education our pupils need to actually go outside the school grounds! ​ In a time of increasingly fewer opportunities being offered by most schools, we have continued to promote and support offsite activities. Feedback from pupils, staff and parent is extremely positive. ​ Please look at some of the trips being run this year. This is list is by no means exhaustive, but gives you a flavour of the enrichment activities The Westgate offers. ​ Please click here to view the current educational trips offered at The Westgate School. For more information on the trips we offer please email and this will directed to the Trips Co-ordinator contact@westgate.hants.sch.uk ​ ​ ​ ​ Discovery Days ​ ​ Discovery Days is one of the highlights of the school year and a time that colleagues and pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 always look forward to. Follow us on twitter @twsallthrough to hear up to date news about the hundreds of activities on offer to pupils throughout the week. ​ On offer is a wide range of activities designed to expand our pupils' educational experience beyond the curriculum. Many of the activities aim to develop enterprise and business skills, such as team-building, decision-making and risk-taking. Some activities are largely practical, encompassing sport, art and design, dance or drama, while others offer significant cultural enrichment with visits to theatres, zoos or museums. ​ Summer Camps ​ ​ Every year we hold a Summer Camp at The Westgate School for pupils who have just left primary school and who will be joining us in September. ​ The camp provides an ideal opportunity for prospective pupils to meet their tutor group, meet some of their future teachers and familiarise themselves with the school grounds and layout. ​ During the Summer Camp, children take part in a wide range of fun and educational activities including drama, art, cooking, off-site trips and sport. The emphasis is on making learning fun and preparing the new pupils so that they settle more easily into school when they arrive in September. ​ The camp runs from 9am until 4 pm every day for 3 days. Pupil may attend an individual day but it is recommended that they attend all 3. Pupils can buy a full range of food from one of our catering outlets, The Hub or bring their own packed lunches. Aims of the summer camp: ​ ​ Meet and make friends with your new tutor group Develop team-building skills Get to know the teachers and school Increase your knowledge of the many interesting subjects you will take at The Westgate School Develop new practical and problem solving skills Develop ICT presentation and communication skills Develop evaluation and reflection skills ​ TRASH TO TREASURE ​ ​ TRASH TO TREASURE – YEAR 7 UPCYCLING PROJECT ​ Become an Upcyclist! ​ How can waste materials be used to make new products? How can unused and unwanted items be reused for another purpose? How can resources be used in a more sustainable way?

  • Primary Phase useful links | westgate-home

    Useful Links Primary Phase ​ Access pupil emails here Use your usual school computer access details on this login page (see picture below) please do not put your email address in the 'logon name' section. You need to add the username you use to sign into computers at school. Your password will be the same. ​ ​ For assistance with a pupil's online account details click the button below. ​ ​ You may also download Microsoft Office Products for your mobile devices from the app stores below. ​ ​ ​ The above links require your username and password to your school email account. See guide links below: How to install Office Products (for free if you have a school account) Install Microsoft Office products on your device for free. Providing you have a school account you can install Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other Microsoft Office software on your Windows PC, Mac, Android and iPad/iPhone - Please note some devices may not be compatible. See device requirements. Windows PC / Apple Mac how to install Microsoft Office ​ Android device how to install Microsoft Office ​ ios (iPad/iPhone) device how to install Microsoft Office Please note apps may not be available on all devices. Check specification details where available. The Westgate School does not have control over third party content and therefore cannot be liable for external content nor damage to your equipment. It is your responsibility to take the appropriate precautions. Always supervise children when online Submit IT Login Query Install Office on PC / Mac For primary phase pupils you can view learning materials uploaded by your teachers via the links below. Also see the link for Story Time with Mrs Woodall. Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 The Day Explorer explorer.theday.co.uk/ Access details will be issued to pupils shortly. ​ Lower School Library Catalogue Virtual Sports Day Assembly Story time with Mrs Woodall Home School Art Gallery Useful social distancing guide

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