Joining the Westwood Academy 2017
Who can come?
The Westwood Academy accepts pupils from across Coventry and some pupils join us from Warwickshire. A place can be reserved at The Westwood Academy for all children living within our local area. The majority of pupils will join Westwood do so at the beginning of the academic year and the majority will start with us in Year 7 but we can accept in year transfers at any time, as long as we have pupil places in the appropriate year. Pupils can also transfer to Westwood just prior to changing key stage should this be required, for example at the mid to end of Year 9 just before commencing GCSE’s and option choices.
For parents who are either thinking of changing their child’s school or wish to join us directly from primary school we recommend a tour of our school and our excellent facilities and the opportunity to meet with our Head Teacher prior to completion of the transfer documentation. There is also a further opportunity to attend our vibrant and informative Open Evening which takes place in September annually.
Although we are now an independent academy our admissions are still processed by the local authority and it is the Local Authority who will write to parents regarding school finalised and agreed admissions for our school
Our Feeder Primary Schools include:
Allesley Hall Primary School
Cannon Park Primary School
Charter Primary School
Earlsdon Primary School
Hearsall Community Primary School
King Henry VIII School
Leigh CE Primary School
Limbrick Wood Primary School
Manor Park Primary School
Our Lady of Assumption Primary School
Park Hill Primary
Spon Gate Primary School
St Christopher Primary School
St John Vianney Catholic Primary School
St John’s CE Primary School
St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
Templars Primary School
Three Spires School
Whoberley Hall Primary School
Most of our students have attended one of these Primary Schools. In addition some children living in our catchment area have attended other local Primary Schools (e.g. Stivichall). We have strong links with our family of schools. Staff from The Westwood Academy visit them and teach in them on a regular basis. These curriculum links are reinforced by regular meetings between the Head Teachers of the schools concerned and by joint in-service training events for the teachers at the schools. This level of co-operation is very important when it comes to ensuring that children move smoothly between Primary and Secondary School and that we at The Westwood Academy can build on the progress your child has made in Years 1 to 6.
Joining us at The Westwood Academy
During your child’s final year at Primary School you will receive an invitation to The Westwood Academy’s Open Evening. You are welcome to visit our school at any time, but during the Summer and Autumn Term all parents of Year 5 pupils in our feeder Primary Schools receive personal invitations to specific events such as the Open Evening or a coffee morning. On Open Evening, you will have the chance to meet the Leadership Team and Governors. During Open Evening you can also meet teaching staff and discuss aspects of the curriculum, which interest you. You can visit all the school’s excellent facilities and of course you can see many examples of our students’ work.
On Open Evening, school students are available to show you round and to tell you about the school. In the Autumn term you will receive official transfer documents from the Local Authority (LA) inviting you to select your preferred Secondary School. Your child’s Primary School will also organise meetings to discuss transfer to Secondary School. Obviously, we hope that you will feel confident about entrusting your child’s secondary education to us. We care for every child as an individual and strive to meet children’s needs so that they achieve the highest possible academic standards that they are capable of. The LA informs the Secondary School of its prospective students in the Spring Term, and we then keep in close contact with our new parents for the rest of Year 6. Our Leadership Team, Director of Transition and Director of Social Inclusion visit your child’s Primary School. They meet the children and begin to get to know them. They talk to their teachers about the progress each child has made and what their particular needs are. Our programme of teaching lessons within the primary school continues. In this way your child comes to know a number of our teaching staff before they join us in September. Discussions take place with Primary School teachers to decide your child’s tutor group at The Westwood Academy, so that the decisions made are in the best interests of your child.
Groups of Year 6 children from our partner Primary Schools are invited to The Westwood Academy for lessons, enabling the children to begin to become familiar with a new school. During the summer term, those Year 6 children who have chosen to come to The Westwood Academy the following September spend a whole ‘Induction Day’ in the school, getting to know staff and students in their new school. During this day they meet their Pastoral Director, Form Tutor and Peer Mentor. They follow a timetable of lessons and are told about the school’s Code of Conduct. They receive a copy of the home School Agreement, which outlines the partnership between students, parents and the school. In this way they not only learn to find their way around the school but begin to learn what is required of them as a student at The Westwood Academy. On the same evening all parents who have chosen The Westwood Academy as their child’s secondary school are invited to a ‘New Parents’ Evening’ to meet the school staff. You will be welcomed by members of the Parent Teacher Association and the School Governors. You will be introduced to your child’s Form Tutor and can spend time discussing your child’s needs. The Head, Leadership Team and Director of Transition discuss curriculum matters and the school’s vision for the future.