Mrs D Hughes
I would like to wish the class of Year 11 a thoroughly enjoyable and enriching academic year. This is my 10th year as a teacher of Mathematics at Westholme and my 8th as a Head of Year at Key Stage 4. I thoroughly enjoy both roles and the rewarding and diverse challenges that both present. Our school is a wonderful environment within which every individual is encouraged to develop their potential and to explore new interests. My main focus for all the students in Year 11 is for you “to not be afraid to fail”. Fear of failure is often the most prevalent emotion which prevents us from experiencing the joy that achieving success can bring. Our focus this year is a “Growth Mindset” and we aim to encourage every member of our school community in developing a marvellous sense of positive self belief.
As you embark upon the final stage of your GCSE course I would like you all to recognise that you have already been extremely well prepared for this stage in your academic journey in previous years. Some of you, though, will sometimes need additional support to deal with the increasing demands of the courses. One of the key factors to success is organisation and I will be continuing to run a lunchtime club once a week in order to address any issues before they become a problem. It is imperative that we all communicate effectively; all the staff in our school are here to ensure that all students are given every opportunity to flourish and you should be confident in the knowledge that you can approach them for support if you do experience any difficulties.
Our school motto is “a healthy mind in a healthy body” and in the spirit of this I urge you all to recognise that we all need a positive work life balance. It is true that you will need to devote more time to your academic studies if you are to achieve your potential but it is also imperative that you still pursue interests which you enjoy. I know that many of you are super sportsmen and women, talented performers and great musicians and often represent our school at many events. Many of you are involved with organisations outside school and make really worthwhile contributions to the life of the wider community. We all need to develop all aspects of our lives if we are to become well rounded individuals so remember balance is the key!
The pastoral team is not just myself working in isolation; your form tutors are an extremely vital part of the team and their role in your lives is pivotal. You can be confident in the knowledge that we all work together to ensure that you are effectively supported throughout your time at Westholme. I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing you all develop during this academic year and I wish you every success in everything you undertake.
As a note to parents if you have any queries or concerns I can be best reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively contact me via the main switchboard.
Head of Year 11
Teacher of Mathematics