Headteacher’s Blog – Term 2

New resources centre

Dear parents /carersresources-centre-2

It feels like ages that we have been back at school and much as happened in those few short days. I am pleased to announce that this week we opened our new resources centre, which stands on the site of our whole school library and also embraces several former office spaces. The footprint of this space has been enlarged by nearly 1000 ft.² and has been designed to provide additional accommodation for sixth form, which has grown by over 70 students in the last two years.  We have also updated our library stock and our electronic and online resources. Spaces have been designed to be versatile and can function as a study space and drop-in centre for students, but also can be converted in less than a couple of minutes into a conference space or a 150 seat auditorium. I have enclosed a couple of images below which show the layout of the area.




Fruits of Italy Pizza Night


Last week we trialled a parent and student cook-in for Year 7 students and their parents. This was led by Cucina, our cafeteria providers, and took place in one of our food technology rooms for two consecutive nights.  About 25 families designed, cooked and took their pizzas home for tea.  I’m reliably informed that some parents and students got no further than the car park before they demolished their tasty triumphs – Masterchef watch out!  I understand that there are already plans for other dishes; Curry seems to be amongst the favourites.





Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme back in school

I am pleased to announce that we have managed to get our Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme back on track in school. The project will be led by Kay Layt, an experienced Duke of Edinburgh leader and trainer and we will be inviting year 10 students to complete their Bronze Award in the coming year and are also trying to initiate the Gold Award for some of our sixth form students. I will provide a full report when things get properly underway little later in the year.


GCSE awards evening, 24th November 2016 – 6.45pm

This is an annual event in which we invite all of our previous year’s year 11 students to return to school to formally receive their GCSE certificates and we also celebrate a number of other awards, including subject excellence awards, student commitment  and Head of Year special awards.

I would ask parents of last year’s year 11 students to click on the Eventbrite box below to book their places for this event.



Academy conversion

I recently met with about 100 Wollaston School parents to explain the school’s decision to become a Multi-Academy Trust.  Please find attached a short presentation with some of the slides that were presented on that evening.  Since that time I have been in contact with several of our primary feeder schools and some of the Headteachers of those schools and their governors have expressed an interest in joining with us to move forwards together.  I will keep parents updated when I have some more concrete information.