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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Headteacher

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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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Head Boy Headteacher

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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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Work hard ... play hard

The return following the half term break has seen the reintroduction of face coverings in lesson times.  This has felt like a step backwards in some respects, but the boys, as ever, have understood the requirements and their contribution in terms of wider community responsibility.

The sunshine…

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Sri Lanka Headteacher

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Once a West Hill boy

Today marks the end of half term and also saw the final day of timetabled lessons for our Year 11.  They had a leavers assembly delivered via untraditional means to form rooms, but it contained the traditional messages, reflections, as well as awards associated with this day.  The Class of 2021…

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Music Year 11 Headteacher Class of 2021

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The important thing is to never stop questioning [or learning] - A Einstein

There has been a shift this week in the requirement for boys to wear masks.  The boys have adapted as ever and their abilities to cope with limitations and then changes has been a real credit to them.  One example of the adjustments we have had to make this last year, in relation to the…

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Science Headteacher

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The history boys

Our school vision includes the desire to ensure our boys have the knowledge, skill and confidence to become fully engaged citizens in the community.  A key element of that is to ensure they understand context, and in particular historical context.  I managed to see some of our boys engaged in…

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History Headteacher

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Not this summer

A major disappointment last week was the cancelation of our Camp Cambodia 2021 expedition.  The 4 week adventure was the latest in a line of overseas expeditions that aim to have a lasting impact on local communities, whilst also providing our boys with life changing experiences.  There had been…

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Mediterranean Adventure Cambodia 2021 Sri Lanka Headteacher ski 2022

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Business ... as usual

Earlier this week a group of our Y10 boys achieved success participating in the annual stock market challenge.  Eighteen schools participated in the Zoom event, which was organised by The University of Manchester’s Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) in liaison with Global Investor…

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Careers Business Studies Employer Links Headteacher

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The course of true love never did run smooth

Walking across the school site this week in the warm spring sunshine, I needed a double take as a group of boys appeared to be wearing fancy dress on the top yard.  On closer inspection it was a Y7 English class performing scenes from Midsummer Night’s Dream, under the direction of Miss Ridgway. …

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English Headteacher

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