Year 11 Leaving

Dear Parent/Carer of Year 11

Year 11 Leaving

Under these strange circumstances it is highly likely that tomorrow will be Year 11's last day in school.  We feel strongly that it is very important to celebrate their time at WLD so we are organising a short-notice celebration tomorrow…

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"Key workers"

Good morning,

As we move into next week it is important that we remain open for children of "key workers".  We are awaiting the government's definition of "key workers", but we have received guidance from Lancashire which defines key workers as staff who support health services, social care,…

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School closure announcement

To all parents, carers, staff and students of Walton-le-Dale

School Closure announcement

As you will probably have seen, the government has announced the closure of all schools in England from Monday.  They have also announced the cancellation of GCSE examinations.

These announcements…

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School provision for children of NHS staff and those on free school meals

It is essential to provide support for workers in the NHS at this time.  We are therefore sending a text message to all parents/carers asking if you work in the NHS and need your child to attend school despite us possibly being closed for that year group.  Based on your reply, we will then make…

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Partial School Closure

Wednesday 18th March - Partial School Closure

Good evening.  

As I said in my update on Sunday, one of the reasons for school closure under these unprecedented conditions is staff shortage.  That is the case tomorrow and so I have had to take the decision to close the school to years 8 and…

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WLD Update Sunday 15th March 2020

We are living in an uncertain and challenging period of time.  All of us will be worried and concerned about our families, ourselves, our friends and our communities in the light of the recent spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19.  As you’re probably aware, the government’s guidance on the…

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Coronavirus update

In response to a few queries we have received this morning in regards to the Coronavirus, the information provided to school from Public Health England is:

Wash your hands with soap and water:

  • after breaks or sports activities
  • before cooking and eating
  • on arrival to school
  • after…
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WLD Update Sunday 8th March 2020

On the 2nd of January I used national information to write about the important of attendance at school.  We are having a focus on attendance over the next few weeks and we will trial an approach where students write their current attendance percentage in their planner each week.  Please have a…

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WLD Update Sunday 1st March 2020

It is my pleasure and privilege to take all the assemblies in the first week in each half-term.  This week I have been talking about kindness and the contrast between the online cruelty that led to the much-publicised death of Caroline Flack and the kindness, empathy and generosity that has…

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WLD Update Sunday 23rd February 2020

I know from experience that half-term is not a break for parents & carers so I hope that you have managed to have a some positive time over the last few days.  We look forward to seeing everyone back at the normal time tomorrow (Monday).

Year 11 revision:  It is the time of the school year when…

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League Tables

The Lancashire Evening Post have published a list of schools in the Preston area, ranked by their "Progress 8" score.  We do not look great on that list, to put it mildly, and therefore some clear explanation is needed.

We are a highly inclusive school, and proud of it, and we educate young…

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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 the moving "Holocaust Monologues" that were created by our Year 8s as part of the Drama curriculum. 

Year 9…

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