Walthamstow School for Girls

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Dear Parents and Carers,

There is a lot to update you on with this week.

Firstly, we have just heard the excellent news that we have been given three SSAT National Educational Outcomes Awards for our students’ exceptional progress and attainment in the 2014 GCSE examinations. More specifically, the awards recognise our achievement in being in the top 10% of schools nationally for value-added progress; being in the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally for high attainment based on our students’ best eight average point scores for GCSE; and attaining high levels of performance for students eligible for the pupil premium. We will be issuing a press release shortly but we felt it was important that you heard this from us directly. Many congratulations to last year’s Year 11 students, their proud parents and carers, and of course, their teachers.

 Members of the Leadership Team and others were put under the spotlight this week when we were grilled by our intrepid school reporters preparing their news item for the schools BBC Report event on Thursday. In my case, Year 9 reporters Martha Bowsher and Malika Arshad interrogated me on the impact of all the changes in the national curriculum. As the first year group to be affected by the most radical change since the introduction of GCSEs nearly thirty years ago, I can well understand their interest.Whilst our students were busy with Ms Wilkins preparing their broadcast, Malika, Salwa and Salena went to New Broadcasting House accompanied by Ms Ray and Ms Mannan to be interviewed for a live broadcast on the BBC Asian Network and spend a day at the BBC. The girls will share this exciting event with you in the Bumper Greensheet.

Also this week our Drama students have been busy. One Year 7 student and fourteen Year 8s, who form part of our Barbican in a Box group, participated in a workshop with their artist /mentor from Complicité, whilst on Tuesday thirty members of the Old Vic Schools Club took part in a workshop in preparation to see Kevin Spacey in his final Old Vic performance as ‘Clarence Darrow’. Thank you to Ms Cornford for all the time she has spent with the girls on this.

On a sporting note, last Thursday the Year 8 netball team played in the borough netball finals and came third.

Finally, many congratulations to all of our Year 7 Spelling Bee competitors. After a nail biting finish, witnessed by all of Year 7 and many staff, Emily Jeffrey 7W was the winner with Tenzin Lobsang 7C a close runner up. The girls both received trophies, whilst medals were handed to the ten runners-up. 7S was awarded the form prize as the form with the highest results. Congratulations to all participants and to Ms Chai and Ms Scott for organising the event.

 Best Wishes

Meryl Davies

 

 School Improvement Plan 2014/15:  Summary

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Dear Parents/Carers

GCSE Results 2014

Congratulations to all our Year 11 students!

WSFG results have gone up once more to an all-time high of 75% (5 or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics) bucking the national trend which saw a dip this year.

81.4% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C grades whilst 100% achieved 5 or more A*-G grades. Both English and Mathematics recorded significant improvements in A*-C grades on 2013 (English 89.3%, up 7.9% and Mathematics 79.1%, up 6.2%).

40.1% of the girls achieved the English Baccalaureate (A*-C grades in English, mathematics, two science subjects, a language and a humanities subject), an increase of 5% on 2013.

Students, staff, governors and, of course, parents and carers were delighted with these results, which reflect solid hard work and dedication.

More details of subject breakdown will follow shortly.

 

For press coverage click on the link below:

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/wfnews/11424994.Best_ever_results_for_girls_school/

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Best wishes

Meryl Davies

Headteacher

 

 

Greensheet Plus Summer 2014

 

 

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