Our HistoryWestfield School was founded in 1960 by a group of enthusiastic parents who saw the need for a new type of girls' independent school with a broader curriculum than those offered at the time by other Newcastle schools.
They decided to establish a girls' school on the Gordonstoun model. Henry Brereton, a former Headmaster of Gordonstoun, was a founder trustee consultant and an adviser from the beginning. He remained a Governor of Westfield after retirement from Gordonstoun. Miss Ellen Bicknell's PNEU School, situated at 1 and 3 Westfield Grove, Gosforth, was purchased and became the Junior House. Demand for places grew rapidly. Within a year Oakfield House, the former home of Sir Cecil Cochrane, was purchased for the senior girls.
The original prospectus describes the aims of the school: This school will seek to develop latent qualities and aptitudes in the belief that every child has certain gifts and should be encouraged to use them, irrespective of whether they conform to a conventional pattern. We aim to provide a high standard of academic education while at the same time giving each girl a sense of individual worth, whatever her gifts.
Special attention would be paid to music, art and craft, drama and speech training as well as outdoor activities and emphasis would be placed on Christian principles.
During the past 50 years the school has not lost sight of the aims of its founders, placing great emphasis on combining academic excellence with educating the whole person. It was a natural step in 1991 for Westfield to be admitted into membership of Round Square, an international group of schools which share the same holistic view of education based on the thinking of Kurt Hahn, the founder of Gordonstoun. Since then Westfield has received The Schools Curriculum Award for combining academic excellence with a broad, balanced curriculum enriched from the local community and environment.
The school has flourished and grown in recent years: in 1996 the acquisition of Ashfield Towers on Kenton Road, adjacent to Senior House, led to the relocation of Junior House allowing Westfield to offer an all through education for girls from three to eighteen on a single six acre site in the heart of Gosforth.
In this Section
Outstanding, Innovative, Unique..see Westfield in action
23 April 2015
Visit Westfield in action on our website. Watch our films on the OUR SCHOOL section, click on Videos.
Nursery and Early Years places for September 2015
21 April 2015
Places are available in our Nursery and Early Years classes for September 2015. Come and visit our unique, inspirational and creative environment. Boys are very welcome in our Nursery too!
The Westfield Association 2015 dates for your diary
21 April 2015
Dates for your diary - Westfield Association meetings and this term and during the Summer Term
Westfield launch a STEM programme
20 April 2015
As part of our commitment to encouraging our pupils to pursue interesting and exciting careers, we have introduced a STEM programme at Westfield.
Westfield create their own Science GCSE Revision Guide
24 March 2015
The Science Department at Westfield School have created a website to help pupils with their GCSE revision.
Artisan Food and Local Produce coming to Westfield soon...25 April
24 March 2015
The Westfield Association will be hosting a 'Spring Celebration Food Fayre' on Saturday 25 April, 2015 from 11.00am - 2.00pm in the grounds of the school. Let's hope for lovely sunshine!
Teenage Cancer Trust donation
23 March 2015
We were delighted to present the Teenage Cancer Trust with a cheque last week to support their work.
National Careers Week
09 March 2015
We were delighted to run a full programme of Careers Education and Guidance from key note speakers who attended our Careers Week event.
Travels in Nicaragua with RSIS Projects
06 March 2015
Alex Henderson, Lower Sixth, spent two weeks in Nicaragua taking part in a Round Square Service Project on the San Juan River in southern Nicaragua.