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
The Comenius Project at Junior House
21 October 2013
Visit Junior House and Round Square and Activities sections of the website.
Delegates return home from The International Round Square Conference in the USA
14 October 2013
'Waves of Change'
Sporting Success at Senior House
01 October 2013
Congratulations to all the girls who have been selected to represent the City and County teams at the recent trials.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
30 September 2013
Scrumptious cakes in aid of Macmillan Nurses raises £368.54.
British Council International School Award for Westfield
16 September 2013
We are delighted to announce that Westfield School has received the Intermediate level of the British Council International school Award.
05 September 2013
Welcome back to all our girls who have enjoyed the Adventure Holiday and Round Square International Projects in South Africa and Costa Rica. What an amazing time they have all had!
Dip It Young Enterprise Company
05 September 2013
Dip It our Sixth Form Young Enterprise Company went through to the National Finals of the Young Enterprise Competition.
Superb A Level Results!
21 August 2013
Once again, Westfield girls have achieved superb A level results, with a 100% pass rate and 94% of passes at A* to C. Many congratulations to all our Upper Sixth leavers and good luck at university!
Announcement of the new Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl
13 May 2013
We are delighted to announce the following appointments for the new academic year: