Weston Road High School is a comprehensive school providing secondary and further education for pupils aged 11- 18 of the community in the east side of the market town Stafford and surrounding villages; Little Haywood, Great Haywood, Weston and Hixon. It has links to other Stafford High Schools and Stafford College through a local education collaboration-the Stafford Collegiate- which provides education for pupils aged 16-18.
Recent years have seen the school take part in provision of new vocational subjects including ICT and Engineering. In 2004 the school held various money raising events to win a bid to become a specialsed Maths College, however this was not achieved until recently.
Recent Council plans have decided that Weston Road, as with every other out of date high school in the Stafford, will be knocked down and replaced with newer schools within the next 6 years.
The school has a special programme for Gifted and Talented pupils and shared expertise regarding exam preparation, highlighting achievements in more ways and have started to use surveys and interviews to ascertain stakeholder opinions to help determine priorities for the school to make sure a target is given in each subject area.
Dr Taylor writes:
The Minister for Education announced this morning that our application to become a specialist school in Maths and Computing has been successful and I am as delighted for our sponsors and business partners as for the school.Their interest, support and generosity has been vital to achieving specialist school status.
This is a valuable opportunity that we intend to make the most of. We will boost and diversify our pupils' curriculum experience immensely while working closely with our feeder schools and partner secondary school, Stafford Sports College, in these vitally important subjects. We look forward to serving adults in our community by providing courses leading to qualifications in ICT and numeracy that will improve employment and career prospects. It is our ambition to be a hub of adult learning for work and leisure, welcoming minority ethnic groups to take up these opportunities as well as parents and people living and working nearby.
The school has introduced new extracurricular activities such as Gymnastics and Sixth Form Debating Society, and put on musical productions including Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George". The school also hosts productions from the local primary school, St Johns.
Other activities include Rugby, dance, aerobics, cricket, Warhammer, Environmental, ICT and Science clubs. Many pupils also participate in the 'Duke of Edinborough Award' scheme.
Educational and leisure trips are also organised throughout the year to theatres, museums, ice rinks, paintballing etc. Holidays overseas are also arranged- there is an annual skiing trip and until recently, a yearly trip to France and Germany was arranged every summer by members of the language faculty to improve pupils foreign language skills.
The school keeps parents and local schools informed through letters and a half termly newsletter. Parents are invited to be involved in setting achievement targets for their children and survey the school at Consultation Evenings. There is a small but active PTFA which hears reports from the headteacher and raises funds.
The school also successfully organises charity fundraising for a number of causes chosen by the students. Many Sixth Formers are engaged in Community Service, which highlights the youth crime problem at the school. The premises are used for adult education and community-based sport and leisure, including the Weston Vali's Basketball Team and Ronnie's Touch-Tackle Club.