WLD Update Sunday 20th January 2019

Each week, in staff briefing, a member of staff shares a good idea related to teaching and learning - sometimes just a tip to help others, sometimes a major new idea.  On Friday this week Miss Mayor, Head of Opening Minds, was sharing how that team encourage students to take risks in their…

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WLD Update Sunday 13th January 2019

It has been a good, if busy, start to the term...  

The attitude of Year 8 and 9 to their examinations has been outstanding, particularly as they were straight after the Christmas break - we now wait and see what their results look like!  Year 11 have had their mock results and their mentors…

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WLD Update Sunday 6th January 2019

Happy New Year! 

I hope that you, your family, and those that you care for have had a good Christmas.  I wish you every success and happiness in the New Year.  Thank you for all that you do, alongside ourselves, to help to develop our young people into mature, responsible, compassionate,…

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WLD Update Sunday 16th December 2018


I love this time of year...  The Community Christmas Party is one of the highlights of the year at WLD and, once again, it was a lovely event.  Many thanks to the organisers, performers, presenters and helpers who made the day so successful.  Photos are here.  We will close at 12.20…

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WLD Update Sunday 9th December 2018

Enrichment Day 2

Despite the weather, Enrichment Day 2 was very successful, if very tiring!  Some of the pictures are on the website here.

Staffing updates

As most people will know we have a number of retirements of long-serving members of staff during the course of this year.  Mrs…

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WLD Update Sunday 2nd December 2018

Year 11 Mock examinations

These start tomorrow (Monday 3rd December).  The purpose of mock examinations is to enable students to tackle recent past papers under conditions close to those of the real exams.  It is very important for parents and carers, along with us, to manage Year 11 well…

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WLD Update Sunday 25th November 2018

Uganda Charity Projects - Project25Zero and Chilli Children

We had the pleasure and privilege of listening to Ian Richardson speak to our Year 7 about his involvement in two charity projects (Project25Zero and Chilli Children) in Uganda and how we can get involved.  Last year's Year 7 raised…

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WLD Update Sunday 18th November 2018

Staff changes

It has been wonderful to see the interest in the Deputy Headteacher post that has arisen due to the retirement of Mrs Laverty at the end of the year.  She will be much missed, but a lot of people want to replace her!  I have shown nearly 30 people around the school and have…

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WLD Update Sunday 11th November 2018

Walton-le-Dale remembers...

As the whole country (and the wider world) stops to remember those who have died in war, it is appropriate and moving that the main reception area of school has been taken over by a cascade of hand-made poppies. Thank you to all those who have contributed to this…

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WLD Update Sunday 4th November 2018

Support for each other

One of the main reasons why I choose to work at Walton-le-Dale is the support that students and staff show for each other.  I see it in countless ways each day, sometimes in the tragedies such as the ways in which everyone supported the friends of Tim Hindle, sometimes in…

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WLD Update Friday 26th October 2018

Enrichment Day

We finished the last half-term on a "high", with a wonderful first Enrichment Day of the year.  The centrepiece was the very large Careers Fair, which every student accessed, and many thanks to all the colleges and employers who contributed.  It was great to see an ex-student,…

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WLD Update Sunday 14th October 2018

Memorial for Tim Hindle

During Enrichment Day on Friday a number of students will be planting a tree and a lot of bulbs in our garden at the front of school in memory of Tim.   A suitable plaque will be designed and laid in the New Year.  A mural is also planned for inside "D" Block on a nature…

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