Headteachers Letter – 27th May 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for another positive half term at Wollaston School and all best wishes for the half term break and Jubilee Bank Holidays.

We have led assemblies this week which have recognised  the 70 years of Service given by the Queen, with a particular focus on fundamental British values and what it means to be a positive member of society in 2022.

On this theme, I would also like to thank the whole school community for their exceptional support during the first part of the 2022 summer examinations series. Whilst we still have a number of weeks to go, it is worth noting just how smooth and successful these exams have been – the first since 2019. It has also been one of those occasions in which mobile technology has been more helpful than distracting – as students have used the virtual platforms to be clear on exam timetables and seating plans.   Of course there is a complete ban on technology in the exam venues themselves, and in keeping with our whole school approach, students have been responsible and mature in how they have coped with these requirements. A rare good news story in terms of young people using technology responsibly!

It is important that students in Years 11 and 13 do take some time to relax over half term, in addition to continuing their revision programmes. We look forward to the final few weeks of exams once we return in June.


Mark Wade Remembrance Day

On Friday the 10th June, we will remember our much loved and respected teacher and colleague, Mark Wade on the second anniversary of his passing. We remember Mark with much love for the good humour, kindness and inspiration he brought to all at Wollaston School. On Friday the 10th June,  we would like to invite all students and staff to wear a bright, garish or comedy tie, and to perform a random act of kindness in Mark’s memory. This will continue to be a day to celebrate Mark’s humour, generosity and warmth towards every member of the school and wider community.

We will remind students again during form time after half term, and will also host an assembly on the day to remember Mark Wade and to talk about the importance of kindness, fun and positivity, particularly  in a world when these qualities can seem in short supply.


Duke Of Edinburgh Award

Congratulations to one half of our Year 10 DofE Bronze cohort, who  enjoyed a very successful two-day expedition this week. Teams completed a circular route in North Bedfordshire with an overnight camp half-way in Bromham. All students passed with flying colours and did brilliantly, despite having to deal with everything from extreme heat to hail, thunder and lightning! There were definitely lots of blisters, aches and pains but also a lot of fun, adventure and friendship and all should be very proud of what they have achieved. We are looking forward to more of the same in two weeks’ time with the rest of the cohort – although hopefully with less chaotic weather!


Thank you as always for your support of our school and we look forward to the start of the final half term of the academic year, which begins on Monday 6th June 2022 at 8.45 am.

James Birkett

Executive Headteacher