Round SquareWestfield is an elected member of Round Square, a world-wide association of over 80 schools which share a commitment, beyond academic excellence, to personal development, responsibility and international understanding through service, challenge and adventure.
'Inspiring students to become the leaders and guardians of tomorrow's world'
Girls are involved in service in both the local and wider, international community. Lower Four girls have the opportunity to participate in a variety of service projects which are forerunners to the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.
A large amount of money is regularly raised for charities, including North of England Children's Cancer Run, St.Oswald's Hospice, National Blind Children's Society, Action Medical Research and The Children's Foundation, to name but a few.
Many girls take part in overseas service projects. Girls have recently taken part in projects in South Africa, Canada, Costa Rica, Thailand and Kenya.
Through Round Square, Westfield prepares pupils for physical and mental challenges as well as academic success. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is very popular and the school has an impressive record of Gold and Bronze Award Winners.
Exchanges with other Round Square schools
Girls from most year groups have the opportunity to visit other Round Square schools. There are also opportunities for younger students to participate in Junior and Young Round Square conferences aimed specifically at their own age groups and usually held in the UK or Europe.
Round Square schools are built on six pillars that are encapsulated in the word IDEALS.
Democracy in Education
Westfield students regularly go on exchange and visit other Round Square schools as far afield as Botswana, British Columbia, Toronto, South Africa and Australia as well as regular European exchanges.
Westfield sponsors 2 girls at Starehe School, Kenya. The school educates around 1000 girls from severely disadvantaged backgrounds, including extreme poverty. Each Autumn term the school devotes an afternoon to fundraising activities to raise as much money as possible to fund the tuition fees of two of these girls.
The Environmental Club encourages girls to participate in recycling programmes and many of the excellent ideas thought up by the girls have been implemented as school policy. The whole school participates in projects in the school grounds at Westfield and at Hadrian School, Percy Hedley School and Gibside School.
In 2009, Westfield School gained its Green Flag status - one of the very few schools in the North of England to be accredited for its environmental work. The school has recently been awarded its second Green Flag for its continuing commitment to sustainability and the environment.
Round Square Opportunities in 2015
We are pleased to announce the forthcoming opportunities to attend Round Square Conferences during 2015.
Round Square Regional Conference at the Kurt Hahn Outward Bound Sea School, Aberdovey, Wales from 12 to 14 June 2015 for years U3/L4
International Round Square Conference at UWCSEA Singapore from 2-9 October 2015 with pre-conference tour in South East Asia.
Slice of Africa 2015 visit for L5/U5/L6 July 5-15 2015
Round Square International Service Projects December 2015 (L6/U6) – Thailand, Cambodia, Kenya, India
Please contact Mr Steve Ratcliffe for information about any of these opportunities.
In this Section
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!
Upper Five GCSE History girls visit Belsay
17 September 2015
Girls from Upper Five enjoyed a visit to Belsay this week as part of their GSCE History course.
Autumn Term commences
04 September 2015
The Autumn Term commences on Monday 7 September at 8.30am.
Open Day at Westfield - Saturday 17 October 2015
27 August 2015
Every day is Open Day at Westfield! Please call Mrs Jokelson to book a time to visit our inspirational, unique and creative school.
Congratulations to all our A Level achievers this year
26 August 2015
We are delighted our girls have received a great set of A Level results. 98% of girls passed all of their A Levels and an impressive 39% grades were A*-B.
Great GCSE results announced
20 August 2015
We are delighted with this year's GCSE results.
A Slice of Africa
17 August 2015
Delegates returned safely after a fantastic visit to South Africa at the beginning of the Summer holidays as part of their Round Square programme with St Cyprian's School at Cape Town.