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Arts College & High School

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


Contact Mrs Hinchliffe for a tour during the day




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



School closes following final assembly on Wed 23 July at 12.20pm.  All buses will run at this time. 

Wishing you a restful summer break. 

School re-opens on Monday 8 September at 8.45 for all years.  

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.





JUNE 2014


The school first received the award in 2008 and again in 2011. The awarding body now awards 'flagship' status to those schools who are a model of best practice. Walton le Dale now holds flagship status. This is a great reflection on our students, staff, parents and all those associated with the school.

A copy of the summary letter can be found in the About Us section of the website.

Tomorrow's Engineers


W/b. 16 June

Our Year 8 students had the good fortune to see an unusual careers presentation this week. The presentation was on Engineering, a topic that studnets of that age might not quite know about. By the end of the session the students had a very clear idea of how exciting engineering can be.

See the video clip in Curriculum > Tomorrow's Engineers



June 2014

This week we have hosted a primary schools' gymnastics competition for Year 3/4 children.  Schools from across South Ribble took part. The event was supported by our sports leaders.

Some Walton le Dale students marshalled a primary school team. This involved doing a general warm up, then a specific warm up prior to competition, coaching the children during the warm up, then marshalling them during the actual competition ( holding up numbers, getting them to the correct floor, arranging the vault etc)

George Westwood  judged the vault competition.  For George this will go towards his GCSE Physical  Ed ucation coursework score.

Several school teachers made comments about the quality and hard work of our students.

Naturally we also put on an impromptu gymnastics display when the scores were being finalised!

Well done everyone.



Whilst most of us were enjoying a holiday over half term one member of our staff at least was doing something much more worthwhile.. Miss Connolly spent her half term helping out at a school in Morocco, as well as an orphanage. She also raised some money and took useful items with her for the school. Well done Miss Connolly.



During May Health and Social Care students have been studying issues around disability. As part of the course we had a visit from Guide Dogs. Students completed some exercises to experience the problems faced by visually impaired people, and also learnt about the role of Guide Dogs. The class sizes were boosted by staff who fell in love with the dogs !!





Congratulations to Rikki Riley who won the South Ribble Photography competition organised by the Rotary Club. This is the second year running one of our students has won the competition.




The Year 9 boys football team are winners of both the South Ribble League and the South Ribble Cup, following a win in the cup final on Tuesday 6 May.

The team secured the league title earlier last term, remaining undefeated throughout the season. Tuesday was all about winning the cup, however, particularly important as we were beaten finalists last year.

The team went 2-0 up and then 3-1 up before All Hallows scored a second goal with 5 minutes left. Our lads kept it together to see out the victory - a win which owed much to pure determination.

Brilliantly well done everyone.

Some photos in the Extra-curricular section of the website.

China - Easter 2014.


Walton le Dale students and staff spent a week in Shanghai, China at Easter. They visited not only Shanghai but also undertook an overnight train journey to see Xian and the Terracotta Army.

A full report can be found in Curriculum>Extra-curricular>Trips.

Our students were amazing, embracing the long days, the lengthy journeys and the new experiences. We all felt privileged to be with such an amazing group of young people. Other teachers from other schools, our national guide and air crew all commented on how well mannered, polite and well behaved our young people are. You are all excellent ambassadors for Walton le Dale Arts College.

Lord of the Flies


On Wednesday 2 April a group of students went to watch a DANCE performance of 'Lord of the Flies' at The Lowry in Manchester. The production was created by Matthew Bourne, a world famous choreographer.

The performance was even more special as it featured one of our own students - Sam Bluck in Year 8.

Sam successfully negotiated a series of auditions - against hundreds of other hopeful dancers - to get a part in the production. Since the audition Sam has had to put in many hours of practice to prepare for the performance, particularly as he is on stage for most of the time. The production ran from Wednesday to Saturday, with sold out audiences throughout.


Congratulations Sam.  A star in the making and a fabulous performance.

Sports Results


W/b 17/3/2014


Congratulations to the Basketball team who came third in a South Ribble competition this week, and to the Year 9 football team  - winning 5-0 against Balshaws. Well done but bad luck also goes to the Year 7 team who narrowly lost this week.

Primary School Assembly


W/b 17/3/2014

A group of our students had the scary pleasure of performing an assembly at Higher Walton primary school this week - in front of the entire school ! The theme was the history of science. Well done to the brave group....




8 March 2014



CONGRATULATIONS to the u16 boys team Dominic Wilson Aaron Pennington and Liam Hodgkinson, AND to the u16 Mixed team Nicole Reeder, George westwood, Danny Leeming and Frazer Drever who represented the North West at the British Schools Gymnastics Finals on Friday last week. Both teams competed incredibly well to gain bronze medals. both teams are now officially the THIRD BEST IN BRITAIN.

very well done, and thanks for the commitment.

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal


You may remember that before Christmas we created a large number of 'shoe bozes' full of gifts for children living in difficult circumstances. Last week Gillian Roberts, our admin assistant who helps to organise the collection, recieved an email:

Dear Gillian

I can't thank you enough for your support of Operation Christmas Child. Once again we were able to send around a million gift-filled shoeboxes to the poorest and neediest children in the countries where we work. I never fail to be humbled by the compassion and generosity that people like you have shown through this amazing programme - again I sayTHANK YOU!

Every shoebox gift brings such joy into the lives of the children receiving them. Children like Heyat. She is currently a refugee from Syria and she took her shoebox home with real delight. But her home is a canvas tent, in a community where food, water and medicine is in desperately short supply

Watch Syrian refugee children open the shoeboxes


Tom Finney


There has been much talk this week in school about the death of Tom Finney. I know that many families will want to acknowledge his funeral and life. From the little I know (but I believe I am right !) he was everything we would like our students to be when they become adults. He was a great role model. We wish his family well.



26 / 2 / 2014

Congratulations to the Y7 netball team who beat both Worden & Priory this week

Boys' Dance Group


On Wednesday 22 January our boy dancers were invited to take part in a workshop at Cardinal Newman in Preston. The workshop was run by dancers from the world famous New Adventures Dance Company, run by Matthew Bourne. This is the dance company featured in 'Billy Elliott' and also happens to be Mr Hill's favourite dance company !

The boys spent all day dancing whilst being assessed as there may be an opportunity for some to feature in Matthew's new production of 'Lord of the Flies' which is being produced in the Northwest in March (at the Lowry).


A fabulous day and as ever our students "did us proud".

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



We raised an amazing  £1224   for St Catherine's Hospice from the Santa Dash, sponsorship and money raised from our Christmas Bazaar.



Congratulations and well done to all the students and staff who took part in Friday's Santa Dash (6th December).

NINETY SIX students and staff took part, running round the school during their lunch break, raising money for St Catherine's Hospice. The Dash has raised £480 for the hospice, with 'dashers' paying £5 each. More money will be raised through sponsorship.

Well done to you all ! More pictures in the Curriiculum>Extra-curricular section.

Change of term dates


7th December 2013

Parents should have received a text message confirming the change of term dates. School will be closed over Christmas for 2 weeks, with students returning on Monday 6th January.

Xmas Charities

During the last few weeks students have been engaged in helping those in need. Over £100 was raised for Children in Need, with a similar amount given to the Phillippines Emergency Fund. Students and staff also provided a wide range of small gifts, collected into shoe boxes (see photo), which will find their way to children in eastern Europe and elsewhere.


Dance Festival 2013


28 students from Walton le Dale Arts College were involved in the 10th anniversary of the Lancashire School’s  Dance Festival .  Dancing on stage and working behind the scenes  students did an outstanding job.  Amongst the students performing were the Walton Le Dale all boys dance group returning to the Guild Hall for their second year in a row.

17 Boys aged between 11 and 13 years  performed in a dance piece based around the idea of `naughty school boys and detention`.    The dance consisted of a range of popular songs using contemporary and street styles to tell their amusing story.  Their enthusiasm and dedication in the piece resulted in an invitation to be involved in a project with Cardinal Newman College on Matthew Bourne’s new production of `Lord of the Flies` in January.


Photos can be found on the 'Curriculum >Extra-curricular' section of the website.

Y11 Presentation Evening


November 2013

Congratulations to the class of 2013 who were presented with their exam certificates this week.

It was great to see all the faces again, as well as some very proud parents. The evening was also an opportunity to give awards for outstanding achievement, and service to the school, as well as lots of other subject based awards.

Leavers - please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing ! Best of luck


Photos of Fern, Harry, Jordan and Joe who received some of the major awards.


Island Elections


Students in Y8 Opening Minds have been stranded on a desert island for a little while now and most recently have had to decide on who should be their island leader. On 15th November the Y8s spent the day campaigning and voting for the election. Banners, leaflets and rosettes were made whilst political speeches were delivered in support of 3 very different political parties.

A fun day with a great deal of learning about democracy and our political system.









Help needed !




The school is expecting an Ofsted inspection at some point in this academic year.

In 2011, during our last inspection, we sent out a questionnaire to parents which was used by the Ofsted team. Ofsted was very impressed with the positive nature of the parental comments. Clearly we are hoping for the same again !!

The new Ofsted inspection system means that these questionnaires are no longer sent to parents. They expect parents to use their 'Parent View' section of the Ofsted website. This is very simple to use and only takes a few minutes. However, it does require parents to register through an email.


We would be very grateful if parents would take a few minutes to complete the Parent View questionnaire. A link can be found below:



Thank you in anticipation of your support.



Congratulations to the Year 9 boys' football team who won a 7 a -side tournament on Wednesday 12th November against local schools - Brownedge, Lostock Hall and Penwortham schools. The team was undefeated. The team will now meet the winner of a similar competition between Leyland schools.

Shakespeare Festival 2013


This month our talented students took part in the annual Schools' Shakespeare Festival. Due to our years of success in this event we were asked this year to perform at The Octogan in Bolton rather than at a local theatre.

This year the students performed our own take on 'The Taming of the Shrew'. As ever it was a superb production and performance. Photos can be found on the 'Curriculum >Extra-curricular' section of the website.



November 2013

All Year 7s have recently been provided with a free reading book to encourage independent reading. They have been able to choose from a wide range of fiction.

More details in the Library news section in Curriculum: Extra-curricular.

Year 7 Hallowe'en Disco 2013


An end of term get together for those who enjoy a dance and a bit of blood.

Big thanks to Mr Jones and staff for the support. More photos in the Gallery.



Walton-le-Dale is proud to announce that we now have our own defibillator in school - a result of fund raising by our own students.

A number of our staff have been trained in the use of the defibrillator (see photo). Whilst we would hope to never have to use the equipment, it does give us a sense of security that if there was ever an incident, we would be in a position to help.


The Tim Oakes Challenge


On Thursday 4 Year 9 students participated in a new county wide event – The Tim Oakes Challenge.

This event is in memory of Tim Oakes who was a school adviser in Lancashire, including adviser for Walton-le-Dale. Tim was tragically killed in an aeroplane crash on his way to a dream adventure – trekking through the Himalayas.

The four students – Zara A, Samantha G, Ryan M and Olivia Y - took part as a team in a series of challenges. Well done to the four of them.

Read the full story in Curriculum> Extra-curricular




10th October

Congratulations to Aiden Whitehead (Y9) who is representing the REGIONAL ARMY CADETS at the national swimming championships this weekend. Good luck Aiden.




Without wanting to be gruesome the Science department sometimes need things to experiment on !

The Science department would like to thank Brindle Butchers in Bamber Bridge for supporting them.

Holiday Pattern 2014-15


The PROVISIONAL holiday pattern for 2014-15 is now on the Parents section of the website.

Parents! Interested in how to keep your children safe online?


At Walton-le-Dale we take E-Safety very seriously and ensure that it is at the top of the list when it comes to the ICT Curriculum. Students are given a variety of informative lessons relating to the dangers they face when using Electronic Devices to communicate with others, and how to report/handle any threatening situations should they arise.

We also feel it is important that parents are made aware of solutions to help keep their children safe. Vodafone have just released an online magazine with some very useful information for parents to read through.

You can find it by clicking the link below: