9 February 2020

WLD Update Sunday 9th February 2020

Congratulations to our Public Speaking team on their success yesterday - pictures and information here. If you have not had a moment yet to read them, please take some time to read...

2 February 2020

WLD Update Sunday 2nd February 2020

There is wonderful news article about the way in which our students took part in a webcast with a Holocaust survivor and interviewed her.  They were so impressed by what she had to say that they have written to all of us asking us to sign a petition to protect...

25 January 2020

WLD Update Saturday 25th January 2020

Many congratulations to the Gymnastics team - Abbey, Devon, Ellen and Elliot who came 2nd in the North West Milano Competition last Saturday. Thanks to the PE department for the organisation of the event at Walton-le-Dale. 

19 January 2020

WLD Update Sunday 19th January 2020

Many congratulations to the Public Speaking team who won the area Youth Speaks competition this week - see the photograph above.  We are getting a reputation for success in this area - well done to all concerned. I wrote about the importance of attendance the...

7 January 2020

WLD Update Sunday 12th January 2020

Apprenticeships are a very important route to employment for many of our students and therefore we have started an "Apprenticeship of the Week" to go along with our established "Career of the Week"

2 January 2020


I am often asked why attendance at school matters so much - why are we strict about holidays, why do we question absences, why do we ring up or text to find out where students are, why do we intervene and meet with parents/carers of students whose attendance is low....? The reason...

2 January 2020

WLD Update Sunday 5th January 2020

Happy New Year to everyone who is part of the community at WLD!  I wish you every happiness and success in the coming 12 months. At the start of a new year and a new decade I have been struck by the need for kindness in the way that we deal with each other, in...

15 December 2019

WLD Update Sunday 15th December 2019

Christmas events:  Our Christmas markets and Christmas Jumper Day have raised significant amounts of money for charity - thank you to all involved.  This week sees our Community Christmas Party during the day on Wednesday and our Christmas Concert on Wednesday...

8 December 2019

WLD Update Sunday 8th December 2019

GCSE mock examinations:  Well done to all Year 11 on their attitude and perseverance during the first week of mock examinations.  Week 2 this week! We will be giving out results in the form of a "mock results slip" at Parents' Evening on the...

1 December 2019

WLD Update Sunday 1st December 2019

GCSE mock examinations:  We wish our Year 11s all the very best in their mock examinations over the next week or so. These are an important marker in their preparation for success in the summer. Please would you remind everyone doing examinations that they must...

24 November 2019

WLD Update Sunday 24th November 2019

Ethical Leadership in Education:  At the governing body meeting this week we adopted the principles of Ethical Leadership in Education as a school.  They seem to be self-evidently a very good idea and in keeping with our ethos as a school.  Further information...

17 November 2019

WLD Update Sunday 17th November 2019

A number of updates this week: Remembrance Day this week was marked by a period of silence at 11am on Monday our of respect for those who died to maintain the freedoms that we so often take for granted. Amnesty Club also marked Remembrance by decorating the Peace...