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
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.
Ofsted Inspection Letter - 26 and 27 February 2019
Ofsted Inspection Letter
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 01795 426091 option 2 if you need assistance.
More Information can be found on the ParentPay website www.parentpay.com
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.
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.
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.
Old Trainers Needed
The P.E. Department need your old trainers!
If you have any old trainers that you are thinking of throwing away, please consider donating them to our P.E. Department who will use them as part of spare kits instead..
They are especially looking for smaller sizes that will fit the little feet of Years 7 and 8, but any donations will be greatly appreciated and well used!
Year 7 Go Exploring!
On Tuesday 16th January 180 pupils from year 7 were taken on a trip to the Science Museum in London. This trip was a joint venture between the science and mathematics departments to promote their subjects to pupils. During their time at the museum, pupils visited the 3D IMAX Cinema to watch a film about outer space and listened to a talk about what it is like to be an astronaut. The pupils also spent time in the museum exploring the various exhibits and pupils answered questions from a booklet they had been provided with for the day. Many of the group returned with souvenirs of their day out and also got to see many famous landmarks on their journey to and from the museum.
Head Boys and Head Girls
Announcing the new Head Boys and Girls!
Congratulations to the successful Head Boys and Girls who faced fierce competitions in this year's application and campaign process. Head Boys and Girls, will lead the Student Leadership Team which is now growing from strength to strength.
- Head Boy; Daniel Barnard
- Head Girl; Eleanor Shuttlewood
- Head Boy; Billy Batchelor
- Head Girl; Florence Aina
- Head Boy; Josh King-Yombo
- Head Girl; Freya Turner
School Dance Show
The Westlands winter dance show was a great success. Over the course of two evenings, students from years 7 to 11 wowed audiences with fresh and exciting choreography, accompanied with music from well-loved movies. The show was very well recieved from students, teachers and parents alike, all commenting on how nice it is to see new styles and techniques being showcased. Both Mr Joseph and Miss Aujila would like to thank everyone involved with the rehearsals and the show including our fantastic Tech Team; Ben Simmons and Lily Jones. Thank you to all who purchased tickets and came to support the Westlands dance department/company.
Start of Term 4 - 19/02/2018
Pupils return to school on Monday 19th February 2018 for the start of Term 4.