Principal's Message

A message from our Principal

Thank you for visiting the website of Westlands Academy, a specialist SEMH secondary academy.

Students are at the centre of everything we do at Westlands Academy. We strongly believe that student well-being and personal development are key elements in developing our learning community. We work with a wide range of external agencies to ensure that our students are safe within and outside of school. We value greatly our positive relationships with parents and carers, now established over several years, and we work hard to ensure we provide the support and guidance that our students require.

The school has developed over the last five years and is now an officially ‘good school’. We continue to embed strong, confident, consistent and fair practice every day. We know that sometimes challenges present themselves in our environment. Rest assured that we will continue to keep your child’s safeguarding and safety at the heart of what we do.

The values expressed in our school motto ‘Forward Together’ reflect our shared aim of providing opportunities for all students to reach their full potential. Many of our students will face hurdles and barriers during their time at Westlands but we will provide a supportive and challenging environment to help everyone flourish. When students who attend well leave Westlands, we are confident that they have been well supported to gain the skills, knowledge and resilience they need to live an independent, safe and fulfilling life. We achieve this by offering a broad and balanced curriculum and adapting it when necessary to meet our students’ individual needs. All curriculum subjects offer nationally recognised qualifications for our students. These range from Entry Level to Functional Skills, Open Awards and GCSEs. The percentage of Westlands students who go on to further education after leaving us in Year 11 is high.

I hope you find the information that you need here, plus more besides. If you still have a query, please do contact us using the details below. Visitors are also very welcome.

David Penny

Executive Principal

Westlands Academy

Westlands Academy
Eltham Crescent
Stockton On Tees
TS17 9RA

Tel: (01642) 883030


Horizons Specialist Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee (Company No 08608287) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales.

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