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Walthamstow School for Girls


Dear Parents and Carers

I would like to take this opportunity to explain how enrichment activities will be run for the foreseeable future.

Pre-Covid, as the school Challenge Coordinator, one of my roles was to organise excursions to venues such as the Royal Veterinary College and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. I would also organise for outside speakers to visit the school to deliver inspirational talks and to run workshops.

During these times, while this is not possible, there are an increasing number of online opportunities for our students to sign up for and to become involved in. Please look out for these opportunities in the Challenge section of the fortnightly Greensheet, in the Student Bulletin, on Office 365 Teams and on the school website, and encourage your daughter to apply for anything that she is interested in. If there is a cost, this need not be an obstacle as we have a Challenge budget to contribute to this.

Finally if you, or anyone that you know, hear of any opportunities that may be of interest, please get in touch and let me know.

Best wishes

Ms Robinson
Challenge Coordinator

At Walthamstow School for Girls we have a commitment to ensuring that ALL students, including those already working at an advanced level, receive educational opportunities that allow them to be appropriately stretched, engaged and challenged.

  • We prioritise PROVISION rather than identification.
  • Our Challenge provision is INCLUSIVE rather than exclusive.  
  • We focus on LEARNING rather than data.
  • We believe that anything is possible through effort and hard work, in keeping with a GROWTH Mindset

Every Teaching Faculty has a representative responsible for Challenge.

Each Faculty Representative ensures that students are stretched in their subject area through the use of Challenge Walls and by ensuring that schemes of work are differentiated.  They also organise enrichment activities such as overseas trips, inviting in outside speakers and running competitions relevant to their Faculty - more information on our enrichment activities can be found on the attached page.

Students hear about opportunities through the daily student bulletin, the weekly Greensheet and by reading the Challenge noticeboard.  Students are also welcome to visit me in room F31B at any time.

Ms Robinson
Challenge Coordinator

Cambridge University Opportunity for Year 9 and 10 Students  

Deadline: Friday 1 April 2022 

The program will consist of a series of after-school sessions via Zoom where the students will receive guidance and ideas on how to explore subject interests and an introduction to studying at University. Students will also have the chance to talk to current Cambridge students and attend an online lecture. 

Session 1, Thursday 21 April, 4:30-5:30pm:  Introduction to studying at university 

Session 2, Thursday 5 May, 4:30-5:30pm:    Critical thinking and exploring subject interests 

Session 3, Thursday 19  May, 4:30-5:30pm: Taster Lectures 

Session 4, Thursday 9 June, 4:30-5:30pm:   Student Life Q&A (focus on life at university, clubs and societies) 

Students should register their interest by completing this short survey form: 

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The deadline for signing up is Friday 1 April 2022 and students will be notified by Tuesday 19 April 2022 whether they have been successful in gaining a place on the programme.  

We welcome applications from all students and we will prioritise applications from high-achieving students with a widening participation background (e.g. Free School Meals, living in care etc) 

Ms Robinson 

Challenge Coordinator 

Cambridge University Trip - Year 10 

On 20th January, there is an opportunity for ten students from Year 10 to visit the University of Cambridge.

If you would like to apply, please email Ms Robinson, explaining why you are interested and what you would hope to gain from of the opportunity.

Put CAMBRIDGE in the header.

The deadline is Friday 3rd December  For the attention of Ms Robinson.

Many thanks,

Ms Robinson