The Sky is the Limit for Westfield Students!
Former Westfield students regularly come into school to talk to Year 10 students about what they have gone on to achieve and the possible career options open to them.
Bradley Cranstone gave students an inspirational talk about how he had the grit and determination to put himself through his pilot's licence.
He was the youngest person to qualify in the UK and is soon starting his career with Jet2 Airline.
Extra Curricular Sports Activity
Did you know that Westfield has a vast extra curricular programme across a host of sports?
We have teams that take part in Sheffield Federation Sport and School Games in Football, Rugby League, Netball, Badminton,Athletics, Trampolining, Swimming, Cheerleading and last year saw the return of Cross Country.
We also have recreational sport on offer on a weekly basis via Table Tennis, Lacrosse and more Football. We cater for our expressive students through a Dance club and host an annual Dance show to showcase their talents.
We also offer clubs directed at targeted groups to increase their participation — namely Change4Life for our SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) students. The Change4Life club is run by willing Sports Leaders each week and has led to us entering a team in IZ Basketball, SEND Cricket and SEND Athletics competions.
Year 7 Students Are Thinking Hard About Maths
Last week our Year 7 students shone in Maths as they delivered the schools “Thinking Hard” strategy to their peers.
These high ability students delivered challenging Maths tasks to different classes, having taken time to prepare the lesson beforehand. Great work!
Did You Know Our Language Students Teach In Our Community?
Every week some of our Key Stage 3 students go out into our feeder primary schools and teach modern foreign languages to the children there.
They take it very seriously — planning lessons, supporting one another in their preparations and ensuring they truly engage the primary school students.
Many of our students also take part in our afterschool language groups, in both German and Spanish. Sehr gut! Muy bien!
In March, the Maths department had the pleasure of taking four teams to the annual POP Maths! event at Sheffield Hallam University. The teams hotly competed in an hour long quiz against other schools across the whole of South Yorkshire, and gave them a run for their money.
After the quiz was finished the students also had the opportunity to hear a lecture from Ben Sparks about the Creation of Number which was incredibly inspiring and gave pupils a taste of Mathematics at a higher level.
The day was a huge success, and watching the students come together to work as part of a team was exceptional. Students thoroughly enjoyed the event and they are already looking forward to the competition next year!
History Comes To Life For Westfield Students
Last week Year 10 History students were given a practical insight into World War One.
“Frontline History” ran a series of workshops and presentations using original artefacts from this important historical period. This included medical equipment used to treat injuries — which tied in with their current studies on the Treatment of the Wounded in the Trenches of the First World War. The students learnt about the weapons that caused these terrible injuries as well as the conditions that caused illnesses such as Trench Foot.
We had some really positive responses from the students.
Officially The Best PE Department In Sheffield
Last year was quite simply the greatest in the sporting history at Westfield. Not only did we achieve huge sporting success, we had huge attendance in after school sport and made a real difference in our community. And our PE department won the John Moss Award in Sheffield, earning us the title of PE Department of the Year!
We also have one of the largest Sports Leaders Academies in the city, with over 75 trained students from Years 7 through to 11. The school has built a culture where it is a genuine honour and a sought after position to be a Sports Leader. The Leaders are integral to what we offer within our community. Last year we ran 19 festivals and events and all nine of our feeder schools were involved.
The events ranged from athletics and gymnastics through to Key Stage 1 ball skills and Year 6 transition events. All of these events are led and driven by our Sports Leaders and last year they allowed over 3000 young participants the chance to be active and competitive. Perhaps the highlight was our Olympic Torch relay. Ten schools were visited by our four Legacy Makers who brought with them a real London 2012 Olympic Torch. Each school gave the torch a Rio 2016 style welcome and presented the Legacy Makers a handmade Olympic Torch designed by a selected child.
What the schools produced was quite simply unbelievable. The quality of our Sports Leaders has been recognised by various external organisations. It speaks volumes that we have Sports Leaders involved in the Points Leadership Academy, the Sheffield Academy of Young Leaders and we have volunteers at events such as the British Athletics Championships and the UK School Games. Most recently Westfield was awarded Sports Leaders UK Academy status.
Former Students Hit Top Grades at Sheffield Wednesday
Former students, Owen Ryan and Patrick Stothard, are currently studying the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport through the Sheffield Wednesday education programme based at Hillsborough.
The course focuses on areas such as anatomy and physiology, sports nutrition and sports coaching.
At the end of their first year of study, they have achieved the maximum grades possible and gained Distinctions in all units.
Well done from everyone at Westfield!