Walton le Dale Arts College and High School

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8th December 16

Welcome
to Walton-le-Dale
Arts College & High School


 


 '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 Shop: ParentPay

Walton-le-Dale Arts College and High School Celebrating 60 Years

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2017 sees the school celebrate its 60th Year.  To mark this occasion, we will be holding an open day for current and past students and staff on Thursday 6th July.   As part of the open day we are hoping to create a museum hall with examples of old exercise books and work along with a memories wall where we can share memorable experiences of your time working or studying at the school.  Further details of the event will be shared via our website over the coming months.  If you do have any items or memorabilia which you would donate to the museum (they will be returned after the exhibition) or you would like to share your memories, then please contact:

 

a.thorpe@waltonledale.lancs.sch.uk

Gymnastics success

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Congratulations to Amy Shorrock whose Gymnastics team won a major competition on the Isle of Man, returning with 2 gold medals, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. Amy also won gold on the beam.

 

Well done Amy.

CASHLESS PAYMENTS

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Parents / Carers,

A reminder that from the start of the spring term all payments to the school need to be completed through ParentPay (or standing order for bus passes).

This includes 'DINNER MONEY' as students will no longer be able to pay cash into a machine. It is therefore important that the student's ParentPay account is regularly checked.

Further information can be obtained from Mrs Eckersley, Business Manager at the school.

Year 7 Netball

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Netball results for 5 December

There was plenty to be impressed with from both teams again this week. The first team won all their games once again and the second team won one and lost two. The second team fought to the end again and should be really proud.

First team results:
Won 2-1 against Penwortham Girls.
Won 17-0 against Penwortham Priory 2.
Won 9-0 against our second team.

Second team results:
Won 9- 0 against Penwortham Priory 1
Lost 12- 2 against Wellfield
Lost 9-0 against our first team.

Overall a fantastic set of results that they should all be proud of.

 

THE FIRST TEAM HAVE WON ALL 7 OF THEIR MATCHES.

Year 7 Netball Results for 28 November 2016

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After half a term of intense training and commitment, the girls showed it had paid off last night with some fantastic results. Teachers and parents were impressed with the gameplay and the enthusiasm of the girls. The results were as follows:

1st team:

THE FIRST TEAM WON ALL FOUR MATCHES

Won 7-0 against Lostock Hall

Won 9-0 against Wellfield

Won 17-0 against Penwortham Priory 1

Won 4-2 against Worden

2nd team:

Lost against Penwortham Girls 3-0

Won 7-1 against Penwortham Priory 2

Lost against Worden 2-1

Won against Lostock Hall 4-0

We would like to congratulate the 2nd team as well who never gave up when they went behind, and showed real determination to succeed. Our opponents struggled to get the ball past our solid defence to even attempt a shot! A huge well done to both teams, we are looking forward to the matches on the 5th December.

Dance Festival 2016

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On Wednesday 16th November 18 of our students took the stage at Preston Guild Hall to perform in the Lancashire Schools Dance Festival once again.  The theme of the festival was "Once Upon A...." and the dance group did a wonderful job of telling the story of "Snow White and the Huntsman".  The performance went extremely well and teachers, parents, carers and friends who came to watch were very impressed with the fantastic level of professionalism on the night.  A huge well done to all the performers for their hard work during rehearsals and a stunning performance at the Guild Hall.

 

Teddy Bear protest

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November 2016

Our Amnesty International group recently organsied a teddy bear protest in our garden to protest on behalf of Syrian refugees and against the conflict in Syria. TWO HUNDRED teddy bears were part of the protest. The group made the following announcement:

'In light of the recent teddy bear protests across the world and to unite against Assads' horrific war crimes on the lives of many innocent children in Aleppo , we at Amnesty at Walton wish to stage our own Teddy bear campaign. This is to raise awareness of the 100,000 children currently living in Aleppo . Assad has openly told media that his intentions are  to cleanse the city and keep cleansing it until he's wiped it clean ! Chemical weapons have been used and many children have lost lives. Those living there are in constant danger, poverty and suffering horrific trauma .
Rather than waste these teddy bears we are hoping to send them to 'teddies for Syria ' , a charity organisation who take teddies and soft toys to children in Syria'.

 

Badminton

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November 2016

Congratulations to our Under 14 Badminton team who are runners up in South Ribble, narrowly losing in the final 3-2 with the final match being 15-13.

Well done to Matthew, Daniel, Adam and Josh.

Y7 Hothersall Lodge trip

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Parents of Y7 should receive a letter giving details of the trip. This can also be found in the LETTERS section of the website.

Dance Festival 2016

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On Wednesday 16th November 18 of our students took the stage at Preston Guild Hall to perform in the Lancashire Schools Dance Festival once again.  The theme of the festival was "Once Upon A...." and the dance group did a wonderful job of telling the story of "Snow White and the Huntsman".  The performance went extremely well and teachers, parents, carers and friends who came to watch were very impressed with the fantastic level of professionalism on the night.  A huge well done to all the performers for their hard work during rehearsals and a stunning performance at the Guild Hall.

 

Great Britain Team Olympic Parade, Manchester 2016

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Gifted and Talented pupils from PE experienced a memorable evening when they came face to face with some of the biggest names in sport - the British Olympic Team and British Para-Olympic Team.

The group were inspired by the dedication and determination shown by the athletes in achieving the country's historic medal haul at the Rio Olympics. May be one day one of our Gifted and Talented pupils represent the nation just as their sporting heroes did in Rio!

Geography Field trip

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Year 11 Geographers enjoyed a day in glorious sunshine in Bowness on Windermere collecting data for their controlled assessment. As part of their course they are investigating the impact that tourism has on this honeypot site. This involved speaking with visitors about what attracted them to visit Bowness, interviewing local businesses about how important tourism is to them, investigating which were the busiest places for tourists and traffic as well as finding out what attractions are there.

They are now back in the classroom, number crunching and interpreting all our data and findings.

ADMISSIONS 2017

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We have received quite a few enquiries this week from Year 6 parents asking how to apply for a place for September 2017.

For those children who live in Lancashire this is straigthforward. You need to apply through the Lancashire website at:

 

http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/schools/apply-for-a-school-place/apply-for-a-secondary-school-place.aspx

BLACKBURN PARENTS

If you complete a written application form you can simply write 'Walton le Dale' as a preference.

If you are using the online system you will need to type 'Walton le Dale' into one of the preference boxes rather than use the drop down menu which only lists Blackburn schools. You can then make your other preferences as normal. You should receive an email confirming your application.

2016 Exam Results

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Staff at Walton le Dale were delighted but not surprised to see the shocked face of Melissa Bateman collecting her exam results. As she opened up her envelope her worried frown turned to open mouthed shock ! Melissa’s certificates showed 8 A*s and 2 As, a superb achievement.

Melissa of course was not the only one to achieve outstanding results at Walton le Dale, with other notable excellent results coming from Ben Usher, Zoe Gosling, Harry Mills and Olivia Yeo, for example.  The number of students achieving 5 A-Cs, including English and Maths, is the highest ever and staff were also pleased to see almost every student achieving at least 8 qualifications. This is particularly impressive at a time when national results have declined significantly.

Tony Hill, the Headteacher said:

 ‘Youngsters now face a great challenge in achieving high results as the Government continually change the goal posts and make it more difficult for them to achieve the highest grades. Students have to work harder than ever before. This year group were phenomenal in their work ethic and deserve the results they have achieved.  I am incredibly proud of both them and our staff, not simply because of the results but for their attitude and commitment. It has been a real pleasure to have this set of young people in school and see them grow in so many ways, and then see them rewarded with grades which reflect the excellent progress they have made’.

Melissa and mother !

COLLECTION OF EXAM RESULTS

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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.

LETTINGS

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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

s.eckersley@waltonledale.lancs.sch.uk

LION, WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

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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

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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

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

Prom photographs 2016

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PROM PHOTOS - 2016 LEAVERS

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

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7Hrk8NDCBvjQmxRLWpValp6blE&usp=sharing

Open Learning Day 2016

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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

Ex-students

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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.

 

PRIMARY DAY 2016

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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'.

PROM

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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.

 

EXAMS

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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

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

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

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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.

Hair Consultation feedback

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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)

2016-17 Term Dates

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

PERFORMANCE TABLES 2015

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

THE REAL FIGURES SHOW THE SCHOOL ACHIEVED 47% 5 A-C (EM), NOT THE FIGURE REPORTED IN THE PRESS.