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
Westfield Association Christmas Fayre
18 November 2015
This year's Christmas Fayre will be held on Friday 27 November from 3:30pm - 6:30pm.
Remembrance Day with Vera Baird
11 November 2015
Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, visited Westfield to take part in its annual Remembrance Day service.
Top Newcastle chef picks Cook of the Year winner
09 November 2015
Westfield girls have been battling it out for the Cook of the Year 2015 title in a competition judged by Chris Finnigan, Head Chef at Lane7 in Newcastle.
Westfield Association Bonfire Party
28 October 2015
Tickets are now on sale for the popular Westfield Association Bonfire Party!
Lower 4 cross-curricular project
15 October 2015
Girls in Lower 4 are taking part in an exciting cross-curricular project which uses a combination of Maths, English and Art skills.
Development proposals to go on display
12 October 2015
Plans to bring improved sports facilities, including a county-standard gymnasium at Westfield School, are to go on display later this month.
Upper Four visit Cake Stories in Jesmond
05 October 2015
Girls from Upper Four East recently enjoyed a treat visit to Cake Stories, a coffee house and cakery in Jesmond.
Cook of the Year competition returns
29 September 2015
The popular Cook of the Year competition is back for 2015 and this year the theme is 'A Taste of the Med'
Coffee Morning raises funds for Macmillan
28 September 2015
We are delighted that our Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday was a great success!