Round SquareWestfield is an elected member of Round Square, a world-wide association of over 80 schools which share a commitment, beyond academic excellence, to personal development, responsibility and international understanding through service, challenge and adventure.
'Inspiring students to become the leaders and guardians of tomorrow's world'
Girls are involved in service in both the local and wider, international community. Lower Four girls have the opportunity to participate in a variety of service projects which are forerunners 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, Canada, Costa Rica, Thailand and Kenya.
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.
Democracy in Education
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.
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.
We are pleased to announce the forthcoming opportunities to attend Round Square Conferences during 2014-2015.
•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. www.felsted.org/mun2015
•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.
Round Square International Conference 2015 - UWCSEA Singapore
Round Square International Conference 2016 – Louisenlund/ Salem, Germany
Round Square International Conference 2017 – Cape Town, South Africa
In this Section
Spring Term commences - Tuesday 6 January 2015
12 December 2014
The new term resumes on Tuesday 6 January 2015. There will be an inset day for staff on Monday 5 January. We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Scholarships for entry to the Sixth Form in September 2015
12 December 2014
The Sixth Form Scholarship Examinations will be held on Friday 16 January 2015.
The Westfield Association 2015 dates for your diary
10 December 2014
Please join us at the first Committee meeting of 2015 at 6.00pm on Tuesday 13 January.
Alex Henderson jets off to Nicaragua on a RSIS Project
09 December 2014
Alex Henderson, Lower Sixth, has flown off to Nicaragua to take part in a Round Square Service Project on the San Juan River in southern Nicaragua.
Open Day at Westfield - Saturday 7 March 2015
09 December 2014
The next whole school Open Day will be held on Saturday 7 March 2015 from 10.00am until 1.00pm.
Outstanding, Innovative, Unique..see Westfield in action
09 December 2014
Visit Westfield in action on our website. Watch our films on the OUR SCHOOL section, click on Videos.
Christmas Bauble Decorating Competition with GFW Lettings
08 December 2014
We are delighted to be working with GFW Lettings on a bauble decorating competition for our Junior House girls and boys.
11+ Entrance and Scholarship Examinations
17 November 2014
The 11+ Entrance and Scholarship Examinations will be held on Friday 16 January. If you would like your daughter to sit the examinations, please contact the school office on 0191 255 3980.
Bonfire Night & Fireworks Party
07 November 2014
What a fantastic night on Friday 7 November for our Bonfire Party.