Hairspray - The Broadway Musical
This year's production, Hairspray - The Broadway Musical, runs from Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th December, 7.30pm.
Tickets can be purchased from Positickets. Adults £6.50, Children £4.50.
Certificates For Exams Taken Summer 2016
Exam certificates from summer 2016 are now available for collection from the school reception.
Certificates must be signed for. If someone else is collecting them for you, they must have a signed letter from you to give permission for them to be collected.
Ms Bowler & Mrs Meardon
Geography Field Trip to Iceland 2016
Wednesday, 26th October 2016
It was a very early start on the Wednesday morning; however there was the element of excitement in my stomach about the amazing trip that was lying ahead which made it so much easier. At 7am we arrived at school and climbed upon the bus. We then had a swift and successful journey to Gatwick. After making our winding way through the baggage drop, passport control and security, we had some time to relax and eat our lunch before departure. Following our small trek to the gate we climbed aboard the unique purple WOW airlines plane and set off over the North Atlantic to our destination... Iceland.
Sixth Form Open Evening
We would like to invite all Year 11 students & parents (at Wallingford School or elsewhere) to our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 12th October.
It is a chance to understand more about what Wallingford offers, to experience a taste of the courses on offer and to speak with staff and current students about life in Sixth Form.
External students and families should arrive for a 6pm start.
Current Wallingford School students and families should arrive for a 6.30pm start.
After talks from the Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form, there will be the opportunity to visit up to 5 subject presentations. The evening will finish at approximately 8.30pm
Year 12 Options Clinic
Monday 26th September 4.30-7pm in the Sixth Form Common Room
We would like to ensure that Year 12 students are on courses that give them the best chance of success. This is vital, given that students will be studying subjects for two years without the option of dropping a subject. We will be inviting specific students and parents in to meet with a member of Leadership, where subject teachers have expressed concern over their ability to achieve success on a course. This will be fairly short notice, since we are holding the first assessment week immediately before. It would be sensible to pencil in Monday 26th on your calendar, if parents or students feel that a course change is possible.
WSA Quiz Night
Year 7 Parent and Tutor Evening
Thursday 29th September, 6.30pm in the Main Hall.
This is an opportunity to meet your child's form tutor and other parents within their form group. The tutor will give an informal presentation and there will be a chance for you to ask questions. We look forward to meeting you all.
Year 12 Parent Information Evening & BTEC Launch Event
Tuesday 13th September 6.30pm
This is a chance for parents to learn more about what to expect whilst their son or daughter is part of Wallingford Sixth Form. There will be a presentations about our expectations, daily procedures, important dates and much more. There will also be a chance to ask questions and to speak to a member of the sixth form team.
Immediately after the general presentation, there will be a launch event for parents of students studying any of our BTEC courses (Art & Design; Business Studies; IT; Health & Social Care). This is a very important event to attend, in order to gain a full understanding of how these qualifications work and what is expected of students.
We look forward to seeing all Year 12 parents there!
GCSE Results 2016
This is another set of very impressive results to continue a run of 5 years of extremely high performance. As always we would like to thank the parents for buying into the culture of high attainment and supporting us so well. It goes without saying that the hard work and talent of the teachers is also reflected in this set of results.
Most importantly it is the students themselves who deserve to take a bow. It must be tough to start the process following year groups who have done well and lift your own performance to match those expectations. This year group worked hard, coped with a lot of pressure and many had to keep going with things they found challenging.
Of significance is the performance of our more academic students. Over 34% of all GCSEs sat were A/A* grades, with 13% of students getting at least 8 A/A* passes.
Particular respect is due to those who find studying hard, were never going to reap the highest rewards but who continued pressing to do the best they could. Perhaps the actual grades for these young people are not the most impressive but they have shown an attitude that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. To watch young people be so determined and conscientious when others find it easy to achieve higher marks is wonderful.
A Level Results 2016
Our performance in the key measure has improved this year by 2%, which is better than the national trend. This year 53% of A levels sat were at A* to B grades. Every student who wanted a university place had achieved one on the day the results were published, which is a remarkable achievement.
Families and teachers take pride in their support of young people through A Level study but, more than elsewhere, the young people themselves deserve the credit for success. There is no way of escaping the need to do a lot of independent study and take responsibility for your own learning. Not everyone will get what they hoped for; that is an unpleasant fact of life. Those who have been successful will have done a lot of work over a sustained period. We are very proud of them.
We might also note the success of students on vocational courses. We have had a considerable number take fairly challenging BTEC courses in this cohort. A large number of these have been very successful indeed, and used this as a route into work, apprenticeships or university. This group have helped turn this into a valid route to rival that of A Levels for many young people.
If we can single one person out it would be Ed Church. This time last year he had such a challenging day because his AS results had not been what he wanted. In fact they were some way short. Where others might have lowered expectations or looked for excuses, Ed took responsibility, rolled his sleeves up and worked incredibly hard. He has been rewarded with 3 A* grades at A Level. It is not his success and brains that we are particularly proud of as much as his determination to keep aiming high, and working even harder when things did not go well. He deserves to feel as proud of himself as he probably is right now.