Geography department

Year 7 and 8 students at Whitefield School recently enjoyed a treasure hunt around London in preparation for the start of the new Humanities Club which starts this month. Students worked in small groups to answer questions provided by the Geography, History and RE departments. They had to use their own investigative skills, work with the general public and correctly navigate the London Underground system in order to be successful. The day took us to Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Leicester Square, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and many more locations.

The Humanities Club is an opportunity to challenge the most able students at Whitefield School through a range of trips, mini lectures and independent projects. Students at Whitefield will have the opportunity to work with KS2 students from our feeder schools and complete elements of the iGCSE in Global Perspectives, with the possibility of completing additional GCSE qualifications at KS4.

Students will explore a range of topics from the Global Challenges iGCSE curriculum which include: biodiversity and ecosystem loss, climate change, conflict and peace, disease and health, law and criminality, poverty and inequality, sport and recreation, and culture and identity.

Just one of many enrichment opportunities experienced by Whitefield students.

Art department

“Working with the PTI was a terrific experience. During the Residential I had the chance to meet and listen to a writer who has inspired me since training to be a teacher, Richard Hickman. His lecture drove home all the reasons why I wanted to teach: to inspire children and promote an intellectual curiosity and to understand why we make and teach Art. Meeting other teachers gave me many ideas for projects I could develop at my own school. Another really encouraging part of the Residential and all other experiences I have had with the PTI is that the subject is always at the core of teaching and the PTI always encourages teachers to celebrate their own specialisms in order to teach their students more enriching and engaging lessons. Since the PTI I have tried to maintain my own portfolio which has enabled me to try and test materials and processes which I can then take back to the classroom.

“In addition to developing my classroom practice, the PTI has also made me more aware of the importance in extracurricular activities which has lead me to set up the Arts Award in my school and to become more involved with whole school projects such as the set and costume design for the annual school production. It has also spurred me on to find artists outside of school to work with my students which is something we as a school are currently organising for this academic year.”

Testimony from an Art teacher at Whitefield School

Whitefield School is a secondary school and Sixth Form with academy status in the London Borough of Barnet.