Emailed to parents and carers on 19/4/24

Weekly Bulletin for 19 April 2024

I would like to introduce you to Mr Richard Williams who has joined us at Westbourne in the role of Interim Executive Headteacher.

Mr Williams is a highly experienced education leader. He first became a Headteacher in 2002 and moved into the Multi Academy Trust world in 2010 working initially through a university-based MAT and then moved to one of the largest MATs nationally leading school interventions and then becoming a Regional Director supporting both primary and secondary academies. Following that he led a federation of large secondary schools and shared sixth form centre before becoming the Director of Education in another of the large national MATs. Since 2019 he has been the CEO of two Multi Academy Trusts.

Mr Williams has a long and successful track record in Headships and school improvement and  brings a lot of experience with him through working with a diverse range of secondary schools in a variety of settings and establishing effective partnerships to improve the education experience all children receive.

He has already met with a number of our students and has enjoyed his first week with us.

Praise and Reward Update

We are always looking for opportunities to praise and reward our students when they achieve great things.  Please see below for an update on their achievements and for details of rewards events happening in the summer term:

  • Every week, 5 lucky students are rewarded with a £20 gift card for perfect attendance, behaviour and punctuality in the previous week. In addition, many more receive weekly vouchers for free lunches, queue jumps for the Food Hall and cookies too!
  • Last term, 81 students were nominated by subject areas as Student of the Term – they received a letter of congratulations home, a certificate and a blazer badge
  • Friday 19 April, 222 students will be attending our 100% Club for having excellent attendance, behaviour and punctuality in Jan/Feb
  • Wednesday 1st May  – Friday 3rd May, 71students will be having a free early lunch for having 95%+ attendance and a completed STAR card in Feb/March
  • Friday 17 May, 199 students will be attending our 100% Club for having excellent attendance, behaviour and punctuality in February and March.
  • Tuesday 16 July, 83 students have so far qualified to take part in our Inflatables Day for having 5 or more completed STAR cards this year. There are still 5 weeks left to qualify for this reward for other students.

Attendance Update

  • So far this year, 498 of our students have an attendance percentage at 96% or above – this is almost half the school and a great achievement.
  • So far this year, 442 of our students have gone ‘one step further’ and have attendance of 97% or above – which is even more fantastic and to be acknowledged and celebrated
  • So far this year, 100 of our students have 100% attendance meaning they have not missed a single day of school since September. This is an absolutely phenomenal achievement – massive congratulations to them all!

Activities Day rewards trips are also taking place on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 July. Please speak to your child about their preferred activity choices and return these using the link emailed on 15 April. A copy of the email can be found on our website Latest News page here:

Activity Days 2024 – Westbourne Academy (attrust.org.uk)

 

Westbourne Community Hub

The next Community Hub takes place on Monday 22 April 2024 from 3:00 to 4:30pm. Donations are always welcome. The Community Hub can also support parents with other things as well ie. sorting out home appliances etc. Please email opal.degville@attrust.org.uk if you need anything.

 

Coffee and Cake

Our next informal parent/carer cafe will be on Thursday 2nd May from 1:00 – 4:00pm. This is an opportunity for parents to come in for coffee (or tea) and cake as a thank you for your support, to raise any issues and to meet other parents and staff.

 

Co-Curricular Clubs and Activities

The list of summer term clubs and activities that are running in school for our students is available to view here: Co-Curricular & Enrichment – Westbourne Academy (attrust.org.uk)

 

Safeguarding

Safeguarding is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.  Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and every single person who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.

If you have concerns about a child’s welfare or safety, please speak to a member of the safeguarding team or email wes-safe@attrust.org.uk.  All staff at Westbourne are trained in safeguarding if you would like to discuss your concerns with somebody else.

Mrs C Clarke – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Mrs K Jacobs – Safeguarding manager/Deputy designated safeguarding lead (DDSL)

Mrs R Green – Vice Principal/Alternate designated safeguarding lead (ADSL)

Mr K Jackson – Pastoral Lead for Churchill

Miss E Clarke – Pastoral Lead for Ennis

Mrs M Jones – Pastoral Lead for Nightingale

Miss S McKnight-Shaw – Pastoral Lead for Ramsey

 

Key Calendar Dates

Monday 22 April                               – HPV vaccinations for Year 8 students

Monday 22 April                               – WA Community Hub 3:00 – 4.30pm

Monday 6 May                                  – UK Bank Holiday / school is closed

Wednesday 8 May                           – 10:00am – 2.00pm EAL Community Café

Monday 20 May                               – WA Community Hub 3:00 – 4.30pm

Thursday 23 May                              – 1:45 – 3:00pmSENDIASS Afternoon Tea

Thursday 23 May                              – 4:00 – 7:00pm Year 7 Parent/Carer Evening

Monday 27 May                               – UK Bank Holiday / school is closed for half term week

Monday 3 June                                 – Students return form summer term 2

Tuesday 18 June                               – 11:45am – 1:15pm Y11 Leavers Assembly

Thursday 20 June                             – 4:00 – 7:00pm Year Parent/Carer Evening

Thursday 27 June                             – 7:00 – 10:45pm Year 11 Prom

Friday 28 June                                   – Staff PD Day / school is closed

Tuesday 16 July                                 – Inflatables Day

Wednesday 17 July                          – Activities Day 1

Thursday 18 July                               – Activities Day 2

Friday 19 July                                     – Staff PD Day / school is closed

Thursday 22 August                        – 10:00 – 12:00pm Exam Results Day for Year 11

Wednesday 4 September             – Students return for 1st day of autumn term 2024

 

Academy Website

A wealth of information is available to view on our academy website. As well as routine documents such as Trust policies, curriculum information and the academy calendar, there is advice for parents on how to apply for free school meals, what to do if your child cannot remember how to log in to Satchel One and copies of any communications that have been sent to parents and carers of specific year groups as well as whole school.

If there is anything you wish to know or cannot find, please email your request to wes-office@attrust.org.uk and somebody will respond as soon as they are able to do so.

Regards

Mrs M Woodhouse

Acting Principal

 

Academy vision: Westbourne is an inclusive academy. We support all students, regardless of starting point, to achieve their potential and develop the skills necessary for employment and life.
Academy values: Be Safe, Be Thoughtful, Be Accountable and Be Respectful.

General queries to: wes-office@attrust.org.uk or 01473 742315
Attendance or Absence queries to: 
wes-attendance@attrust.org.uk
Complaints to: wes-complaints@attrust.org.uk
Exam queries to: anna.fulcher@attrust.org.uk
School Money and data information queries to: wes-data@attrust.org.uk