The Westbrook Trust
The Westbrook Trust is made up of a community of schools that aim to ‘achieve together’ the best possible outcomes for all to improve their futures. We embrace the chance to collaborate with like-minded schools and academies because we all benefit and learn from the opportunities this brings.
By 'achieving together' our aim is that:
- are all extremely well prepared for the next stage of their education.
- are healthy, resilient, confident and independent. They are global citizens.
- are actively engaged in pupils’ learning.
- have high aspirations for our pupils, our schools and themselves.
Our staff and governors:
- are effectively supported and developed to ensure that all pupils benefit from a great education.
- are consulted, considered, and valued to achieve their career aspirations.
The key behaviours and values we strive to demonstrate to meet our aims are to be: Clear, Humble, Effective, Enabling and Responsive.
We are very proud of all of our schools and how they demonstrate our shared values in their own unique ways.
- Many congratulations to the staff and governors at St. Margaret's Infants following their successful Ofsted inspection in Feb 2020. The report highlighted the excellent relationships between the community and the successful curriculum.
- School leaders have communicated their wider opening plans to their school communities. We look forward to welcoming back more pupils. The safety and well-being of each of our school communities continues to be our main priority.
- We are continuing to follow Government and Public Health England advice. Please see the link below to the latest guidance on social distancing: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing
- Congratulations to Mr. Atkins (Byron), Miss Scudder (Byron) and Mrs. Pascall (St. Margaret's Infants) who all recently successfully completed the Medway moderation process.
- Huge congratulations to Miss Staples at Brompton-Westbrook who successfully bid for £10,000 from the Community Fund.
- Many congratulations to Brompton-Westbrook Primary School who achieved the Gold Award Accreditation in July. The assessors' feedback noted that it was evident that children’s rights are embedded across the school and underpin every facet of school life.
- Many congratulations to Mrs Miles (Pastoral Teaching Assistant at Brompton-Westbrook) and Mrs Holley (Teaching Assistant at St. Margaret's Infants) who both recently successfully completed ELSA training provided by Medway’s Educational Psychology Service.
- Congratulations to Byron Primary School for their recent performances at the Mini Youth Games. They won the table tennis competition and achieved the Fair Play award in the netball competition.
- The Trust is delighted to announce we have secured a significant amount of funding for three separate capital projects across our schools.
- Brompton-Westbrook received a short inspection in January. The letter highlights the notable successes of the school, including strong links with parents, effective teaching and strong pupil progress. Congratulations to children, staff and governors.
Music at Home Challenge
Following on from the success of our Miles at Home challenge in Term 5, we set a Music at Home challenge for term 6. Our aim was that together, our community re-produced our own version of Blessed by the NHS by the School Music Company. Linked to the well-being areas of connecting with others, keep learning and giving, our community chose how they would contribute to our version of this song.
Using the teacher instruction videos to help them, pupils, staff and parents rehearsed their parts before sharing their performances. Our communities either played percussion using their bodies or homemade instruments, sang, danced or played a tuned instrument. Mr. Lock (our music School Leader of Education) then compiled all of the different performances to create the video below to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the NHS. Well done to everyone that took part.
Miles at Home Challenge
Our community ran, jogged and walked miles at home to support Medway Hospital and their COVID-19 response. Children, parents & staff from our family of schools all took part: Brompton-Westbrook Primary, St. Margaret’s Infants & Byron Primary. We were delighted that our friends at Oaklands Primary & their community also took part.
We also wanted to support our community mental wellbeing by:
- keeping active
- connecting with others.
We were overwhelmed with the engagement and generosity of our fantastic communities. It was fantastic to see so many children, families and staff getting involved. Together we achieved an incredible 959 miles and have raised over £4,000 for Medway Hospital. A huge thank you and well done to everybody that took part. We are really proud to have supported our local hospital and the fantastic and brave work that they are doing at this current time.
Please see our video below that celebrates the achievement of our communities:
We want to thank all of our magnificent pupils, parents and staff for their support at this difficult and uncertain time.
Our shared values and ethos are required now, more than ever, to achieve together the safety and well-being of our community.
School leaders have communicated their wider opening plans to their school communities. We look forward to welcoming back more pupils. The safety and well-being of each of our school communities continues to be our main priority.
For those children that have not yet returned to school, families are spending a lot of time at the moment together at home. The most important thing is keeping each other safe, both physically and mentally. Children will also be completing home learning activities provided by each school. We know that this will look different in each household and it is important that completing the activities doesn't create any additional pressure on families.
Please see below some suggestions linked to our values that may be of use during these activities:
- Create a timetable of activities (include break and lunch times).
- Agree clear, simple rules (e.g. ‘school behaviour’ ‘be kind’ ‘follow the timetable’).
- Set a daily ‘kindness challenge’. Who can be kind to someone else at home? Who can notice someone else being kind?
- Evaluate the day. What went well? What could have gone better? What we will do differently tomorrow?
- Encourage children to be responsible for their learning.
- Build in different fun activities to break up the day (e.g. exercising together or playing games).
- Build in opportunities for both ‘online learning’ and ‘offline learning’ (learning not involving electronic devices).
- Build in time for children to tidy up and complete other household tasks as appropriate throughout the day.
- Adapt an activity if it is not going well and avoid conflict over completing a task.
- Contact the school if you have any questions or need any help with the learning.
Please remember that you can contact the school offices as normal via phone or email. You can also contact the Westbrook Trust office on: email@example.com
We recognise that children are likely to be accessing online learning more frequently at this current time. It is very important therefore that children are being safe online. Please click here for our leaflet for parents and carers to support this.
The Westbrook Trust is a successful Trust and proud of its reputation for working with and supporting other schools in order to improve pupil outcomes. Our success is due to our strong moral purpose and passion for 'achievement for all pupils'. We believe in building effective partnerships with a range of stakeholders to achieve this. Sharing and collaborating is an essential part of this Trust’s ethos.
Thank you for taking the time to read the information on the website. Please follow the links to the individual academies and other information about The Westbrook Trust.