MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER
'This is a school where every individual student is valued equally' Ofsted 2014
Great Britain Team Olympic Parade, Manchester 2016|
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|
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.
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:
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|
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|
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:
If you are interested in using any of our facilities please contact Stacey Eckersley, Business Manager, at the school.
LION, WITCH AND THE WARDROBE|
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.
The new calendar for parents has been added to the website in the Parents' section.
Prom photographs 2016|
PROM PHOTOS - 2016 LEAVERS
If you would like to see the Prom photos they are now available by clicking the following link:
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.
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 email@example.com
We will try to add this information on the community section of our website.
PRIMARY DAY 2016|
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.
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|
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|
Term dates for 2016-17 academic year have been added to the Parents' section of the website.
PERFORMANCE TABLES 2015|
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.