About Us

A welcome from the Headteacher

Tracy Towler, Headteacher
Tracy Towler, Headteacher

We are a small school.

We are a quiet school.

We are a school of high expectations.

Westhaven School is a unique learning environment for children and young people who experience complex barriers to learning for a range of reasons.
In order that we maintain our respected status in the community, the whole school community works together in the ‘Westhaven Way’.
This is the golden thread that runs through every school day. 

The Westhaven Way is based on our core values:

  • We respect each other.
  • We uphold the school rules.
  • We are polite.
  • We show learning behaviour in every lesson.
  • We have high expectations of ourselves and we are ‘the best that we can be’.

I am extremely proud of the whole school community.  Our parents and carers work with us to support their children on their own personal learning journey. 

Our staff are all leaders and maintain high standards and expectations.  They are a powerful team of people with success for our pupils at the core of all their work. 

And, of course, our pupils, who represent the school and maintain fantastic outcomes.

A pupil at the end of their education in our school has expectations of success in the future and is a resilient person who is ready to take their place in society.


Built in the late 1960s, the original school building consists of the primary wing, main wing and administrative and therapy rooms. Later additions to the school site now house the EYFS, Upper School and Land Based Studies departments. As well as generic classrooms, we also have a dedicated science laboratory, Design and Technology workshop, Food Technology kitchen, library and glasshouse from which we run our “We Grow” enterprise. Facilities outside include 3 playgrounds, the forest school area,  intervention hut and pond area.

Pastoral Care and Support

We provide high levels of pupil support in small groups and offer flexible placements in partnership with mainstream schools. All pupils are members of a “house” and meet together once a week – Barrington (Green), Montacute (Red) and Tyntesfield (Yellow). Pupils also belong to a tutor group, named after a British city,  and for the majority of our pupils their tutor team (comprising a teacher and 2 support staff) will be the main pastoral contacts. For some pupils, additional support is provided by our support advisors, intervention workers and also by the Heads of School.

Healthy Schools

Good health is vital and healthy eating, being one of many contributors to this, can influence physical, mental and social well-being.
At Westhaven School, we are dedicated to helping promote good physical and emotional health by providing accessible and relevant information and equipping pupils with the skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health.

Our intent:
● To promote a whole school approach to a healthy lifestyle
● To encourage children and staff to make informed decisions on a healthy lifestyle based on positive attitudes and information
● To promote safe working and playing relationships and environment both inside and outside of school
● To provide high quality physical education as part of a lifelong healthy lifestyle
● To provide children and staff with the opportunities to make informed choices about a healthy lifestyle based on current information and liaison with outside agencies
● To help children develop greater confidence, motivation, self-esteem and have the skills, information and understanding to make important life and health choices