Term 1 September 2018
I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all families who will have children with us this academic year. I can only imagine that parents / carers of Year 7 students are apprehensive as their “babies” really are growing up and starting secondary school - I bet you thought this day would never come!
We wrote to all Year 7 parents and hosted a “Parent Information Evening” on Monday 3 September. It is often confusing when faced with new routines, so we ran through absolutely everything! Similar evenings are on the calendar for Years 8 and 9 (Monday 10 September at 5 pm and 6pm) and Years 10 and 11 on Monday 17 September at 5 pm and 6pm.
In case you haven’t heard about our fantastic GCSE results, we simply cannot stop smiling here at WCSA. We were “top in town” on both key measures – the basics (that is English and maths) at 4 plus (66%) and the basics at 5 plus (43%). Our ex-Year 11s worked incredibly hard and I was privileged to celebrate with them on Thursday, 23 August. This means that we are expecting brilliant things form our current Year 11 who will be expertly led, once again, by Mrs Mac. I know that Mrs Mac writes to all parents of Year 11 students and she really is keen that as many parents / carers as possible attend the information evening. Year 11 really is a little bit different. It’s the year when the pressure can mount and decisions need to be made about future careers and college choices. We have plenty of help at hand and advice as to what works and what doesn’t. So – Year 11 parents / carers – please do try to get along.
I am incredibly impressed with the work that has gone on over the summer period, in terms of site. Our classrooms are looking vibrant, the drama studio is nearly complete and we will have a brand-new student toilet block by the end of November. I am sure that students will appreciate their upgraded learning environment.
Finally, I would like to introduce you to our student leadership team. They will be the voice of all students here at WCSA. Heads of School are Amelia and Toby. Their deputies are Lewis and Sam. It was incredibly difficult to select four students for this prestigious job. They will speak in assemblies to our younger students. No doubt, many WCSA students will be inspired to hold these positions one day themselves.
Have a great week and thank you for your super support.