Walton le Dale Arts College and High School

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24th August 16

to Walton-le-Dale
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
Online Enquiry: Click here

Uniform ShopClick here



Exam results for Year 11 students can be collected on THURSDAY 25 August from 9a.m. onwards until 2p.m.

Results will be available from the LIBRARY.



The school has a number of facilities that are available for hire, either on a regular basis or for a one off event:

  • Full sized astroturf 
  • Large sports hall
  • Drama Theatre (with addiitonal drama space)
  • Small dance studio
  • Gym space
  • ICT rooms
  • Classrooms, including those suitable for art classes
  • Music room, including sound proofed 'studio'

If you are interested in using any of our facilities please contact Stacey Eckersley, Business Manager, at the school.

Mobile: 07969497352




Well done to all those involved in the recent version of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Some of our younger students demonstrated some superb acting skills, the costumes and settings were great, as was the lighting and music.


Well done to all.

Hansel & Gretel


The school choir were invited by Outreach Opera to take part in the opera "Hansel and Gretel" to be performed in the garden at Hoghton Tower on the afternoon of July 17th.

The choir performed as the childrens' chorus in the 3rd Act, where Hansel and Gretel turned the gingerbread children back into real children. During the rehearsals, (some which took place at Bolton University), the choir were asked to perform additional roles such as dancing fairies and moving gingerbread trees).

It was a fabulous experience to perform with professional singers (one of whom was our own singing teacher) and to sing in the open air on a beautiful Sunday afternoon with families and friends picnicking on the grass.

Well done to the students who took part.

2016-17 calendar


The new calendar for parents has been added to the website in the Parents' section.

Prom photographs 2016



If you would like to see the Prom photos they are now available by clicking the following link:


Blackburn bus passes


A letter explaining payment for Blackburn bus passes for the next academic year (2016-17) has been posted on the Parents > Letters home section of the website.

Open Learning Day 2016


Please note a letter to parents and carers regarding our Open Learning Day can be found in the Parents / Letters home section of the website.

Link to web page



We have just received news of two former students who have just gained FIRST CLASS DEGREES. Congratulations to Adam Lee (Maths) and Rebecca Smith (Architecture).

We always love to hear how former students are doing so please contact us using head@waltonledale.lancs.sch.uk

We will try to add this information on the community section of our website.




A fantasic day on Friday with wonderful children taking part in our 'Alice in Wonderland' theme. Children were invited to our version of the story, meeting with characters such as the Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the White Rabbit and so on. They also ate at the Tea Party, made a playing card army, made and stole their own jam tarts, and took part in the Jack of Hearts' trial. Other children had the chance to play croquet (without using flamingoes) or be entertained by Maths staff in 'Alice in Numberland'.



An amazing Prom on Thursday23 June with over 100 students attending. As ever all the students looked stunning and enjoyed a very relaxed evening, a bit of food and a lot of socialising.

Photos will be available shortly. In the meantime a few group photos have been added to this website in the GALLERY.




MAY 16th 2016

Year 11 (& some Y10) exams start this week. It is a very stressful time for these students and we wish them the best of luck. They have been working incredibly hard in lessons and they deserve every success. Please wish them luck.

Photo: Amy who achieved 10+ A* / A grades in 2015.

Cadet of the Year


Congratulations to Ryan who has been made '2016 Cadet of the Year' for his Air Training Corps squadron.

Year 8 Opening Minds


Holocaust Survivor visit

In early April Year 8 welcomed a unique visitor to the school - a survivor of the Holocaust, who was present when the concentration camps were freed in 1945. Year 8s were giving an inspiring talk about life under the Nazis.




There is a comprehensive programme of revision in school during the 2 week holiday. Year 11 students are strongly encouraged to attend given that exams start only 3 weeks after the holidays. The focus will be on exam paper practice.

Students received a letter last week outlining the programme and parents should also receive an email with the details. In any case the letter is available on the Parent letters section of the website.

UK Dance Champions


April 2016

Congratulations to Beth and Emily who took part in the Junior Latin World championships.




Easter youth club activities


Below is a link to the 'youth service' website which outlines activities in the local area over the Easter holidays.




Book Honour


Oxford University Press (OUP) ran a national competition this spring to find children to 'champion' a range of classic children's books. Congratulations to Lucy who has been recognised by OUP as a Classics Champion in her work to promote classic children's books. Lucy championed 'The Railway Children', and received a copy of the book for her work ! She also succeeded in winning £100 worth of books for the school ! Thanks Lucy.



19 March 2016

This Saturday saw the Northwest floor and vault championships take place at the school.


WLD came away with FOUR team GOLD MEDALS out of a possible 6.


Congratulations to all those involved and particularly to Mrs Parkinson who has now led FIFTY NINE WLD teams to the national finals over the last 12 years.



March 2016

Congratulations to the gymnastics team who came back from the national finals this weekend with one BRONZE medal and ONE GOLD MEDAL.


Well done all; more details to follow in our extra-curricular section.

Fair Trade 2016


A team of students and Miss Eastham have organised Fair Trade events during March, including big breakfasts. The team sold home made, healthy products using fair trade ingredients. Well done to everyone, raising £100.

World Book Day 2016


The school celebrated World Book Day recently, with the school librarians organising a book swap amongst students. This resulted in a number of students struggling home weighed down by a bag of books !

Hair Consultation feedback


Over the last few months we have been consulting parents, students and staff on student hair colour. Governors met a few weeks ago to discuss this and have decided to retain the current policy. A letter explaining this can be found in the 'Letters Home' section of the website (Parents area)

Parent Governors


Interested in becoming a Parent Governor ?

A letter is available on the Parents section of the website (Letters Home) asking for anyone interested to apply.

2016-17 Term Dates


Term dates for 2016-17 academic year have been added to the Parents' section of the website.

Gymnastics Success



More success in gymnastics this week for our gymnasts in the Northwest Acro and Tumbling championships:


u14 Girls pairs -  Holly Cryer & Lois Kerry -  8th place

u14 mixed pairs -  Feddie Berry & Chloe Wilson - Gold medal (national finals)

u14 girls tumbling -  Amy Shorrock -  Bronze medal;  Holly Cryer 4th, Lois Kerry 14th

u19 mixed - Aaron Pennington & Amy Shorrock - Silver medal

u19 boys  tumbling -  Aaron Pennington - Gold medal (national finals)


Football success


Congratulations to Kaya Yilmaz in Year 7 who has been selected to represent South Ribble in matches against other areas of Lancashire.

2016 Exam Timetable


The 2016 exam timetable is available in Parents>Calendar>Exam Timetable.



BSGA North WEST Gymnastics Champions for the 10th year running

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Milano Team competition on Saturday, we won 1 Gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. this makes us North West Champions for the 10th year running and the u16 boys and mixed teams will attend the British National Finals for the 11th year in succession.  A fantastic effort from everyone, well done we are proud of all of you.


Thanks also to the gymnasts and Sports Leaders who gave up their time to help out with refreshments and door management and a special thanks to Reanne Houlker for managing the music desk.



For those looking at Performance Tables, please see the REAL RESULTS for the school in EXAM RESULTS.


KS3 Review Evening


There will be a KS3 Review Evening for Year 7 and Year 8 parents on 28 January 2016, from 3.30 onwards. Students will bring letters home next week. A copy of the letter can be found in the Parents' section of the website.



Monday 4 January 2016

We are really pleased to announce that our new astroturf is completed, with students having their first PE lessons on it today, and students playing football on it at lunchtime.

The astroturf is available for community use on evenings and weekends. See the LETTINGS Section of the website for details.

Safety Online over Christmas


Parental Advice

Given that students may receive tablets and laptops over Christmas, and children have time on their hands to go online, Lancashire have issued some helpful advice to parents.

This can be found on our Parents > E-safety section of the website.

Charity update


Students raised £440 for St Catherine's hospice in the recent Santa Dash. Congratulations to all who participated and a particular well done to Robert who raised nearly £100 himself.


Blackburn champions


Futsal Competition

Our Year 11 boys took part in the Kinder Futsal Cup in December, based at Blackburn Rovers.


Our lads came out winners, winning every game in the group matches, and narrowly winning the final game in the last few seconds of the game.


Well done all.


Salvation Army Foodbank


As part of our charity work over the Christmas period we have once again contributed to the Salvation Army food bank. Thank you to students, staff and parents who helped pay for this through our 'Christmas market' over the last week.

Santa Dash


4 December: Over 50 students and staff took part in the annual Santa Dash for St Catherine's hospice, despite the horrible weather. Thank you and well done to everyone who took part.


Year 7 Readers


December: All of our Year 7 students have been provided with a free reading book and are busy reading away at school and home.

Remember you can swap them with your friends once you have finished your book and remember also to recommend the books to other people.


We are also running a 'treasure hunt' competition in school to find out what staff are reading (if they ever have time !).

Autumn Enrichment Day


During November our students took part in an Enrichment Day - a whole day focussing on one theme rather than normal lessons. Each year group had a different theme:

Year 7 - Arts Day

Year 8 - Tomorrow's Engineers

Year 9 - Duke of Edinburgh

Year 10 - The Apprentice meets Dragon's Den

Year 11 - Mock interviews / Careers


A selection of photos can be found in our gallery.

Halloween photos 2015


A small selection of photos is available taken during the Year 7 Halloween disco (which was followed by the Spooky Sleepover in our haunted library !)

The photos can be found on the Halloween 2015 page of the  Extra-curricular section of the website.

Gymnastics success


Congratulations to Amy Shorrock in Year 7 who was 5th overall in the English junior gymnastics competition. Well done particularly for achieving the silver medal in the floor competition.

World Kickboxing Championships


Congratulations to Alekss Jermolovics who won a gold medal at the WKU championships in Spain. Alekss won his medal in the 12-14 years old (60 kilograms) category.

Eco CLub Outdoor Classroom


The Eco Club are applying for £11,000 to create an outdoor classroom in the woods at the top of the playing field. There are a lot of projects bidding for the award so every vote really does count.

Great news! The RSPB have offered their support to our project and will be posting the link to the voting site on their facebook page over the weekend. Keep your eyes peeled at RSPB North West England and if you haven't yet voted there is only 12 days left!


Please get your vote in then tell your partner to vote, your friends, your family, your gym mates, your drinking buddies, your pets, even your enemies!!  Tell everyone!! 


Here is the link: https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/woodland-development/



BSGA North West Novice Championships

the North West Novice Championships were held at Walton le Dale on Saturday17 October, with over 250 youngsters taking part. Congratulations to all gymnasts who took part in this event. 


Walton le Dale entered 16 categories for different age groups and disciplines. We won medals in FOURTEEN OF THE CATEGORIES - A HUGE ACHIEVEMENT........




A list of medal winners and photos can be found on the Extra-curricular section of the website.




Birds, Bees and Trees at Walton-le-Dale Arts College and High School

Voting is now open for the One Family Foundation Award. 

The Eco Club are applying for £11,000 to create an outdoor classroom in the woods at the top of the playing field. This project will allow utilisation of an area of woodland which is currently overgrown and inaccessible. This area will be used by pupils and teachers at the school for classroom and extra curricular activities. It will also be used by children at the Sure Start Centre based at the school, and by partnership primary schools.



There are a lot of projects bidding for the award so every vote really does count. Please get your vote in then tell your partner to vote, your friends, your family, your gym mates, your drinking buddies, your pets, even your enemies!!  Tell everyone!! 


Here is the link: https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/woodland-development/


If you have any fab ideas for increasing our number of votes, please reply to this email.

Many thanks

Syrian refugees


September 2015

There has been much in the news lately about the dreadful plight of Syrian refugees. One of our students decided, after seeing all the horrific pictures, to do something about it.

Jack Murray started to collect donations to help the refugees - clothes, phones, toys for children etc. Within 48 hours he had been inundated with 'gifts' from members of Walton le Dale and his neighbours. Last week he and his family took 2 car loads of donations to Calais.


Jack is still looking at a second appeal in the near future so if there is anything you can offer please feel free to contact us and we will pass on the information.


A huge congratulations to Jack. It is so impressive to see a youngster take such direct action about something he feels so passionately about.

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).







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!


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