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Walthamstow School for Girls

Headteacher's Fortnightly Message

24 May 2024

Dear Students, Parents and Carers

It has been a busy fortnight for our school community with the start of the GCSE exam season. Our year 11s have been calm, well-prepared and positive over the last two weeks and have been supported by booster sessions from subject teachers. 

This year, we have made a few changes, including an earlier study leave, allowing students the freedom to revise from home whilst also supporting students who need a space to study each day and to offer timely subject-focused booster sessions. Students have shown us how responsible they are and attendance at boosters and support sessions has been fantastic! We have also made sure that students have a personal ‘check in’ before each exam session so that we can address any nervousness or ‘wobbles’ and help them to enter the exams in a calm and focused way. We have offered breakfast and a revision space in the canteen every morning too.

Thank you to parents for supporting us throughout this period. As a parent of a year 11 student last year, I know how challenging this time can be for families.

Year 11, as you continue to prepare and revise over the coming weeks, make sure you take time out to rest, recharge and connect with friends and family. Good luck!

A huge thank you to all staff for the many hours you have spent developing our lovely year 11s, both academically and through your care and support. Mr Morrow, their Head of Year, has worked hard with his year group through some challenging times, ensuring that they are the focused, independent and compassionate young people we see today.

Year 11, we know that you will go on to make us very proud in whatever you do in the future.

Other News

Thank you to Mr Caps for organising the DofE expedition practice. As you will see from the photographs below, they had a great time and even had good weather! This is a great opportunity for students to connect with the great outdoors and learn some important skills. We look forward to hearing about the actual expedition next half-term!

Year 8s benefited this week from our Blue Light event with the emergency services with sessions on road safety, drugs and alcohol and violence against women and girls.

Well done to our year 10 students in their drama exam performances for the devising unit this week. There were some very strong performances and ideas. Thank you to Ms Cornford and Ms Wallace for their organisation and support, as well as the year 9 technical crew.

Congratulations to the year 8 students who were selected as winners of the Women of the World ‘Letters for Change’ competition. Our school vision is all about empowering young women so no wonder they want to change the world! I am looking forward to reading their letters so that I can look forward to a time when our girls do ‘rule the world’. See below for more details.

Wishing you a restful half-term.

Helen Marriott