The Westgate is a designated Business & Enterprise College, admitting pupils of all abilities. The school is oversubscribed and growing rapidly. Currently there are 801 boys and girls attending; this will grow toward 900 over the next three years. Accommodation for teaching and learning is excellent as is the provision of classroom resources.
Our popularity reflects the high degree of confidence in the academic standards of the school existing within the community.
Academic standards alone do not make a very good school. What is special about The Westgate is that the atmosphere within the school is outstanding. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are very good and their behaviour is better than is commonly found elsewhere. Through our Communities all children are given the opportunity to participate in a range of activities designed to promote pride in themselves and in their school. This is reinforced through Enterprise activities which allow young people to develop important skills, most especially those concerned with working with others.
At The Westgate we assume that unless our expectations of pupils are high, we will fail them.Pupils attending from September 2007 will have their work carefully monitored. Each family will receive a report on their child each term. All pupils will have the opportunity, in KS4 to study for up to 10 GCSE subjects and to go on to study for University entrance. All pupils will wear school uniform. All pupils will be encouraged to participate in extra curricular activities, especially those designed to promote personal health & fitness.
We understand that the school alone cannot achieve as much as when we work in partnership with families. The school provides useful curriculum information for parents and will continue to do more as the demand from parents grows. The school will provide advice for parents on how best to support children in home study and either myself or one of my colleagues will almost always be on hand to deal with parental concerns regarding children’s education. In return, all parents are expected to support the school fully by ensuring that pupils are properly equipped for school, attend regularly and are punctual. We ask that parents set aside a few moments each day to ask pupils about their school work and to ensure that they complete their homework. As the school attempts to instil in young people a sense of personal ambition, we look to parents to support our efforts. Similarly, we expect parents to give us the fullest possible backing in ensuring that pupils respect the Code of Conduct outlined for them. Such parental commitment is formalised in a Home-School Partnership Agreement, which all parents are asked to sign before their children start at the school.
Business & Enterprise
The school achieved Business and Enterprise College
status in March 2005, and since this time we have
worked hard to generate and promote an enterprise
ethos throughout the whole school.
Students begin their ‘Enterprise Journey’ from their first week in year 7; the Enterprise message is an important part of being a member of The Westgate School.
Throughout their educational experience in the school the students are encouraged to develop enterprise skills in all they do both in and out of the classroom including;
Working as a team, problem solving, thinking skills, communication, decision making, creativity, and developing the ability to evaluate and review their actions.
In year 7, students are learning how to raise the awareness of local charities and the year-long project will culminate in a public exhibition in July 2008. By learning about Exhibitions, Marketing, Communication and Advertising, they will enhance their enterprise knowledge. Following the success of last year’s activities, students reported that they were more aware of their local community and felt able to consider the lives of those less fortunate then themselves.
Year 8 students experience enterprise through Fairtrade. This will involve working across many subject areas. Students demonstrate their enterprising skills by considering the issues surrounding Fairtrade and Globalisation. There are events and visits from Associations and Businesses related to the Fairtrade ethos.
Enterprise in Year 9 enables the students to be involved with the principles and practices of business and commerce. They are encouraged to use this knowledge and demonstrate their enterprise skills by forming companies. During the academic year, students will create logo’s, posters, web pages, presentations and take their product/service to a judging panel of major Corporate’s including O2, Citroen and SEGRO. This is our own ‘Dragon’s Den’.
Year 10 students learn to be enterprising in the preparation and undertaking of their Work Experience week. Learning about applications, interviews and telephone communications, as well as researching companies helps them to better understand the world of business. In addition, Year 10 students take part in numerous enterprise projects including ‘CSI’ for Science, and business based projects either in conjunction or competition with other schools.
Year 11 students are encouraged to use the enterprising skills they have developed to achieve excellent GCSE results in all their chosen subject areas and to study in a positive and creative way. Teamwork and group activities are available as well as workshops on careers, CV writing and how to prepare for life after GCSE.
Our ever popular and over-subscribed 6th form works closely with the lower years to partner the enterprise learning projects. In addition, most ‘A’ level courses are enhanced by enterprising tasks and projects. This year, we are working with Price Waterhouse Coopers to support our Business Studies programme.
Every child in school can confidently answer the question “What is Enterprise”? And we are proud of our wider reputation as a forward thinking and successful Business and Enterprise College.
International School Award
The International School Award from 1st September 2007 to 1st September 2010
Following our submission of a folder of evidence to the British Council of a wide range of activities which we have undertaken in the last academic year we are delighted to have achieved this prestigious award.
Students throughout the school have been involved in a wide range of activities, including an e-link with schools in Mumbai, India.
We intend to develop further our International partnerships in a number of additional countries in the future.
We know that by assisting our young people to
understand the world in which we live:
• the values and cultures of different societies
• the ways in which we are increasingly dependent upon one another
• the ways in which we all, as global citizens can influence and shape the changes in the global economy, environment and society of which we are part
we will develop young people who have the knowledge, skills and understanding, to live in and contribute effectively to a global society and to work in a competitive global economy. To truly educate young people the international dimension of education is a very significant and real part of their learning
A formal presentation of the award organised by British Council will take place in London on October 10th 2007. Awards will be presented by George Alagiah, with a keynote speech by Jim Knight MP, Minister of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families.
The Westgate School is the only secondary school in Slough to have gained this prestigious award.