1. What are the age criteria for admissions?
The age criteria (as per CBSE norms) for admission to various classes are as below.
for academic Year 2017-18.
1-04-2013 - 31-03-2014
1-04-2012 - 31-03-201
1-04-2011 - 31-03-2012
1-04-2010 - 31-03-2011
1-04-2009 - 31-03-2010
1-04-2008 - 31-03-2009
1-04-2007 - 31-03-2008
1-04-2006 - 31-03-2007
1-04-2005 - 31-03-2006
1-04-2004 - 31-03-2005
1-04-2003 - 31-03-2004
2. The school operates which classes in session 2017-18?
The school will operate classes from Nursery to Grade 7 in the session 2017-18
3. How is the school unique and what are the areas that it focuses on which it differs from the rest of the schools?
What is unique about the school?
The school aims to provide quality education in an ideal environment with lush green campus and sports facilities to create next-generation leaders endowed with intelligence, personality and right human values.
The key points of difference are:
Sprawling 7 acres international green campus with CCTV surveillance
- Educational Museum
- Golf Putting area
- Continuous Skill Enhancement Training for Teachers
- Maximum of 35 students in each section
- Regular Updates of class work on parents’ mobile App.
- Apple supported education using i Pads
- NIIT supported Language Lab
- Professional training for Dance, Music, Yoga.
- Bus facility with CCTV and GPS for real time monitoring
4. Who are the promoters of the School?
Westwood School, Rajkot is promoted and managed by the Westwood Educational Welfare Trust. The Chairman of WWS is Shri. Arun Patel a renowned academician and principal having 30 years of experience as a Principal. Our Mentor Mr. M.P. Chhaya who is the founder director for Chinmay Mission and Bhartiya Vidhya Bhawan
5. Why should I choose the school for my child?
WWS believes in three key elements that is
- Right Attitude
- Right Knowledge
- Right Values
We believe that a child deserves the most fertile ground to grow, at WWS, we work with you to sow the seeds of success in your child in a safe and friendly environment. We seed within the students the values of compassion, truth, love and respect for our culture and heritage. We teach them to be academically excelling, holistic persons with a scientific temper in are environment of caring and sharing.
6. Is this a franchise school?
No, it is not a franchise school. It is self financed school managed by a not-for-profit organization.
7. How different is CBSE curriculum from ICSE course?
All major competitive examinations in India are based on the CBSE syllabus and conducted by CBSE team. (IIT-JEE - Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination, AIEEE - All India Engineering Entrance Examination, NEET - National Eligibility cum Entrance Test).
CBSE has regular curriculum updation and support system via NCERT. The syllabus is more application based under CBSE, as the board follows a concentric curriculum.
CBSE has more schools in the country than ICSE.
CBSE has fewer subjects compared to ICSE. Sixth grade ICSE student will face 12-13 subject examinations while CBSE student will face on 5-6 subject examinations.Hence less pressure
CBSE board helps more in engineering and medical field since it focuses more on Maths and science.
CBSE has more Scholarships and talent search exams and ICSE has got less numbers of scholarship exams.
A certificate from the Central Board of Education is recognized throughout the country, in all colleges and academic centers.
8. What is special about the CBSE curriculum?
- Conceptual understanding not completion of syllabus is the focus
- Personality of the learner is developed
- Rote learning is avoided, experiential learning is adopted
- Learning is through activities, learning not for facts and knowledge but for life
- Attitudes and skills inculcated through activities
- Learning through cooperation and sharing
- Project based learning included
- Field trips, guest speakers, theme & activity based teaching used
- Child is involved in the process of learning
- Creative teaching techniques
- Individual attention provided to child
- Differentiated instruction plan based on the child’s abilities
- No tuition needed unless child has learning difficulties
- Counseling and reinforcement strategies used
- Extra attention is given to the slow learners
- Regular interaction with the parent so as keep the parents informed regularly
9. Do you ensure the strength of the class conducive to learning?
We strictly restrict the class size up to 30 from Grades Nursery- Grade 3 and up to 40 for higher grade students as per CBSE mandates on class strength
10. Do we have to pay any donations?
No, donations and recommendations are not accepted.
11. Whether the transport facility is available?
Yes, transport is available from all areas in a radius of 25 Km. of the school campus and to areas decided by the school management.
12. Do we have hostel facility?
No, the school does not provide any hostel facility.
13. What is my role as a parent?
Parents play a vital role in child's learning experience at the school. The success of your child and their future greatly depends on the support that they receive from you and the school. Parents have to actively support and encourage their child by attending their sports activities, events and other school programmes. They have to actively participate in monthly meetings and make sure you communicate regularly with the class teacher regarding his/her progress.
14. How would the school prepare students for the academic programmes as they are coming from different school?
A remedial teacher will address this issue and help to connect to the prior knowledge and concepts to be learnt for the year. this remedial work will be done through hands on activities; worksheets, concept maps based on the need and the competency level of the child for the first term. Your child would be able to smoothly integrate within the first month of his/her start.
15. How many examinations and unit tests would be conducted in the school?
The schools will not conduct any formal exams for the classes Nursery to KG - II. However the teachers will evaluate the students through various tools and techniques and hence will ensure for their overall development. For the students of Grade I to VI, two Quarterly Exams as well as Mid Term and Final Examinations will be conducted as per CBSE Norms. Apart from these worksheets, projects will be done to assess the students. Other methods of assessments are observation schedules, check lists, anecdotal records, classroom participation, class notes and home works.
16. . What would be the working schedule of the school? Is Saturday a working day or not?
Timings for Nursery, K1 and K2 will be Monday to Friday - 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Timings for Grade 1-7 will be Monday to Saturday -7.30 - 1:30 pm. Second and Fourth Saturdays will be observed as holidays for children..
17. What are the clubs being offered by the school?
Co-curricular activities will be offered according to the prescribed timetable. The clubs that will be offered are mentioned below. Going further, depending on the participation and interest of every child, we will add more clubs and activities.
- Gardening club
- Music club
- Dance club
- Adventure club
- Eco club- explore your environment
- Art club
- G.K. club
- Personality development club
- Creative writing club
- Science club
- Mathematics club
- Teacher’s club
18. Which textbooks would the school follow?
Textbooks of private publications will be followed up to middle school level and NCERT textbooks at senior school level.
19. What kind of curriculum the school has?
The curriculum framework adopted by school is as prescribed by National Curriculum Framework. The curriculum helps students to develop creative thinking skills, effective communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills.
The practices that the school follows are:
- Learner centered approach
- Based on Indian culture
- Focus on developing values
- Equal emphasis on academics, sports and life skills
- Activity based teaching is adopted
- Textbook is only a guide - we go beyond the textbook
- Relate concepts to real life
- Multiple Intelligence based lessons
- Out of classroom learning - field trips, community surveys, achiever meets
- Student mentoring
- Independent learning skills inculcate among learners
- Various activities and competition like recitation, elocution, debate etc.
- Continuous assessment through oral & written assignments
- Financial literacy
- Teacher mentoring
- Continuous professional development for teachers
20. What is stress-free environment?
The school strongly believes that stress free environment is a must for kids in order to develop creative learning, allow young minds to get complete freedom. We do not tolerate physical, verbal abuse or any form of body language that threatens the child's mental state.
21. What does school do if a child misbehaves? What if the child has constant behavior problems?
School discipline is based on catch them right.
- Peer group counseling, preventive action
- Personal meetings to discuss disciplinary issues
- Student leaders would enforce discipline
- Classes will not be left unattended
- Even lunch and games period would be monitored
- Parents will be notified and counseling will be done in parent/guardian's presence
- Levels of disciplining - warning, written complaint and finally suspension for three days.
- Values are not only taught but demonstrated and teachers demonstrate values by being role models
- The mentor of the school has a counseling session with the child to know the root cause & then come out with the solution
- We strongly believe in “No corporal punishment” (that is beating, kneel down or stand up for a long, etc.)
- No mass punishment “Self-esteem of the child is not destroyed”
22. Does school offer any kind of extra-curricular activities/such as music/dance/sports/school newspaper/ drama club etc? How is this integrated with time-table?
The school would offer the following extracurricular activities
- Pre-primary - Nursery- K-2 will have activities for development of different skills like gross motor, fine-motor, cognitive and social. Phonics development plays a pre-dominant role and thus various activities are introduced for the development.
- Grades-1-5 will have activities integrated with the time-table. Art & craft, music, dance, Phonics, story-telling, and reading programmes has been developed and will be handled by the teacher with giving proper demonstration.
- Grade 6 upwards- Instead of phonics we offer story-telling and reading programme for the skill development. Newspaper in education could be introduced. Life-skills are a must at the higher level. Periods would be allotted for inculcating the values.
23. If my child is not able to cope up with the school's academics, what support are you going to provide to my child.
Diagnostic test are conducted to understand the level of the child in each of the topics. Extra worksheets are provided to revise the concept. Remedial classes would be organized to help the below average learner. Study skills, remedial teaching for students with learning disability would be conducted.
24. What are 'Activity Based Learning', 'Multiple Intelligence' and 'Experiential Learning'?
Activity Based Learning is unique and effective way of inducing learning amongst the students through various interesting activities. It increases attendance, growth in self-reliance and increased interest towards learning. It creates opportunities to develop complex skills, such as higher-order thinking, problem-collaborating and communicating.
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences mainly focuses on eight basic intelligences namely:
Learning must also focus on these eight intelligence skills. The Multiple Intelligence states that the intelligence level of students vary and so is their learning capacity. MI has empowered every student to specialize and excel in at least one area. Experiential Learning leads to effective learning around such themes as self confidence, social competencies, judgment and decision making. Experiential learning encourages self-responsible learning, constructive discussion and cooperative problem solving. Also it ensures that each student learns the subject in a variety of different ways.
25. Are the classrooms air conditioned, if not why?
The class rooms are not air conditioned. It has been scientifically established that the presence of air conditioning harms the students in terms of variation in body temperature caused by movement of students from classrooms to outdoors. Also, the acclimatization of student's body temperature to A.C. environment is not suitable in long term.
26. How teachers are selected / recruited?
Teachers undergo recruitment procedure in 4 rounds before they are finally selected. The first round of interview is the telephonic interview. The second phase of interview is the personal interview & written test and then the teachers face the final round of Interview where the teacher is required to give a class demonstration and based on all these things they are finalized and the teachers are intimated by the H.R. Dept. Various rounds of the Interview are conducted to ensure selection of competent teachers.
27. What training is given to the teachers?
As the teachers join the institute, induction training programme is given to them in order to make them acquainted with school's culture and vision. In between the sessions, training is provided on regular intervals on various modules such as:
- Induction Training
- Class Management and Classroom Management
- Evaluation strategy for children
- Effective teaching pedagogies
- Handling the parents
- Empowering Teachers with Leadership Skills
- Apart from in-house training, teachers are also sent for external modules such as ELT (English language training).
28. What is Montessori and Play-way method?
Montessori Method is an educational approach based on the research and experiences of Italian physician and educator, Dr Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori's philosophy valued children and suggested various ways and means to be introduced in the teaching method like storytelling, involvement of play, health & hygiene, activities for development of different skills, table manners, recitation etc. The main objective of Play-way method is to teach the students through various play techniques, activities and field trips etc.
29. Do students get their own textbook and if so, can they take their books home?
For the younger grades since the H.W is taken care by the teachers in school as a result of which, they are allowed to take textbooks and notebooks once in a week or the files, so that the parents are well aware about the progress of their children. In case of the higher grades, they can take the subjects textbooks and notebooks home as per requirement.
30. What is the school approach to students discipline and safety?
Child is our responsibility till they are in school. School buses have adequate safety measures. Maids/Attendants are there in buses with the students to keep a strict watch on the child
31. How does this school support students who have academic, social or emotional difficulties?
Trained mentor, special educator and all teachers are trained in identifying and managing learning disabilities. Resource room would be established for teachers and accordingly counseling session will be taken to bring these students to a higher level.
32. What strategies are used to teach students who are not fluent in English?
In fact, this is one of our primary focuses. We have certified English faculty and we have reading programmes, phonics and English improvement programme for students. Speaking English is compulsory. Teaching will be in English and learners will pick up the nuances of the language. In addition to main library, a digital library is being planned with lot of articles/books that mainly focus on English grammar and fluency. English language lab will be used as a tool to enrich the child's fluency in English. Some of the additional strategies being introduced are:
- Developing writing skills
- Building vocabulary
- Newspaper reading
- Spell Bee programmes
- Watching English documentaries & children's movies
- Group reading (reading out loud)
- Book club
- Reading kits
33. Does the school organize any events for the parents and children?
The school believes in inclusive growth and feels that parents should largely be a part of all celebrations and events in the school. The school will conduct many parents workshop, seminars, open house events for the parents along with annual sports day, annual day, summer camps, winter camps, Inter school competitions and adventure camps for the children as well.
34. How is the progress measured?
The school maintains class and activity records of each student to measure the progress. The worksheets, grading for all class activities, report cards, emails informing parents of their child's progress. Grade wise meetings are called and parents are informed. Student portfolio is maintained. A student profile is created at the time of admission and each month it is updated with subjective records.
35. What would be your Evaluation system?
Evaluation System as per CBSE norms.
36. When will the school be affiliated to CBSE?
The school will get affiliation from CBSE from the academic year 2018.
37. What would be the role of sports and extracurricular activities in the school be?
Equal emphasis is given on academics, sports and co-curricular activities.
38. What are the unique points of schools?
We are different from other schools in many ways, be it teaching, coaching, mentoring, sports co and extracurricular activities etc. Some of the unique points about school are:
- Smart Classrooms
- Wi-Fi & Multimedia
- Arts Studio
- Music and Dance Studio
- Foreign Language
- Composite Lab
- Math Lab
- Language Lab
- Creativity Lab
- The “No Home Work Policy”
- Indoor Sports Complex