An improving outlook

One of the best pieces of news we have received in a long time is the Government’s announcement regarding the full reopening of schools. We will therefore be welcoming back all our boys from Monday March 8th.   Prior to that date, we will be providing Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) to the majority of…

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“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

So today marks the end of an interesting half term.  The instructions to the boys are; unless they are still finishing work, they should take a break from their school routine and engage in some other activities, with a particular encouragement to read. 

 

Whilst many boys will be reading…

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Digital Library Headteacher

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

One of the things that many people have missed in recent times is the flexibility to travel.  Whilst some may hanker forlornly for a warm Mediterranean afternoon, the restrictions on making even local journeys, has emphasised how much the benefits of new experiences, or even revisited ones, are to…

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Geography Iceland Pathways Headteacher

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More than one way to succeed

One of the conversation points across the media in recent weeks, has been the challenge parents and carers are facing in striving to support their children learning at home. We are fully aware of the difficulties and have been trying to reassure and support families in their own efforts to…

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Learning and getting better

Another week, not quite as challenging as the last in terms of Covid cases, but even more hectic in many other respects.  We also had some additional snow fall, just to keep us on our toes.  Staff continue to care for our boys on site, whilst at the same time delivering on our blended learning…

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Pathways Headteacher

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Toughest week to date

This week really has seen the most significant impact to date, of COVID on the school population.  School has remained open, but there has been a significant increase in positive cases as well as close contacts requiring self-isolation, affecting both boys and staff attendance.   This inevitably…

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Covid Headteacher

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Another day at the office ...

Well 2021 started as 2020 finished in many respects, receiving late and changing Government announcements, endeavouring to communicate the impact of these to our staff, boys and families.   It has been especially busy this week, despite the lazy media headlines that schools are closed.  The…

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Together Stronger

Today marks the end of term, and it genuinely has been a term like no other.  In some respects the announcement from the government late yesterday about arrangements for the start of the new term have illustrated the challenges we have been faced within a school setting.  We are…

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Lifting dampened spirits

Last Friday saw the first slush fall of the academic year.  The weather can often prove a challenge for us at West Hill as the layout of the site, as well as the lack of outdoor cover, means the boys are exposed to the elements in a way pupils in many other schools are not.

The rain is often a…

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Music Snow Plan Headteacher

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Modern reporting to parents and carers ... but with a traditional twist

Last night we had our first full parents consultation with our Y11 families.  Traditionally this would be a succession of face to face meetings as parents circulated around different teachers, discussing the progress their son had made and more critically what was needed to improve his outcomes. …

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Parents Old Boys Information Headteacher

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Community commitment

One of the key elements of our curriculum is our IDP (individual Development Programme) dimension. This comprises a timetabled lesson for all boys across all year groups, as well other activities involving assemblies, visits or guest speakers.  Led by Mr G Harrison, it is a vital component in…

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3 Peaks Carol Service Headteacher

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Presentation Evening 2020

Tonight we should have been assembling in Dukinfield Town Hall for our annual Presentation Evening.  As it is, our Class of 2020 and their families, will not be gathering together with our staff to reflect back on their five years at West Hill and celebrate their achievements.

As well as being…

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Aim Higher Headteacher

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