Green Flag Status
Eco Schools' Green Flag was presented by Newcastle City Council in June 2009. Westfield Senior House is the first Secondary School to receive this award in the North East. The Senior House was presented with its second Green Flag in October 2011 and were delighted to be awarded their forth Green Flag in February 2016.
Junior House has been awarded Green Flag Status three times now, in June 2009, June 2011 and May 2013. In addition in 2009, Junior House was a finalist in the Journal School awards and in the TES awards as an 'Outstanding Sustainable School'. You can find out more about Green education issues and resources by clicking on the following links.
Eco Schools http://www2.keepbritaintidy.org/ecoschools/
The POD http://jointhepod.org/home
Green Schools http://www.co-operative.coop/green-schools-revolution/
The recent Eco Schools inspection (November 2013) praised Westfield School Senior House. The following are extracts from the Inspection Report.
"The school is clearly embracing the Eco-Schools programme. They will continue to go from strength to strength if they continue at their current pace.
It is clear to see as well as pupils being well informed, all the school staff are clear in the direction the school is progressing regarding education for sustainable development, as I spoke to great staff as well as many pupils.
I would like to pass on my congratulations to all the staff and children at Westfield School Senior House and special praise to Mrs Sharon Vallance for her drive and enthusiasm in supporting sustainable development at the school; to Mrs Marion Farndale, Headmistress, for showing great leadership in sustainable development at the school.
Last but certainly not least, all the Eco Reps who I had the pleasure to meet and who supported my tour around the school as their knowledge base is fantastic. I am sure all these pupils will continue to be sustainability ambassadors throughout their educational life."
The Young Enterprise Centre of Excellence
The Young Enterprise Centre of Excellence was awarded to Westfield School in 2010. Young Enterprise Centre of Excellence schools are promoted to the business sector as examples of schools who are preparing their young people well as future employees and developing the skills that businesses want.
UNESCO Schools’ Community
Westfield School has recently been invited to join the UNESCO Schools’ Community. UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) aims to eradicate poverty and build peace through education, the sciences, culture and communication. It is an honour to have been chosen to join the programme of UNESCO associated schools membership to develop cross-curricular links within the school and with other UNESCO associated schools.
The Intermediate Level Award has been given to Westfield School in recognition of the work done with Round Square, UNESCO and The Comenius Project.
Westfield hopes to continue with the good progress made on their international journey, ensuring that the progress of our students makes an impact on learning . We hope to plan a detailed language activitiy with a partner school in the future, to enable students to learn about international issues and acquire language skills. This will be a very exciting development for the school in the future.
British Council International School Award
We are delighted to announce that Westfield School has received the Intermediate level of the British Council International school Award. The Intermediate Level Award has been given to Westfield School in recognition of the work done with Round Square, UNESCO and The Comenius Project.
Westfield hopes to continue with the good progress made on their international journey, ensuring that the progress of our students makes an impact on learning. We hope to plan a detailed language activitiy with a partner school in the future, to enable students to learn about international issues and acquire language skills. This will be a very exciting development for the school in the future.
The Chartered Institute of Marketing
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) has selected Westfield School to pilot a new course ‘The Introductory Certificate in Marketing’. This course is a new pioneering professional qualification for Sixth Form students in the UK.
Further information can be found on the following site:http://www.young-enterprise.org.uk/westfield-students-are-first-in-line-to-gain-new-marketing-qualification/