I am extremely proud to lead Westfield School and determined to work alongside students, staff, parents, carers and governors to ensure Westfield becomes the outstanding school it clearly has the potential to be.
My role is to ensure that students receive the education, support and opportunities they need to be able to achieve incredible things and have successful futures. And as a parent I know that the happiness of our children, alongside success - be it academic, sporting or creative - is our top priority. At Westfield we are committed to supporting and challenging everyone in our school community to achieve incredible things, to ensure both success and happiness in the short and long term.
Our school sits at the centre of the community. We pride ourselves on developing and maintaining close relationships with parents, carers, local businesses, community groups and the Family of Schools, which have ensured that we have tremendously strong foundations on which to build.
Westfield's proud history and strong reputation for sporting success is being built upon and developed, in areas such as languages, mathematics, the arts, sciences, engineering and humanities. To secure the very best for every student we have very clear school improvement priorities:
- Developing a curriculum that is broad, enriched, exciting and ambitious for all our students – and a curriculum that enables our students to develop the social and cultural capital they will need to have successful and happy adult lives.
- Ensuring we offer students excellent responsive teaching – all lessons have a clear purpose, include opportunities to check and respond to what our students know and understand, and support our students to remember and re-apply what they have learned over time.
- Supporting our students through a celebratory approach to develop exceptional attitudes to learning and to self-manage their behaviour, always being ready to learn, resilient, resourceful, respectful and reflective.
- Establishing a leadership culture that is student-focused, in which leaders are strategic and reflective.
I hope that our website gives you a strong sense of our school, our students, our staff and wider community, and in doing so demonstrates why I am so proud to be part of the Westfield community.
Mr Joe Birkbeck
Head of Westfield School