Term Time In The ‘New Normal’

Luxe caught up with Mr Neil Walker, Headmaster at Westfield School in Gosforth to find out how the school has been adapting to the ‘new normal’ and how they are supporting the girls as they return to school...
Westfield School

It’s been a busy time for schools across the country and Westfield have worked hard to put additional safety measures in place.

Mr Walker says “It would take too long to list everything but every part of the school has been reviewed, including entry and exit points, classroom layout, new procedures for providing food, the supply of PPE, hand sanitisers and adjusting the timetable to reduce movement around school and contact between classes.

“It’s going to be a slightly different school day than previously but we have kept in regular contact with parents over the summer so they are fully prepared for the adjustments we have made.

“As a small school, we are able to react swiftly to make sure that every girl and staff member can get back to school safely.

“In terms of providing support, the key thing will be to ensure each girl feels safe and can re-establish their friendships after such a long time.

“We have built in more pastoral and form time so that girls can share their thoughts and feelings and we have focused on ensuring that we can offer bonding experiences and extra-curricular activities so that school feels as normal as possible despite the changes.

“We have always given extra support but what makes us stand out is our built-in mindfulness programme as an essential part of the school week. We have a mindfulness expert as a member of our staff team and a schedule for our girls to take part in. In addition, we have a school counsellor for the girls to access if they want to talk to someone from outside the school”.

To find out more about Westfield School and how they can help get your daughter’s education back on track, register for their October Open Day on Saturday 3 October between 10am and 12pm. Visit Westfield School, Gosforth

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