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  • School Trips Abroad | westgate-home

    School Trips Abroad *All trips subject to change on number uptake PLEASE NOTE - All trips are subject to Covid restrictions and government guidelines. Year 8 Water Sports to the Ardeche, France in July (9 days) Our annual water sports trip takes place around during the summer holidays each year. It is a twin centre setting – the Mimosa Centre in the Mediterranean and the Domaine de Segries activity centre in the Ardeche. ​ We will be staying at the Mimosa centre in the Mediterranean and the Domaine de Segries activity centre in the Ardeche, both run by PGL. As well as a three day exhilarating canoe descent of the Ardeche gorge, pupils will have the opportunity to experience windsurfing, sit-on kayaks, sailing and numerous other activities at the Mediterranean centre. ​ This trip is a fantastic opportunity for pupils in Key Stage 3 to learn in a different setting and in partnership with adults and each other. Year 8 Normandy, France (3 days) Year 9 History trip in Ypres, Belgium in November (2 days) ​ Year 9 and 10 Geography trip to Iceland April (4 days) The Iceland trip offers a unique opportunity for pupils to see in practice a range of geographical features, building upon knowledge which they have gained in their lessons. They will have the chance to visit a range of famous geographical landmarks such as the Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. This truly is an amazing country which offers an experience pupils an experience they will never forget! ​ Year 9 Language trip in Bay of Naples, Italy in May (4 days) ​ Year 9 Language trip to Madrid, Spain in May (5 days) ​ Year 9 Football, Portugal (5 days) Take in the sights & culture of stunning Portugal as well as playing the sport you love. Our 5 day trip to Portugal has everything from professional coaching, award winning hotels to sandy beaches. You will have training taken by professional coaches from football clubs such as Benfica & Porto five days a week plus two matches against local opposition. Along side this there are plenty of opportunities to see the sights of one of Europe's most historic city. Experience the culture with trips to historic sights and local restaurants and finally have an amazing time with your friends. ​ Year 10 Ski trip to Austria in April (1 week) Experience the thrill of fresh powder snow and stunning scenery as we transport you for 5 days to the beautiful ski resorts in Austria. You will stay in family run hotels, which are normally only minutes away from the slopes. Whether you are a total beginner or an advanced skier, you will experience a week of excellent tuition and miles of open slopes for you to explore. In the evenings there are extra activities such as bowling, curling, ice cream parlours and the famous ice hockey match! ​ It's a jam packed week and has always been one of the best trips that Westgate offer. ​ Year 10 Language trip to Bay of Naples, Italy (4 days) ​ Year 10 Madrid, Spain in May (5 days) ​ Year 11 Berlin, Germany in October (4 days) Parent & PSA Menu

  • Virtual Open Event Secondary Phase | westgate-home

    The Westgate Secondary Phase Virtual Tour & Welcome Videos Welcome Video View our school prospectus 360 Tour: The Hub 360 Tour: Outside Spaces 360 Tour: Maths 360 Tour: Science 360 Tour: Reception 360 Tour: School Hall 360 Tour: Food Technology Room 360 Tour: Art Facilities 360 Tour: Sports & Fitness Facilities 360 Tour: The Gallery 360 Tour: Computing 360 Tour: Technology Room 360 Tour: The Library

  • Welcome to the Rotherly nursery | westgate-home

    A warm & Friendly Welcome to the Rotherly, The Westgate's Day Nursery Important information & notices ​ Read More Useful forms ​ Read more Early years funding ​ ​ Read more ​ Ways to support your child's development Read more ​ Contact, nursery news & comms Read more ​ Rotherly, The Westgate's Day Nursery is an all year round (51 weeks per year, 8 am - 6 pm), day care setting and is registered to care for 55 children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years.​ ​ Rotherly Day Nursery Opening hours; 08:00am to 6:00pm Monday - Friday ​​ The Early Years Foundation Stage provision at Rotherly, The Westgate's Day Nursery ​ ​ We are a purpose built nursery within The Westgate 4 -16 School campus and situated close to Winchester City centre. Our highly qualified, established team is supported by our Early Years Teacher (Lead Early Years Foundation Stage practitioner for Hampshire Local Education Authority). Our children have access to the schools' superb facilities and we provide a reassuring highly effective transition to Year R within The Westgate's Lower School and to other feeder schools where we have developed close links. ​ In the Early Years Foundation Stage at Rotherly,The Westgate's Day Nursery we aim to develop and nurture the Characteristics of Effective Learning in all our children. These characteristics are: playing and exploring, active learning, creating and thinking critically and together they enable children to become happy and effective learners. We use a process of observation, assessment and planning to identify the learning and developmental needs of each child and we use this information together with children’s interests to plan their learning opportunities. Miss Lucy Collins is Westgate's Early Years Foundation Stage Leader and oversees Early Years provision in both our Lower School and the Nursery ensuring continuity for all our pupils. Lucy is a very experienced Early Years teacher who is also a Lead Practitioner in the Early Years for Hampshire. Colleagues work together to develop teaching, learning and the environment and ensure the highest quality provision and the best possible start for Rotherly nursery pupils, in readiness for Year R - whether that be in our own Lower School at The Westgate, or other primary settings in the area. Lucy teaches in the Nursery weekly spending time with each age group. ​ Our aims, vision and values... A nurturing, safe and caring environment where the happiness and well-being of each child is paramount. A high quality, fun play based curriculum which builds on children's needs and interests. Fostering close partnerships through effective communication with families to ensure the best outcome for each child. To learn and grow both indoors and outdoors within family groupings in an adaptable environment, to inspire a love of learning that facilities well rounded development. ​ ​ ​ ​ Our Story... We first opened our doors in September 1991. We shared our home, Rotherly House, with the boarders of The Westgate School. Rotherly House was originally built in the early 1900s. And we enjoyed the surroundings for 22 years. Rotherly Day Nursery started life with just 15 children a day. As time passed by the need for childcare grew. So, with the addition of Rotherly Cottage to the nursery environment, so did we! We have seen many families grow with us and we are now seeing some of those children from days of the past bring their children to Rotherly to continue their journey with us too! Exciting times came with our purpose built nursery, to which we moved to in October 2013. Rotherly House has also been on its own journey and is now incorporated in Westgate Lower School. The nursery children are able to enjoy all of the facilities across Westgate’s All Through Site including Rotherly where we first began. What our parents say We hope you find all the information you need on these pages. To appreciate our wonderful atmosphere, we encourage visits. Please contact: or call 01962 854757 option 3, to reserve a place at one of our nursery@westgate.hants.sch.uk . tour mornings

  • Governors Chair Details | westgate-home

    Governor & Policy Menu Chair and Vice Chair of Board of Governors and Committee Chairs ​ Penny Catchpole, Chair ​ ​ Penny has been a governor at The Westgate since 2010, initially as a parent Governor and currently as a co-opted Governor. Her three children all attended The Westgate and all have now graduated from university. ​ Penny has lived all over the UK and settled in Winchester in 2001. She ran her own legal practice for 10 years and then spent nearly 6 years working in Children's Services at Hampshire County Council. Penny is a member of the Curriculum committee having been a past Chair. ​ ​ Ann Stanhope, Vice Chair of Resources ​ ​ Ann has been a governor at The Westgate since 2012. She was originally elected as a parent governor and became an appointed Local Authority governor in 2016. She has two daughters; one at university and the other at Peter Symonds college. ​ . Ann attended The Westgate back in the 1970s, when it first became a comprehensive school. She subsequently graduated in physics and worked for many years in the semiconductor industry. For the past thirteen years Ann has worked from home as a technical editor and writer. Ann has been a member and past chair of the Curriculum Committee but currently sits on the Resources Committee ​ ​ Angela Ryde - Weller, Chair of the Curriculum Committee ​ Angela has been a governor at The Westgate since 2006, initially as a Community Governor and currently as a co-opted Governor. She is Chair of the Curriculum Committee. She has lived in Winchester for over 30 years. ​ Angela graduated with a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Warwick and then started her career doing engineering research initially at Warwick and then as a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, working on a variety of projects in the fields of noise and vibration and fluid mechanics. Her career then diversified into Arts Event Management but returned to the sciences when she became Education Manager at Intech, the hands-on science centre and planetarium recently renamed The Winchester Science Centre. She retired from employment 3 years ago. She has 2 grown up children, her daughter is a strategic project manager with GSK and her son is a lawyer, and has 4 grandchildren. ​ Chris Sermon - Chair of the Resources Committee Chris has been a governor at The Westgate School since 2014, initially as a parent Governor and currently as a co-opted Governor; having previously served for eight years as parent governor at Western Primary School. He became Chair of the Resources Committee in 2018. Chris is a Chartered Accountant working in London; specialising in financial regulation and customer protection. Born and brought up in Winchester, Chris trained initially in London (including a year at the Bank of England) moved to Hungary for five years, then worked throughout Central and Eastern Europe before settling down back in Winchester. He has two children, both of whom have now left The Westgate and are currently studying for A-levels. ​ ​ If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the school office. ​ ​

  • Governor Structure and Responsibilities | westgate-home

    Governor & Policy Menu Governor Structure and Responsibilites ​ Board of Governors The Westgate’s board of governors consists of fifteen members drawn from the school’s parents, colleagues and local community. The board has three core functions: ​ Ensures clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction Holds the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff Oversees the financial performance of the school and makes sure its money is well spent. ​ Governors at The Westgate are all members of either the Curriculum Committee, which monitors educational progress at all stages from nursery to KS4, learning environment and pastoral support system, or the Resources Committee, which is concerned with finance, staffing matters and facilities. Safeguarding is a constant priority and appears on every committee and Full Governing Body meeting agenda. As well as committee work, governors may have additional monitoring responsibility for aspects such as health and safety, SEN or safeguarding. Finally, governors are also linked with different aspects of strategic school functions and undertake regular monitoring visits. ​ The Westgate School - Governors’ Details Statutory details of governor appointments and committee composition Governing Body Code of Conduct Policies approved by the Governing Body ​ Should you wish to look at the minutes of the FGB meetings, please make an appointment with the school. ​

  • Admissions | westgate-home

    Top of Page Key dates secondary & primary Primary foundation stage provision Nursery admissions Admissions key dates & details for secondary and primary phase Admissions Admissions Rotherly Nursery Read more Admissions dates & Details for Secondary & Primary Phase Read more The Early Years Foundation Stage Provision Read more For in-year admissions (Years R-11), please contact admissions@westgate.hants.sch.uk ​ For details on The Westgate catchment area , click here ​ Our admissions policy located with our other polices here. ​ Click here for nursery admission details The Early Years Foundation Stage provision at The Westgate School ~ Year R For all admissions queries, please contact 01962 854757 or email admissions@westgate.hants.sch.uk ​ Admission criteria and further details can be found at the top of this page here ​ Our children are nurtured within a play based curriculum which is broad and balanced using indoors and outdoors spaces with both adult led and child initiated learning. The play is enjoyable, devised to promote thinking and problem solving, and improve language competence and encourage the exploration and investigation of materials. Our specialist Early Years Foundation Stage Leader oversees provision in both our Lower School Reception Year and our Nursery, ensuring continuity for all children who progress through this route as well as from other settings. ​ Our aim throughout the Westgate Early Years is to provide every child with a happy, secure and stimulating environment in partnership with parents and carers. We believe every child is unique and our Early Years’ Team have high expectations of what all our children can achieve. We support each individual to overcome any barriers to learning so that they can reach their potential. The Early Years Foundation is framed around the characteristics of effective learning. ​ playing exploring active learning creating thinking critically These provide a framework for learning upon which our curriculum in the Primary and Secondary Phase are built. We believe that a firm foundation in Year R and an early mastery of the basic skills enables all pupils to successfully access the wider curriculum as they progress through the primary years and beyond. ​ Initial reading and writing skills are taught in Reception using the Government Letters and Sounds scheme which provides pupils with a rigorous and thorough grounding. ​ Early Mathematical skills are taught using concrete resources and though purposeful play. Children are taught to apply their early skills in different everyday situations. Nursery admissions For all admissions queries, please contact 01962 854757 or email nursery@westgate.hants.sch.uk ​ If you are interested in a place at our nursery, please complete the which is available online, and from the nursery. Please indicate which days you are interested in booking, your child’s date of birth (or expected due date) and commencement date. Please be specific on which days, the quantity of days are required and flexibility, where possible. It is important to inform us of any changes which may affect your place allocation. The admissions team will contact you at intervals during your time on the waiting list and when a place may be available. ’ ‘Expression of Interest Form Our Expression of Interest Form can be found here Send all completed documents to: ​ Rotherly, The Westgate’s Day Nursery, The Westgate School, Cheriton Road, Winchester. SO22 5AZ or via email to nursery@westgate.hants.sch.uk Places are allocated in the nursery by the following priorities: Priority 1: An existing family (where requiring extra sessions) and/or a sibling of a child already attending The Westgate nursery, lower and upper school. Children of a Westgate employee. ​ Priority 2: All other applicants, in date order, from date of receipt. When a place becomes available, you will receive an offer along with a formal offer letter, a Child Entry Record form, a Medical Requirements form and a deposit request for 50% of a month’s fees, which is returnable from the last months fees. This deposit is Non-Refundable if you withdraw from an accepted place prior to the start date. Once we have received a deposit payment, your place will be confirmed and you will be contacted nearer to the start date to arrange induction visits and discuss any medical or dietary requirements for your child. Please note: a place at the Rotherly, The Westgate’s Day Nursery does not guarantee a future place at The Westgate School. ​ Sessions and Fees: ​ Please click here to view the latest Nursery sessions and fees from September 2020 Parent & PSA Menu

  • Coronavirus updates | westgate-home

    Coronavirus Updates Please use these links to find out more information: The Westgate School Generic COVID-19 Risk Assessment Parents - A Quick Guide https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested bbc.news/uk-Guide to wearing face mask for public transport 111.nhs.uk/covid-19 PHE Chart - Self Isolation Guidance for Parents & Carers for schools in the autumn term https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-parents-and-guardians-when-you-should-book-a-coronavirus-test-for-your-child/letter-to-parents-and-guardians-when-you-should-book-a-coronavirus-test-for-your-child https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/ Westgate Guide to Attendance Updates: Parents can book a Coronavirus test for their child via. ​ How do I ask for a test? ​ You can ask for a test online. ​ We'll ask you: how you want to get the test – you may be able to choose between driving to a regional testing site or getting a home test kit for details such as your name, mobile phone number and address Ask for a coronavirus test ​ ​ Help with asking for a test If you're having problems getting a test, see . answers to common questions about asking for a coronavirus test ​ Updated guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings ​ The guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated with additional information on the support available for parents, online educational resources and support for vulnerable children. ​ The guidance can be found here: ​ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers May 2020 has issued a The Children’s Commissioner for England children’s guide to coronavirus. ​ Please click here to view the Education Guidance Poster. May 2020 Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here: ​ ​ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers ​ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do CV19 - Emotional Health Support for Children and Families (April 2020) BE KIND RING A FRIEND CATCH UP ON WORK EXERCISE PLAY A GAME COOK WATCH A MOVIE LEARN A NEW FACT KEEP POSITIVE KEEP SMILING For more advice view the CV19 document - Emotional Health Support for Children and Families (April 2020) here Department for Education ​ ​ From Friday 20 March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed for everyone except: ​ children of critical workers vulnerable children ​ We have published guidance for parents and carers: ​ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers Critical workers ​ If parents’ work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision Department for Education New guidance for households with symptoms The Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period. The symptoms are: ​ A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) A new, continuous cough The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:​ gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance Emergency Food Provisions - Winchester Basic Bank Winchester Basic Bank is kindly offering emergency food provision for those children who receive free school meals. Please register your details in the link below (in either A4 or A5). WBB will be giving 2-weeks worth of food per each visit; but it will only cover the lunch food. They will be opening just for the families on a Monday 10-12pm at our Milland Rd site, or they can collect from St Barnabas Church on a Thursday 10-1 pm. If the families need a standard food voucher, then they will need to be referred in the standard manner. ​ ​ Please click for more information regarding Emergency Food Provisions. here ChatHealth Messaging Service Text your school nurse. During these unsettling times, as a young person, you may be worried about your health and wellbeing and be unsure about how to get the help you need. ​ ​ Please click for more information. here

  • Virtual Open Event | westgate-home

    Virtual Open Event week Welcome Video View our school prospectus 360 Tour: The Hub 360 Tour: Outside Spaces 360 Tour: Maths 360 Tour: Science 360 Tour: Reception 360 Tour: School Hall 360 Tour: Food Technology Room 360 Tour: Art Facilities 360 Tour: Sports & Fitness Facilities 360 Tour: The Gallery 360 Tour: Computing 360 Tour: Technology Room 360 Tour: The Library

  • Houses - Old | westgate-home

    HOUSES ​ In September 2013, The Westgate proudly launched its new House System. Pupils will have the opportunity to take part in a range of events, working with older and younger pupils, competing for House Points and celebrating team spirit. Events include sports days, music competitions and drama events. Special days of working together with different year groups. At the end of each term we celebrate pupils’ involvement and contribution to our school community through their participation as a member of a House in a whole school assembly full of music, celebration and fun. In addition to the extra-curricular opportunities, your son/daughter will also be linked to a House Leader who works closely with the Year Leader and Tutors to support him/her during their journey at our school. ​ ​ This system allows The Westgate School's sense of community to blossom by creating more opportunities for pupils to work together and help each other. That might be in competitions but also in peer support groups, fostering relationships between all our pupils and enabling them to work with a wide range of people across all the year groups. There will be scope for activities, clubs and competitions in all subjects - hopefully there will be something to excite and engage every single pupil! ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ AIR - "The Sky is our limit!" I am committed to encouraging EVERY pupil within our house to take leadership in their learning and cultivating a desire to achieve. I recognise that a sense of achievement is personal to each individual pupil and I will strive to offer opportunities for success, that cater for each and every member of my house. I will be looking for my house captains to take the lead and use The Westgate ethos in order to motivate their tutor groups to be the best they can be. ​ Finally I want every pupil within my house to know that I will be there to help in whatever way I can. I look forward to working with all of you and making Air the best house there is! "The strength of a team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team!" Collect those merits, earn those house points and enjoy your year! If you have any questions or ideas please email me or find me in the PE office. My name is Mr Pullinger and I am delighted to be the new leader of Air house. I am excited to be working with such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of pupils and tutors and continuing the fantastic work Mr Green has started. This is my fourth year at The Westgate School, during this time I have led the school’s football teams and also been the Pupil Premium Co-ordinator. The achievements of Air house last year were fantastic and I believe that pride in our house, teamwork and a passion to succeed will lead us to continued success in the coming year. The key to success in any organisation are the people within it, for that reason I will be looking for ideas from you! HOUSE POINTS AIR EARTH FIRE WATER I'm Miss Atkinson and it's a pleasure to be the new leader for Earth House. I've been teaching PE and Geography here for three years now, so I am very excited to have a new challenge, and to have the opportunity to lead Earth House to their upcoming victory! My vision as houseleader is to not only win the House Cup, but for every single pupil in Earth to enjoy being part of our team, and to love being involved in as many different events as possible. My promise, is that I will be relentless. I will be relentless in supporting Team Earth in each of the different events, whether they are sport, art, music, maths, baking or any other of the amazing events we have coming up. I will also be relentless in supporting pupils, and doing my very best to ensure they enjoy school life here at The Westgate School. We have a fantastic group of tutors, prefects and house captains, and I can't wait to see all of the successes Earth House will have throughout the year. Please also know that if any of you ever have any questions, worries or concerns, you are more than welcome to come and find me, where I will do my very best to help. EARTH - "To The Ends Of The Earth!" FIRE - "Burning Desire To Succeed!" It is my job to ensure that every pupil has enthusiasm and craves the opportunity to contribute to Fire House! Within Fire I will ensure that there is a culture where we work together in order to achieve, where pupils can take on leadership opportunities, and each tutor can create their own learning environment. Furthermore I look forward to seeing the support that Fire give to each other during the multiple house events throughout the year. The key to success in any team is that there are multiple leaders; I will be looking for my tutor House Captains and pupil House leader to inspire those around them. It is really important that all pupils are aware that if they have any questions, or wish to talk to me at any time, then please come and find me, I will be happy to help you in any way that I can! I look forward to working with you all and I hope that we all embody the Fire House motto "Burning Desire To Succeed!" My name is Mr Kinnaird and it is a pleasure to be the leader of Fire House. This will be my fifth year at The Westgate School where I teach both PE and Maths, as well as running many extra-curricular teams. I am thrilled to have such a hardworking and passionate group of pupils and tutors in Fire House; I look forward to working together with every member of Fire. Last year Fire narrowly missed out on the House Cup, reflecting all the hard work and determination shown by the pupils and staff over the school year; this year's challenge is to win back the trophy! I am always impressed by the support and encouragement our pupils give each other to enable everyone to contribute and utilise their strengths. This ethos of team work and working together is something we value enormously at the Westgate School and is key to a successful House team. ​ I look forward to working with my team of Water House captains, pupil House Leaders and every single one of the pupils just like our Water House motto of 'Together, our drops make an ocean.' WATER - “Together, our drops make an ocean” My name is Mrs Teague and I am thrilled to be the leader of Water House. I have been at the Westgate School for 12 years and teach Art and Photography. I am lucky enough to have a brilliant group of hardworking tutors and pupils within Water House and I look forward to welcoming the new Year 7's into our house too. It is vital that every pupil feels they can challenging events that will be happening.

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