Sixth Form Taster Day

Year 10 students at West Hatch High School were offered an insight into life as a Sixth Former at a Taster Day.

The day was filled with sessions from all the Sixth Form subjects with the Year 10 students able to create their own timetables and choose which sessions they attended.

This gave them the opportunity to see what their current subjects (including English, History and Maths) would be like at A-Level and also to try out subjects they cannot currently study, such as sociology, psychology and CACHE (childcare course).

Students also got the chance to spend the day in the Sixth Form Centre.

Students attended a talk which highlighted some of the opportunities open to students, and also spent time in the Sixth Form Common Room and Sixth Form Café.

Headteacher Frances Howarth said: “Students enjoyed the opportunity to gain an insight into Sixth Form life and it gave many of them the chance to really think about what subjects they might study.

“Whilst some realised that certain subjects might not be the right choice at Sixth Form, others realised subjects they had not previously considered would be a good choice.

“It really gave the students the opportunity to decide whether certain subjects would be the right options.”

For more information about the courses on offer at West Hatch, visit or email Mr Green at

Financial Statements and Accounts

Financial Statements and Accounts


Victory for Year 8 cricketers in 20-over match against Davenant Foundation School

Report by West Hatch young sports journalist Darshan Pindoria


West Hatch High School’s Year 8 cricketers beat Davenant Foundation School by 16 runs in a 20-over match.

West Hatch scored 124 after winning the toss before restricting Davenant to 108.

The West Hatch team was Ben Brookes (captain), George Quiqq, Darshan Pindoria, Priyanshu Goutam, Georgie Emerson, Pawndeep Sanger, Josheel Patel, Max Wenzel, Harry Gurling, Maaz Mohammed, Charlie Reid, William Fitch and Davin Brecheta.
With 13 players named – and 11 to bat – Davin Brecheta and Charlie Reid were omitting from the batting line-up with wicket-keeper and Man of the Match Darshan Pindoria and Priyanshu Goutam opening the innings.

Prianshu was caught for 18 while Darshan had to retire on 25.

All the batsmen produced consistent runs and set Davenant 125 to win.

West Hatch fielded tightly with George Quigg and Ben Brookes among the wickets.

The school now plans to arrange more matches for the Year 8 team.


Textiles students visit Victoria and Albert Museum

Textiles students visit Victoria and Albert Museum


Year 10 Textiles GCSE students at West Hatch High School visited the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of their studies.

They gained an insight into the fashion and textile industry.

There was an exhibition as well as a theatre costume workshop for pupils to take part in.

The workshop helped them develop research and creative thinking skills in a fast paced environment. The session was led by a professional artist and designer.

Pupils developed an understanding of the development of designing from research, as well as using a variety of materials to demonstrate ideas.

Pupils then toured the exhibition which showcases the bold and exciting new looks by the most experimental young designers of the decade including Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano.


The exhibition traced the emerging theatricality in British fashion as the capital’s vibrant and eclectic club scene influenced a new generation of designers.

The trip was very beneficial to students in developing their coursework as well as possible career progression.  Pupils can now use similar techniques in their coursework projects”

V and A

Internet Safety

Snapchat is a photo messaging application (“app”).  Using the application, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. These sent photographs and videos are known as “Snaps”. Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps (as of March 2014, the range is from 1 to 10 seconds), after which they will be hidden from the recipient’s device and deleted from Snapchat’s servers.  More information can be found here:


Flickr (pronounced “flicker”) is an image hosting and video hosting website, and web services suite.  In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, and effectively an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.  A guide to the safe use of Flickr can be found here:


Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read “tweets”, which are text messages limited to 140 characters. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Users access Twitter through the website interface, SMS, or mobile device app.  A guide to for parents can be found here:


Tumblr (pronounce “tumbler”), stylized in its logo as tumblr., is a microblogging platform and social networking.  The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users’ blogs, as well as make their blogs private.  This is another popular site with our students and a parent’s guide can be found here:

Internet Safety

Instagram: In many ways, and without reinventing the wheel, Instagram is changing the way people share photos with each other. The mobile app, which is only available on the iPhone, is steadily growing in popularity among the kid and teen crowds, causing parents to take notice and ask, what exactly is Instagram, and is there anything I should be worried about? Just like with any social sharing application, there are a few things parents need to know about Instagram and how their teen may be using it, so the Yoursphere for Parents editorial team did the research.  Find out the answers here

Internet Safety

Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr Users are also able to record and share short videos lasting for up to 15 seconds.  A parent’s guide to this which answers many questions regarding this form of social networking can be found here

Governor Dashboard

Governor Dashboard 2013

Guidance for Parents Considering Employing a Private Tutor or Coach

Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) have provided a poster to display in school and guidance for parents intending to employ a private tutor or coach to support their child’s learning. Further information can be downloaded from the ESCB website

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