Plenty of grit to get school open

Monday saw the first weather induced disruption of this academic year. We have a snow plan that is communicated in advance, and we were able to open safely without too much interruption to the education of our boys.

Such decisions are a difficult balancing act at times; so it is useful to share…

Posted by /blog/author/Owens on 3 December 2021

Category: Headteacher's Log Book

Snow Plan Headteacher

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We continue to do what we do for our boys

Our WOW Writing competition is proving very popular.  Boys are challenged to include three words of the week, into a story of no more than 100 words.  We have also been visited by OFSTED.  Apart from minor adjustments to facilitate the coordination of interviews for the inspectors, we simply…

Posted by /blog/author/Owens on 26 November 2021

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Literacy Ofsted Headteacher

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West Hill on tour ...

We have a long weekend ahead of us due to the extra Bank Holiday this year.  The opportunity to take advantage of this with a more ambitious trip than normal weekends, has not been wasted.  This morning a group of our boys and staff have been able to embark on a delayed, and somewhat more…

Posted by /blog/author/Owens on 18 November 2021

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Geography Iceland Headteacher Presentation Evening

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A time for silence

This week in school Remembrance has had a prominent focus; assemblies have been held throughout the week, poppy displays are around school, as well as images of previous trips the school has undertaken to the Battlefields.   The sale of poppies within school is coordinated by our prefect team…

Posted by /blog/author/Owens on 12 November 2021

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Headteacher

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Watching out for each other

At the end of this first week back, boys and staff have reengaged enthusiastically with the learning demands.   One example of learning new skills, is an initiative driven by our Head Boy Matthew, who produces weekly videos for our form time.  In these, he helps our boys develop sign language…

Posted by /blog/author/Owens on 5 November 2021

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Head Boy Headteacher

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Truth will out

As the first half term of this academic year ends, the boys and staff have been directed to take the opportunity for a well earned break, then recharge their batteries for what may well be a challenging remainder of 2021.  Following guidance from the local health authorities, we introduced the…

Posted by /blog/author/Owens on 22 October 2021

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Headteacher

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It's good to talk

This coming Thursday will be first formal Parent consultation of the academic year.  This one is for our Y7 families, and the intention is to provide them with an opportunity to speak to their son’s Form Tutor.  The boys will have been with us for 7 weeks, and the focus is to discuss any issues…

Posted by /blog/author/Owens on 15 October 2021

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Parents Headteacher

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Clubs aplenty

One of the features of school that receives so many plaudits is our extra curricula provision.  No boys are forced to sign up, our belief is that encouragement is a far more powerful motivator to ensure boys truly engage with enthusiasm..   Our take up is significant, our vision is that every boy…

Posted by /blog/author/Owens on 8 October 2021

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Sport Art Numeracy Headteacher Jazz Orchestra

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Le Tour de West Hill

This week has been very busy with many tours of school during each day, as we have striven to provide prospective families with an insight into typical days at West Hill.  The feedback we have received has been very positive.  Whilst it has been a challenge to meet the very high demand in a Corvid…

Posted by /blog/author/Owens on 1 October 2021

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Moving on

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Moving On... virtually

Last night was our scheduled Moving On Open Evening.  It is the occasion that allows prospective families to vest West Hill and get a sense of what we are about to help inform them about choosing a secondary school.   As has been obvious for many weeks now, we had to cancel the on site event given…

Posted by /blog/author/Owens on 24 September 2021

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Moving on Headteacher

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Boys loving the 3g

Our new 3g facility has been a real winner with the boys on their return this term. The artificial turf surface, which replaces the old tennis courts, will enable far more sporting activities to happen on a first class facility. It is part of the ongoing investment programme we have for the school…

Posted by /blog/author/Owens on 17 September 2021

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Sport Headteacher

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A new start

it has been an especially warm welcome back this week.  Our efforts in working over the weekend to complete the required Covid testing regime, has allowed a full week of uninterrupted learning to take place.  Given the various disruptions over the past 18 months, we wanted to provide the boys with…

Posted by /blog/author/Owens on 10 September 2021

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Headteacher

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