Head’s Newsletter -19th January 2024

Dear parents and carers


A couple of things from me this week regarding arrangements for before and after school. From Monday, students will be able to access the canteen for a breakfast prior to school starting. The canteen will be open from 0745 until 0825. A notice also that our homework club has also switched venues from the library to the sixth form centre. Any parents picking up children at the end of the session 1630 can do so from the sixth form gate at the top of the car park. For any students leaving prior to the end of the session, they should be picked up from the main entrance. A reminder also that homework club is in place to support homework completion and as such normal school expectations around mobile devices applies!




Head of Science Mr Pugh writes “Each year the Royal Society of Chemistry holds their ‘Top of the Bench’ competition for enthusiastic young chemists, this involves students working in teams to tackle challenging problems across the chemical sciences. This year we had our first ever competitors from Wollaston: Annabel Steer, James Halsall, William Catling, Jude Lambeth, Jessica Burrows and Chloe Fulton, who all performed brilliantly in the challenges. Results are in and the Wollaston chemists are proud runners up, earning 5th place out of all schools in Northamptonshire, well done to all our competitors!”


Head of PE, Mr Bennett writes “The PE department and sports teams have begun the new term well, although the weather has been cold the activities have continued and been well attended.  


The U15 Boys were successful in their district futsal matches on Tuesday, playing some excellent passing football.

 The Girls U15 team were in action on Thursday at Weavers school and however, were closely beaten by the more physical and capable teams in their half of the draw.


Clubs have been well attended this week:


  • The Cheerleading club led by Miss Barker was busy on Monday and the girls started to develop their routines.
  • Hockey club was very popular on Tuesday after school with over 20 players braving the cold conditions. Thanks to Freya for supporting with her expert skills.
  • Tuesday’s netball club saw over 30 netballers practising their skills with a high focus on skill development and performance.
  • Wednesday saw the Leadership Club have over 20 young leaders joining Mr Roberts and applying their skills in the small activities.


For any other students wishing to attend clubs- they can see the schedule outside of the PE office for further information- or speak to their PE teacher.


A big well done to the year 11 GCSE PE students who attended the GCSE fitness testing and coursework support session. Please can all GCSE PE students in Year 11 be ready to attend the individual and team sports clinics being offered after school on a Wednesday. These will be advertised on Go4Schools and the PE notice board. Once the weather/ pitches thaw the rugby club will continue on a Thursday after school! 


We wish the students selected for the County Cross Country Competition the best of luck for Saturday and hope they run well as they look to qualify for the National Competitions.


Finally, we are delighted to announce the introduction of the new PE Awards board which is on the wall next to LA5. Do encourage your children to check it out and see those students recognised for their excellent effort and performances in sport, winning their half and full colours along their journey of sport and participation as students at Wollaston School.”


Key Dates


Tuesday 23rd January: Year 11 DT GCSE NEA workshop day

Thursday 25th January: Sixth Form Information Evening for Year 13 parents 1800 start (virtual)

Thursday 1st February: Year 8 parents’ evening via Edulink, Year 9 vaccination boosters


Best wishes for the week ahead.


Simon Anderson