8 November 2019

WLD Update Sunday 10th November 2019

"Each and every student was engaged and interested in the event, they all asked questions and spoke to us in a respectful and polite manner. I would appreciate if this email could be passed to the head teacher and the students acknowledged for their behaviour. I...

27 October 2019

WLD Update Sunday 3rd November 2019

A number of things to mention this week, in no particular order! Year 10 work experience:  Please would parents/carers of Year 10 students note that it is very important that the work experience placement forms must be handed in to Mrs Wall by Monday 2nd...

26 October 2019

WLD Update - Year 11 mock examinations

This post is for Year 11 parents/carers and students, but I have published it more widely because the information may be of interest to other year groups. Year 11 mock examinations are approaching - they begin on 2nd December (which is 5 weeks on Monday!).  It is worth...

26 October 2019

WLD Update - Homework

As we return to school after the half-term break we are piloting a consistent approach to ensuring that homework is completed by all students, balancing support with sanctions. Our reasons for setting homework are clearly stated on the website and have not changed.  To...

11 October 2019

WLD Update Sunday 13th October 2019

We have been working hard to be clear about our curriculum over the last few months.  This has given us the chance to reflect on the purpose of education and what makes education at WLD very special.  As you have seen, we take our motto "Learning for Life"...

6 October 2019

WLD Update Sunday 6th October 2019

I have been a teacher for 28 years now and the more I look at the results that students achieve each year the clearer it seems to be - students who work hard and attend school do well! It doesn't sound very complicated, and it isn't. We call it "attitude to learning" at WLD...

27 September 2019

WLD Update Sunday 29th October 2019

Close to the start of the new school year, I have some concerns about homework which I am with raising staff, students and parents/carers. We are very clear about our reasons for setting homework - they are described on the website

25 September 2019

Prom 2020!

For many years now, the Prom at the end of Year 11 has been a lovely annual event at which we celebrate all the friendships and memories that have been created over five years at Walton-le-Dale.  This year we are moving the venue to the Marquee at St Catherine's so that we can enjoy...

20 September 2019

WLD Update Sunday 22nd September 2019

Open Evening was amazing!  Thanks to everyone for coming and to everyone who helped with the organisation.  I always urge parents/carers, whether or not they have been to Open Evening, to make an appointment to see around the school "in...

10 September 2019

WLD Update Sunday 15th September 2019

Firstly, apologies for the number of texts that you may have received from us on Friday - it is not our intention to bombard you with information.  It is just a very busy time of the school year. Open Evening is tomorrow (Monday) - this is an important chance...

8 September 2019

WLD Update Sunday 8th September 2019

Well done to all our new Year 7s for a really positive first week.  The step up to high school, however good the transition, is always a challenge. They will all be tired so let's hope that they have got some sleep this weekend in preparation for...

1 September 2019

WLD Update Sunday 1st September 2019

We are looking forward to welcoming all our current students back on Tuesday morning, along with our new Year 7.  Everyone starts at the usual time and senior staff will be travelling on the buses in the morning to make sure that our new Year 7 get used to their way to school.  We...