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Changes to the Behaviour Support System


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of our school and inform you of some changes we are making to the behaviour support system.

If a pupil receives a behaviour support call for disrupting learning or being late to lesson, they will now be expected to complete an after school detention of 30 minutes by the following afternoon. This will effect very few pupils as only 1% are removed for these reasons.

We have held assemblies today to inform pupils of this new procedure.  Year 11 pupils will be expected to attend full a OSL session instead of a detention.

Mr C Hallam
Deputy Headteacher


Leadership Team Changes


Please click here to find out more.


School Closed


Westlands School’s Open Evening will be taking place on Thursday 3 October 2019 from 6.00pm to 8.30pm, therefore the school will close to pupils on this day at 12pm to enable staff and pupils to prepare. Please note that the school will be closed to all pupils on Friday 4 October as a staff development day.


Open Evening: 2020 - 2021 Intake



Start of Term 1 Information


Below are the starting dates for our pupils and students for Term 1.


Term 1:  Tuesday 27 August 2019 to Friday 11 October 2019

Staff Development Day:
Tuesday 27 August 2019 - Pupils are not expected to be in school

Years 7 and 11 ONLY
School term begins on Wednesday 28 August 2019

Year 12 Enrolment and Induction Day: 
Takes place on Wednesday 28 August 2019 (for new Year 12 students only)

Years 8,9,10 and 13:
School term begins on Thursday 29 August 2019

Year 12:
Lessons begin on Monday 2 September 2019


Important Information - Canterbury/Sheppey College Applications


We have been made aware of an issue with applications to Canterbury and Sheppey college and have been working to support students who were expecting to recieve interview dates.

We have had a message from the College explaining that they are currently having some technical difficulties with the application link between UCAS and their online application system. They understand that some applicants are having difficulty with their Enterprise system and so have created a paper application as an alternative. You can view and access relevant documents by clicking here.

If you have applied to Canterbury or Sheppey College and have not had an interview date through yet, please speak to Ms Jonas-Hill ASAP.

For further information, help and support, please contact Ms Jonas-Hill.


Appeals for Year 7 Admission Autumn 2019


If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2019 you can appeal between 1st March - 29 March 2019 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 17 June 2019.   For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.  For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.


English Revision Tools


The Westlands English department have created a new revsion website for students to visit. You can visit the website using the following link:

Westlands English Revision

Please follow our account on Instagram and keep up to date with our latest revision tips!



Westlands Homework Area



Please follow the instructions above to gain access to the Westlands Homework Area.

Alternatively, you may click on the image above to be diverted to the Homework Area.


ParentPay Information


ParentPay is the new form of payment at Westlands school.

What does ParentPay do?

  • Enables you to pay for trips, clubs and other items such as music tuition fees.
  • Offers a highly secure payment site.
  • Gives you a history of all the payments you have made.
  • Allows the creation of a single account which you can add all your children to, even if they attend different schools (as long as the school subscribes to ParentPay).
  • Shows you all items available for payment relevant to each of your children.
  • Emails a receipt of your payment to the email address you register.

How does ParentPay help you?

  • Gives you the freedom to make payments to school whenever and wherever you like.
  • Stops you having to write cheques or search for cash to send to school.
  • Gives you peace of mind that your payment has been made safely and securely.
  • Helps with budgeting; payments are immediate, there is no waiting for cheques to clear.
  • Payments for many of the larger trips can be made by instalments up to the due date.
  • ParentPay is quick and easy to use.

How does ParentPay help our school?

  • Reduces the administrative time spent on banking procedures.
  • Keeps accurate records of payments made to every service for every pupil.
  • Payments do not bounce.
  • Reduces paper ‘waste’.
  • Allows for easy and quick refunds to be made back to the payment card.
  • Improves communication between the school and parents concerning payments.
  • Offers a more efficient payment collection process, reducing the amount of money held on school premises.

How do I get started?

Over the next few days you will receive an activation letter to enable you to setup your ParentPay account.

The activation letter will contain a personal activation username and password to enable you to login to ParentPay. During the activation process you will be guided through changing your username and password to something more memorable; you can also merge your accounts if you have more than one child at Westlands School or children who attend different schools (as long as the school subscribes to ParentPay).

ParentPay will not cover payments for school meals at present, but will be introduced at a later date, to be confirmed.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Finance team at or 01795 426091 option 2 if you need assistance. 

More Information can be found on the ParentPay website


Privacy Policy Update


We have adapted our privacy notices in order to provide parents and pupils with clearer and more specific information regarding the processing of personal data.

View our new privacy policies here.


Difficult Conversations with Young People





Welcome to the Parent Info newsletter. 

Some conversations with young people are not easy. We know that.  

Finding the right way to enter into discussions – to share important and clear messages and to encourage them to open up to their own views and concerns – requires not only a considered approach, but also a knowledge and understanding about the topics being discussed. 

In this newsletter, we have four new articles which can empower you for some of the more difficult topics you might talk about with young people. 

The Dove Self Esteem Project's article on positive body image explores the pressures of appearance on young people, while the Home Office's Disrespect NoBody campaign covers the issues of consent, sexting and spotting signs of abusive relationships. 

We hope you find them useful. 

Read our latest advice

Conversations about positive body image

Our latest article from the Dove Self Esteem Project offers support and guidance for when you need to initiate difficult discussions about pressures to look a certain way.

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Talking to your teenager about consent

The Home Office Disrespect NoBody campaign offers advice on harmful teenage behaviour, including understanding consent, sexting and abusive relationships.



Examination Certificates


The earliest pupils can collect examination certificates is the December of the year the examinations were sat.
For example, if the examinations were sat in the summer of 2017, certificates will be able to be collected from December 2017.

This applies to all ex-Year 11 and ex-Year 13 pupils.


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