Pastoral Care & Social Development
At Westward we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils so they can learn and develop into self assured, confident, happy, resilient and positive young people. This is achieved in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.
Following the school’s ISI integrated inspection in 2015, inspectors commented, “The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is excellent. Pupils are emotionally mature for their ages and are sensitive to the needs of others.”
The contribution and arrangements for pastoral care were also rated as excellent. The inspectors went on to say "Dedicated members of staff are highly effective in fulfilling the school's aim to educate children who will fulfil their potential, be happy and motivated and be well prepared for the move to senior school. Throughout the school, relationships between staff and pupils and among pupils themselves, are excellent."
Within the Westward community we actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs throughout the school day.
Children at Westward are expected to foster good manners, honesty and consideration for others.
All pupils from Reception upwards have the opportunity to be elected onto the School Council or Eco-Committee. A democratic voting process takes place twice a year where the members are voted for by the pupil body. The elected members from each class ensure that everyone within the school has a voice that is listened to. Pupils and teachers work together on suggested projects of their choice following discussion at regular School Council and Eco-Committee meetings.
At Westward we are currently working towards achieving the Bronze Level of the Eco Schools Award. Pupils at Westward care deeply about protecting the environment we live in and know that when they work together they can most definitely make a difference to the world they live in for themselves and future generations.
We also have a prefect and Young Leaders system in place which allows the older children in the school to act as role models and care for the younger children, promoting friendships, building confidence and developing responsibility.
The Year 6 'posts of responsibility' elections take place at the beginning of the Autumn Term following speeches by each candidate. Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 vote by secret ballot for House Captains, Vice Captains, Prefects, Librarians, Computer Monitors and Games Captains.
Posts of responsibility play a vital part in the running of the school and in building a strong sense of community. These positions are considered very prestigious by the pupils.
Academic and non-academic achievements are recognised and celebrated within the School community on a daily basis.
Positive behaviour and reinforcement is emphasised at all times. Pupils are rewarded with a variety of incentives including verbal or written praise, star of the week awards, certificates and stickers.
In the Upper School a house system is in place where children get the chance to work toward gaining house points for good work and achievements. Weekly house points are totalled by the prefects and the House Cup presented in our whole school assembly. The Lower School pupils work towards gaining badges and points for their Lions, Bears or Tigers team.
Mrs Stevenson holds a weekly Headteacher's Tea Party which is much loved by the pupils. Being selected to attend the Headteacher's Tea Party is seen as a real honour within the school community and pupils thoroughly enjoy sharing their achievements and spending some time in an informal setting with the Headteacher.