In the same way that courses have evolved to take account of new technologies, the Chemistry department at Westfield also encourages the girls to take an active interest in the material world around them. They are encouraged to develop their awareness and understanding of contemporary issues in Chemistry, via the general media, Royal Society of Chemistry publications and other publications that the department subscribes to.
Girls' interest and endeavour in Chemistry are supported throughout their time at Westfield . There is a lower school Chemistry Club and extra-curricular support for examination classes.
There is excellent contact between Westfield and the Chemistry departments of both of Newcastle's universities. One invaluable annual visit to Newcastle University is to the Spectroscopy department, to support our Year 13 chemists’ studies in organic chemistry. Already this year, there have been many opportunities for girls to attend exciting lectures in forensic science, pharmaceutical development and a fabulous lecture entitled 'Thunder and lightning', which really fired the girls' enthusiasm.
Girls of all ages have taken part in competitions, including the Royal Society of Chemistry Analysts competition, Top of the Bench schools competition and the Salter's Festival of Chemistry. Two of our year 10 girls have been offered places at a Salter's Chemistry Camp at Leeds University in July.