WSFG Year 6 Open Evening 2015
We wish to welcome Year 6 Parents and Carers to Walthamstow School for Girls’ Open Evening on Thursday 15th October 6.00 – 8.00pm
Centre Gate off Church Hill and doors open to visitors.
Programme and prospectus available for all visitors (one per family).
Early visitors shown directly to Hewitt Hall for Headteacher’s first speech.
Headteacher’s second (repeat) speech
Refreshments in the Dining Hall for visitors provided by school catering company Olive Dining.
Governors and Leadership Team of the school available to answer questions.
Please note the following:-
There is no parking for visitors on the school site,
Due to the number of staircases and anticipated large numbers of visitors, we regret that small children will need to be carried and buggies will be stored on the ground floor.
Disabled visitors will be accommodated using the school lift system.
If you wish to visit the school during the day, two sessions will be offered.
On Monday 19th October at 9.15am or at 2.30pm.
The sessions will be 45 minutes long and you will be asked to sign up in order to attend one of them.
We look forward to meeting you and your daughter.
Dear Parents and Carers,
On Saturday, for the first time ever, WSFG was open to the public as part of the London Open House scheme. A number of us either led or, in my case, joined a tour and were enthralled by Ms Kelly’s detailed knowledge about both the history of this Grade II listed building and a plethora of architectural details. For example, did you know that our main entrance door
‘is flagged by iconic columns and, on the rounded pediment above the fanlight, there is a plaque with the Essex County Council coat of arms. The red terracotta plaque beneath the roof is embellished with pomegranates, which the Egyptians regarded as a symbol of prosperity and ambition’?
On Wednesday evening, Ms Famligetti and I were honoured to attend a grand celebration of Year 11 student achievement at Central Hall, Westminster. The event was attended by representatives from hundreds of schools and academies nationwide and the families of the prizewinners with presentations made by the guest speaker, entrepreneur, chef and musician, Levi Roots. Two of our former students, Raadiyah Jauny and Fartun Hassan were nominated for awards after making excellent progress from KS2 through to their GCSEs. Loren Townsend- Elliott was given a special award having achieved success whilst managing enormous challenges. Pictures can be found in this edition of the Greensheet. Congratulations to these young people and their families and carers; it was only a shame we could not have taken along more students, parents/carers and staff. Please note that our own Presentation Award Ceremony for former Year 11 students will take place on December 3rd.
Also this week, a number of our Year 9 students were successful in the Ball Crew Selection Event for the World Championship Wheelchair tennis due to take place in December. Congratulations to the following seven girls who were selected by the coaches:
Assa Kanoute 9F, Ismay Bowles 9f, Anna Howles 9G, Jamilia Edwards 9G, Aliyah Ahmed 9C, Lily Deason 9C and Remi Odetoyinbo 9H.
An important reminder about forthcoming early closures this half termplease note:
We have an early closure for all students on Thursday October 15th and a late start on Friday October 16th due to our annual Open Evening.
Year 7 leave school at 12.30pm on Wednesday October 21st due to the Year 7 settling-in afternoon.
Finally Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim colleagues, students and families!
Thank you all for your continued support.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly we would like to wish all our new students and their parents or carers a very warm welcome!
I would urge you all to read the Greensheet as this is the main vehicle for distributing important information as well as publicising good news and events taking place. The Greensheet is published weekly on the school’s website; parents and carers are emailed a link to the Greensheet usually at the end of the school week.
Keeping you informed through good communication is essential in strengthening parent/carer and school relationships. At Walthamstow School for Girls we use a number of methods to do this. We use a text and email system that keeps you updated on matters such as attendance, school trips, holiday dates and emergency school closures. This will avoid the need to rely on your daughter to deliver letters home and also reduce the quantity of printed information which will, in turn, be kinder to the environment.
For this system to operate, we need your preferred email and contact address and also your mobile phone contact number. Please be assured that our email system complies with the Data Protection regulations. Please do ensure that the school has up to date contact details for you at all times; new data collection forms will be issued shortly.
SPECIAL MESSAGE: GCSE Results 2015
On the first day back with both staff and students, we celebrated the fantastic GCSE achievements of our outgoing Year 11 students. Their results once again broke the school records for achievement. Our 5+A*- C grades (including English and mathematics) which, at a provisional 73%, is slightly higher than last year’s at this point and is much higher than national figures. Other key indicators which signify further improvement include the jump by 4.5% in the EBacc subjects (A*-C grades in English, (Continued overleaf) (Continued) mathematics, science, languages and a humanities subject) and an increase of 6.5% to an impressive 32% of students obtaining A*-A at the top end. We were also delighted by the fact that disadvantaged students are achieving better at WSFG than non-disadvantaged students are nationally. Last year we were recognised as being one of the top sixteen performing schools in the country on this indicator.
This is set in the context of turbulence in GCSE grades nationally following changes to the way GCSE performance has been assessed and changes to grade boundaries. This summer, like last year, students took linear (end of year) examinations rather than being assessed by modules over the course of their studies. There were also additional changes in subject areas to increase the challenge for students. There has been an increased emphasis on the subjects which make up the English Ebacc. At WSFG we believe that our students should have an entitlement to a wide range of subjects and experiences including the creative and performing arts and design, technology and engineering related subjects. Our EBacc figures have risen from 23% (2012) and 36% (2013) to 40% (2014) and 45% in (2015). The national figure for the EBacc in 2014 was 24%. We are confident that this year’s results will compare very favourably again with other high performing comprehensives nationally. However, we have maintained a broad and comprehensive curriculum offer for our older students and have so far rejected pathways determined by ability. We have engaged with parents and carers of girls most affected by the curriculum changes and are grateful for their input into our deliberations at this time of change.
Large numbers of our girls achieved the very highest grades at GCSE level and they have all made us and their families very proud. I have included in this issue just a sample of some of our high achievers who have now secured places at excellent sixth form or college provision.
There are many other students who also achieved exceptional results or surpassed their predicted grades to achieve results they can be truly proud of. Particular congratulations go to the following students, whose marks show that the really hard work they put into their studies has led to excellent levels of progress being made: Raadiya Jauny, Afifa Hidari, Fartun Hassan, Mahnoor Zulfiqar, Tatjana Sivarajah, Nasreen Hosany, Berfin Kortelli and Anisa Kantharia. Overall the results have certainly given us cause for celebration again this year and the girls had plenty to smile about when they came in to collect their results, as you can see from a selection of photographs taken on the day.
New Members of Staff
Staff turnover at the school remains typically low and this year is no exception. In September we welcome the following new members of staff:
Tom Bigglestone, Deputy Head of Faculty, Humanities and Head of Religious Education
Jubeda Sulthana, Deputy Head of Faculty, Science Sean Walker, Mathematics Teacher
Maria Singleton, MFL Teacher (maternity cover)
Nicola Lewis, Finance Assistant (maternity cover).
Finally, congratulations go to a group of our students who have been competing in the Commonwealth Festival of Synchronised Swimming in Perth. We have just heard that they won their category and are now champions, having beaten the South African national team. Well done indeed to Alicia Day, Nellie Short, Savannah Gracey (Year 11) and Hannah Khairul (Year 10) in Australia. Finally, I look forward to working in partnership with all parents and carers during the coming year and of course to seeing you at school events throughout the year.
School Improvement Plan 2014/15: Summary