News - Awards Evening

Westwood College held its annual Awards Evening, in the Old Hall, on Monday 07 January, 2013.

IMG_0295eThe Chair of the Leek Federation Governors, Mandy Bennett, started the event by welcoming the guest speaker, Mrs Julia Turner, Headteacher, Churnet View Middle School. Ms Bennett thanked Mrs Turner for agreeing to speak at the event.

Mr Hey, Acting Headteacher of Westwood College, then spoke. He expressed the opinion that the College had had another excellent year. It had continued to improve outcomes for students, developed its community links even further, as a Specialist Arts and Languages College, and consolidated its work as a centre of creative excellence. He praised the staff, parents and students for their hard work in continuing to push forward the constant improvements that the College has undergone over the last few years. He was also pleased to note that Westwood College was continuing to develop its international links at a time when global events are of such importance to us all.

IMG_0363He told the students who were receiving their awards that they should be very proud of their accomplishments.Mr Hey was confident that the College would continue the superb work of the last few years.

Mrs Turner then presented the certificates that the young people studying at the College had earned, by having high aspirations and working hard to achieve them. In her speech Mrs Turner too praised the efforts of all of the school community. She was pleased that the College is making such a difference to all of the young people of the town’s life chances.  Mrs Turner noted that the College had developed very strong links with other schools in the town and was encouraged by this development as it placed these schools at the centre of educational transformation, in line with current government policy about chains of schools working together to improve the life chances of all youngsters.

IMG_0366In summary, Mr Hey echoed Mrs Turner’s sentiments and agreed that it was most encouraging to see the college making such a positive contribution to the local and global community. He praised staff, students and parents for their efforts. He also praised the inclusive nature of the school as it seeks to educate all of the young people in its catchment area. Mr Hey looked forward to further significant improvements in 2013.

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