Westwood College’s aspirations are reflected in the culture and ethos of the college, in the way in which our community is built upon sensitivity, tolerance and the appreciation of difference; at the heart of our work is the education of the young people in our care. There is a whole college ethos based on Rights, Respect and Responsibility.
OFSTED have described Westwood College as “an outstandingly effective school (with) an outstanding capacity to improve further”. Over the last 5 years we have demonstrated how accurate that assessment was. We have seen, almost year on year, improvements in the outcomes for our young people. The 2012 OFSTED report acknowledged that students achieve well and make good progress because teaching is carefully personalised to meet their needs.
We are committed to providing a stimulating, varied and broad education. We offer a wide range of extra activities as well as good academic standards. We want our students to be genuinely involved in the life of our College, participating in its decisions, interested in their learning and valuing the opportunities they have had. We are proud of their achievements, the quality of our teaching and the pastoral care we provide. We want our young people to leave Westwood with ambition, an appetite for learning and the confidence to encounter the challenges and changes that will inevitably face them.
There has been a long tradition dating back to 1921 of Westwood providing good quality education. The College serves the western part of Leek, Cheddleton and Longsdon within the Staffordshire Moorlands as part of the Leek Federation of schools. The positive relationships in the College are a feature as OFSTED acknowledged in the 2012 report when they said; “relationships between students and staff are strong”. At Westwood the welfare of the students is at the heart of everyone’s efforts. Visitors never fail to be impressed by our students, the environment of our College and the adults who work here.