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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The family

Today is the final day, in what has been a somewhat unique year at school.  As ever there is an element of fatigue combined with excitement as we all anticipate a break, but it also prompts a time for reflection.  Nobody should underestimate the challenges the school has faced, and whilst there…

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Speaking truth to power

One of the issues associated with having a school environment that has been built in one time period, and then extended over different time periods, is ensuring maintenance can keep on top of changing demands and the facilities remain in a condition that is fit for purpose.  Some of the buildings…

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School Council Headteacher

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No letting up

Last night we held our Class of 2026 Transition Evening.  In previous years we would have hosted 170+ families of Y6 boys looking ahead to starting West Hill in September.  We have had to repeat last year’s approach of hosting this event virtually.  Boys and families were able to receive…

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Careers Headteacher Class of 2026

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The legacy continues

This week has seen the appointment of our new Head Boy and Senior Prefect Team.  It follows a testing process.  This began earlier this term when Mrs Wood shared with the Y10 boys the history, as well as the roles and responsibilities of being a prefect at West Hill School.  The boys had to submit…

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Learning to love Cookies

Many of us are irritated by  the recent frequency of messages about accepting cookies when accessing websites.  I am reassured that they can be a help, and not all Cookies are a problem.   Our boys are taught about identifying the problematic cookies, and when to ignore them.  Our Computing and IT…

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Computer Science Headteacher

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