Head’s Newsletter – 5th May 2023

Dear parents and carers

Exam season is in full swing with Year 12 and Year 10 completing their mock exams and I am pleased to report how well students in both year groups have approached the exams, both in terms of their preparation but also their conduct in the exam hall, which for Year 10 is the first time they have sat such important assessments in such a large space. Please do commend your child if they are in either of these year groups. Year 11 and 13 continue to work with focus and determination and are gearing up for glory! I am really impressed with the progress that Year 11 have made this year and I am currently working with senior leaders and heads of subject to look at how we can enhance their preparations following May half-term and what this may look like for Year 11. I will communicate this with Year 11 parents next week as I am keen to ensure that all students have access to their curriculum teachers for as long as they need them.

We have also been looking forward this week to the Coronation of King Charles with coronation themed delights in the school canteen and entry into a raffle for a Coronation cuddly Corgi! We eagerly await the results to see who has won this prize! Additionally, this week, Mr Bennett has led assemblies on healthy active lifestyles so please do ask your children about this!

I am pleased to say that following Dance Live, two of our Year 11 students have completed a write up. The importance of community and friendships that have developed since Year 7 is clear to see and we regularly have over a hundred children involved each year. For students who may not have participated it is never too late and students don’t necessarily need to like to dance as many students work on props, set design, hair and make-up, costumes, lighting and sound. If they would like to be involved, please ask your child to see the Head of Performing Arts, Mrs Goodge.

Daisy Vintner and Bethany Walker write “Our participation within Dance Live started in Year 7 and each year has been just as enjoyable as the first. This year, as a school team, we manged to qualify and reach the final all the way in Portsmouth! On the 25th of April the day was full of team spirit, excitement and new experiences – even through the chaos of face-painting and crazy hairstyles! Dance Live gave us the opportunity to develop new bonds between students in other year groups that we may have never spoken to, if not for this competition. Memories have been made for every student that has participated; these memories will last for a lifetime. The day of the competition included a sing-along bus ride, a picturesque moment in front of the Guildhall, building a sense of community between the competing schools, the long-awaiting moment before stepping on the stage, the one moment to shine upon the stage and finally the nerve-racking atmosphere whilst awaiting the results…”


Wollaston Fundraising!

As part of the sixth form’s charitable fundraising, this week students have completed the handover of a rather large cheque for the Gosset Ward (special care baby unit Northampton General Hospital). Additionally, students from across all year groups will be partaking in Park Runs on the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th May at Irchester Country Park. This again is to raise money for the Gosset Ward.  Parkrun starts at 9am and staff and students will meet at the café for 8:30.

Should anyone be in a position to make a donation, however small, these can be made using the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/page/mrbs5kinmay


PE Updates

Mr Bennett writes “The summer term is in full swing and the first athletics competition for Year 8s was held at Wollaston School on Thursday after school. The other schools in the district were in attendance and included, Weavers, Hatton, Huxlow, Manor, Wrenn, and Ferrers. Some of the events were extremely competitive with the boys 1500m being a particular highlight. Wollaston pupils gave a good account of themselves. Wollaston Girls came 1st and the Wollaston boys came 2nd overall.

Next week is the Year 10 Boys County Rugby Final on Wednesday 10th May and we are really looking forward to the fixture. The game is being held at Wellingborough Rugby Club and Kick off will be at 4:00pm. It would be great if supporters could be there cheering the team on. Clubs continue next week with the Cricket club on Tuesday for all age groups and students. Wednesday is Cheerleading and Archery with Thursday the Athletics club.

Reminder and Update. The PE department is running a netball trip for students from Year 7 – Year 10. There are a few tickets left and we encourage those interested to come to the PE office for a letter before they are all gone! The trip is taking place on Monday 5th June and the game is being held at the Copper Box arena. It is a Women’s Super League game between Saracens Mavericks and London Pulse.”



It is clear that a number of young people in the local area are using e-scooters. As part of an information campaign, the police have published a flyer regarding the legality of using e-scooetrs and Voi scooters and you can find the flyer HERE

Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend.

Best wishes

Mr Anderson