Dear Parents, Guardians and future West Hill Boys,

My name is Sam Hirst and I am privileged to be writing this letter as the Head Boy of West Hill School. This is a distinct and unique role, which I am particularly proud to hold, especially in the year of the school’s 90th Anniversary.  I would like to take this opportunity to give you, and your son, an insight into school life - so that your son will not just achieve his full academic potential, but will also be ready for the world beyond secondary school.

West Hill School prides itself on encouraging pupils to reach their full potential. The pupils embody the school’s motto of “Aim High”, both inside and outside of the classroom, and in doing so they always work to achieve the highest grades they can. Beyond good GCSE grades, the school is also proud to develop well-mannered, respectful and courteous young men. This positive behaviour is widely recognised, and the school has a powerful and prominent reputation in the community.

The positive efforts of pupils also extends beyond lessons. There are a diverse range of extra-curricular activities and West Hill strives to include every boy. Activities include sports clubs, chess club, as well as the highly regarded Duke of Edinburgh scheme. The school is particularly proud of its sporting success. In every year group, pupils are given opportunities to try a wide variety of sports – in both competitive and relaxed environments. Throughout our site, photographs and trophies, dedicated to our past and present sports teams, proves that West Hill continues to be proud of its pupils – even when they no longer attend. The school continues to build upon its successes in a mix of local and national tournaments. These opportunities provide skills such as team work and confidence building, as well as being a great way to make new friends. In my experience the opportunities that are available outside of lessons are very rewarding and are a valuable experience in self-development.

The school also delivers a wide range of activities in the Music Department – catering for both new and experienced musicians. The students involved in these activities take part in concerts, as well as contributing to local events such as Remembrance Day services. As a parent, you will be invited to watch your son perform at these. Not only is it an increasingly popular event for everybody to enjoy, but these concerts build upon the community image of which our school is so proud.

West Hill cares for all its pupils and does its absolute best to meet the needs of each individual. The support teams work consistently to assist students in each and every aspect of school life to ensure they are able to excel and reach their full potential. One particular initiative which I have been proud to be involved with is that of the Peer Mentor scheme, whereby I have supported a year seven pupil with a particular academic subject and I have also acted as a maths ambassador for other younger boys. These direct interventions are to ensure that everyone feels settled and supported in a high school environment – which is particularly pertinent when first joining the school.

I hope this letter has embodied what I believe and know to be true: if you want to be given multiple opportunities to extend not just your knowledge, but your character and life skills too, then West Hill will be able to provide you with those openings – no matter what your situation – and help you to “Aim High”.

 

Head Boy 2017-18