WLD Update Sunday 10th February 2019

Year 9 Options and Parents' Evening this week - a really important event in the life of our students.  Choosing options is always an important stage in a young person's life in school - it is the first time that they have had any control over what they study.  The government is keen that as many…

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WLD Update Sunday 3rd February 2019

Thanks to everyone for your support in getting your young people into school despite the ice and snow this week.  I hope that the coming week is less disrupted by the weather!   

We are a school which makes no excuses for the fact that we consider that strong relationships and exceptional…

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WLD Update Sunday 27th January 2019

On Friday, as our staff training (INSET) day, all the teachers from Walton-le-Dale joined with other schools from the Preston Teaching School Alliance (www.prestontsa.org.uk/), both secondary and primary, to consider how to improve teaching and learning.  In particular we looked at the importance…

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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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