Westfield School, Newcastle upon Tyne
|Type||Independent day school|
|Headteacher||Mr N Walker|
|Head of Junior House||Mr N Walker|
|Chairman of Governors||Mrs J Keep|
Newcastle upon Tyne
|Local authority||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|DfE URN||108542 Tables|
Westfield School was founded in 1960 by a group of parents who saw the need for a new type of girls' independent school with a broader curriculum than those offered at the time by other Newcastle schools. They decided to establish a girls' school on the Gordonstoun model. Henry Brereton, a former Headmaster of Gordonstoun, was a founder trustee consultant and an adviser from the beginning. He remained a Governor of Westfield after retirement from Gordonstoun.
Miss Ellen Bicknell's PNEU School, situated at 1 and 3 Westfield Grove, Gosforth, was purchased and became the Junior House. Demand for places grew rapidly. Within a year Oakfield House, the former home of Sir Cecil Cochrane, was purchased for the Senior House.
Westfield continued to grow rapidly throughout the 1990s. It became a member of the Round Square in 1991. In 1996 the acquisition of Ashfield Towers on Kenton Road, adjacent to Senior House, led to the relocation of Junior House allowing Westfield to offer an all through education for girls from three to eighteen on a single six acre site in the heart of Gosforth. The current school is now made up of three divisions: Junior House (which includes the Early Years), Senior House and Sixth Form.
The school's uniform consists of a tartan blue and pink kilt with a pink shirt and a navy blue V-neck jumper, whilst the sixth form uniform consists of a navy suit along with the same pink and navy blue pullover as the rest of the school.
As a Round Square school, Westfield frequently participates in exchange programmes and service projects with other member schools. Girls from most year groups have the opportunity to visit other Round Square schools. There are also opportunities for younger students to participate in Junior and Young Round Square conferences aimed specifically at their own age groups and usually held in the UK or Europe.
A wide variety of activities are available ranging from sport to interest clubs to performing arts. Outdoor pursuits for Duke of Edinburgh Award participants offers girls the opportunity to experience the outdoors through expeditions and camping trips.
Notable former pupils
- Julia Barrow, historian and academic
- Our History
- Round Square
- Senior Extracurricular Activities