Head’s Newsletter – 22nd September 2023

Dear parents and carers


We are in full swing now and our big initiatives designed to develop our students into great Wollaston citizens are in progress. The deadline to apply for our student leadership programme was today, however, Miss Ayres will accept any late applicants on Monday should anyone have forgotten to hand their application in today! We had over 100 students participate in our student leadership programme last year and we are excited to see the development work that they will lead on this year. This week also saw Miss Ayres launch the Pledges Passport Programme with Year 7 in assembly this week. The pledges are made up of a variety of awards for completing tasks that demonstrate our values of kindness, community, and ambition. Parents of year 7 – please do check the bag of your child early next week for the passport.


Huge congratulations to Lody Eales in Year 11 for a wonderful achievement last weekend, becoming the Northants Under 17 Badminton County Champion, winning Gold in both the girls singles and the girls doubles events and Bronze in the mixed doubles. This is a remarkable feat given she has only been playing the sport for a short period of time!


Huge congratulations also to Year 7 who top this week’s rewards charts- closely followed by Year 11 and Year 10!




A reminder that when dropping off students to school in the morning please do be mindful of the buses needing to access the site safely and ensure that you stop in a safe spot for both your children and with consideration of any buses that may be behind you!


Year 11 Pathway to Glory


Please also find information from Mr Jackson regarding exam boards for each subject studied in Year 11 here. A reminder also to parents of Year 11 students that the sixth form centre is available for Year 11 to use after school for revision and supervised study. Students wishing to use this facility just need to sign in with Mrs Melia on arrival so that we know who is remaining on site at the end of the day.


Sport at Wollaston


Mr Bennett writes: “The PE department have been wonderfully busy this week and it has been overwhelming to see the activities and the engagement from students.


We have seen the numbers of students taking part at their highest level ever and throughout this week we have counted 300 students taking part across all the different activities. These activities include the Cheerleading club, Netball and Football clubs, The Rugby club and the Girls Football club which has really seen a big jump in the participation.


There were 3 football matches played this week with the Year 8 and Year 10 playing Campion School. The Year 8s lost in a very close game and were beaten by a capable team from Campion 3-2. The Year 10 Boys were superb in their victory and came away 6-0 winners and progress to the next round of the competition.  The Year 11 Boys played Moulton School and were narrowly beaten by a lucky goal in the latter part of the game. The Year 11 boys played particularly well and represented the school in a positive way. Sadly, the girls cup game was postponed due to transport issues. This game will be rescheduled and we look forward to that.


Mr Roberts has been very busy this week and has guided the following activities.


Boccia Tuesday 19th September

The school entered a group of students into the district Boccia and New Age Curling Tournament at Rushden Academy. The team of 3 students have not played Boccia long but have practised last year during a lunch time club. They competed against students from The Ferrers school, Rushden Academy and Friars School Wellingborough. After 5 matches, Wollaston finished second only losing to the eventual winner. Wollaston played one new age game winning their match 6 -4.


Multi skills Wednesday 20th September

The Wollaston sports leaders from years 8 & 9 helped organise and run a multi skills festival at the Pemberton centre in Rushden. The worked with Ed Reeves the Wellingborough and East Northants Partnership manager and Mr Roberts to run the festival for KS1 pupils from local primary schools. The students ran 6 different multi skills activities for 7 primary schools. The primary school teachers we amazed at how well the sports leaders organised and worked with their 5- & 6-year-old primary pupils. The teachers were very complimentary of how well the leaders ran the activities and engaged with the young pupils. The Sports Leaders are all pupils who have volunteered to become sports leaders when they arrived at Wollaston school in Year 7.


Please remember that all sports clubs and activities are open to everyone that wishes to attend, and it has been wonderful to see the happy and positive way that these clubs and fixtures have been run. A massive thank you for all your efforts and support.”


Upcoming Events

Wollaston School Open Evening: Thursday 28th September

Meet the Tutor Evening Years 7 and 12: Monday 2nd October


Best wishes for the week ahead.

Simon Anderson