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Autumn Newsletter 2017
A word from the Head

Welcome to our Autumn 2017 newsletter which brings to you news of some of the interesting activities that our children have been involved in this term.

We have had lots to celebrate as a school this term; we are celebrating excellent GCSE results – some of the best in the area and we congratulate our pupils on their successes. The good news generated by the Sheffield Star and Sunday Times announcing us as the ‘Top School in Sheffield and 7th Nationwide’, was a tremendous accolade for us. We also passed our ISI Compliance Inspection with flying colours and I would like to thank our children, parents, staff and governors for their contribution to our continued success.

As always we have enjoyed an excellent array of end of term festive events, which are highlighted in this newsletter; a particular favourite of mine was the KS1 Nativity – Baubles! To see such confidence in those so young is testament to them feeling happy and comfortable in their environment; an environment which is proven to be conducive to effective learning.

Our Music Department has yet again produced some excellent concerts, especially in the run up to Christmas and our choirs seem to go from strength to strength performing in various venues. This December they performed at the Sheffield Railway Station to mark the opening of our Charity of the Year, St Luke's ‘Festival of Light’ and even got to switch on the Christmas tree lights!

I would like to personally congratulate Year 10 girls Alex Middleton, Molly Meleady-Hanley and Isabella Hydes for their dancing and musical successes. Alex achieved Gold in tap dancing in October’s Starstruck Dance Competition in Barnsley. Molly made it through to the LIVE Final of Steel City Superstars and Isabella has been selected to sing for the Cantamus Girls’ Choir. These are magnificent achievements.

Our bigger than ever Staff Choir made their debut performance at our Christmas Carol Service (this took place at the Anglican Cathedral this year to accommodate our growing audience numbers), and they went down a storm with their rendition of the Coventry Carol.

We have some exceptionally talented musicians at Westbourne and the Gig night at the Leadmill was a fantastic way to demonstrate this. 56 students from Year 5-11 performed on stage to an audience of 300. These are impressive numbers for a school of 351 pupils. It was also an excellent social event for everyone.

We have enjoyed convincing wins in all sports and were particularly proud of our U11 rugby team who won the Barlborough Hall Charity Rugby Tournament in October and our U13A girls’ hockey team who remain undefeated.

I would like to wish you all the best for the festive season and a very happy and peaceful New Year 2018

John Hicks

Some of the Best GCSE Results in the area

Westbourne pupils celebrated a bumper crop of GCSE results this summer, with 97% of Year 11 gaining at least 5 A*- C passes, and 90% gaining 5 A*- C passes including Maths & English. 74% of the whole cohort achieved grade B - A**.

The new, more challenging specifications in Maths and English have not stood in the way of our pupils' success, with 14 out of 30 pupils gaining an 8 (A*) or 9 (A**) grade in at least one of these core subjects. Two thirds of all Maths grades were 7 or above (A, A*, A**), and 74% of all grades achieved by our top scholars were at these levels. 10% of all Maths and English were at level 9 (A**).

We are immensely proud of all our pupils' achievements.  Special congratulations are due to Anjali Ashok, who achieved 5 A* grades and a grade 9 in Maths, William Shahane (5 A* and grade 8 in Maths & English), Joseph Strike (2 A* and grade 9 in Maths & English), Morley Goulding (3 A* and grade 8 in Maths), William Stevenson (3 A* and grade 8 in Maths) and Morgan Kenny (2 A* and grade 9 in both English Language & Literature).

The students returned to Westbourne on Thursday 7th December to collect their GCSE certificates and to enjoy a farewell buffet with their peers, staff and parents.

“Top School in Sheffield and 7th Nationwide”

The best performing schools in South Yorkshire according to the Sunday Times have been revealed.

“Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2018, has identified the 2,000 highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their recent examination results. It includes primary schools, secondary schools, sixth form colleges, independent schools and academies.

The rankings in the secondary school league tables are determined by the percentage of examination entries gaining A* to B grades at A-level this summer (which is given double weighting) and the percentage of entries returning A* and A grades at GCSE. They are published several weeks ahead of the official Government tables for secondary school performance.

Westbourne School came top in Sheffield and is ranked in seventh place nationwide after some fantastic exam results. The independent secondary school, which caters to around 350 students, achieved 48.3 per cent in GCSEs at A* and A”.

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ISI Inspection Report success

We are delighted to announce that Westbourne passed the recent Compliance Inspection report with flying colours. We would like to extend a massive thank you to the parents, children, staff and governors who completed the pre-inspection surveys and who were involved in the interviews.

John Hicks commented: “Although they are not allowed to make any judgments on the quality of education, I am so pleased that both the inspectors were extremely impressed with our pupils. They said the children were a credit to the school and lived the school’s values with real purpose.”

He added: “As a non-selective school we are particularly pleased that the inspectors noted that our exam results, based on the statistics available, are above the national average. Indeed the 2017 GCSE results, which were not commented on by the inspectors, delivered some of the best results in the area with 97% of Westbourne pupils gaining 5 or more A**-C.”

“We are clearly going from strength to strength and this is a clear tribute to the hard work of staff, pupils and the wider community throughout Westbourne.”

You can see the full ISI report here

Christmas at the Cathedral

We rounded our festive celebrations off in style this year, when we hosted our whole school carol Service at the Sheffield Cathedral.

This event took place on the penultimate day of term with pupils aged eight to sixteen taking part in an evening of carols and seasonal readings.

This event is extremely popular with both families and staff,” said Head of Senior School Music Mrs Pritchett.

There was a very warm welcome for everybody and we were delighted with the number of people who joined us at this special celebration.

Our Order of Service included congregational hymns, solos and festive songs by our school choirs. Our very own girl band, Girl Power 7, entertained us with their own composition of Snowfall and the angelic voices of Molly Meleady–Hanley and Isabella Hydes in Year 10, filled the Cathedral as they opened the congregational hymn, Once in Royal David’s City. Our Massed Choir delighted us with An Angel, whilst the Staff Choir sang the beautiful and somewhat haunting Coventry Carol.

Thank you to Head Girl Ailsa Gillespie and Deputy Head Boy Benedict Pereira, for their thoughtful and articulate readings. Thank you to our Head Boy Oliver Marshall for his opening welcome and to Deputy Head Girl, Marisa Ali, for closing the procedings. Our recessional collection was in aid of our Charity of the Year – St Luke’s Hospice Sheffield.

Well done to all our children, staff and parents for their contribution.

Baubles! Reception – Year 2 Performance

Parents were delighted by this sparkly children’s nativity which was woven with the traditional Christmas story through a contemporary primary school setting. Mr Potts the Caretaker (Alfie Rees-Oxley), realising that something had been overlooked, set to work in creating some beautiful baubles for the bare, forgotten school Christmas Tree. In true Christmas spirit, everyone set about helping him and were reminded about the true meaning of Christmas.  Complete with funny, fresh songs and a quirky cast of characters, Baubles! was the perfect musical ornament to adorn our Christmas celebrations. Well done to our Performing Arts Department for such a tinsel-tastical nativity and to our very talented and sparkly cast.

Railway Station Christmas Light-Up

And they are on! Christmas officially started at the Sheffield Railway Station when Westbourne twins, Lulu and Trixie Morrison-Parry, switched on the Christmas Lights as part of St Luke’s ‘Festival of Light’. We were delighted that our Senior School choir were invited to perform at this wonderful, magical display that had commuters tapping and humming all the way home.

Christmas Fayre

The Friends of Westbourne Christmas Fayre took place on the last weekend of November. The Fayre offered festive food and drink, Christmas craft and gift stalls, a fantastic tombola, a Mega Raffle, Christmas Carols from our Junior School Choir plus our ever popular Santa’s Grotto.

As well as the funds raised for FoW, we raised an extra £209 for our Charity of the Year, St Luke’s. This came from the sale of toys and games that were organised by our Year 6 children. They donated all remaining toys to the Sheffield Women's Refuge.

A huge thank you to all who contributed to this event. Particular thanks go to Ms Ward, Mrs Rai, Mrs Ridley, Mrs Lowry, Mrs Goodfellow, Mrs Bashforth and Mrs Hind for galvanising the troops to put on such a successful event.

“Children laughing throughout the fayre
Holding hands with such love and care
Raffles, Santa, tombola too
It would be crazy not to buy a gift or two!
Singing choir filled the air with festive joy
Santa told, I've been a good girl or boy
Mulled wine and mince pies to go with the rest
A warm hot chocolate at the children's request
Shouting 'Westbourne Christmas Fayre… was simply the best!'

Friends of Westbourne

Gig Night at the Leadmill

On Monday 16th October Westbourne once again took to the stage at the iconic Leadmill - the mainstay of the Sheffield live music scene. The Leadmill sees some of the leading bands from across the country regularly playing at its venue. Pulp, The Killers and Arctic Monkeys are just some of the bands who’ve played there, however for one night only, Westbourne music makers took centre stage.

This is definitely one of the most popular events on our calendar - around 300 super fans turned up in the form of staff, students and parents for an absolutely memorable night. The talent on display and the confidence shown from our Year 5 to Year 11 performers was incredible! 

"Our acts showed the diversity of talent at Westbourne. What a great experience for the children to be able to perform in a real band venue and at such an iconic location. I hope this will inspire the children and make them hungry for more," said Mr Woodward, Head of Junior School Music.

School of the Year!

We are so proud to have been voted the Support Dogs Charity School of the Year 2016-2017.

Westbourne's Angela Bywater received the award from Support Dogs' Laura Baker at their Awards Ceremony at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Sheffield in November.

Laura added "We'd like to thank pupils and staff at Westbourne School in Sheffield for making us their charity of the year 2016-2017, netting us over £2,200, and gaining them our school of the year award."

If you go down to the woods today…

On Thursday 21st September our Pre-School and Reception children went on a mini adventure to Ecclesall Woods. They took part in a bear hunt in the "forest" and encountered a bear in his den! They walked through the mud and streams, and collected leaves and branches for our autumn display back at school.

In the afternoon they roasted some marshmallows and built a den that would suit a woodland creature. The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip and we had many sleepy children back at school.

BBC Radio Sheffield visit Westbourne

From ballroom to radio studio to classroom…the fascinating story of a famous Sheffield building was explored when three BBC Radio Sheffield presenters visited Westbourne School.

To mark the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio Sheffield, well known radio hosts Rony Robinson, Gerry Kersey and Mea Webb visited Westbourne’s Ashdell Grove building which, until the Millennium, was actually the home of the radio station.

The team toured what is now part of Westbourne’s Senior School complex, joining headmaster John Hicks to explain how the building has changed since Radio Sheffield moved to its current home at Shoreham Street in Sheffield city centre. The building actually dates back to the late 19th century when it was built for Lord Mayor Thomas Moore and his original ballroom eventually became the two main BBC studios - a space that has now been converted into Westbourne’s Drama Studio.

The broadcast was played on BBC Radio Sheffield on Tuesday November 14th.

We also welcomed a second contingent of 50th Anniversary visitors, when several former BBC Radio Sheffield presenters and back room staff held a reunion in Sheffield and called in to Westbourne.

As part of this reunion, 10 of our Junior School pupils joined the former employees to ask questions about how the building was used, how radio used to work and if they thought radio would still exist in another 50 years’ time!

Michael Barton, who founded Radio Sheffield, was delighted with the pupils intuitive questioning and the attendees thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing as they walked around their original base and told the children stories of their exploits of many years ago.
Thank you to the children, parents and staff for coming in on a Saturday to facilitate this reunion, the children were exemplary ambassadors for the school.

A special thank you to Mrs Foster Major for co-coordinating this event and to Mrs Loasby for the delicious radio cake!

Westbourne win Charity Rugby Tournament

We were delighted to be invited to attend the Techman Rugby Festival which took place on Wednesday 27th September at Barlborough Hall.

Westbourne’s U11's got off to a great start winning their first game by 3 – 0 v Mylnhurst. They then went on to beat Immaculate Conception, Barlborough Hall A and B to win their group.
Pitched in the final against the winners of group two, another Mylnhurst team, the boys went on to win 3-0 to become overall winners of the tournament!

This event which was organised by Barlborough Hall pupil, Sam Haddock, was to support sport for all and in particular young people with disabilities. The money raised from the ten participating school teams will go to support the charity READY who will ensure that the money reaches those that need it.

 ”We were delighted to have won such a great tournament and it was a privilege to be supporting such a worthy cause." said Westbourne Sports Director, Nigel Elvidge.  "The boys were outstanding, displaying skill and teamwork throughout" 

Westbourne awarded Wil Hawley man of the tournament for his fabulous tacking and running with the ball. David Hughes and Luca Cancello scored many tries but it really was the whole team effort that resulted in such a strong performance on the day. 

U13 A & B Remain Undefeated

On Wednesday 29th November our U13A and B girls attended Sheffield Girls’ High School, where both teams played in a triangular fixture against Hill House and SHS.

The first game for the U13A was against Hill House where we proved extremely strong, putting 7 goals past their defence without conceding a goal.

The second game was against a very strong SHS team. Lulu Morrison-Parry managed to break through their defence with excellent agility to score an explosive goal. The second goal came from a great cross by Trixie straight into the grip of Cristina Bayona who powered it into the back of the net. With seconds left, a penalty corner was awarded to Westbourne which resulted in another amazing goal, again from Lulu. 3-1 to Westbourne!

The first U13Bs match was against Hill House where, after an exhilarating game, the Westbourne girls demanded an amazing 6-0 win. Well done to goal scorers Martha Wood, Grace Brown and Sophia Dickinson.

The second game against SGH was more evenly matched and supplied some great tackles form SGH. However, fuelled by adrenalin from their earlier win, our girls battled hard to keep on top. Scoring not one, not two but three goals by the end whistle! The final score was 3-0 to Westbourne.

Goal scorers were Martha Wood and Grace Brown. Player of the match for both games was awarded to Esme Naylor.

Jeckyl and Hyde

On Thursday 16th November Ginificent Theatre Company were invited into school to perform an adaptation of the novel 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' which our pupils are studying for GCSE English Literature. All pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 were involved and thoroughly enjoyed this unique theatrical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's murderous tale.

"The pupils enjoyed it immensely and more importantly learned a massive amount about the story. The innovative 8ft set, merging modern technology with an eerie Victorian laboratory backdrop, captivated the pupils' attention from the outset. The actors, all seasoned professionals in bringing classic texts to life, stayed on to conduct a Q and A session, further enhancing pupils' knowledge of the text”. Lyndsey Wells Head of English.

Spring Term commences on Tuesday 9th January

Don’t Miss our Whole School Production of

21st and 22nd March 7.15pm
Montgomery Theatre,
Surrey Street, S1 2LG

Tickets available from
The Hallam FM Santa Sleigh came to Westbourne!

This freezing cold December weather brought an unexpected visitor to Westbourne...Santa and his elves!

The children were treated to festive songs and candy canes and had the chance to climb aboard the magical sleigh to have their picture taken with this seasonal celebrity. 

Thank you to Hallam FM for making this possible.

Master’s Degree Distinction

Congratulations to Miss Sarah Bean who has achieved a distinction in her Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
She also won the Department Award for best performance in a taught post graduate course.

Miss Bean has been a great asset to Westbourne since joining in September as our Mandarin speaking TA. She has not only enabled the understanding of our Chinese children but aided all our childrens' learning.

St Marks Carols

Our Year 3 -Year 6 Christmas Carol performance at St Mark's was exceptional!
The upbeat Christmas Carols filled the church and the children beamed as they entertained a packed audience of appreciative parents. This was a feel good event and a great way to kick start our Christmas celebrations! Well done to all involved.

St Luke’s Hospice is our Charity of the Year 2017-2018

St Luke’s is a cause close to the hearts of the people of Sheffield and we are so happy that it was voted by our pupils, to be Westbourne’s Charity of the Year.  St Luke’s cares for people aged 18 and over who have terminal illnesses. They aim to control their symptoms, alleviate pain, and give them the best possible quality of life – all free of charge. Our fundraising began in September and we have already been involved in several fundraising events such as the Senior School ‘phone fast’, an afternoon tea, a fabulous fashion show, a toy sale at the Christmas Fayre organised by Year 6 pupils, our Christmas Wishes board and a fun Christmas jumper day. We have lots more events to look forward to in the Spring term including Year 5 competing against other locals schools in the popular St Luke’s Biz Kids enterprise scheme.

Nora is ‘Jumping for Joy’!

On Sunday 26th November, Nora Gregory in Year 5 represented Westbourne at the NSEA (National Schools Equestrian Association) show jumping grassroots championship at Epworth in Lincolnshire. It was a long and cold day but it paid off for Nora who came 5th in the 60cm and a fantastic 3rd in the 70cm, out of a very large class of competitors.

Outstanding English Language Paper

Congratulations to Ellie Dalton in Year 10 for her excellent English work. Ellie created an outstanding piece of creative writing based on Section B, paper 1 of the English Language paper. This section is worth 25% of the GCSE grade.

The piece got full marks and is equivalent to a level 9 standard, A**

The void by Ellie Dalton

"As her English teacher I am delighted she is already achieving such high grades. She has previously read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and used it as inspiration for this piece of writing."

Mrs D Loane English teacher

Singing with the Cantamus

Well done to Isabella Hydes in Year 10 for being selected to join the highly acclaimed Cantamus Girls’ Choir.

The Cantamus choir is based in Mansfield and is incredibly selective. Being a member carries great responsibility with a vast amount of preparation for their concerts, tours and competitions. Isabella performed two songs at her audition, as well as a voice reading and is thrilled to have been accepted. She in now training for the Christmas shows as well as looking forward to the choir’s Easter performance in Switzerland.

Prima Ballerina in the Making

Year 10 student Alex Middleton, had a taste of fame last month when she performed on stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London to a sell-out crowd.

Alex stated: “I enjoyed every minute and it was an overwhelming and amazing experience.“

Alex is part of The Pickering Academy in Chapeltown, Sheffield and has been dancing for the grand total of 12 years. Amazingly, she has only started taking part in competitions 18 months ago and has recently achieved a Gold in tap in the Starstruck Dance Competition in Barnsley.

Each Tuesday, Alex travels to the Northern Ballet in Leeds as part of their prestigious training program for dancers who are likely to make it in the industry. Watch this space for a prima ballerina assoluta in the making!

Steel City Superstar Finalist

Congratulations to Molly Meleady- Hanley in Year 10 for making it through to the final of Steel City Superstars.

The final was held at The Virgin Money Lounge on Fargate, Sheffield and was a fundraiser in aid of Teenage Cancer.

Molly, who entered primarily to try to win the £250 prize money for a fundraising project she is involved in, was delighted to come third overall.

Pop songwriter Cary Baylis who was one of the commentators said “the quality of your diction and the way you acted the lyrics was really beautiful and the pitch was really in tune. Marvellous”

U14 Hockey win v Silverdale

On Tuesday 24th October our U14 Girls’ hockey team played and won against Silverdale School. As we have a small number of girls in Year 9, our team included girls from Year 7 - Year 9, making our win against such a big school all the more impressive.

The girls were extremely motivated from the outset and demonstrated accurate passing and strong defensive skills throughout. Trixie Morrison-Parry made a fantastic start to her game, displaying some impressive dribbling skills and scoring the first goal for Westbourne in the first five minutes of play. The girls played as a team throughout, leading 3-0 at half time. Our final goal of the match was scored by Sasha Dravairaj who was consistently determined to win the ball. A massive well done to all the girls who played in this fixture.

Eggsperimenting in cooking

This term has seen the introduction of a dedicated food science section in the KS3 syllabus. This has led to experiments being conducted on the methods of heat transfer and the different functions of the egg in cookery. Some of the tests resulted in eggs exploding in the microwave, toast being left to burn and caramel being made. Thankfully the trials on pancakes and omelettes offered a more palatable outcome! The experiments are designed to help the pupils’ understanding of both the role of ingredients and the different methods of cooking them. They also had lots of fun in the process!

Molly strides to Victory

Year 10 pupil Molly Meleady-Hanley has overcome injury to win first place. This was in the Under 15’s Race Walking component of the Youth Development League (YDL) National Finals 2017 at Birmingham Alexander Stadium.

Molly, who was racing for City of Sheffield and Dearne Athletics Club and Westbourne, has been receiving treatment for a recurring knee injury.

Even so, the talented 14 year-old who is also a member of the South Yorkshire Race Walking Team, the North of England Team and England Race Walking Team, still managed to stride towards an impressive victory.

Over recent years she has won the Under 11’s Race Walking Championships, the Under 13’s Race Walking Championships, the coveted Grand Prix, the Midlands League and the South Yorkshire Race Walking League.

A keen all-round Sports person, she also plays cricket for South Yorkshire Girls U16’s team in the South Yorkshire and Yorkshire leagues and is an enthusiastic hockey, netball and rounders player as well as participating in a range of cross country running events over the years.


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