Required for September 2014MPR
We are looking to appoint a talented and   enthusiastic teacher to work within our thriving English department which is   situated in a new classroom block with interactive whiteboards.  We offer an excellent induction programme   within a friendly and supportive environment and are committed to high   quality leadership development at all levels.    We offer a whole range of opportunities to develop further colleagues teaching   skills and leadership potential within and beyond West Hatch.This post is suitable for a newly qualified   teacher.  Currently   we offer 3 A Level subjects in English; AQA English Language, AQA English   Literature and AQA English Language and Literature.
West Hatch enjoys a position as a very successful,   heavily oversubscribed comprehensive school.     We are a vibrant, happy school and are keen to appoint individuals   with a positive outlook and a proactive attitude – colleagues who enrich the   lives of the learners and staff with whom they work.Highly acclaimed by Ofsted with results   significantly above average.  We believe   that schools ‘can’ and ‘do’ make a difference and that our staff are the most   important resource in our school.The Governing Body is committed to   safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and   expects all staff to share in this commitment.  This appointment is subject to an enhanced  CRB check and positive references.Please note our email system is still down so please apply through TES or by post.

Closing date: 17th March 2014 (midday)

Interview date: 21st  March 2014

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Former West Hatch High School student appears on BBC ONE talent show The Voice

A former West Hatch High School student appeared on the BBC ONE talent show The Voice on Saturday night.

Ryan Green, who left the High Road school last summer having studied GCSE music, was among the performers in the first show of the new series.

Ryan is a singer/pianist who during his time at West Hatch was a regular at school concerts sometimes performing his own work.

West Hatch High School music teacher Mauro Sheehan said: “Ryan performed at every concert the school has put on during his time at West Hatch.

“He has performed at the Dagenham Town Show alongside Beverly Knight and at various local functions.”

Ryan also plays percussion and attended Redbridge Music School in this capacity.

He is currently studying at the Brit School.

Ryan is the latest West Hatch student to appear on a national television talent show.

Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli, the singing duo Jonathan and Charlotte, were runners-up in ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent two years ago while Sonny Jay, part of the Loveable Rogues, reached the final in the same year.

Meanwhile John Wilding reached the judges’ houses stage on ITV’s X-Factor for two successive years in 2010 and 2011.


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Ryan Green performing at a charity concert at West Hatch High School in 2012

Careers Fest

The annual Careers Fest will take place on Thursday 30 January at Epping Forest College.

The event will run from 3.30pm – 7.00pm and all West Hatch students and parents/carers are welcome to attend.

The event has been organised by West Hatch and other local schools.

This year there will be over 60 exhibitors, including universities, training providers and employers.

If you would like any further information about the event, please contact Geoff Towsey (gtowsey@westhatch.essex.sch.uk).

A Cultural Visit to London

The Year 12 and 13 CACHE Diploma students set off on a journey to London. They laid flowers at the Late Nelson Mandela statute in Parliament Square and spent time reading through the hundreds of messages that had been left honouring his memory.

The students then visited the cultural markets along the South Bank which was an ‘assault on the senses’… Ostrich burgers being made, an array of candles and incense, and of course the smell of fresh crêpes. The students gained an understanding of how different cultures celebrate the holiday season and their traditions and customs.

The day concluded with the a few more photos, a giant snowman, a quick go on the carousel and of course, a trip to McDonalds.



West Hatch High School hosts rugby referees’ course

West Hatch High School is today hosting a Level 15 rugby referees’ course.

This is the first level of RFU refereeing in the country.

Twenty-five boys are taking part in a two-day course held by the school’s Head of Boys PE Ray Flowers and colleagues from the RFU.


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West Hatch High School celebrates students’ achievements

The achievements of students at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, were recognised at the Upper School awards evening.

Principal guest was Debra Dougal, a VAT partner at Loughton-based chartered accountants and business advisers Haslers.

Awards covered the whole spectrum of school life, from the classroom and sports field to the music room, dance studio and other aspects of school life.

For the first time four new awards were presented.

The Vic Norris award for contribution to drama, presented in memory of former Head of Drama Vic Norris who died last summer, was presented to Alex Crandon for his work in the school production of Oliver!

The Anne Horne Award for Media, in memory of the school’s former media studies and drama teacher, was presented to Taylor Humphries.

The new Alderman Haines Trophy for Musician of the Year was awarded to Camara Fearron and the Alderman Haines Award for Dance was presented to Michael McNeish.

Haslers sponsored a special Sponsors Award – a trophy and Kindle – which was presented to the school’s top business student – Sana Hussain for her A* in A-level Business Studies.

Debra said: “’It was my pleasure, on behalf of Haslers, to present the business student award to Sana Hussein and also to meet so many enthusiastic and committed students as they received their awards celebrating their achievements and attitudes to learning.

“It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening to be part of personally and as a partner at Haslers we were pleased to be involved as sponsors of the business award, recognising the synergy between excellence in business studies and excellence in the delivery of advice and support to businesses.”

Headteacher Frances Howarth said: “The Upper School awards are one of the highlights of the year where we are able to recognise the efforts students have made, their wonderful achievements and celebrate their wider contributions to the school.

“We are very proud of our students and they thoroughly deserved their awards.”

Mrs Howarth added: “We work closely with many businesses in the City and local community so were specially pleased that Haslers offered to sponsor the main prize.

“Debra’s address was very relevant – reminding students that in this era of technology interpersonal communications is still the most important skill in the Financial Services Industry.

“West Hatch has an outstanding track record in developing such skills amongst its students.”


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West Hatch High School’s Upper School awards recipients


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Sana Hussain receives her top business student award from Haslers VAT partner Debra Dougal

West Hatch High School rugby teams enjoy Twickenham trip

West Hatch High School’s Year 7 and 8 rugby teams have enjoyed a visit to Twickenham – the home of English Rugby Union – to watch the Varsity match.
The visit, organised by the school’s Head of Boys PE Ray Flowers, was a reward for the boys’ hard work and their achievements so far this season.
In line with the school’s motto: ‘The best that I can be’, West Hatch runs a system of rewards to incentivise students to try harder and to congratulate students who have done well.
These rewards can range from letters home to parents to Amazon Tokens and special trips.

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Student makes his mark in the world of karting

West Hatch High School student Darshan Pindoria is aiming for the top in the world of karting.

Darshan, 12, started leisure karting at the age of seven competing in a cadet kart at Tilbury, Essex, and Rye House, Hertfordshire.

He gained the Motor Sports Authority’s kart driver’s licence on his eighth birthday and now races every other weekend.

A typical racing weekend sees him get up at 5am, get driven some 100 miles  to the race track, set up awnings and equipment, prepare his kart, undertake track walks and attend a driver briefing – all before 9am.

A race weekend involves up to seven testing sessions on the Saturday and four races on the Sunday with the events attracting drivers from as far as Spain, Russia, Kenya, Argentina and Japan.

Darshan, a Year 8 student at the Chigwell school, has spent the last three years gaining experience on the UK’s 14 good quality karting circuits competing in the British championships – ‘Karting Super 1’ championship which involves racing in Scotland, England and Wales in seven challenging rounds.

This year (2013) Darshan has been in the top ten for the mini-max competition series at Hunts Racing Club, Cambridgeshire and Whilton Mill Stars Kart Club, Northamptonshire, where both competitions attracted more than 100 young national and international competitors aged 11 to 16.

Last year (2012) Darshan was runner-up at the Hunts Racing Club, Honda cadet class while the previous year he was cadet champion at Beccles Kart Club, Norfolk at the age of ten.

Darshan, who lives in Chigwell, has been coached and mentored by his dad, Kam, throughout his racing experiences from 2008 and this year the Pindorias joined Cooper Motor Sports Racing team.

Team principal Gary Cooper said: “‘When Darshan joined our Cooper Motorsport Kart team he was a driver with a few years of karting experience racing in the Honda cadet class which is for eight-year-olds.

“Since joining us he has moved up to mini max class (a class for 11-year-olds and up).

“Over the last four months we have worked with Darshan as a matured driver using data logging and GPS data and have vastly improved his lap times.

“We have also changed his race kart manufacturer and have had his race engine rebuilt. This coupled with his own hard work and determination has brought Darshan up to the top five in the mini-max class.

“The future is very bright for Darshan. In 2014 he has a very good chance of winning many of his races and potentially becoming the club champion at a variety of circuits.”


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Textiles students visit Fashion and Textiles Museum

Year 10 Textiles students at West Hatch High School visited the Fashion and Textile Museum in London to explore areas such as creativity that influence design.

Pupils looked at the work of the renowned fashion company Bellville Sassoon – a label which has been synonymous with high fashion for over 50 years.

As Britain’s foremost couture label from the 1960s onwards, founder Belinda Bellville with designers David Sassoon and Lorcan Mullany; dressed many of the world’s most stylish women, including Diana, Princess of Wales.

The exhibition traces the history of British glamour from the couture houses of the late 1950s to the celebrities who became clients of the company.

Pupils toured the museum and analysed the designs to help them understand the way outfits are developed.

They will use this research to design their own clothing at school.

Pupils also took part in a fashion illustration workshop which taught them various ways to interpret designs.
They worked with designer Suku Gill who taught them about various types of media and colour. This will help pupils design and present their own portfolios and at the same time; produce an original collection.

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