A Warm Welcome to the Westwood Academy

Thank you for showing an interest in Westwood for your child’s secondary education. As a newly appointed Head Teacher I have chosen to stay here for the next stage of my career because I have absolute faith in the education that this school offers. The Governors and I are sure that after reading this prospectus, attending our Open evening and visiting us at your convenience during the working day, you will share our belief.

Our aim is to provide every child with the opportunity to feed their passion for learning, to provide opportunities in and out of the classroom that will help them discover their place in the world. Our goal is exceptional academic performance whatever your child’s ability. This is achievable because I know that we have the most dedicated, experienced and talented teaching staff that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. They are more than ably supported by an excellent team of support staff who are fully involved in your child’s learning journey.

The work our teachers do is regularly shared locally and nationally with other schools seeking support, for example we are the national MENSA hub school for gifted teaching and learning. Outside of the classroom there are an enormous number of opportunities to engage in, for example, sports clubs, the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and science, maths and technology societies. We also run a host of curriculum related and other trips to Europe and within the UK so that we give children an opportunity to expand their minds with new experiences. All of these elements result in our children leaving school with the knowledge, experience and skills that are personal to them in preparing them for the next stage of their working life or study.

My expectation of our children’s behaviour is high; manners, respect for others and the school’s rules, exceptional attendance and a strong work ethic are most important. In return, we offer a nurturing and intensely supportive environment in which to learn and grow socially. Our Head Boy and Girl and the student leader team are heavily engaged in how we run the school and how we support all of the children here and this will continue to grow in importance year on year. As a consequence we have a wonderfully inclusive and cohesive ethos and atmosphere which would be hard to replicate.

In all of these respects our work continues to be highly regarded by Ofsted, the Department for Education, our local authority education team and schools visiting us to learn about what we do. You will be aware that we have been graded as good with outstanding features (Ofsted, 2013) as well as impeccable (Coventry Local Authority, 2015) and outstanding for ICT.

Thanks to our location we have powerful working relationships with Warwick University and the WMG Academy for Young Engineers which is located on our site that benefit all of our children. I might add that our achievements rely on a special relationship between you as parents, our school and your child. A truly successful education can only be achieved if we get this right. So in anticipation I look forward to meeting you and working with you in the future.

Jane Benton

Head Teacher