Westholme School, established in 1923, is a successful independent school located on the rural outskirts of Blackburn. The school is based across 3 sites, providing a first class education to around 800 pupils, aged 3 years - 18 years. Close collaboration between Nursery, Pre School and Reception is a fundamental strength of our Early Years’ provision.
In Early Years, children follow a programme based on the Early Years’ Foundation Stage. This framework focuses on the learning, development and care for children from birth to five. It is divided into the seven areas of learning and development. Links from Nursery through to Pre School, Reception and Key Stage 1 are strong, through sharing good practice and close collaboration. Children are encouraged to develop as independent learners across a wide and varied curriculum, engaging in investigative and practical activities and working both individually and collaboratively. Guided by Teachers, Early Years’ Practitioners and experienced Teaching Assistants, the children learn to co-operate with others in all aspects of their development – social, emotional, physical and intellectual. There is a splendid outdoor play area where they freely explore and investigate the world beyond the classroom. Music and PE are taught by specialist teachers in the Early Years, with the addition of swimming from Pre School.