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School Games Award 2019



We are delighted to announce that we have once again achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year!


The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.


Sports day

Friday 12th July - It's Sports Day at Westhouses!

Sports event

Thursday 11th July - Our year 5's are out at Tibshelf Secondary School for their 'Festival of Sports' (10am-2pm).

Class trip

Friday 5th July - it's Explorers' class trip to Cleethorpes, have fun!

Sports event

Tuesday 2nd July - Our KS2 children have a 'Map Quest' event at Shirebrook Academy. 12.45pm - 2.30pm (Children attending have received a letter).

Class trip

Thursday 27th June - Our year 6's are going to West Notts College for a 'Futures Day' workshop.

Inset Day

Reminder - School is closed on Friday 28th June for an inset day.

Outdoor learning

Thursday 20th June - some of our children from Five Pits Partnership will be at Stonebroom School for outdoor learning 1.00pm -2.45pm. If you are one of these children don't forget you need outdoor clothing.

School photos

Thursday 20th June - The school photographer will be in school.


Sports event

Tuesday 18th June - The infants have a fun run at Tibshelf Infants (4:00-5:30).

School Trip

Tuesday 18th June - Philosophers have their school trip to Magna Science Adventure Centre.

Science week

Monday 17th June - It's national science week and to celebrate we are having a science day at school. Children will be joining in workshops throughout the day all linked with science.

Summer Fair

Friday 14th June - It's our Summer Fair at 2pm, we hope you can come along and join us.

Sports event

Thursday 13th June - Some Year 5 - Year 6 will be joining in a Kwik Cricket session.


Wednesday 12th June - Philosophers music performance will be at 2:45pm, parents are invited to come along and listen.

Artist in school

Wednesday 12th June - Explorers have Beverley Moss in their class doing a felt workshop. Parents are welcome to stay for this event and it will last all day.


Tuesday 11th June - Trailblazers have the police in their class doing a workshop.

Water Aid

Friday 7th June - We have a Water Aid workshop in school.


Friday 7th June - We have a non-uniform day - please send in a bottle e.g. wine, toiletries etc. These are for the Summer Fayre.

PE activity

Friday 24th May - We have bikeability in school for the last day of term.


School trip

Friday 17th May - Year 5/6 will be going on a school trip to Galleries of Justice. Please speak to Mr Weston if you have any question regarding this trip. Thank you.


The book people

Friday 17th May - The book bus is in school. Your child will be given the opportunity throughout the day to go and look on the book bus and may bring a small amount of money to school, alternatively you may look on the bus before or after school with your child. Children going on the School trip (Y5/Y6) may look on the bus before or after school.


Workshop in school

Thursday 16th May - Miss Russell's and Mr Weston's class have Warburtons coming into school to do a workshop with them.




With SAT's just around the corner we want to wish all our pupils the very best of luck. We are very proud of all of you and the hard work you have put in.



Art Workshop

KS2 will be working with Rachel Carter (artist) making corn dollies.


Cricket Festival

Thursday 9th May - the year 2 class will be going to Morton cricket club to take part in a cricket festival. 


Don't forget it is an Inset day here at Westhouses tomorrow (Thursday 2nd May).


Sporting events:
Thursday 9th May - Year 2 will be going to Morton cricket club for a cricket festival (Only children who have returned permission slips will be attending this trip).

Swimming continues on a Wednesday for our Year 3/4 class - please remind your child to bring their swimming kit with them every Wednesday.

Friday 24th May - Bikeability will be in school for our Year 5/6 class, please let school know asap if you cannot provide a bike for your child. 

Afterschool clubs:
Monday - Miss Chambers and Miss Russell are staring a new club. 'Mindful me' will include activities such as yoga, social games and art.

Tuesday -Miss Ramsdale continues her Prodigy maths club.

Wednesday/Thursday -Mrs Russell's Origami club will continue.

Friday - Mrs Whitby continues her construction club. 

If you would like any more information on after school clubs please see the class teacher running the club.

Thank you. 

Building work

The building work has finally begun at school, we look forward to you seeing the end results!


Easter Celebrations 

Friday 12th April - Parents are invited to join us at Westhouses Chapel for our Easter celebrations.


Thursday 11th April - It's the League final of the 5 Pits Partnership football tournament.

School Trip

Thursday 11th April - Philosophers have their school trip to the Railway Museum.

Debbie Owen


Thursday 11th April - Trailblazers have a workshop with Debbie Owen, a TV script writer who has written for shows such as the Bill and Casualty.

Easter egg hunt!


On Wednesday 10th April we will be having an Easter egg hunt in school. 



Wednesday 10th April - KS1 will be taking part in a cricket session in the morning. Please make sure your child has their PE kit with them.


Movie Night

It's movie night at Westhouses on the 5th April, grab your ticket from the school office!

Bake it or fake it!

Thursday 4th April - It's Friends of Westhouses cake sale after school at 3:30. Please bring your donations to the school office Thursday morning, all proceeds go towards special events for the children. Thank you.

Class event

Tuesday 2nd April - Philosophers will be joining in a 'Sing Together' event at Stonebroom Primary.


Tuesday 2nd April is the Year 3 and Year 4 football competition.

World Water day

Thursday 28th March - We celebrate 'March for Water'. If your child has taken part in the sponsored walk, please return your sponsor sheets to the school office or class teacher. Thank you to pupil voice for organising this event.

Class event

Tuesday 26th March - Philosophers are making bird feeders in class today.

Book Fair

The 25th - 29th March is our Book Fair!

Parents Evening

Don't forget it's parents evening on the 26th and 27th March. Please make sure you have your appointment booked with your child's class teacher.

Red Nose Day 

Thank you to everyone who took part in Red Nose Day on Friday - we raised an amazing £85.95!

Coal art workshop

Wednesday 20th March - Philosophers have an art workshop in class.

Dance Festival

Tuesday 19th March: Explorers have their dance festival, please ensure you have returned your child's permission slip alongside money for tickets. Thank you.

Red Nose Day

Friday 15th March is Red Nose Day, children can wear non-uniform for a donation of minimum £1.00.

World Book Day

We are celebrating World Book Day on Tuesday 12th March, children can come to school dressed as their favourite book character. 


Thursday 7th March - We have Valley Cids in school today for an assembly.


Quiz Night

Don't forget it's Quiz on Friday 1st March. 

Cross Country 

Thursday 28th February - It's the Year 5/6 Cross County competition at Morton Primary School.

Sporting events for the term

Swimming continues on a Wednesday.

Archery club will be on after school on a Wednesday all term (this is ran by an outside company, for more information please ask the office).

Basketball club will continue on a Friday after school.

Thursday 28th February is Cross County.

Tuesday 19th March is a dance festival.

Tuesday 2nd April is the Year 3 and Year 4 football competition.

Thursday 4th April is the 5PP Football competition.

Welcome Back

Welcome back to another busy term here at Westhouses, we hope you are well rested and ready to learn. 

Time for a break!

We hope you have a lovely break and we will see you next half term. 

Tibshelf Secondary School

Friday 15th February - Trailblazers have Tibshelf Secondary School visiting them at 1.30pm.

Safer Internet Performance

Tuesday 12th February - We have 'Escape' in school performing an online safety play for Year 2 - Year 6.

Felt Pods

Friday 8th February - We have a felt artist in school to work with Trailblazers to create bird pods/houses.

Safer Internet Day in school

Tuesday 5th February - Tuesday is Safer Internet Day, we have an online safety workshop in school for Year 3,4,5 and 6.

Fife performance

Coming up tomorrow:
Year 3/Year 4 will be showing off their music skills in a performance at 2.45pm on Wednesday 30th January.


Free Workshop

FREE training and mentoring for local women

We’re on the lookout for women of all ages from Westhouses and surrounding villages who want to take part in our new project: Lean On. We are creating a network of women who are interested in or are currently running their own businesses however big or small, and those who want to work creatively or in the community. You don’t need experience to access Mentors, a Weekend Residential and Group Discussions. Expect something a little different: more friendly likeminded groups getting creative than the cut-throat apprentice! To find out more please email/ text/ call: [email protected] // 07851 158174


Samantha Whelan


07851 158174

Meetings: Wednesday 16th January 2019

The times tables meeting with year 3/4 is at 3.30pm.


The SAT's meeting for parents will start at 4.00pm.



On Wednesday 16th January Tibshelf Community School will be hosting the Sports hall athletics competitions  4.00-5.30. Good luck Westhouses! 

Food for Life

Wednesday 16th January - Blackwell Primary School are hosting a Food for Life 'Cook and Eat' session for parents. If you have signed up for this event please be at Blackwell Primary School for 9.30am.


Don't forget swimming is back on, you need to bring your swimming kit with you every Wednesday! 


After School Clubs Spring Term 1 2019



(finish time)

Who for



Please tick or put child’s name in box



Mr Gascoyne

(3.15pm - 4:15pm)







SAT's Boosters with Mr Weston and Mrs Whitby. 

Year 6






Mrs Ramsdale's Prodigy Maths club. 

(3.15pm - 4.00pm)







Laser Tag 


All Letter sent from outside party.    




Origami with Mrs Russell

(3.15 - 4.00)








Mr Gascoyne

(3.15pm - 4:15pm)





Friday Singing club (starts 3.15pm)   Ongoing Ongoing  


Computer Animation

Mrs Whitby

(3.15pm – 4pm)







Rugger'eds Multi Skills


  Letters sent from outside party.    

Welcome back!

Welcome back, we hope you had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and are well rested and ready to learn. Once again we have a very busy term ahead so be sure to check out our Website Calendar and Facebook page for regular updates. 

Merry Christmas

We hope you all have a lovely break and look forward to seeing you in the New Year. 


Facebook Poll

Check out our Facebook page and give your opinion on Parent Pay (a online payment platform). Follow the link to have your say. Alternatively, if you do not have Facebook a paper copy can be found in the office. 


Movie Night!

Christmas Movie Night Friday 14th December 5.30-7.00, tickets will be on sale from Monday 10th December in the school office. 


Christmas Performances

Wednesday 12th December - 

Philosophers afternoon performance at 1.30pm. 
Explorers evening performance at 5.30pm. (Please ensure your child is at school for 5.00pm to get changed.) Thank you.


Thursday 13th December - 

Explorers afternoon performance at 1.30pm.
Philosophers evening performance at 6.00pm. (Please ensure your child is at school for 5.45pm in their costume ready to perform.) 

NSPCC Workshop

Tuesday 11th December - The year 5/6 will be taking part in a NSPCC Workshop at school. Follow the link to find out more.



Monday 10th December - Pantomime trip to Mansfield Palace theatre. The bus will be leaving at 1pm from school and returning approximately 5:30pm. Parents who are accompanying us will need to arrive at school at 12.45pm.


NSPCC Assembly

On Tuesday 4th December we have the NSPCC in to do an assembly for the school. 

Cinderella Pantomime

We look forward to watching Cinderella the Pantomime at Newton Community Centre on Monday. 

Non-Uniform Day

Monday 26th November - non-uniform day (don't forget to bring your bottle donation).

Christmas Fayre

Don't forget it's our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 1st December. 

Sickness Reminder 

With a sickness bug going around we kindly remind parents that we have a 48 hour rule. Your child cannot return to school until being 48 hours sick free. Thank you. 


Sleepover time!

Don't forget it's Trailblazers sleepover tomorrow. 

Get spotty!

Don't forget to wear your spots tomorrow for Children In Need, £1 donations for your spotty creations! 

Flu Vaccines 

Reminder: all who's parents have given permission will be having the flu vaccine tomorrow in school (Year 1 - Year 5). 


Well done to everyone that joined in gymnastics yesterday (Wednesday 14th November) 


Have a great half term!

We hope you have an amazing Halloween and a restful half term. 


Halloween Boo Bash 2018!

Wow! The Halloween Disco was amazing and the costumes looked fab, thank you to friends of Westhouses for arranging the event. Check out the photos in our community gallery. 


Harvest Festival

The children of Westhouses will be heading over to the Chapel on Friday afternoon for a special Harvest Festival. 


Halloween Disco!

Don't forget tomorrow night is our Halloween Disco (tickets in the office £2.00). 5:30pm-7:00pm! 


Mrs Whitby has a great fall! 

Check out the rest of our 'Zorbing' photos on the sports page - Mrs Whitby you look great! 

World Mental Health Day 10/10/2018

Thank you to everyone who wore yellow yesterday to help raise awareness on mental health. We raised an amazing £62.00 with your kind donations that will go to the Young Minds Charity. 


Geo Dome

This photo says it all, the children had a wonderful time doing the Geo Dome workshop, check out the rest of the photos on our gallery page!


World mental health day 2018

This year every school in the 5PP is holding a mental health awareness day on the 10th October. Wear yellow and bring a £1.00 donation that will go to The Young Minds Charity. 

Stand up Derbyshire Day!


Schools set to take part in Stand Up Derbyshire Day


We had a great day taking part in the Stand Up Derbyshire day. We saw classes spending more time active and developing different skills in a variety of ways. Thank you to all of our parents who dropped in this afternoon too and took part in our Yoga, Willow Dome and Rugby sessions. Keep an eye out on our gallery for pictures of the day!

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon!

We raised an amazing £240.00 for Macmillan this year - thank you to all who made cakes (or brought cakes) and to everyone who came!



Macmillan Coffee Afternoon 

Don't forget to pop in after school to get your cake fix with our amazing homemade (and store brought) cakes!



Trailblazers had an amazing time on their trip to Eyam - check out the rest of the photos on the gallery! 

Westhouses Win Gold!


Congratulations to all the pupils who helped us achieve our gold award in School games. Keep and eye out in The Derbyshire Times to see the press release! 

Welcome back!

Welcome back pupils, parents and staff, we hope you all had a fantastic Summer and are well rested and ready to learn. Lets make this year as good as last! 

End of the year

As the end of the school year comes to an end we want to wish all our Year 6 pupils the best in the future.  Everybody else we look forward to seeing in September well rested and ready to begin another amazing year here at Westhouses Primary School. It has been a very busy year here at Westhouses with multiple trips, events and fun activities. Thank you to all who have helped us by donating their time/items or coming along to one of our many events! Have an amazing Summer and enjoy the sun! smiley

Year 6 Drumming! Checkout the gallery for the photos.

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Carnival Day 2017 - the first of many.

World Book Day 2017 - you all looked amazing.


It's Christmas time at Westhouses Primary School and we have had a yummy Christmas dinner made by our cook. Santa has also paid a visit to our school to see who has been naughty and who had been nice - of course all the children at Westhouses Primary School are on Santa's nice list! 


We hope all the children have a fantastic Christmas break and New Years and we will see you back here in the new year. 

Reception classroom.

The new reception classroom looks amazing - thank you to all who helped! 

Sports relief 2016 - well done to all who took part!

Fri 10 Jun 2016 J. Whitby

Date for your diaries: we would like to invite parents to our celebration buffet on the 10th June at midday. A letter will be sent home nearer the time. Hope you can join us.

Mon 21 Mar 2016 Juliette Whitby

The children raised £68.65 for Sports Relief on Friday. Thank you to all those who contributed.

Speed test winners:

Reception: Jake B

Class 1: Luke M and Grace

Class 2: George and Freya

Class 3: Luke B and Darcee

Wed 24 Feb 2016 Juliette Whitby

Due to the referendum on 23.06.16, the school will be closed to pupils, as the building will be used as a polling station. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Mon 08 Feb 2016 J.Whitby

On Friday February 5th, Class 3 organised a fun-filled afternoon of activities, including a charity stall, Pie Face, demonstrations and a sponsored skip. They managed to raise a whopping £550.75 for the British Heart Foundation - a Westhouses record for this type of event. Well done Class 3! Thank you to parents, family and friends for supporting this worthy cause.

Guess who came to see us? ..... Rammie the Derby County Mascot.

All Staff are successfully trained in First Aid.

Ofsted [logo]


It is with great pride that I can announce that we received a 'good' under the new Ofsted Section 8 inspection.


The Chair of Governors, Alan Cooke,  would like to place on record a very big thank you and well done to the acting Head, Miss McPherson and all the members of staff for guiding the school through another successful Ofsted Inspection.  Well done to all.


The report will be available on the Ofsted website http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/112508


Alternatively you can read it on our website under the 'About us' tab.


This the perfect Christmas present for Westhouses Primary School.


Christmas Fayre

A huge thank you to all who visited our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 28th November.  We hope you had a great time and congratulations to everyone who won something on the raffle.


Thank you to the Friends of Westhouses for making this event such a success, to the children in Class 3 that gave up their Saturday to help run stalls and to the many talented stall holders.


The Christmas Fayre raised a grand total of £535! 

Anti-Bullying open afternoon

Thank you to all who came and joined us this afternoon.  We really enjoyed showing you everything that we had been learning and how we don't tolerate any form of bullying here at Westhouses Primary School.


Click on the link below for the anti-bullying information tool for parents and carers - 


Harvest Assembly


Thank you to all who came an watched out Harvest Assembly on Friday 23rd November.  The children enjoyed singing to you and acting out their drama scenes.


We collected donations towards 'Save the Children.'  We raised £40.35 to support the work they do all over the world.


A huge thank you for your support.

Save the Children donations

E-Safety Day

A huge thank you to all who came to our E-Safety Open Afternoon on Friday 9th October.  The children really enjoyed showing you what they had been learning in each class.


Please click on the link to see how you can protect your children from abuse online - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

Lea Green

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