We are very fortunate at Westholme to be able to offer first class facilities to our pupils.
In many subjects, where specialist facilities are required, lessons are held in dedicated rooms. Subjects include: Art and Photography, Technologies (Food, Textiles and Resistant Materials), Information Technology, Modern Languages, Drama, Music and Science.
The Croston Theatre
Westholme School boasts a professional sized theatre, including a Green Room, superb lighting equipment and a large, versatile stage. These provide first class facilities for Drama and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.
Music is a very strong feature here at Westholme and all lessons are held in dedicated classrooms in our newly extended and refurbished Music Centre. Lessons on a wide variety of instruments are offered, so pupils can make a choice which best suits their personal taste and aptitude. They also have the opportunity to join any of our very popular and successful school orchestras, bands and choral groups.
Our sports facilities are extensive, including a large all-weather pitch, sports field, sports hall and indoor swimming pool as well as netball and tennis courts.
Our ICT facilities are up to date, with excellent open-access provision of computers and access to the internet. All classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards to encourage the use of ICT in all lessons.
We have a full range of technology rooms specifically designed and equipped for a whole range of design work. Pupils are encouraged to obtain as much practical experience as possible and to work with a wide variety of materials and processes in Food, Textiles and Resistant Materials.
Learning Resource Centre
The well-stocked Learning Resource Centre is situated at the centre of the school and offers an impressive range of facilities. The spacious accommodation comprises an area of large tables which easily accommodates a whole class. A separate silent study room also accommodates up to 30 pupils. There are comfortable seating areas for pupils wishing to read or to catch up with friends at break or lunch. There are extensive views over Mellor and the distant hills, making the library a very pleasant room for studying or browsing.
The Library within the centre contains about 13,000 books plus DVD's, magazines and subject reviews. There are 21 computers which have internet access and connection to the printer within the L.R.C. A photocopier is available for use by pupils.
The L.R.C. is a place where pupils can study during lessons and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere at break and lunch when chess, scrabble and other games are played. Throughout the year there are displays to celebrate the pupils work and fund raising events for charities. The Christmas Quiz has become one of the annual rituals of the school. There is great rivalry in the Sixth Form Common room between competing teams. In January we celebrate Chinese New Year with our Mandarin Department. The English Department always celebrate World Book Day with competitions or visiting speakers. Authors such as Joseph Delaney and Steve Cole have come to speak to pupils in our wonderful Croston Theatre. The House Debating Competition and The House Quiz are held each Spring and the GCSE and A Level Art and photography is exhibited each Summer. Each school department uses the L.R.C. from Classics and Latin to the amazing Geography and E.P.R. models which delight pupils and visitors alike.
Last but not least we also have the excellent Senior I.T. Technician and Assistant Technician based in the centre to solve any technical worries and provide great assistance to staff and pupils.