Westholme offers a broad curriculum to ensure that all our pupils are inspired in some area of interest. In Years 7-9, Westholme offers an enriched National Curriculum. Science is particularly strong and Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught separately in six purpose built laboratories. The Humanities are also taught in separate subjects and offer exciting activities both in and out of the classroom.
A wide choice of languages is on offer including German, Spanish and French (as well as Latin), whilst all pupils in years 7-9 learn Mandarin, Art, Design Technology, Music, Food and Textiles as well as Information Technology, which are all taught by specialised teachers in purpose built rooms.
Westholme always excels in sports and a wide variety of sports are offfered to all pupils both in lesson time and as extra-curricular activities.
We are fortunate in having small classes to ensure that all the pupils gain the maximum help and attention. In core subjects, where setting occurs, the groups can be even smaller.
At GCSE the emphasis is upon choice and flexibility. Over twenty subjects are offered and results have been consistently excellent. Good teaching methods are combined with a well-structured pastoral care system to provide the basis for effective learning. The progress of each pupil is carefully monitored by both Form and Year Tutor and the school believes in a close partnership with parents. At all stages in their school career, pupils are encouraged to be busy and to broaden the scope of their interests. They may become involved in music, sport and drama as well as many other activities and clubs ranging from archery to public speaking and debating.
National examination reform introduced by the Government has created new courses at GCSE.
New specifications were first introduced in 2015 and are being phased in until 2018. In the case of GCSE, there are changes to the way in which the examinations are graded with letters grades being replaced by numbers. During the transition phase, students will possibly be taking a mixture of new and old courses and, in the case of GCSE between 2017 and 2019 , they will be receiving results, some of which are graded in letters (old courses) and some in numbers (new courses). This summer (2017) students will receive number grades in Mathematics and English. Additional changes include the removal of internal teacher assessments for most subjects; greater focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar; more content, more demanding requirements for English; greater depth and difficulty in Mathematics and more extended writing in many subjects.
AS qualifications are no longer modular and do not comprise 50% of an A Level; they are therefore standalone qualifications. From the academic year 2017/18 our Sixth Formers will sit their A Level examinations at the end of their Upper Sixth year as a linear course.
For more information on these changes, please follow this link to Ofqual.