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The Westfield Way

The Westfield Way is fundamental for our embedding of a safe, challenging environment for all our students.
So, here are the key principles and procedures for all our lessons…



Every school is a unique environment, and that concoction is often what gets under our skin, and us up in the morning. In setting out our core procedures, we wanted to establish a set of expectations for the classroom, and specifically for the new build, based on what we know about our students and how they learn best.

We make no apology for this, some are very much old school, and they are what we believe in and have found to be conducive for successful learning. Our CPD goes hand-in-hand with these expectations so we ensure that staff are supported in driving them.

So without further ado…

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The Westfield Way

  1. Meet, Great and Learn

Teachers meet their classes, 1 foot in 1 foot out. Pupils stand behind their chairs, based on the class seating plan and take out equipment and Planners. A Hook should be visible and…

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A wish for all…

Yesterday we said good bye to both students and staff, and rested and refreshed will return in September.

Thank you to all those who are leaving – you are all stars! You have all truly put your shoulders to the wheel, and together we are moving Westfield to where we all want it to be, an outstanding school and environment.

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A wish for all:

Comfort on difficult days

Rainbows to follow the clouds

Smiles when sadness intrudes

Laughter to kiss your lips

Sunsets to warm your heart

Hugs when spirits sag

Friendships to to brighten your being

Beauty for your eye to see

Faith so that you can believe

Confidence for when you doubt

Patience to accept the truth

Courage to know yourself

Love to complete your life.

Teach Meet: Open the door

Our hearts bring us in to this profession, to do some good, and hopefully change lives. This is the WHY we teach. Our TeachMeet this week aimed to highlight strategies that can equip us for the HOW.

Westfield staff, and our neighbours, took up the challenge of raising achievement and promoting progress with a fantastic range of strategies, underpinned by beliefs and values that still stand – to open the door for all students:

  • Brad Allen from Westfield SEN introduced our Read Write software, to support all learners across the school.
  • Jodie Vincent highlighted how organising classroom displays can engage and raise achievement, and needn’t exhaust us.
  • Dan Borg and Roland Bennett from presented on Chessbrook’s literacy and numeracy initiatives.
  • Chloe Sefton and Chris Black took us through their walking Talking Mock initiative for exam underachievers.
  • The prodigal Olivia Lucas returned to tell us of Wembley Ark’s back-to-basics Daily Prep, that provided a supportive place to study.
  • Jen Hunt informed on the Humanities writing frames and templates that support structure and organisation.
  • Priya Kara from St loan of Arc explained how a competitive learning environment with ability seating challenged and engaged her students in Geography.
  • Dan Finill, our Inclusion Lead, spoke of the value of mentoring, and how it and building good relationships are the foundations of achievement.
  • Nicola Fury from Laurence Haines introduced their Nurturing School award strategies, and its’ impact on both students and staff.
  • Sam Cole and Jayna Patel from Creative arts showed us the power of the environment in involving and inspiring their students.

Imagine a school where all of these strategies were in place!

I was lucky enough to see La Boheme in London on Saturday. It’s an absolute tear-jerker, full of flawed characters with real lives. musetta - CopyOne of them, Marcello, is tormented by his love for Musetta, and cannot resist her, singing of his love for her.

‘If you knocked at my door, my heart would say come in’



To all of these TeachMeet strategies, let’s open the door!

Teach Meet Tonight

Very soon, after a make-over…

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Very excited!

Time Speaker Topic
4.30pm Emma Keys Introduction & Welcome
4.50-5pm Brad Allen SEN Read Write software to increase achievement across the school
5-5.05pm Jodie Stott Classroom displays to engage and raise achievement in Ks3
5.05-5.10pm Ryan Murphy & Kayleigh Smith Using trends to stretch & challenge pupils in P.E
5.10-5.20pm Guest Speakers: Dan Borg, English coordinator and Roland Bennett, Maths coordinator ChessBrook Joint presentation on recent  literacy and numeracy initiatives
5.20-5.25pm Chloe Sefton & Chris Black Talking mocks for underperformers in GCSE English
5.25-5.30pm Jen Hunt, Chris Gilder & Kelly O’Connor Creating writing frames and templates to raise achievement in History
Break- Raffle draw 1
5.40-5.45pm Guest: Olivia Lucas Wembley Ark Academy  Daily Prep: Raising achievement at Ark Academy Wembley
5.45-6pm Guest Speaker:

Priya Kara Joan of Arc Catholic School

Raising achievement in Geography at Joan of Arc School.
6-6.10pm Dan Finill The power of mentoring for underachievers
6.10-6.20pm Guest: Nicola Fury

Laurence Haines Primary School


Achieving the National Nurturing school award and the impact that has had on raising achievement and on staff wellbeing.
6.20-6.30pm Creative Arts Department Inspiring & achieving in creative arts
End- Raffle draw 2
Closing Tim Body Closing Speech

Phew..all done.

Thank you to all guests, presenters and staff. More to come…

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Don’t miss out! Westfield’s Teach Meet, Wednesday 27th June

We are all prepared for our 2nd TeachMeet next week.

  • Challenge set and bar raised: Raising Achievement for all
  • Speakers booked & resources prepared
  • Refreshments ordered
  • Hall sparkling
  • Microphones behaving
  • Excited to meet fellow practitioners
  • Prizes wrapped
  • World Cup sorted – England not playing

There are a few spaces for both presenters and guests, so get in touch with Emma Keys:

Be like Harry and don’t miss out!




RE vacancies

We have 2 vacancies for September to teach RE from Years 7 to 13, including Head of RE with TLR.

If you interested in finding out more, email for further details.