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Walthamstow School for Girls

Headteacher's Weekly Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

Here we are at the end of another very successful school year.   There have been so many highlights for us, but foremost is the outcome of our latest Ofsted inspection.  All Parents and Carers should have received a link to preview the Ofsted report on the school’s website, which will be published on the Ofsted website at the end of the week.  It makes interesting reading.  We are all so proud to be recognised as ‘Outstanding’ and of the positive comments we have received.  This is an achievement by and for the whole school community: staff, students, Governors, parents and carers and the Local Authority.

The inspection makes reference to the “wealth of trips, visits and speakers” at the school.  This extends this year from careers education to matters of government and society, from trips to top universities and colleges to City Hall and the Houses of Parliament.   There have been opportunities for the students to broaden their horizons both at home and internationally – including the trip to Zanzibar to support a local school there.  We have had speakers and visitors from all walks of life and workshops on STEM, Enterprise events; a Philosophy Day, and a host of events to promote equalities.  There have been events with the local community and fundraising for charity.

In the field of arts, this year has seen a celebration of the 40 years of steel pans at WSFG, our musicians have participated in Music for Youth events, the Battle of the Bands, the Waltham Forest secondary showcase and our own wonderful concerts.  Those with an interest in drama have had numerous theatre trips and workshops on offer throughout the year and we have linked with the Unicorn Theatre and others.  Our artists have worked on the beautiful mosaic walls outside the school and this work is continuing; as well as several in-house art competitions and displays. 

There have been Humanities trips to Rochester and the Olympic Park; language study trips to the BFI and Southall and the Languages Festival.  There has been a great deal of collaborative work with other schools in Waltham Forest, with both secondary schools and colleges and with primary schools too.  Students have been involved in after school and lunchtime clubs including gardening, origami, and a variety of sports.  There have been debating and public speaking events and competitions in mathematics, story-writing and poetry. 

There have also been many personal and team triumphs in sports and PE  – including the Year 8 netball team, who were Borough Champions this year.  There were outdoor activity trips to the Feel Good Centre, the Herts Young Mariners Base, the Barge Haybay, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions and a host of sporting events.  On Wednesday we had our Sports Day at the Feel Good Centre which showed just how much our girls enjoy competing and supporting each other to excel.

The aforementioned are just a selection of the events and activities that have taken place at WSFG this year.  At the same time we have received educational awards for the progress and academic achievement of our girls and for Transforming in Education.  I would like to thank all members of staff who have made these possible. 

Congratulations to us all on being judged Outstanding – to every member of the school community that has played their part in this success.

Finally, I wish everyone a happy, safe and peaceful summer holiday and look forward to seeing the students again on Tuesday 4th September – our new Year 7 students at 09.10 for a 09.30am start and other students in Years 8-11 at 1.10pm for registration at 1.25pm. 

Please note the price of school meals increases to £2.20 in September—see page 5 of this week's Greensheet.

Meryl Davies