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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Roots and Wings

The first week back after the easter break has been positive.  Much of the focus for staff has been on firming up the preparations for assessing our year 11 boys, in line with the guidance issued for the awarding of GCSE grades this summer.  It has been an especially disrupted year for our Y11…

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Prefect Head Boy Headteacher

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Working hard, working together

As we break for Easter, and the evenings become a bit lighter, there will be a desire to participate in more sporting activities.  Hopefully, observing any restrictions, there will be a lot more activity for us all to participate in.  This is especially true for a significant majority of our boys,…

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Sport Headteacher

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We go again, working together

Today our boys have had a focus around Comic Relief.  Led by our own red noses, Miss Fisher and Miss Jedd, boys were able to wear silly socks or even odd socks to school.  During form time a range of quizzes were arranged, to dovetail with presentations.   Sharing experiences and making boys aware…

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Headteacher Comic Relief Red Nose Day

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Staff + all boys back in = a happy school

A full week with a full cohort on site, a happy new year start.  After the uncertainties of this calendar year to date, it was so good to have West Hill buzzing again. Boys were back on the yard catching up on missed friendships and full class learning became the norm again, as staff and boys…

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Maths Headteacher

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In good times and sad

After a week of West Hill School doubling up as a covid testing centre, as well as a school, we have successfully tested boys at least once.  Testing will continue on site during next week, but the collaboration between, staff, boys and families this last 5 days will mean all of our boys will be…

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Community Headteacher

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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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