Head’s Newsletter – 9th December 2022

Dear parents and carers

We have had a wonderful week at Wollaston with some great sporting success (full report to follow from the PE department) and the ‘almost’ completion of the mock exams for Years 11 and 13!

Next week sees Wollaston have some festive fun (see details below) as well as our termly rewards assemblies. I am really pleased with the improvements our new recognition system have afforded students to get recognition for being brilliant- whether this is in terms of their attitude to school life, quality of work, effort or extra-curricular contributions.

We have a whopping 127,707 positive events recorded on Go4Schools since September. We do have some notable students who have well over 200 positive events recorded who I will recognise for their outstanding contribution to school life- however- I would also like to recognise that every student deserves some congratulation and a pat on the back for their hard work and efforts this term. We have also seen over 600 students being awarded a golden ticket for demonstrating one or all of  our values of kindness, community and ambition. For those who have received 3 or more golden tickets since September, they will be invited by Miss Ayres to a special rewards afternoon next Friday to celebrate their contributions to school life and culture this term.



Year 7-9 Flu Vaccinations

The school aged immunisation team will be visiting Wollaston school on Thursday 15th December to deliver Flu Vaccinations to years 7, 8 and 9 ONLY. Please complete the consent form below if you wish for your child to receive the vaccination. The consent link will close at 8.30am on Monday 12th December.

Secondary Flu Letter

Medical Room

A reminder that If students feel ill during the day they must go down to the medical room. If Mrs Steadman feels that the student cannot remain in school for the reminder of the day she will make contact with parents or carers to arrange collection. Students should not make direct contact with parents and carers  during the day to arrange to be collected if they feel unwell.


Scarlet Fever and Group Strep A Infections

Due to the ongoing worries and concerns regarding scarlet fever and group strep A infections in young children, we have been sent some guidance by the local authority. You can find this in the letter below informing parents of symptoms and advice on what to do if you think your child may have this infection.

Scarlet Fever Letter To Parents


Festive Fun next week

House Christmas Hampers – Wednesday 14 December

Each tutor group can enter a Christmas hamper that they have made, hopefully filled with food parcels for the ‘Wollaston is Kind’ and Salvation Army charities.

Hampers will be viewed by those attending the OAP Party and judged at the end of lunch on Wednesday 14 December.


Save the Children – Christmas Jumper Day – Thursday 15 December

Students in Y7-13 may wear a Christmas jumper on Wednesday to raise awareness of the Save the Children charity.

This is NOT a non-uniform event and students should wear all other items of uniform.

Where possible, we ask that a donation is made but this is not a requirement.


Festive Karaoke – Thursday 15 December

We close the year with a karaoke, staff from each house will be singing a festive song to our student audience.

First come, first served – 250 seats only.  Christmas prizes to be won.


Plus the OAP Christmas Party on Wednesday and the Tea-time Christmas Showcase on Thursday



The first round of progress reports will be published next week for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12. Years 11 and 13 reports will be published by Jan 6th and will reflect the outcomes of the recent mock exams. Parents will receive a letter next week to alert of the publications, supported with guidance of what you will see in the report. For new parents, or those who wish to refresh, please read the ‘Parents’ Guide to Grades and Reporting 2022-23’ linked below. This should help you to understand how we set benchmarks for our students and how we measure progress against them.


Reports, when published, will be accessed via Go4Schools.com – viewed live or downloadable as a PDF.

Best wishes

Simon Anderson