Westfield Sports College is a large secondary school in the south east area of Sheffield, catering for not only 11-16 year old students, but also provides select courses at post-16 level. In addition to our sports status, the College also has business and enterprise accreditation and boasts the Investors in People and the Healthy Schools awards.
The College offers excellent Outdoor Pursuits opportunities to students, including the use of our own residential property in the Lake District. We also invest significantly in ICT and embed this throughout our curriculum.
The College entered Trust status on 1st November 2010 in partnership with Sheffield United Plc and Westfield Health. The Trust is an independant body which exists to promote the values and ethos of Westfield Sports College. The Trust has a Governing Body made up of representatives from the College, Sheffield United Plc and Westfield Health. These representatives and the Colleges Governing Body, together with College staff will work together to ensure students of Westfield Sports College and its wider community continue to raise aspirations and promote health and wellbeing.
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Westfield Sports College is the successor to Eckington County Secondary School which opened in 1930 in Halfway, which was then located in Derbyshire. It became Eckington Grammar School in early 1940s and then became the first comprehensive school in Derbyshire in 1957. There were two sites, a new site on Westfield Crescent in Mosborough and the existing Eckington Grammar School, which became the Lower School. In 1967 Sheffield extended its administrative boundaries to include Mosborough and eventually the Lower School at Halfway was demolished in 1989.
Westfield School campus, on Westfield Crescent in Mosborough, was closed in December 2006 and the modern building, approximately two miles from its predecessor, opened its doors in January 2007. The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, who, at the time, was Chancellor of the Exchequer, officially opened the building on 1st May 2007.
The new building was designed around the ‘W’ shaped symbol of the school logo and consists of 6 wings across two levels for English, Mathematics, Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages. The College has dedicated accommodation for students with special educational needs, plus four fully fitted ICT rooms and nine science laboratories. The Art and Technology departments include facilities for art, textiles, food, graphics and design technology. Performing arts have two music rooms equiped with keyboards and computers in each as well as a sound proof studio box and two performance rooms. The sports facilities include a 25m swimming pool, large sports hall, fitness suite, activity centre, all weather floodlit pitches and hard games courts, which are also available to the public outside school hours, via Westfield Sport Centre. The College also owns a residential cottage at Clibur in the Lake District, which is used for residential visits with students.
Students are organised into tutor groups populated by pupils of all ages, rather than by groups of the same age. This improves relations between different year groups and improves learning relationships.
Tutor groups are therefore not able to be organised into Year Groups, but instead approximately 13 tutor groups form a Hall. These are Don, Loxley, Rivelin and Sheaf and the Halls compete against each other in sporting and academic events.
Links with Malawi
Westfield Sports College had a link with Malawi set up by the Youth Sports Trust and the British Council. In February 2008, two senior teachers from Malawi visited Westfield Sports College and an action plan was drawn up to share experiences between the two Sports Colleges in Mzuzu, Malawi and Westfield Sports College.
Westfield Sports Centre
Our purpose built sports facilities really do have something to offer for all the family with a wide range of activities to choose from. There are so many ways to get fit, compete or just have fun at Westfield Sports Centre.
Swimming – Our fully accessible swimming pool and changing facilities provide an opportunity for everyone to swim in a friendly and enjoyable environment. A range of swimming sessions are available throughout the week in addition to our swimming lesson programme which is the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming.
Fitness – Westfield Sports Centre offers a variety of classes to suit your needs which take place in the activity hall/dance studio and swimming pool. Classes are taken by fully qualified instructors who will guide you through each class to help you reach your exercise and fitness goals.
Sports and Activity Halls – There is wide range of sporting activities to choose from including badminton, 5 a side, table tennis, volleyball, cricket nets and basketball to name a few. These versatile areas can also be hired for sporting and non sporting events as well as exhibitions.
Outdoors -Westfield Sports Centre has a wide range of outdoor facilities available to hire throughout the year which include a floodlit astro turf pitch suitable for training, small and full sided football/hockey. Two floodlit Multi Use Games Areas (MUGA’s) provide an excellent area for Netball, Tennis, 5 a side and general training. We also have grass football, rugby and rounders pitches all available for hire.