I am delighted to welcome you to Westside School Website. I hope you find the following pages informative and we look forward to you contacting us if you would like to visit or if you require any further information. We start from the belief in the power of education to transform lives and we aim to give every one of our students the best possible learning experience and to prepare each of them for their lives beyond school.
At Westside we know that students learn best when lessons are matched to need and we recognise that every student is different, some needing extra support. We strive at all times to get the best out of our students no matter what their background or ability. We are proud of our students and what they have achieved to date and look forward to their continued successes.
When we founded Westside, our focus was always to find a route to bring 13-16 year olds who are disengaging from mainstream education and are at risk of exclusion, back into the education system and going forward to opportunities. The school’s ethos is built on educating the whole person and preparing our students for further study, training and the world of work.
Being small and separate from any school allows Westside to be accepted by young people who have come to hate or fear the large school system. We recognize that children may have rejected aspects of their education, had an interrupted attendance record or may have misunderstood key concepts. They may have learning difficulties or may also have missed learning general social skills. For them, this has resulted in restricted opportunities for them within school and most certainly beyond.
All of us, from the dedicated staff team to the loyal and skilled board of governors, see our task as being instructors and re-engagers in an environment which is secure and calm, stimulating and safe.
Sarah Evans, Founder and Chair of Governors