Westlands School

Headteacher: Mr S. Cox




Westlands School is a mixed, 11-18, non-selective school located on a large and spacious site just off the A2 on the western side of Sittingbourne. Most of the students live either on this side of the town, in Milton Regis, or in the villages along the A2 towards Medway. With close on 1700 students Westlands School is one of the largest and most popular schools in the county.

Based on a tradition of excellent exam results, a wide and varied curriculum and two 'Outstanding' OFSTED judgements, the school is oversubscribed and has gained an enviable reputation in the wider community.

As a Teaching School and National Support School it works in collaboration with other schools to improve the education for students beyond its own gates. However, Westlands is particularly proud of the fact that it focuses on students of all abilities making exceptional levels of progress, particularly in the key skills of literacy and numeracy.


Simon Cox, Headteacher

Simon has now worked at Westlands School for eighteen years, having been promoted from Assistant Headteacher, to Deputy Headteacher and finally to Headteacher six years ago. His experience of the school, the community and the local area is therefore extensive. He has been influential in securing excellent outcomes for students and outstanding Ofsted judgements for the school. He prides himself in the fact that he still teaches mathematics to GCSE students and contributes to the wider life of the school.

Simon began his career as a Geography teacher in East Anglia, where he held a number of middle leadership positions. He moved to a brand new school in Kent in 1998 and then joined Westlands School in 2000, but he has helped to support other schools in Kent in the intervening years. However, his real drive and passion has been to improve the achievement for all pupils at Westlands and to ensure that Westlands School is the best non-selective school in the county.


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"The Trust principal is relentless in his drive to ensure students succeed. He sets exacting standards for all and will settle for nothing but the best."

Westlands School, Ofsted report October 2012