GCSE Results 2015 - 84% 5 A* - C grades with English and Maths
This has been a very good year group to work with, so when we came into school in the morning we were hoping for our best results. There was even talk of 80% of students getting 5 A* to C grades, with English and Maths. Imagine our delight when we realised it was 84%. In fact we checked it several times to be sure.
The results are wonderful, and just reward for teachers who do so much more than anyone could reasonably ask (supported by a committed team of associate staff), a group of young people who set and meet high standards for themselves and parents who were the difference when things did not go so smoothly. Results like this occur when almost everything comes together perfectly.
It is a very happy school to work and study in, but it will feel even happier as we return to these results in September. Then the work starts again.
Everyone concerned should feel very proud of themselves.
A Level Results 2015
The students and teachers concerned are to be congratulated on today's A Level examination results. 36% of all A Levels sat were graded A or A*,which is a remarkably high standard, and 7% up on last year. We all hope these grades encourage young people to go on and achieve even greater things in the future.
In Memory of Liz Worsell
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Liz Worsell, who was a much-loved colleague and teacher at Wallingford from 1992 to 2011.
She was a committed teacher of RE and English and spent the latter part of her career on the Senior Leadership Team. She had many formal responsibilities but saw her principal one as looking after people and ensuring everyone had their fair share of fun. Liz was the first to spot if someone was struggling and was equally quick to ensure something was done to help them.
Everyone will have their favourite among the many memories of her joy for life. A strong one is the enthusiasm she had for telling everyone how she achieved a childhood ambition to work as a cowboy (sic) on a ranch in the American West this year. Hers was a very full life until the very end.
Liz loved her partner Rob and her family very much and our thoughts are very much with them. It is a huge loss, but being alongside Liz was a great privilege as well.
GCSE Results - 10 Steps to Success
GCSE Results Day
Thursday 20th August 2015
10am to 1pm - 6th Form Common Room
IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE AWAY
We will send the results to you, if you leave an A5 stamped addressed envelope with the office
If you ask someone else to collect them for you, they MUST bring a letter signed by YOU stating that they have your permission to collect your results.
G C E Results Day
Thursday 13th August 2015
A2: 8am to 12pm - Library
AS: 10am to 12pm – Library
IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE AWAY
If you are going to be away we will send the results to you, if you leave an A5 stamped addressed envelope with the office.
If you ask someone else to collect them for you, they MUST bring a letter from YOU stating that they have your permission to collect your results.
Re-Flex Canoe Trip
We got dropped off by Miss Dow on Thursday, and were met by a man called Andy. He gave us the safety equipment for canoeing, and we got into pairs for the canoes. We set off and I had to go with Mr Smith. He had to steer at the back of the canoe and I was at the front. I was the engine, and had to be quick and pacey. When we were drifting down the river I saw a lightening blue streak in the air, and there it was the famous king fisher. It was really quick, and Miss Dow said whoever saw one first would win a prize! (I got a malteaser chocolate bar).
I got really good at the canoeing. Mr Smith and I were a really good pair, and managed to keep at the front for most of the journey. I found it really interesting, and I was glad that I picked Mr Smith because he was quick too. He was the right person to go with, because he had good stamina and agility, so it meant it was easier for us to keep up front. I enjoyed it, and it was really educational because I learnt about the wildlife.
It was really relaxing and nice to explore new places. We got to camp after six hours of canoeing through the lovely stream and the sun was beginning to set. I felt really tired and exhausted but then we had to set up the campsite. We had to make a fire and get the tents up. I shared a tent with Mitch and Charlie. It took a long time to put up, and we started getting a bit frustrated because it was hard. We asked for a bit of help from Miss Calvert and Miss Gration, and I helped them to put their tent up too. After we put our tents up we got some food and a drink. We all sat down and had a nice group chat, and then we had 10 minutes of madness. Then we went to bed. All I could hear was Mr Smith snoring all night. He was really annoying and I thought he sounded like a dying whale. Then we went to Miss Gration's and Miss Calvert's tent to see what they were doing. They sent us back to our tents. We didn't want to sleep yet, so I started to watch Top Gear on my phone before I went to sleep. I couldn't get to sleep for the whole time because I kept being woken up by strange sounds.
I checked my phone, and it was three o'clock! I nudged Charlie, and then he woke up. I couldn't get to sleep, because I could hear loads of birds chirping, and dogs barking. Then I kind of dosed off. The next morning when I woke up it was all bright. I was shattered and I couldn't feel my legs I was that tried. Then I had my tablet and had a bacon roll and a nice drink then I got changed. That made me feel a bit better, so I wanted to get canoeing again. I went with Mitch and Jess this time round and we canoed down to Mapledurham and got an ice cream. When we got back to the campsite, we all worked together to pack everything away, and then Miss Dow came to pick us up and we all went back to school.
- King, Year 9
Year 6 Taster Day 2015 - Reported by Year 7 Students
Group One was a lovely group who had all the right qualities to be great Wallingford school students. Any teacher that has them next year is really lucky. I think they will move on to be great, intelligent students when they are older!
In their first period, whenever Ms Lee asked a question, every single hand went up. Their enthusiasm and confidence was unbelievable! They learnt where five countries were. Whenever Ms Lee started talking, they would all listen to her straight away. If they had a question, they would always have enough courage, no matter how embarrassing it was! That was probably their best period, although every period was nearly as good.
Group one were always ready to learn, whenever they answered a question (which they frequently did), it was always imaginative and correct! They always got on with the task that was set and there were no complaints at all. Any positive comment that you can think of will apply to this wonderful group! It was a pleasure to be able to lead them!
SEND Parents’ Forum Year 6 Welcome Evening
We were delighted to see so many of our incoming families this week for their introductory SEND forum hosted by Mrs Monaghan, Teaching Assistants and some of our current families. The new families were able to ask lots of questions and find out about secondary school life. Ms Dudding joined us, as Head of Year 7 (to be in September) and Mr Eales, our SEND Governor and we all enjoyed a little glass of wine too.
Here are our frequently asked questions:
Q Where can my child go at breaks if he/ she is vulnerable?
A The SEND base, M1, is always open and supervised by teaching assistants. Homework can be done, board games played etc. Mrs Monaghan runs a lunch club - students are able to eat with her in M1.
Q How is homework supported?
A There is a homework club on Tues and Weds each week from 3.15 to 4pm in M1. Students are supported by a teaching assistant. Homework can also be done at breaks.
Q What happens if my child gets lost in school?
A Staff and older students keep an eye out for new Year 7s and will always guide them to the right place.
Q Will my child miss lessons to have interventions?
A Yes, but wherever possible we do not take pupils out of Engish, Maths, Languages or PE lessons.
Q Who should I contact if I have a concern?
A Mrs Monaghan is happy for parents to phone her at any time. Your child's form tutor is another good point of contact.
Appeal for Host Family
A young man is joining us from Spain, probably for a year, from September. He will be in Year 9. He is from a very good family that we have worked with for a number of years and he already speaks very good English. His sister has just spent a year with us, so he has a clear idea of what it entails and we are pretty sure he will be a very pleasant young man to have around.
It is hoped that we may be able to find a family with a child in his year group he could live with for the duration of his stay. That way he would make friends more quickly and learn more about how we go about things in this part of the world. He is interested in football.
The host family would gain obvious benefits from having a young man they can trust in their home from a different culture to our own. The boy's parents are prepared to pay the host family for their trouble. They are also very open to the idea of developing a relationship with the host family that could include exchanges and visits to Spain.