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Westfield is an elected member of Round Square, a world-wide association of over 100 schools which share a commitment, beyond academic excellence, to personal development, responsibility and international understanding through service, challenge and adventure.


Girls are involved in service in both the local and wider, international community. Upper Four girls have the opportunity to participate in a variety of service projects in the Archbishop of York Youth Trust Award. This is a useful stepping stone 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, Cambodia and Peru.

Westfield students regularly go on conferences, projects and exchanges to other Round Square schools in the European region and worldwide.



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.

International Understanding
Democracy in Education
Environmental Awareness, 
Leadership and

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.

Environmental Awareness

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 2016

There are a number of forthcoming opportunities to attend Round Square Conferences during 2016.

Please contact Mr Steve Ratcliffe for more information.

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming opportunities to attend Round Square Conferences during 2014-2015.
Regional Conferences:
•Salem, Germany – November 2014 conference on Environment. 16-17 year olds. 
•Beau Soleil, Switzerland– May 2015 Adventure and Leadership conference proposal 14-15 year olds.
•Samworth Church Academy, Nottingham – 12-14 June 2015. 10 students, 1 staff. 12/13 year old. Eco Adventure. 250 pounds per student, free for staff. 
•Felsted, Essex - MUN Conference. 1st and 2nd of March 2015.
•Cobham Hall, Kent -  ERC and Conference for Year 9 (13-14 years old) in January 2015.
23rd to 25th January. £200. Theme- Environment: Planting the Roots of our Future.
•Transylvania College, Romania - YRS European Regional Conference 2015 
The event will take place at Transylvania College between May 28 and June 1, 2015. 
The theme of the Conference is "Face the challenges, make a difference (a camp for young leaders)". We expect delegations formed of 4 students, 11-13 years old and 2 staff members. The students will be split in two locations in the mountains working on Democracy - Service - Internationalism and Adventure - Environment - Leadership.
International Conferences:
Round Square International Conference 2015 - UWCSEA Singapore 
Round Square International Conference 2016 – Louisenlund/ Salem, Germany
Round Square International Conference 2017 – Cape Town, South Africa

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