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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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.