“My daughter XXXX relocated to Westbourne School due to her not being able to secure GCSE subjects she needed in a different school which she wanted to do for her career trajectory, and due to extensive bullying against her pertaining to her outside sporting and performing interests and due to her race as a minority ethnic child which had not abated. Since relocating to Westbourne, she has settled into school and her year group with surprising ease, and has been allocated and offered support with all of her subject areas.
My daughter was even facilitated to change GCSE subjects, when she became aware that a chosen subject was not suited to her and this subject transition was facilitated with ease.
Class teachers to the Head teacher, have all spent time with my child, deliberating on subject choices and career trajectory matches to ensure that she and I were fully informed, and even providing Awarding Body content and explanatory information to us so that we were properly and fully appraised.
XXXX daily expresses and demonstrates that she is learning in great strides in Westbourne School due to the excellent teaching of all the staff and the anti-bullying ethos and rules and responsibilities of the whole school, and their inclusive equality and British values promotion and adherence which has been very noticeable. Staff model and walk the talk in these areas and in how they promote, respect and ‘tolerance’ for other faiths and beliefs, races, abilities, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation and other equalities protected characteristics. They seek to not only plan for, target and meet group learning needs but individual learning requirements also. Including, the SEND requirements of children, I have noticed to and they ensure that geographical and socio-economic barriers are not prohibitions to children’s inclusion.
While they as a school do not broadcast the fact, but are discreet about it, parents/carers of other children have identified to me that Westbourne School took in a sizeable number of children from a closing school in a different part of the City and secured for these children their inclusion into education and their educational opportunities, as the families were desperate. The fact that Westbourne School, stepped up to the plate to in effect save these children is testament of the school’s decency and commitment to putting children first and their egalitarian ethos.
Staff themselves in Westbourne School, also model dignity and respect at all times. The school ensures that diversity is reflected and affirmed positively throughout the school also and they promote citizenship in positive non-tokenistic ways which we consider to be very important in Sheffield. My child has been warmly welcomed and included by children and staff alike and nothing has been too much trouble for the team of staff to ensure that Molly has had a smooth transition into Westbourne School which we were greatly impressed with.
The school is exemplary in its engagement with parents/carers I have found, and we are fully informed, even being the recipients of weekly bulletins. Communications from staff are responded to with immediacy and effectively, as I have experienced, which is not only helpful but which instils a sense of trust and awareness that the staff are on the ball as is the school to with the children’s welfare being paramount at all times.
This is all evidence of their professionalism and commitment to each child.
They are also excellent at not only academic teaching but they provide a whole waft of enrichment experiences for the children, with staff going over and above in this area also. My child has benefitted from these opportunities and now gets up every morning happy to go to school and leaving early to ensure she arrives in school to start her lessons and to be with the friends she has so easily made there.
It is evident that the Leadership in Westbourne School is very effective, in the successful running and management of the school. The school is extremely well kept and resourced, and in fact the leadership team, know every single child, not only by name but by their interests etc. and they take a keen interest in facilitating their involvement and inclusion, which makes Westbourne such a warm school, that wants the best for each child, I have found. The Governors and the day-today Leadership team are very visionary and I have found they are constantly striving for continual progress, in order to do their very best.
Compliance with safeguarding is apparent in the policies and procedures in operation and even Health Care plans are in full operation, I know from my experience of my child having asthma. Supervision is evident at all times and children are encouraged with their voice and influence and to contribute, participate and make decisions in the school to.
I cannot speak too highly of Westbourne School, my child is extremely happy in the school and is thriving in all areas.”
– Current Senior School parent