Walton le Dale Arts College and High School

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Arts College & High School

"Walton-le-Dale is a good school. It provides outstanding care, guidance and support"
Ofsted 2011

 'This is a school where every individual student is valued equally' Ofsted 2014




Telephone: 01772 335726
Fax: 01772 339494
E-Mail: head@waltonledale.lancs.sch.uk
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Start of Term


I hope everyone is having a restful and relaxing holiday.....

A reminder to parents that students return to school on Monday 7th September at the normal time - 8.45 am. I am sure your children will be desperate to return to school. Students will probably want to practise getting up at 7 a.m. over the next week so it is not too much of a shock !!

Bus timetables remain the same as last year and can be found on the Parents / Transport section of the website.

Exam Results


We saw a pleasing increase in exam results this summer, despite a difficult national picture. The percentage of students achieving higher grades rose, as did the average grade for all students. Every student gained qualifications, with the number achieving at least 8 subjects being the highest ever. The number of GCSE A* and A grades was also the highest seen at the school.

Tony Hill, the Headteacher said:


 “ Given the enormous pressure that is now on young people to perform in one off exams, our students have done extremely well. They have put everything into these exams and honestly deserve the success they have had. We wish them all the best for the future”.

Perhaps the most (happily) shocked student was Amy Gosling who achieved 7 A*s and 3 As (pictured left below with Eleanor Blackledge who also achieved 8 A / A*s).






The school will be open during the last 2 weeks of the holiday for parents wishing to collect or order uniform.

Admin staff will also be available for any queries regarding Blackburn bus passes. A letter explaining the cost of bus passes can be found on our 'Letters Home' area of the PArents sction.

Results Day


A reminder for Year 11 students that exam results and advice are available from 9 am on Thursday 20 August.

Competition winner at UCLAN


Congratulations to Alycia Cadman in Year 10 who has won an ipad mini from the Creative Focus team at UCLAN for this Instagram image taken on the Art Department trip to the degree shows 2015




It has been a great month for Alycia who has spent a few weeks in America on 'work experience' with the navy cadets.

Sports Day 2015


Super Sports Day !

Thank you to everyone who took part and enjoyed themselves - which seemed to be everyone !.

Congratulations to BLUE SECTION who won by 12 points from Yellow.


The full scores:


Indigo - 1714 points

Red - 1752 points

Yellow - 1782 points

Blue - 1794 points


A selection of photos will appear in the Gallery

End of term letter



Our end of term letter can now be found in the Parents section of the website

Open Learning Day 2015


Thank you to everyone who attended our Open Learning Day - despite the weather ! Our 'Lancashire Day' saw students taking part in activities such as making Chorley cakes (apparently nicer than Eccles cakes), learning Lancashire dialect and helping to build a replica of Darwen Tower. The 'Scarecrow Trail' was also very popular. The scarecrows will reappear on our Open Evening on 21st September.





If you would like to see the Prom photos they are now available in DROPBOX.

Click on the following link:



You will see a gallery of images, but don't forget to click the folder link above the first set of images to access more!


You may need to set yourself up as a user with an email address and password.

South Ribble Team of the Year


Congratulations to our Under 16 Gymnastics team who were given Team of the Year 2015 across South Ribble. Members of the team and staff attended a celebration evening last week to collect the award. The award was particularly given for the team's exceptional performance at the British championships when the team gained the silver medal.

Well done all !

Duke of Edinburgh 2015


Congratulations to all the Year 10 students who completed the D of E expedition at the weekend and managed to find their way back to the minibus. To prove it there are a few photos on the Extra-curricular section of the website..

The Prom 2015


Thursday 18 June saw our annual Year 11 Prom with over 90 students attending in glorious technicolour. The girls all looked gorgeous, as did the boys. A few sample pictures can be found on this website through the GALLERY.


Students will be given access to the pictures through a link which will appear here shortly.

Sports leaders June 2015


A group of our fantastic gymnasts helped out at a primary schools' gymnastics competition this week held at the school. Twelve primary schools competed and the children were then treated to a display from our students, many of whom have competed at national level.

Music Award


Congratulations to Hamish Bebbington who has received an Award for Young Musicians. Hamish has been given a Robert Lewin Scholarship of £500 which will be used to help to purchase a new violin. Well done Hamish !

Boys Dance


A few weeks ago the boys dance company 'Dynamite' were selected to perform in the Youth Dance festival at The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster. This was a showcase of some of the highest quality youth dance in the North West and the boys performance certainly proved that. Their Cyber Bulling piece really stood out and the boys performed brilliantly with energy and confidence. During the day leading up to the show in the evening the boys took part in a number of workshops including, Bangra dancing, a media lesson-where they created their own piece of film and a flash mob which they got the chance to perform in Lancaster town centre, much to the surprise of the local residents who were shopping and stopped to watch the unexpected performance.

Duke of Edinburgh Practice Walk


Congratulations to all those Year 10s who are preparing for their D of E later on this summer. At Easter they took part in their practice walk, all completing it successfully.

Letters home


A number of letters recently sent home can be found in the Parents' section of the website, including:

  • Letter regarding Y7 / Y8 Review Evening on 11 June 2015
  • Letter regarding our Opening Learning day on 2 July 2015
  • Letter regarding a proposed trip to China during Easter 2017
  • Letter regarding Activities Day on 22 July

Half Term Revision


During half term our Year 11 students were hard at work - revision for their final exams. Thirty three students also visited Borwick Hall near Carnforth for an intensive revision course. All of the students worked exceptionally hard. During the evening there was some relaxation with a Eurovision karaoke evening. Some of the 'winning entries' can be seen below.






A reminder that there will be early revision for exams this week, including Monday (History), the first day back after half term. An early bus from Blackburn will be available as usual. Students should be at the bus stop 30 minutes earlier than the usual time.

Football - Year 10 Final


Unfortunately our Y10 boys lost in the final of the South Ribble Cup to All Hallows 4-0. This is a rivalry that has been going on for 3 years with the cup winners alternating between the 2 teams. All Hallows deserved their victory, getting revenge for a defeat earlier in the season.


Some photos can be found in the Extra-curricular section of the website.

Easter Trips


Reports / Photos of the recent trips to Krakow and Holland are now on the Extra-Curricular section of the website.

Blackburn Bus Passes - start of summer term


Blackburn parents will be aware that we are moving to a bus pass system from the start of the summer term. The vast majority of students should have received their bus passes. If any parent has not received the bus pass, or if you have not organised payment for a bus pass, please send your child to school as normal on Monday 13 April. Bus drivers will not collect money but school staff will check bus passes / collect money in school if necessary.

We would ask that any parent who has not organised payment for a bus pass does so as quickly as possible. Please contact Mrs Eckersley (Business Maanger) at the school if there are any problems.

STOP PRESS 14 March 2015


Three teams travelled to Stoke yesterday to compete in the British finals. the Under 16 A team won the SILVER MEDAL, just 0.04 points from winning gold. Our two other teams also performed extremely well.


More news to come but BRILLIANT !


Apprenticeship Week March 2015


Five of our students visited ao.com this week to take part in a business challenge. The full story and a photo can be found at:

Curriculum >Gifted and Talented> Curriculum Visits




Well done to all our gymnasts last weekend who participated in a Northwest competition. We now have an additional 4 teams going to national finals in May.


Good luck to those competing this week in the national finals in another competition.

Football Success


Congratulations to the Year 10 football team who beat Broughton in the Lancashire Cup - 7-5 after extra time.

the team are now in the Quarter Finals. Best of luck in the next round.

Y9 Parents


Options Evening is this Thursday 12th March, followed by Parents' Evening on Tuesday 17th March.

A letter giving details can be found in the 'Letters Home' section of the website (Parents>Letters Home)

Bike safety


Following a grant from Lancashire Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) we were fortunate to acquire 10 helmets  and 'high vis' jackets for our students travelling to school on their bikes. Below are 2 of our students who have benefitted from the award.


Duke of Edinburgh letter


A letter for parents of Y10 students completing the D of E is available in the Trips section of the website.



A letter has been sent to the parents of students on the Holland trip at Easter. A copy of the letter is available in the 'Trips' letters' section of the website.

WLD Reporters meet Roy Hodgson


During half term our WLD intrepid reporting team had the pleasure of meeting the England manager, Roy Hodgson.

Lillie, Indigo, Daniel, Jonathan and Harry put questions to Roy when he came to Deepdale to watch the PNE v. Man Utd FA Cup game. They also interviewed the Deepdale Duck. This report can be found at the BBC School Report website:



More to follow.

Y11 Parents' Evening


A reminder that it is Year 11 Parents' Evening on Thursday 12 February.

A copy of the letter sent home can be found in the Parent section of the website.

A second letter for parents of Year 11 students also details the after school revision sessions currently available.

Blackburn buses


A letter has been sent home via our students for those who use our Blackburn buses. It outlines proposals for changes to the payment system.  A copy of the letter can be found on the Parent section of the website.



You may be aware that in recent weeks our gymnasts have been working very hard to prepare and participate in competitions. Mrs Parkinson regularly has more than 40 students practising after school, with the school being particularly successful in a recent Northwest championship event.

A small selection of photos showing our students practising and taking part in competitions is available in the Extra Curricular section of this website.



A few pictures of the staff pantomime are available in the Extra Curricular section of the website.

Public Speaking 2015


Well done to our 9 students who participated in the South Ribble Rotary Club competition on Thursday 22 January. Although our three teams did not win they shone with their enthusiasm and personalities. A more detailed report can be found in our Extra-curricular section.

GYMNASTICS - North West competition


Well done to all those who participated in the Northwest Gymnastics competition on Saturday 17th January 2015. The competition was held at Walton le Dale and organised by Mrs Parkinson. This is a major event with many teams from the Northwest of England participating. Below are the results for our teams:


Boys A team  - won gold and gold in group - will represent the Northwest in the national finals

Boys B team - won silver - will represent the Northwest in the national finals

Mixed A team - won bronze

Mixed B team - won silver - will represent the Northwest in the national finals

Girls team - came 11th

Congratulations and well done for all the hard work.

A thank you also to all those who came and helped out with the organisation of the event in school during the day.




An update on monies raised for charities.....

During the Christmas period the school raised approximately £1500 for a number of charities. The charities supported were St Catherine's Hospice, Save the Children, Children in Need, Oxfam and the Salvation Army Food Bank. Thank you to everyone who helped raise the money and contributed.

Christmas Performance Evening


Thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas Performance Evening on Tuesday 16th December. More importantly (!) a big thank you and congratulations to all those who participated and showed off their artistic talents.

"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate yourself, your staff and pupils who contributed and took part in the amazing Christmas Performance last night. Excellent - Start to Finish.......Thank you for an outstanding evening


A selection of photos is now available in our Extra-curricular section.

Football - Lancashire Cup


Well done to the Year 10 football team who are through to the next round of the Lancashire Cup, having beaten Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School on Tuesday 16th December, with a 3-2 victory.

Iceland - Proposed trip


The Humanities Faculty is planning a trip to Iceland during Easter 2016. Parents can find details in a letter available to students or on the website:

Iceland trip - Introductory letter


Christmas Spirit


There has been some discussion in the educational world recently about education being more than passing exams. At Walton le Dale we have always believed this; that children need to develop as a whole person and develop a whole range of skills and personal qualities. Recent activities in the school such as the Community Party and the Santa Dash (see below)  are examples of this.....here is another example....


Christmas Bazaar

This week (w.b. 8th December) students have been given the opportunity to buy their Christmas gifts and stocking fillers for their families and friends. Goods have been donated by staff and students from the school and sold for  small amounts up to £2. Gifts were then gift wrapped ready for Christmas Day. A big thank you to everyone who gave and / or helped out at the bazaars.....

...As a consequence over £500 was raised. This money has been distributed across a number of charities such as 'Save the Children' and  the Salvation Army who are creating 'food banks' for the Christmas period.

Have a safe, happy and restful Christmas.

Community Party


Our annual Community Christmas Party took place on 11th December with over 100 people attending. We received guests from Sue Ryder and The Coppice, as well as greeting  local residents and grandparents of students. Following the feast the visitors were entertained by our students, staff and guests.

" I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone at school for making today's Christmas Party so special. My mum and dad and Harry had a wonderful time and were bowled over by the talent on display."



Congratulations to Caitlin Williams  who will be performing at The Charter Theatre in January as part of the Regional youth Ballet, performing Les Sylphides.



5th December 2014

Over 90 students and staff chasing around the school in red and blue Santa outfits was a sight to behold. For reasons yet to be understood there were also 2 teddy bears and a turkey.

Everyone paid £5 and will raise sponsor money for St Catherine's Hospice.

Well done to everyone who took part and a big thanks to Mrs Wall for organising our 3rd Santa Dash.

Cross Country championships


Congratulations to the brave foursome who competed against the mud and cold in the South Ribble Cross Country Championships on Saturday 29th November. We are told they were a real credit to the school, particularly in the way in which they supported each other, the smiles and the 100% effort.

Well done to Lucy, Becky, Regan and Paige


Lancashire Dance Festival


November 2014

Well done to all our dancers.....the GCSE groups for their performances at the Guildhall, as well as our boys' group - Dynamite.

Dynamite have also been working with the Ludos dance company on a 'cyber bullying' project which they are performing at various primary schools.


Congratulations to them all !

For King and Country


November 2014

In recent weeks some of our Y8 students have been working on a film with the Imperial War Museum North to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War.

The students have spent a number of hours working in school on this project - to research their story, use the equipment, learn their lines etc - before filming it.

The film will soon be available for viewing !

BBC School Report


November 2014

Our students have been working with the BBC this week, completing an investigation into the children of Syria, a country which has been torn apart by civil war.  Some of their work has appeared on the Radio 5 website (an interview with Mr Hill's son who spent time working in a refugee camp).

The News Report will appear on our website soon but you can also access it through the following link:





November 2014

Sports leaders in the school spent a day with the Sky Sports team. The group had an interesting and valuable day, working as a team, solving problems etc. The Sky Sports staff were very complimentary about our students:

"Just wanted to say a huge thanks for the visit on Tuesday, really enjoyed the day and the students were brill."

In the morning the group had an inspirational talk from Charlotte Hartley, a British hockey player. Later in the day the sports leaders took part in a series of games and activities of a problem solving nature.  One of the students commented:

'the day was very interesting and fun. Charlotte's story was very inspirational. I would do it all again.'



Spooky goings on


Year 7 Spooky Sleepover 2014

On Thursday 23rd October, strange goings on were seen in the English department! 

In order to act as a stimulus for a creative writing piece, students were invited to sleep in D Block at school and share some ideas for spooky stories…and maybe even catch a glimpse of the elusive ‘D Block Ghost’.  They were treated to pizzas and other refreshments and eventually settled down for the night to watch some spooky themed DVDs. The event was extremely popular this year and students left , although somewhat tired, feeling fuelled by inspiration for writing their spooky stories in lessons.    



October 2014



Thursday saw our annual Halloween Disco for Year 7s, followed by their 'Spooky Sleepover' in D Block, with its haunted history.


The Year 7s got only a few hours sleep, disturbed by lots of spooky noises, knocks on windows and Miss Christian's constant talking. A good job they only had Enrichment Day to survive before the half term break !


Year 7 Football


Week b. 20 October 2014

Well done to the Year 7 football team who won their first match against All Hallows. The final score was 5-4, with a hat-trick from Bradley and two from Kian.



On 13 October Mr Frank Havard joined our Year 7 assembly to present us with 2 awards which recognise the fact that we are an inclusive school. The Inclusion Quality Mark, a national award held by the school since 2008, recognises the work we do to support the needs and aspirations of every individual child.

We are also now the proud recipients of the IQM FLAGSHIP SCHOOL AWARD. This award is given to very few schools - less than 100 schools in the country - which demonstrates the good practice we have in all aspects of inclusion.

Above - Mr Havard presenting the 2 awards to Poppy and Harry who looked after him on his 2 day inspection visit.

Y7 Settling In Evening


Parents of new Year 7 students are invited to meet their tutor on 15 October. Students will bring a letter home in the next few days explaining this. A copy of the letter can be found on the Parents section of the website.



Thank you to all those people who attended our Open Evening on Monday 22 September.  A big thank you as well to all our students who helped on the evening.

If you would like a tour during the day, or missed Open Evening and would now like to visit, please contact Mrs Hinchliffe on 01772 335726 or email head@waltonledale.lancs.sch.uk



Week beginning 21 September 2014

Two of our Technology groups visited Leyland Trucks this week and had a very enjoyable and educational visit. They learnt a great deal about production methods, 'Just in Time' production and lean production which will help with their course, as well as learning how the company manages staff, markets their vehicles etc.

WELCOME BACK - 8 September 2014


Welcome back to a new academic year. It was lovely to see all the students again, looking very smart and relaxed after the holidays.  Welcome particularly to the rather large Year 7 year group and to all the new staff. Our 2 new minibuses got their first use today, as did our new D Block Canopy, used as a lunch facility.

GCSE Exam Results Day


For Year 11 students exam results are available on Thursday 21st August from 9 a.m. onwards.

Ofsted Report 2014


We are pleased to announce the publication of our latest Ofsted report.

The school received a grading of GOOD in all 5 categories of the inspection - Achievement, Behaviour, Teaching & Learning, Leadership & Overall Effectiveness.

The report and our commentary can be found on our 'About Us' page or at the following Ofsted link:



We were also very pleased with the results of Parent View from Ofsted. This shows a high level of support from our parents. Results of this can be found at: 



A big thank you to you all !


Have a great summer.

Open Learning Day


Thank you to everyone who came along to our World War I themed Open Learning Day. Our Open Evening will be in late September (see Calendar 2014/15 for details and local advierts).


Meanwhile there are a few photos of students from the day in the Gallery.

2014 YEAR 11 PROM


June 2014

Our Year 11s spent Thursday getting 'glammed up' for their Prom. The annual event at Farington Lodge saw the largest Prom ever from WLD, despite the clash with England v. Uruguay. The anguish of the football did not stop our leavers from enjoying themselves and it was a great send off for a fabulous year group.

A few photos can be found in the GALLERY section of the website. The many other photos will appear on a disk for you to get on Results day.

Best of luck for the future.



June 20 2014 - Sports Day

A great day. Congratulations to Blue Section.

See photos in our GALLERY




Friday 20th JUNE

Superb Sports Day - best one ever ! Congratulations to all those who competed and particularly well done to those who got the medals. A thank you to the PE staff for the hard work and also to the very well behaved spectators.