Head’s Newsletter – 19th May 2023

Dear parents and carers

As I am sure you are aware, we had a visit from Ofsted this week. It has been a long time since the school was last inspected (2017) so we were eager for their arrival. I will share the outcome from the inspection as soon as I am permitted to, however, what I can share is that as usual all our students shone and were a credit to the school and their families.

We are anticipating a slightly less busy but nonetheless exciting end to half term next week. Years 11 and 13 continue with examinations and recognition and rewards assemblies will be led by heads of year. Our visit this week has delayed the publication of plans for Year 11 following the half term. We are in the process of finalising these and I will write to all Year 11 parents on Monday to share this information.

This week our Community Ambassadors led assemblies and delivered their plans to all year groups for enhancing our community work – thank you to Mr Brookes and the Community Ambassadors for leading on this important aspect of our development.


House Event

Mr Beeby writes “Today we held a ‘Countdown’ house event, following the gameshow format we had letter and number rounds. Students and staff worked together against the 30 second countdown clock to find the longest word or reach a numerical target. The results were:

Nightingale         1st Place               1000 points

Austen                  2nd Place              600 points

Drake                   3rd Place              400 points

Churchill              4th Place              200 points

Miss Bishop is delighted with the win, especially as she was the staff participant – supported by James Halsall.”


Water Bottles

As the weather starts to get warmer, please remind students to bring water bottles to school with them every day. We have water cooler fountains located around the school site for bottles to be refilled during the day, and as a school aiming for our Eco Schools green flag accreditation, we are keen to cut down on single use plastic waste.


Netball Report

Mr Bennett writes: “We have excellent netball news to share following Tuesday night’s District finals. We had teams from Years 7-10 in action which is an amazing achievement and all the teams were amazing representatives for the school. 

Results were as follows:

Team Year 7 were victorious with a clear win against Sir Christopher Hatton School!

Team Year 8 won a tightly contested game against The Ferrers School!

Team Year 9 lost narrowly to Sir Christopher Hatton School.

Team Year 10 lost to The Ferrers School in a very competitive game.

Well done to all players involved!

Year 7

Ella, Violet, Georgia, Jasmine, Betsy, Amy, Ava, Chanique, Jaiden, Macie

Year 8

Cecily, Jasmine, Elia, Lilian, Emily, Doro, Emily, Lois, Sophia, Myone

Year 9

Nimat, Imogen, Karolina, Angel, Evie, Lexi, Regan, Ruby

Year 10

Abigail, Freyja, Emmanuella, Lily, Jasmine, Skye, Aloise, Phoebe, Libby

Congratulations to all the students involved for their dedication and hardwork and also thank you to the players not involved in the finals but have attended and supported the netball squads throughout the year. Well done Wollaston Netball!”


Best wishes for the week ahead.


Simon Anderson