WLD Update Sunday 16th June 2019

Year 7 Parents' Evening:  It was lovely to welcome parents and carers of Year 7 to parents' evening on Wednesday - so many positive developments to celebrate as our young people move towards the end of their first year at Walton-le-Dale.

Year 11: For almost all our Year 11 students their GCSE…

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WLD Update Sunday 9th June 2019

Year 7 Parents' Evening:  This is on Wednesday this week (June 12th).  Year 7 parents and carers had an initial "settling in" evening in October and then two termly reports on your child's progress, but this is the formal occasion on which you can discuss progress in each subject as the first year…

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WLD Update Sunday 2nd June 2019

"We Will Rock You": It was an amazing show!  Thanks to everyone who took part in, helped with and supported "We Will Rock You" - the memories of the performances will stay with many of us for a very long time (not least those of the 2 characters whose image is at the top of this blog!)...  Photos…

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WLD Update Sunday 19th May 2019

Amazing to hear Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines MBE speak on Wednesday about her experience of the Holocaust.  A real privilege for Year 8 to hear her and for the school to host her.  We say that the purpose of our school is to provide a great education, including excellent examination results, and…

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WLD Update Sunday 12th May 2019

I hope that everyone is enjoying the sunshine!  It is a welcome change from the cold and wet of the last week.  Year 10 had an excellent attitude to their examinations, particularly given the weather.  It is good to see that more normal May weather has arrived for the start of the major GCSE…

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WLD Update Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2019

I hope that everyone is enjoying the long weekend!  The exam season is well and truly upon us and well done to Year 10 who started their exams this week and tolerated the cold in the Sports Hall (which we use for exams) on Friday morning.  We hadn't quite expected the return to February weather -…

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WLD Update Sunday 28th April 2019

The photo at the top of this update is from the Amnesty group's Egg Hunt.  This was organised in support of the "egg boy" who demonstrated against Senator Anning in Australia and against his views that the Christchurch mosque shooting was caused by Muslim immigration.  More information can be…

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WLD Update Saturday 20th April 2019

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back on Tuesday morning at the normal time.  I hope that everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather - remarkable for a Bank Holiday.  It has been a busy couple of weeks for many - Year 11 in particular who are into the GCSE season immediately (Art this…

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Updates from the China trip....

Saturday 6th April: 

All well - first flight done and now waiting in Helsinki Airport - Burger King and reindeer sandwiches!  No problem with the wifi and filtering in Finland - may be a different matter in China....  Next update once we are in Beijing, found wifi and got through the internet…

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WLD Update Sunday 31st March 2019

This week's update is necessarily focused on examinations....!  The picture above, however, is of Charlotte Cirino receiving her HART Highly Commended award from Baroness Cox in London on Monday - read more here.

"Exam season":  We are entering the part of the school year that contains the…

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WLD Update Sunday 24th March 2019

Walking around school: One of the great privileges of my job is that I get to walk around school each day, dropping into lessons.  It is always a dose of sanity in my day to see how well our students are learning and how much effort our teachers and other staff put in to ensuring that each of our…

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WLD Update Sunday 17th March 2019

Some really good things from this week:

The Year 11 Performing Arts group presented a showcase of their work and had it filmed for their qualification.  It was a pleasure and privilege to be there and to witness the hard work that everyone had put in to creating some very original…

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