We recently took 92 Year 13 students to the Lake District for a week. The trip has run successfully for a number of years and this year we took more students than ever. It is popular primarily because of the huge amount of work students complete on the trip. The focus is very much on revision and preparing for the upcoming A level examinations. We are grateful to the YMCA Lakeside staff for accommodating us so well and feel very fortunate to be supported financially by the Walter Bigg Trust.

Students at work  Students at play

Huge credit must go to students who made the most of the opportunity to concentrate on their academic work. They completed around 7-8 solid hours of work every day and did so with genuine enthusiasm and a determination to achieve success this summer. By the end of the trip they understood the reason for taking them so far away from Wallingford - the lack of wifi, phone signal and distractions really paid off. Aside from the studying, students also took part in a few outdoor activities such as raft-building and a zip-wire, which helped to break up their week and maintain a high level of productivity in revision sessions. They also appreciated the opportunity to live together in lodges for the week, learning the importance of sharing, consideration and responsibility, all of which are vital for success beyond Wallingford Sixth Form.

Above all else, there was a fantastic feeling of togetherness on the trip: staff supporting students; students supporting each-other. They worked that bit harder and were able to overcome challenges due to the philosophy that "we're all in it together". It was a fantastic way to end their time at Wallingford and their time in compulsory education - some have been together since age 4!

We look forward to celebrating with students and their families on results day this summer, knowing that the Lake District Trip has once again served it's purpose of having a very significant impact on progress.

Best of luck to all of our students in their exams.

 

It's that time of year when our students are starting to finish final pieces for their design coursework. We are very pleased to present the work of our Year 13 Textile students - we think you will agree that the standard and quality of work is incredibly impressive! Well done all!

A message from Mr Willis and Mr Domville (Chair of Governors):

We wanted to improve on last year's result at 53% (A* - B), expected about 55% and hoped for 58%. To get 62% is really remarkable. We have many departments that have really excelled themselves. This is the consequence of extremely hard work given the scale of curriculum reforms with which teachers and students have had to contend.

At the top end four students from Wallingford School will be starting courses at Oxbridge this year and a third of all A Level exams sat were A or A*.

It is really impressive that, as a group, the young people who sat exams from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who received bursaries did remarkably well. A disadvantaged student at Wallingford achieves more, on average, than their non-disadvantaged counterparts nationally. That means the school has wiped that disadvantage out and given these young people a crack at life beyond school on better than equal terms.

Success like this is always a community effort. It requires parents, staff and students who all believe in what we are trying to achieve. This ensures that the very brightest are celebrated and encouraged and they in turn show patience and appreciation for those who need to work hard to overcome things that make achievement more challenging. This is underpinned by having not just high expectations for yourself but wanting the best for those around you; adults and young people alike.

Wallingford is always a great place to work but on days like today: just wonderful.

A Level Results 2017

Number of pupils:     93

% of entries A* to A: 33

% entries A* to B:     62

% entries A* to E:     99.6

 

Sixth form students are taking part in events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day today.

We started with Livvi and Flo, our Auschwitz ambassadors, delivering a presentation to their peers. Students and staff were completely engaged - it was very though provoking.

Mr Leigh's assembly

Mr Leigh delivered an inspiring assembly about his personal story and family background. We heard about the amazing story of his grandmother's survival through both World Wars and the Holocaust. We are lucky to have staff who are willing to share their experiences with students, especially when they are so emotionally challenging. Students benefited hugely.
 
Sixty 6th formers also had the opportunity of watching a live webcast of Janine, a Holocaust survivor.
Janine, Holocaust survivor, via webcast
 
 

 

Sunday morning was a very early start (for some more than others) as we set off for the Lake District. Our journey was smooth, with most people trying hard to get some shut-eye. The highlight was reaching our destination, which was beautiful, and we were all excited about the week ahead.