Head’s Newsletter – 3rd February 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

This followed on from a presentation to governors by some of our student leadership ambassadors who shared their experiences to date and their ambitions for the future as part of the student leadership team. It was a real moment of pride for myself and members of the senior team who were in attendance as all students who presented were articulate, thoughtful and committed to improving student experience at Wollaston School. All students will receive a Head of School Commendation for their contributions.

I have also been working with a company this term to secure their services to develop our inclusion at Wollaston School. They focus specifically on the race and diversity and will help us with action plans to further develop our inclusivity and also our PSHE provision at Wollaston. Miss Ayres, will be in contact between half-term and Easter to give you more detailed information about a survey that we would like all students (and staff) to complete as part of this programme.


Parking and Congestion

Mr Beeby will be in contact with families with regard to parking and congestion in the mornings. Further to that we have received a request from the Parish Council to politely ask that parents dropping off and picking up do not park on grass verges as this is causing the grass to be damaged especially whilst the ground is wet.


Sport Update

Mr Bennett writes ‘Wollaston PE and sport have had a busy week of after school clubs and a couple of fixtures.

Recently the A-Level PE students and Year 13 have been involved in matches and games against Manor School. Both in netball and football. This was a great opportunity to play a game at the senior level in school and to gather evidence for their A-Level PE. The students acquitted themselves well with the football winning well and the netball losing overall.

Last Week the Year 7 Boys’ rugby team had a game against Sharnbrook Upper School and played a brilliant game of rugby. There were some excellent performances and some great tries scored by both teams. Wollaston played with a squad of 22 and rotated their players regularly throughout the match. This meant there were many opportunities to play and get involved.

The Year 8 boys were in action against Campion School and played a superb first half of football. They went in at half time 4-1 up. The second half saw the Wollaston players put under a great deal of pressure and survived a late scare to win the game 4-3. This was a really good performance by the Year 8 team and Mr Crook was delighted with the performance.

This week – The U17 boys were playing at Caroline Chisholm in the County Cup competition and were held to a 2-2 draw. Unfortunately, they lost in the penalty shootout and were knocked out of the County Cup to a very good team.

The Sports Leaders were involved in the running of a local primary school dodgeball competition which was held in the gym at Wollaston School. There were 18 Leaders from a range of age groups representing Wollaston and they ran the event superbly well. Mr Roberts was delighted with their organisation and enthusiasm in running this event. The primary school children had a great time and it started to get quite competitive towards the end of the matches.

We continue to hold practices and trainings after school which are very well attended and there will be many more fixtures coming up. We really look forwards to hosting the Boccia tournament on Wednesday 8th of February also.

Best wishes for the week ahead.

Simon Anderson