Head’s Newsletter -1st March 2024

Dear parents and carers


The first week of this half term has flown by and it has been a busy one with Year 11 continuing to prepare for their summer exams, although for some exams have already begun and of course we had the obligatory Year 11 photo taken on Wednesday! The whole year group were exceptional in their conduct in what can be a logistical pain to organise- it went very smoothly thanks to the students’ attitude and patience!


Students have also been earnestly preparing for upcoming performing arts exams and of course Dance Live and the main hall has been a hive of activity.


I must also take the time to congratulate (once again!) Declan Sheehan for his success in dog agility competition.


For two days in February, he competed at the Open Junior Agility Championships and won 1st Place in the Jumping Round of the Biathlon with ‘Bomber’, and then won 1st Place in the Agility Round with ‘Teddie’. Coupled with his other runs with both dogs, he placed 3rd Overall in the Biathlon with Bomber, and 2nd overall with Teddie, and completed a very successful weekend for him.


Again, in February, Declan’s exploits earned him a place at the Pre-Selection Qualifiers for Team GB (by qualifying for Crufts 2024 in Agility Dog Of The Year) and after some great results during the day, he has been invited to attend the final selection round for Team GB towards the end of March where he will aim for a place in the Team GB Squad!



Wollaston Scholars


Mr Rees writes: “Thursday 29th of February saw fourteen of our Year 9s and 10s make their way to Cambridge University to take part in a special graduation ceremony.  The pupils are the third cohort from Wollaston to pass the ‘Scholar’s programme’. The course,  organised by The Brilliant Club, allows young people the opportunity to work closely with a university specialist tutor over a number of months to deepen their knowledge in a specialist subject to allow pupil’s to carry out and experience University style work.


All of the pupils involved have worked very hard in completing their 1500-word essay style assignment based around analysing Film narrative techniques.  In next week’s Headteacher’s newsletter our scholars will write to you about the day, and we will share some pictures of the very rainy but brilliant day! Well done everybody involved.”



PE Update


Mr Bennett writes: “The year 10 netball girls played in the County tournament. They played some excellent games and during the tournament won 4 games and drew 1 game. Unfortunately, they came up against The Northampton County High School and found it difficult to get a hold in the game. The girls developed swiftly and certainly grew into the competition and Miss Kaye was delighted with the progress the girls made.


There are many fixtures planned for after half term and we look forwards to a great many matches and fixtures!”


Best wishes for the week ahead.


Simon Anderson