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Walthamstow School for Girls Ofsted Outstanding Provider

Year 11

2020-2021

Worried or Anxious?  

Here is a booklet full of information that we hope will help our students and parents/carers during this uncertain time ... 

A Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty 

Year 11 Parent Information Evening (PIE)
 

24 September 2020

Dear Year 11 Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all well.  As you may be aware Walthamstow School for Girls were due to host our Year 11 Parent Information Evening (PIE) this evening. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions around social gathering it is impossible for us to hold this event in school. 

To ensure you are fully informed about all the information that is relevant to year 11 students this year, we have decided to record a presentation that covers the key topics that we would normally discuss during the PIE evening. This will remain available on our YouTube channel and on the website so you can view it whenever you want. 

The presentation includes an overview of the main changes that we have introduced in school in order to ensure everyone is safe on site, as well as the steps we have put in place to ensure we can continue teaching live lessons remotely in the event of another lockdown. It also contains details on GCSE courses, the SIMS Parent App, Squid and key dates for Year 11 this year. 

Here is the link to the main presentation, I hope you find it useful. 

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. 

Kind regards

Mrs Careless-Pye
Year 11 Student Progress Leader

Year 11 English

Year 11 Mathematics

Year 11 Science

Year 11 Key Dates
 

AUTUMN  TERM

  • Tuesday 8 September to Friday 18 December 2020
  • Friday 16 October 2020 - Inset for staff training - school closed for students
  • Autumn Half Term - Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October 2020
  • Christmas holiday (Early Closure at 13.00) - Monday 21 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021

SPRING  TERM

  • Monday 4 January 2021 to Thursday 01 April 2021
  • Mock exams - 4th January – 22nd January 2021
  • Mock results Day - 12th February 2021
  • Spring Half Term - Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February 2021
  • Parent/Carer Evening - 25th February 2021 (provisional)
  • Easter Holiday - Friday 02 April 2021 to Friday 16 April 2021

SUMMER  TERM

  • Monday 19 April 2021 to Thursday 22 July 2021
  • Summer Half Term - Tuesday 01 June to Friday 04 June 2021
  • GCSE Exams - 17 May to 18 June 2021

Please note that all of these dates are subject to amendment

Eleven-Up Cambridge Programme - For students in Year 11 

Deadline: 25th January 2021

The programme will consist of monthly after-school sessions via Zoom where the students will gain help researching University courses and engaging with super-curricular activities as well as hearing about student life and experiencing sample lectures. By taking part in the Programme we hope students will improve their confidence and knowledge in applying to top universities, and more specifically to Cambridge. Sessions will be held on the last Thursday of every month from 4:30-5:30pm. Please see the session programme below for further details. 

Session Programme: 

·        28th January (4:30-5:30) Launch Event - Introduction to Oxbridge

·        25th February (4:30-5:30) Choosing and researching University Courses

·        25th March (4:30-5:30) Super-curricular activities

·        29th April (4:30-5:30) Student Life at Cambridge- Virtual tour, Day in the Life and Student Q&A 

·        27th May (4:30-5:30) Taster lectures

·        24th June (4:30-5:30) Budgeting, finance and bursaries

·        29th July (4:30-5:30) Sport, music and societies at Cambridge

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The deadline for signing up is Monday 25th January and students will be notified by Tuesday 26th January 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).

GCSE Examinations / Assessment
 

13 January 2021

Dear Year 11 Parents/Carers

As you will be aware, Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, announced to Government last week that GCSE examinations scheduled to take place in the summer term would be cancelled. Ofqal, the regulator for qualifications, examinations and assessments, are conducting a consultation over the next two weeks to identify how students' grades will be awarded. However, Gavin Williamson has indicated that teacher assessment will be the main basis for awarding GCSE grades based on students having a portfolio of assessed work. We anticipate systems being put into place for rigorous moderation of students' work both across subjects internally and externally. It is possible that Ofqal will recommend some in school standardised testing, however we await confirmation and clear guidance from them.

Low Stakes Assessments

On Friday, I held a Teams meeting for all Year 11 students to explain the approach that we would be taking as a school. Our intention is to support all our students in achieving the highest grades they are capable of. We are building in regular short assessments each week in all relevant subjects (this will not be relevant in subjects that have substantial coursework already). 

The assessments will be between 20 minutes and an hour long and teachers may give additional time to take into account the technical challenges of remote learning. They will cover all aspects of the course covered to date so that each student's ‘portfolio’ of work reflects both the breadth of the course content and the skills and understanding which students have developed. This also means that the hard work in preparation for mock exams will not be wasted! These assessments should be viewed as “low stakes”, i.e. if a student does not do well in an assessment, it will not impact on their overall grade as long as further assessments can demonstrate consistent achievement.

Teachers will be looking to award achievement wherever possible, rather than arriving at an average grade across all of the assessments. We recognise that many Year 11 students ‘step up’ in the final months of year 11 and want to reassure students that if assessments taken in the course up to this point do not represent what students are capable of, they will not impact on their final grade. However, we do need students to have a broad evidence base and so it is important that they submit all assessments set, in order to demonstrate that they are secure across the course content.

College References

In the absence of mock exam grades, we will be asking Year 11 teachers to revise students’ college reference grades as planned. As we have limited evidence at this stage, teachers will be advised to use the evidence they currently have, what they know about the student’s engagement and motivation and will be asked to err on the side of positivity when making predictions. The college reference grade will not represent the final GCSE grade for students as they will not have gone through a formal assessment process and will not have been moderated. Our intention is to ensure that students are able to progress to suitable college courses and do not have barriers to their progression from their references. As with any report, you will be notified through e-mail when these are available to access on the SIMs Parent App.

Remote Learning

We do not know for how long we will be working remotely. The Prime Minister stated that all schools in England will be closed until February 12th (half term).  However, with high transmission rates of the virus in our local area, we are preparing for school closure to possibly continue beyond half term. It is therefore important that we ensure that we develop students’ portfolio of assessments throughout this time of remote learning. We have prioritised access to technology for Year 11 students and have issued a high number of laptops to students from the year group. If your child has technological problems, please contact us through info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk and we will put support in place. We currently hold a waiting list for devices but are continually looking to meet the needs of students. Where students are struggling to maintain their motivation and are not submitting work, we will ask them to work on site as we do not want any students to fall behind and underachieve.

We have made the decision to cancel mock examinations and do not currently have any plans to reschedule these on our return to school. Students are likely to sit exam papers in some subjects as further evidence for a teacher assessed grade when we do return to face-to-face learning, and where these are scheduled by Heads of Faculty, students will be advised in advance.  It remains our intention to support students so that they achieve the best possible results, ensuring that they are not disadvantaged in any way by circumstances created by the pandemic.  We will adapt our plans as necessary when we have more national guidance and will inform students and parents/carers as soon as we know of any changes.

Please do contact us with any queries or concerns.

Kindest wishes to you and your family

Ms Kennedy 
Deputy Headteacher

BTEC Examinations January 2021
 

6 January 2021

Dear Year 11 Students/Parents/Carers

As you are aware, having yesterday stated that the BTEC examinations in January should continue the DfE have late this evening announced that "In light of the evolving public health measures, schools and colleges can continue with the vocational and technical exams that are due to take place in January, where they judge it right to do so”.  Following this announcement, we have decided not to go ahead with the BTEC examinations.   It is frustrating that an announcement has been made at such a late stage and we therefore wanted to inform you of our decision as soon as possible.  We appreciate that this will inevitably lead to further worry and confusion for you which is not helpful in the current circumstances.

We realise that our decision may cause disappointment for your daughter who may be well-prepared and will miss the opportunity to demonstrate their learning and skills. However, we feel that, whilst we are confident that we could run the smaller exam on Friday safely, we feel less confident about running the iMedia exam which has much higher numbers.  To run one exam and not the other would be inequitable. 

As you will be aware, GCSE examinations are also cancelled and, in cancelling the BTEC examinations, this creates a more ‘level playing field’ for all students.  Many students have been asked to self-isolate through the term and have missed essential course coverage and teacher input which already puts them at a disadvantage. Travel and Tourism students have missed their mock exam this week which will have affected them significantly compared with previous cohorts. There was also significant disruption to learning last year which impacted significantly on learners on these courses.

As with all decisions, we make them in the best interests of the students.  We feel that your daughter will not be disadvantaged in any way.  Unlike other vocational courses, that require certification (such as plumbing/ electricians), where students would need the option to complete the examination, the courses that our students are taking do not have this required element. Students will be awarded a final qualification based on their coursework assessments and will be able to progress to higher level courses at college.

We hope that you are able to support our decision and understand the reasoning behind it. Please do not hesitate to us if you have any concerns.

Kind regards.

Mrs Brickett
Examinations and Assessment Manager

Mock Examinations January 2021 - Adaptations 

11 December 2020

Dear Year 11 Parents/ Carers

On Wednesday, Year 11 students were issued with their personalised GCSE mock exam timetable. The overview mock timetable can also be checked on the school website. Mock exams will take place during the first 3 weeks of next term.

This afternoon we will be issuing a printed version of the attached booklet to all Year 11 students. This booklet has been produced to support our Year 11 students in their mock exams, following the Government announcement on Tuesday 1st December that some subjects will have pre-released exam topics shared with students prior to the summer GCSE exams. We do not know at this stage which subjects this additional support will be issued for, however we felt that it would be more supportive for all subjects to list topics that will be covered in their mock exams and therefore reduce the breadth of topics that will require revision. This is, of course, less useful for some subjects (such as mathematics) where all topics are covered in the exams, however the list should provide a useful revision resource.

Students will be advised to use the topic lists and colour code them (green - secure/ confident; yellow - some confidence but needs revisiting; red - priority revision topic). By issuing the topics, we hope that students will feel less overwhelmed by the prospect of mock exams, which we recognise can be very stressful for Year 11 students at the best of times.

At the beginning of the booklet, information about how the exams will be organised is outlined. We want our students to have the preparatory exam experience of taking exams in an exam hall, however the only space that is big enough for students to be appropriately spaced is the Sports Hall. In the winter months this hall is particularly cold! Consequently, we have made the decision that for the 3 week mock period, Year 11 students will be permitted to attend school in non-uniform: this will enable students to layer up their clothes and still remain comfortable. We recommend that students wear double layers on the bottom (e.g. leggings and jogging bottoms) and wear long sleeve layers on top (including a scarf and hat if they wish). It is important that students wear appropriate clothing and do not take advantage of this to dress for fashion! Hoodies will be allowed, however the normal make-up and jewellery rules will continue to be applied.

We continue to plan for a very uncertain year ahead and will do everything within our power to support our Year 11 students to ensure they are recognised for their hard work and we will put in place anything that we believe would be to their advantage.

Kind regards

Ms Kennedy
Deputy Headteacher / Associate Headteacher

Mock Examinations January 2021 Student Booklet

College Applications
 

18 November 2020

Dear Year 11 Students, Parents and Carers,

Due to the Covid19 safety protocols we have in place, we have to organise the College and Sixth Form application process slightly differently this year. 

Online Applications

Most applications are now online and ask for a school email address for the College or Sixth Form to use to request a reference. Please use the school email address for this - info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk. The reference request will be forwarded on to Ms Jolliffe in Student Services and she will send the official school reference back to the College or Sixth Form.

Paper Applications

If your application is completed on paper and requires a school stamp and reference to be attached, we will be using the following system.

  • Dropping off applications - on entry to school in the morning
    • The member of staff in charge of Year 11 entry in the morning will have a college application tray on the MUGA gate. Please drop your application into the tray, ensuring it is fully completed with all sections filled out. Your application will have to be left untouched for 48 hours to ensure there is no risk of Covid19 transmission. 
  • Collecting applications - at lunchtime 4 days later
    • Ms Jolliffe will attach your school reference and stamp the application if required. Any sections requesting information from a member of staff will be completed. You can collect your application during lunchtime from the member of staff in charge of Year 11 lunch at the student gate. 

Please note it will take 4 school days for applications to be completed so make sure you are organised and hand in your application well before the deadline. Unfortunately, we will not be able to process your application any quicker than this. 

If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

Kind regards

The Year 11 Team

Arts University Bournemouth 

Join our next Open Day

Our monthly virtual Open Days are a perfect way for your students to get a feel for studying at AUB, from the comfort of their own homes. The online events are packed with live talks, Q&A sessions and online exhibitions, with our next on the way on 9 January 2021.

Encourage your creative students to book their places now and discover what to expect below, from course talks and Q&As to student live chats and portfolio hints.

How to book

The Gallery workshops go digital

This time of year, we'd normally be welcoming waves of budding artists and those interested in creativity into our onsite art gallery for a workshop based on our current exhibition. To make sure no one misses out, we've moved the workshops online!

We have a great opportunity to immerse students in art and design with a digital workshop on the fabulous work of designer Morag Myerscough, followed by a workshop dedicated to Music Architecture Poole supporting an exhibition designed and curated by current AUB students.  Please get in touch to find out more. 

Get in touch

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Graduate Showreel 2020

See what our AUBMakers get up to during their time studying with us with this year's Graduate Showreel.

Featuring collaborative and boundary-pushing final project artwork from across our creative courses, the showreel highlights the very best of what our graduates have to offer the worlds of Creative Art, Performance Art and Architecture. 

Watch the reel

International Poetry Prize

Our Creative Writing team are thrilled to announce the launch of their inaugural poetry competition, the AUB International Poetry Prize. With a theme of 'Change', the competition is open to all writers over the age of 16 and will be judged by award-winning poet Glyn Maxwell.

The winner will receive £500. Two runner-up prizes and ten Highly Commended places are also up for grabs, and all longlisted entries will be published in a celebratory anthology. The competition closes on 2 July 2021.

Find out more

Creative Careers

At AUB, we turn creativity into careers. We were among the top three UK universities for response rate in the new Graduate Outcomes employment survey, with 93.5% of graduates in work or further study. 

We've also been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Our dedicated team of lecturers, technicians, researchers and industry practitioners are here to support our students and help them achieve their goals. 

Find out how a degree from AUB can help your students turn their creativity into careers with the handout below.

Download handout

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The Joy of Making

At the heart of our community is a collection of specialist studios – each dedicated to its own subject area and supported by Academics and Technician Demonstrators.

We invited a few of our Technician Demonstrators to share a creative process from their studio space on camera. Here, Architecture demonstrator Lily Voicu reveals the process she uses to bind her own handmade sketchbooks. 

Watch more demos

Creative Writing's newsletter

Our BA (Hons) Creative Writing course team has been working hard to launch a brand new newsletter. If you've any budding young writers in your class, the newsletter offers a perfect opportunity for them to see what they could be getting up to every day if they chose to study at AUB. 

You can download the first issue, which is packed with nuggets about guest speakers, writing competitions and more, using the link below. 

Download newsletter

Arts University Bournemouth
Wallisdown
Poole
Dorset 
BH12 5HH
01202 363299
aub.ac.uk

Uniform Reminder 

12 November 2020

Dear Parent/ carers and students of Year 11

I hope that you are all well?

I would like to take this chance to remind you all of a few school rules.

  • Facial piercings are not allowed, if a student has a facial piercing it needs to be removed and a clear retainer tube put in place. We shouldn't be able to see the retainer. If a student is found with a facial piercing, they will be in the duty room till it is removed.
  • No acrylic nails or false eyelashes, these will also need to be removed or student will be in the duty room.
  • Earrings should be one pair of small studs, no hoops.
  • No other jewellery is permitted. All necklaces, bracelets, rings etc. need to be removed for school.

Could I ask that we send students in with warm, waterproof BLACK coats. No other colour or hoodies are permitted. Students are spending a lot of time outside and the weather is getting colder. 

Quite a few students have had a growth spurt over the last few months, could I ask that we replace school skirts that should be just above the knee in length. 

Kind regards

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 11

Online Work Experience & Career Days for students aged 14-17 

CareerDays.co.uk have several career days for students to take part in over the coming weeks, all from the comfort of their own homes. Students can learn all about their chosen professions in the morning and then take part in work experience in the afternoon. Every student obtains a personalised certificate they can use in their applications and interviews to university. 

The courses are designed for students aged 14-17 and all take place online.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Performing Arts - Saturday January 23rd 2021
  • Veterinary Medicine - Saturday January 30th 2021

Students just need to visit our website to enrol on any course.

In order for you to qualify for a bursary, students must meet three of the following criteria:

  • Attend a publicly funded school or college
  • Receive free school meals
  • Be on track for or have attained a minimum of 5 Level 6-9 GCSE's
  • First in their family to attend university
  • Either parent in receipt of either Jobseeker’s Allowance, Universal Credit or Income support.

Please note that not all students, even if meeting the above criteria,
will qualify to proceed with the course for free.
If you are not accepted for a bursary a fee is payable,
 the cost of which can be found on our website.

What Careers and What University Live Virtual Event 

'What Careers and What University Live' will be holding a virtual event on Fri, 19 and Sat, 20 March 2021 between 10am-3pm. This could be a good event for Year 11's to attend. To find out more visit their website.  

Applications for Colleges & 6th Forms 

6 October 2020

Dear Parent/Carers of Year 11 students 

I have had a few enquires about ways to help students apply for colleges and 6th forms, so here are a few pointers.

We have asked all colleges and 6th forms which our students have previously attended, to supply us with (virtual) open day information. This will be coming in over the next few weeks and months. The school website and Teams is being updated daily with this information. 

Students will be given guidance on how to complete applications, and who to refer them to in school, during their PSHE lessons later in the term. We are unable to offer specific advice on course or colleges as this would be subjective.

We have suggested the girls use the National Careers Service website  to look at careers they may be interested in, to find out the requirements for these careers whether this is through A levels, BTECs, university degrees or apprenticeships. 

Once they know what is needed, students should look at college/6th form websites, attend (virtual) open days and read the college/6th form prospectus, which should be available online.  Many websites will have information about virtual question/answer sessions, or students can e-mail the college or school with their questions. 

I hope this helps.

Kind regards 

Mrs Careless-Pye 
Student Progress Leader Year 11 

British Army Careers 

The Army is actively recruiting for a variety of roles which we can offer to your students who meet our eligibility criteria.

Please find below our informative newsletter explaining what opportunities are available for both students and your school.

Please email me if you require any further information.

Kind regards,

Jess Linning I Lead Recruiter I AFCO London, Yeomanry House, Handel Street, London, WC1N 1NP I 020 7414 3804 | RG-ACCLondonEducation@mod.gov.uk

Don’t forget you can visit our virtual Army Careers Centre at any time here

Army Careers Newsletter November 2020

Help from the DWP for Students 

Our team is still here to support you with your students now that schools have reopened.

Even though we can go into schools, we can still help you and your students via email, phone and live webinars with employability.

If you have students that need any help with it comes to Employability Skills, CVs, Interview Techniques or looking for Apprenticeships, please contact me and the team will be willing to work with them.

Even though we are in unprecedented times, the labour market is still going.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards

Natasha Whittingham
Support for Schools Adviser & Events Manager | Department for Work and Pensions | Work Services Directorate | East London District Office | Hackney Jobcentre Plus | 271 Mare Street, London, E8 1EE | Mobile: 07786 028 807 | www.gov.uk |

NHS Test and Trace App - Information for over 16s
 

Today, NHS Test and Trace has launched the NHS COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.

The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over. This means that some students in year 11, students in years 12, 13 and in further education colleges will be eligible to use the app and benefit from its features. 

The DfE has produced a factsheet about the app for parents/carers and anyone over 18, which can be accessed here.

Student Mobile Phones 2020-21
 

During the period of the COVID-19 pandemic mobile phones WILL be allowed to be carried by students during the school day at WSFG.

  • We understand that parents / carers may wish their children to have mobile phones for safety purposes on the way to and from school.
  • To allow for this ALL students will be required to turn off (not on silent) their mobile phones before they enter school and place them securely in their school bags.
  • The phone must NOT be taken out of the bag and turned on and checked / used at any time during the school day.
  • The phone will remain in the student bag, but this may be left unattended in a classroom at times during the school day, so students bring their phones into school at their OWN risk.
  • Phones can be used on exit from the school premises once students are outside the school gates.
  • Note that SMART watches such as Fitbits are NOT allowed to be worn in school and must not be brought into school.

Sanctions:

If a student is found to be using a mobile phone in school:

  • The mobile phone will be confiscated by a member of staff.
  • If the student does not hand over the mobile phone straight away or argues with the member of staff, a further sanction will be applied.
  • Mobile phones will NOT be returned directly to students.
  • Parents / carers will receive a phone call (usually the day after confiscation) asking them to collect the phone from the school office, following Covid-19 handling restrictions.

Important Note:

Mobile phones that are brought into school by students are  done so at the student’s OWN risk.

The school takes no responsibility for loss or damage of mobile phones if they are brought into school by students.

September 2020

College/Sixth Form Virtual Open Evenings/Tours & Application Information

London Design & Engineering UTC 

Our deadline for on-time applications is this Friday 15th January. Here is our course list and a few links that students might find useful. The application is very easy and basic to complete. This should only take 10 minutes to fill in.

Click here to watch a short clip about LDE.

This final link is to explore the virtual tour of LDE and our incredible facilities. 

London Design & Engineering UTC are now taking applications for 2021, you can apply online here.

Deadline for on time applications is Friday 15th January 2021 

Many thanks

Kind regards  

Sonya D’Arcy-Kilroy
Marketing, Events and Learner Admission Lead 
London Design & Engineering UTC|Docklands Campus, 15 University Way, London, E16 2RD
07714 255193
0203 019 7333

London Screen Academy (LSA)
 

Happy New Year. We hope you are keeping well and had a restful, festive break. 

2021 has got off to a shaky start: another national lockdown, our classrooms have become Zoom rooms again and exams have been cancelled. The knock-on effect a lockdown creates for students, staff and schools is huge - and we hope we can all get back to normality soon.

We understand that, more than ever, in this period of uncertainty students are thinking about their next steps and would like to explore the various post 16 options available to them. 

The UK screen industries, which make up part of the creative industries, are a thriving and fast-evolving sector. The screen industries are worth £14.4 billion and contribute significantly to the UK economy. As the industry continues to grow, we know that finding up-to-date information about career opportunities in Film and TV can be difficult. Therefore, we have created a 'Pathways into Film and TV' guide to showcase how GCSE subjects can relate to the film and TV industry, and the various types of skills needed in a growing sector.

There are young people across London who have the passion and/or skills for storytelling and film and TV but might not know that they can pursue this as a career - we’re very keen to ensure that no young person misses out on an incredible opportunity to learn and develop their skills in this area. 

Before the Christmas break, I emailed you about our virtual Open Event taking place on Wednesday 20th January at 5:30 pm where prospective students will find out more information about the Film and TV industry and how LSA can support them in building their careers. There’s still time for students, parents and teachers to sign up to the event which is linked here. We would love for you and your students to join us.

We also have a new video for you! This video truly depicts the experience and culture of being at LSA and it would be wonderful if you could share our virtual Open Event and video with your students.  You can view our prospectus here. You can view our prospectus here.

If you have any questions at all about the London Screen Academy, please feel free to get in touch as I would be happy to answer any questions you or your students may have. 

Hoping that you are all keeping safe and well during these unprecedented times.

All the very best,

Rochelle 
Community Partnership Manager
The LSA Team

Ladbroke House, 62-66 Highbury Grove, London N5 2AD 020 8106 8100

Ada National College for Digital Skills 

Just a reminder that students and their parents/carers are invited to Ada's Virtual Sixth Form Open Morning on Saturday 23rd January from 10:00 to 11:20.

Although the event will be taking place online, it will still be a fantastic opportunity to meet our staff and students, see demonstrations of our students' work and get a feel for life at the College.

We've created a powerpoint slide, which you can download here, to do this promotion which I hope you find helpful.

In order to register for the event, students/parents/carers should complete this form 
bit.ly/384hun. For those who sign-up, we will share an itinerary for the event, as well as the link required to access it, closer to the date.

Looking forward to seeing you at the event next month!

Best wishes

Jon Mella (he/him)
Outreach Manager
Ada. National College for Digital Skills
020 3920 9240 | jonathan@ada.ac.uk 
www.ada.ac.uk | @AdaCollege

THINK. CREATE. DEVELOP. WITH ADA

Access Creative College 

We have exciting new courses for 2021 and beyond including Esports Management and Creative Computing at Level 3 and also we are offering a T-Level in Software Development.  All the information about our courses can be found here.

Thanks

Regards,

Keshia Melbourne-Baynes
Engagement Co-Ordinator

Telephone: 0207 613 8380

Holy Family Sixth Form 

Our Virtual Sixth Form Open Evening is now available to view on our website.

All the information your students need to apply to our outstanding Sixth Form you will find in this link. From Loom videos on how to apply to short videos from each subject to help your students choose the right subjects for them. We would be very grateful if you could share the link with them. 

Any questions please do get in touch. 

Kind regards,

Lauren Farrugia
Associate Headteacher
Holy Family Catholic School & Sixth Form

website: holyfamily.waltham.sch.uk
twitter: @HFCSWaltham
instagram: @HFCSWaltham

Six21 

Thank you to those of you who joined us for our Virtual Open Week. We hope you all found it enjoyable as well as informative.

Our Applications are now Open!

You can now access the form via the home page on our website or via the Apply Now tab.

Please note that the Application process will be taking place in Windows:

Window Two

Friday 8th Jan - Thurs 11th Feb

General Admission

Window Three 

Friday 12th Feb - Thursday 18th March

Selective Admission (based on subject availability)

Waiting List available from Friday 19th March onward.

We know a lot of students won't be taking their mock exams until January so we will take predictions approved by the school for applicants applying before then. Your Referee will have to approve these grades when completing your reference so please make sure they are approved by the school. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

We wish you the best of luck with your applications,

Best wishes

Esther Coppeard
Sixth Form Coordinator

School 21, Pitchford Street. London, E15 4RZ

Tel: 020 8262 2121 ext. 174

www.school21.org.uk

Seven Kings School Sixth Form
 

We are delighted to confirm that applications to Seven Kings Sixth Form for September 2021 are now live on our dedicated application portal.

Welcome To Seven Kings Video 

The deadline for applications to be submitted by pupils and references to be completed by staff is Wednesday 31st March.  Please do ensure your students know the email address of the referee that needs to be inputted.

We are aware that there is a lack of clarity of how grades will be awarded this summer. Please see the following advice we have given to applicants and referees:

Applicants: Please enter the subjects you study and a predicted grades that you feel best reflect your likely outcome this summer. Schools will often create these grades following mocks and share on reports. However - given the variation in experience that you will have experienced this year due to COVID 19, please feel free to discuss these grades by contacting your subject teachers, your form tutor or Head of Year before inputting

Referees: When confirming predicted grades we are aware that the current situation makes this challenging. All we ask is that you take into account the applicants academic track record to date and potential for future success and agree if the grades they inputted a realistic indication of what they might be awarded this summer. This helps us to ensure we only offer places to those with a realistic chance of achieving our entry requirements.

We are looking at running a second open evening with a bigger focus on subjects in February. Invites will go to those who have registered on the application portal so please prompt pupils to log on and create an application account.

If you have any questions then please feel free to contact me via email.

Kindest regards

Jan Mac | Sixth Form PA
7 Seven Kings School, Ley Street, Ilford IG2 7BT
020 8554 89358
j.mccafferty@sevenkings.school  


We have had many requests for materials to support with Post 16 choices after GCSE's.  Here is a short video which will introduce you to our school.

More information, including our newly reviewed entry requirements for September 2021 can be found on our website.

Finally, we have adapted our recruitment calendar this year in response to feedback. In the short term, any pupils or parents interested in receiving updates on our application process can sign up using this Google Form. We intend to undertake engagement with those who sign up for updates towards the end of this half term before opening our online applications at the start of January. All recruitment events will be virtual including any open evening which is most likely to be in the first spring half term.

We always welcome feedback and suggestions so please get in touch if we can help in any way.

James Roberts
Head of Sixth Form / Assistant Headteacher
Seven Kings School

  St Marylebone School
 

Our virtual open evening will go on our website from early November.

Admissions Timeline for external applicants for entry in September 2021

We have an online application form available on this page.

The deadline for applications is Friday 8th January 2021 at 4pm.

Once the deadline has passed we will contact your current school for a reference.

The deadline for receipt of the reference is Tuesday 23rd February 2021, if we have not received it by Tuesday 9th February we will contact you at which point it will become your responsibility to make sure we receive your reference from your current school.

Conditional offers will be sent out by the end of March.

Please click here to see the subjects offered at sixth form.

Forest School
 

Forest School Virtual Sixth Form Open Evening

I hope you are well as we head to half term of what is a very different school year.  We held our Sixth Form Open Evening virtually and would like to share with you the link HERE.
 
The link includes a talk from Kate Spencer Ellis, Head of the Sixth Form, an interview with current Y13 pupils and webinars on the scholarship process for Sport, Music, Art, Drama and an introduction to EPQ.
 
Sixth Form candidates are encouraged to make an appointment with the Sixth Form team who will be able to help with any Sixth Form specific or subject related questions.  Please email Debbie O’Brien DOBrien@forest.org.uk or Emma Campbell ECampbell@forest.org.uk to make your appointment. For admissions related questions, the Admissions Team can be reached on admissions@forest.org.uk

Please click on the link below for a copy of the Sixth Form prospectus which is very informative and will supplement the webinars and talks from last night. We would be grateful if these details could be passed on to your Y11 pupils. 

Best wishes

Forest School Admissions Team

Forest Sixth Form Prospectus

 

 

Fashion Retail Academy
 

 

Applications are now open for September 2021!
 

 

FRA Traineeship Platform

We are now accepting applications to our brand new traineeship programme!

For further information please email traineeships@fra.ac.uk
 

 

 

Are you interested in FASHION & BUSINESS?

The Saturday Club is a FREE programme that gives young people in years 8, 9, 10 & 11 the unique opportunity to study Fashion & Business on Saturday mornings free of charge starting in January 2021.


Teachers are vital in referring young people to the Club and in breaking down barriers to future possibilities.
We encourage teachers to nominate students who may lack confidence or may face additional disadvantages and barriers to success in school.

For further information please
click here

 

 
 

NewVIc  


Post-16 Course Options for new arrivals

GCSE Progress to Advanced & Young ESOL 


Wednesday 3 February 2021

This session is aimed at students who may have arrived recently to the UK. 

Progress to Advanced GCSE Programme
This programme consists of 5 GCSE's for those who wish to take GCSEs for the first time or re-sit their GCSE's in order to progress to a level 3 programme the following year. 

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
This course is aimed at those who wish to enhance their speaking, listening and writing skills in English before progressing to a Level 2 or 3 Diploma. 

PARENTS WELCOME

REGISTER


Virtual 
Entry Level Afternoon on ZOOM

Inclusive provision for those with learning difficulties and disabilities 


Wednesday 20 January 2021
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Aimed at entry-level students and their parents to meet current students and course Tutors online.  

An opportunity to find out more about entry-level programmes and progression opportunities.

Students will have the opportunity to ask questions, hear from current students and watch videos of what they'll be learning on the course. 

PARENTS WELCOME
This session is also aimed at parents to find out more about our support provisions and student development opportunities. 

REGISTER HERE


College readiness for visual & hearing impaired learners

Providing tailored support to students at all levels


February - March 2021
Aimed at students with hearing and/or visual impairments. Students, staff and parents can find out about our range of support provisions, including:

  • literacy, numeracy and dyslexia specialist teachers
  • visual and hearing impairment specialist support
  • adaptive aids and equipment including laptops and iPads
  • specialist softwares for students with dyslexia and visual impairments
  • mobility support

Rosemary O'Sullivan

Teacher of the blind / visually impaired

Hear from experienced and qualified professionals in how they create individualised support plans and assist students in accessing all areas of learning.

“Working with the Visually Impaired is my passion and at NewVIc I endeavour to give my all to enable students to achieve, whichever their need may be. I encourage and engage with my students to help them realise that regardless of their disability they can achieve and fulfil their potential.  I am here to assist all of NewVIc’s amazing students to achieve their dreams.”

PARENTS WELCOME
REGISTER HERE


Here you will find an update on our range of new online IAG services to support students in selecting the right courses for their chosen careers.   You will also find updates on our college applications, interview processes.  We will also be sharing useful links for staff and students to support your delivery and students' well-being. 

Here to help

To find out how we can support you and your students with bespoke sessions and careers guidance, please contact Parul, our Schools Liaison Officer.

Parul Begum
pbegum@newvic.ac.uk
020 7540 0658
 
Subject registrations now open

Please share these links with your students to register for their courses of interest.  All subjects will discuss the different levels on offer.

Art & Design (BTEC)
Biology & Human Biology (A Level and Subsidiary Diploma)
Business (A Level & BTEC & T Level)
Chemistry (A Level)
Childcare & Education (BTEC)
Computer Science (A Level & BTEC & T Level )
Construction and the Built Environment (BTEC & T Level)
Criminology (Subsidiary Diploma)
Economics & Financial Studies (A Level & L3 Certificate)
Electrical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering (BTEC & T Level)
English Language & English Literature (A Level)
Foundation Learning (Level 1 and Entry Level)
Geography (A Level)
Government & Politics (A Level)
Health & Social Care (BTEC & Subsidiary Diploma & T Level)
History & Classics (A Level)
IT Networking & Systems and IT Practioners (BTEC)
Law (A Level & Subsidiary Diploma)
Media and TV & Film (BTEC & Subsidiary Diploma)
Maths & Further Maths (A Level)
Performing & Production Arts (BTEC)
Philosophy (A Level)
Physics (A Level)
Psychology (A Level & Subsidiary Diploma)
Religious Studies (A Level)
Sociology (A Level)
Spanish (A Level)
Science (BTEC)
Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness (BTEC & T Level)
Travel & Tourism (BTEC)

Further sessions with live Q&A

Ask the Principal Q&A
Careers Advice and Guidance Q&A
Inclusive Learning Support Q&A
 
Applications and interviews update 
Our online application for September 2021 will be open from October 2020.  

Students are advised to apply with their predicted grades to enable a full assessment of their application. Students will have telephone interviews from January 2020.

If you would like to organise a dedicated interview date for your Year 11 cohort, please email pbegum@newvic.ac.uk
 
Online Master Classes and Tasters
February - May 2021
Our new masterclasses and taster sessions will take place online via Google Classroom and Zoom.

These sessions will be highly engaging, interactive and will complement students' current learning and future post-16 research.

Bookings will be available in due course. To register early interest early email pbegum@newvic.ac.uk

WATCH THE LATEST IN AFRICAN STUDIES LECTURE

Dr. José Lingna Nafafé is Senior Lecturer in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies and former Programme Director of the MA in Black Humanities at the University of Bristol.

This lecture 'Contact with Europe' examined Tangomãos, Portuguese mercantile settlers’ commercial activities and cultural interactions on the West Coast of Africa, which can also be regarded as a prelude to Creole societies in the Portuguese colonial Empire.

Contact with Europe: Trade with Portugal & Britain

UPCOMING LECTURE

ZOOM Registration Link

(URL:https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OwCr3YJDR3mabMKmbUPDDw)

This session is aimed at Year 11 students to support them in exploring their options and making informed choices for their Post-16 studies.  The session will be delivered by experienced advice and guidance practitioners with Live Q&A:

- Course exploration
- Progression opportunities
- Entry requirements
- Course combinations
- One to one information and advice
- Support with completing your application form

Careers blog


Read about exciting career 
opportunities, including industry facts, growth of sectors and useful links for both staff and students.

Why study Health and Childcare

Why universities value career-driven vocational courses

What is the difference between the new T Levels and BTECs

Mulberry University Technical College 

WHAT IS OUR OFFER?

As a University Technical College, Mulberry UTC’s curriculum offer is unique.

We specialise in Health and Social Care, Science, Media, Performing Arts and Business.

We also offer a variety of A-Levels that can be studied alongside our technical specialisms or on their own for students who wish to follow a 3 A-level pathway.

Our students progress to outstanding destinations that are closely linked to their areas of study; please find here a  link to our online prospectus.

OPEN EVENING

We host three Open Evenings throughout the year.

We aim to run our open evenings on  Microsoft Teams; your students can now register their attendance by clicking  this link.

HOW TO APPLY

The application deadline for students who wish to join Mulberry UTC in September 2021 is 31st January 2021.

Students should apply through our website

Y12 applications link

Y10 applications link

Yours sincerely

Ms G Trevisanello
Admissions Officer

Mulberry UTC

New City College
 

As you are aware, we are all experiencing challenging and uncertain times, and New City College hopes that you are safe and well.  

New City College is following the guidance and advice from the Government and Public Health England. Due to the current circumstances, we are unable to hold an onsite open day in January 2021.  

We have however organised another Online Open Day! This will happen on 16thJanuary, from 10.00am - 2.00pm. 

We have the following available for Open Day:

·         Find out about courses and qualifications and what career opportunities they can lead to

·         Ask our current students what college life is like

·         Hear about the fantastic facilities we have to offer

·         Discover our specific programmes, such as Apprenticeships, Work Experience, Aiming High and the Medics enrichment group

·         Make an application to secure your place for 2021

·         Join a live Curriculum Question and Answer session

School leavers can also find out more about studying Maths and English on the video link here

Whilst nothing beats visiting us in person, our Online Open Day is as close as it gets to the real thing! Please encourage your students to join us. 

For those students that joined us in November we have loads of additional content to welcome you back! Would you like to attend our live sessions with the Deputy Principals? Would you like to hear live from our current students? Visit www.nccopenevents.co.uk to find out more.

Students can sign up for the Online Open Day here

Anyone who wishes to submit an application can do so via our website. If there are any further queries regarding applications, they can contact a member of our Customer Services Team at info@ncclondon.ac.uk or call us on 0330 135 8000

Kind Regards

Marketing Team
New City College


Now that dates for our Open Days have been agreed, I would like to share them with you to put into your diary: 

Saturday 16th January 2021 

Tuesday 9th February 2021 

Saturday 20th March 2021 

However, I would like to note that although these dates are confirmed, the format of the events themselves has not been agreed. This is obviously due to the ever-changing situation with Covid-19.  

Once an event format has been agreed for each event as it happens, I will keep you updated nearer the time.  

In the meantime, please share with your students our Virtual Open Day page on the website that has student views on the college. There is also a virtual tour of the campus and an introduction from the Deputy Principal Phil Hall. Students can also keep an eye on the NCC Campus Events page on the website for other events. 

We are also taking applications for 2020/2021 online. If the students wish to register interest in a course earlier rather than later. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you require any further information. 

Warm Regards

Amanda Fox 
Schools Liaison Outreach Coordinator 

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New City College | Epping Forest Campus 
Tel: 0208 502 8717

Ashmole Academy 

Open Evenings for Secondary Transfer and Sixth Form will be conducted on line this year due to the pandemic.  Full details are available on the Ashmole Academy school website.

Kind regards,  ​

Mrs M Donelly | Admissions Co-ordinator

Ashmole Academy, Cecil Road, London, N14 5RJ

T: 0208 361 2703

www.ashmoleacademy.org

The Brit School 

We will be holding Virtual Open Evenings this year.

The closing date for Post 16  Creative Arts is 31st January 2021, KS4 is 11th January 2021.

Regards

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The BRIT School 60 The Crescent, Croydon CR0 2HN

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www.brit.croydon.sch.uk

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Latymer School
 

We plan to publish our Year 11 virtual tour on our webpage on or around 3 November 2020.

We would ask all interested students to monitor the above page, as the intention is to publish our registration form early part of October 2020.

Yours sincerely

Miss C Connolly
Admissions Office
The Latymer School
Haselbury Road
London
N9 9TN
0208 807 4037 

A Message from your SPL - 4 Sept 2020 

4 September 2020

Dear Year 11 Students, Parents and Carers,

I hope you all had a lovely summer break. We will be welcoming all Year 11 students back to WSFG on Tuesday 8th September at 1:30pm. There will be many changes to the school environment, and it will be quite different to last year's school routine. Our main priority is to ensure the safety of all students and staff therefore we have put many new measures in place.

All students and parents/carers will be required to complete a Covid Contract before students can return to school. This is to ensure everyone agrees to comply with our new regulations which will keep both students and staff safe and therefore families as well. There are two different links for this, one for parents/carers and one for students. The deadline for completing the contract is Friday 4th September. If we do not receive both Covid Contracts, we will be unable to welcome students back into school, so it is absolutely vital these are both completed. If you have any issues with the contract, please contact us on info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk. Here is the Covid Safety Contract for you to complete:

Student Contract

Parent Contract

Our expectations in terms of uniform remain in place and students will need to be in full school uniform including blazer and lanyard, with appropriate school shoes on the first day back. Rules on jewellery, nails and hair colour have not changed and must be adhered to. Students will also need to have sensible warm, waterproof black outerwear e.g. coat, jacket and/or an umbrella as there will be times when they will be outdoors regardless of the weather.

When students arrive at school on Tuesday 8th at 1:30pm they will enter the school site via the side gate which leads on to the MUGA, not through the usual student entrance. To ensure we maintain the highest levels of hygiene we have installed hand washing facilities at this location and all students will be required to thoroughly wash their hands. Immediately after doing this, students will line up on the MUGA in tutor groups as they would do for a fire drill, maintaining a distance of at least one metre between them and the student in front. This routine will become the new normal and will happen at the start of every day.

Tutors will be there at the start of the first day to welcome students and when the entire form class is lined up they will be escorted to a classroom. During the course of the morning students will be given their timetable and planner, and the school routine will be carefully explained as well as all the measures the school has put in place to ensure the environment is ‘Covid-secure’. Students will be with their tutor group until 3:15pm and then will be escorted to the student gate and dismissed. We will be asking all students to empty their old locker from last year on the first day back, so students need to bring an empty bag with them if they still have belongings in lockers.

To ensure we minimise the risk of any members of our school community contracting Covid19 we have made a number of changes to the school day. Some of these will seem complicated and even frustrating at times but they have all been made to keep everyone safe and they are absolutely necessary. From Wednesday 9th September Year 10 and Year 11 students will have subject days, which means they will focus on one GCSE subject per day. This will allow deep focus to support students at the start of their GCSE journey. Students will be in the same room for the day, which will prevent movement around the school building and enable social distancing to be maintained.

Below are the details of the year 10 school day:

Activity

Time

Details

Entry

9:30am

Students will enter via the MUGA gates for hand washing then line up in tutor group. Subject teachers will call out class list and students will be escorted to period 1.

Please consider the weather when coming to school as students will be standing outside at this point. Bring a suitable black jacket and/or an umbrella.

Period 1

9:30am-10:10am

Period 1 Teacher will escort students to lesson

Period 2

10:10am–11:30am

Hand sanitise at start of lesson.

Period 3

11:30am-1:30pm

Hand sanitise at start of lesson.

Lunch

11:50pm-12:50pm

  • Students will be escorted by subject teacher to the Year 11 lunch zone via the ADT/Food room exit. This zone at the front of The House is the only area students are allowed in during lunchtime.
  • The toilets available to Year 11s during lunch are G32 (beside the staffroom).
  • Students will line up in tutor groups on the upper terrace (picnic table area overlooking the Greek Theatre) and will then be escorted to the MUGA for hand washing and to join the lunch queue.
  • After eating students will return to the Year 11 lunch zone through the doors from the dining room, walking past the school allotments.
  • At the end of lunch students line up in tutor groups on the upper terrace again and will be escorted to their period 4 lesson.

Period 4

1:30pm-2:30pm

Line up on Upper Terrace in tutor groups. Students will be escorted to period 4 by subject teacher.

Period 5

2:30pm-3:40pm

Hand sanitise at start of lesson.

Dismissal

3:40pm

Students escorted to Student Gate and dismissed.

Friday Week A - Finish at 2:30pm - period 4 teacher will escort to the student gate for dismissal.

We will also be asking students to follow specific procedures during the school day to keep everyone safe:

  • We wish all members of our school community to wear a face mask when moving around the building. Students will be asked to remove the mask once inside the classroom and place it in a plastic bag.
  • Lunchtimes will be staggered, and it is vital students stay in their zone and do not mix with any other year groups.
  • Students should maintain the social distancing guideline of 1 metre plus with other students in their class/year group whenever possible. All desks in classrooms will be forward facing to ensure this is possible.
  • Students must maintain the social distancing guideline of 2 metres with staff at all times.
  • At lunchtimes students will not be allowed inside the building unless the weather is particularly bad. Students must bring appropriate clothing and outerwear e.g. black coat/jacket/an umbrella.
  • We would like students to leave the dining room immediately after finishing eating.
  • There will be separate areas for students eating school lunch and those having packed lunch. We don’t want students going through the dining room just to buy a drink so if bringing a packed lunch, students should bring a drink with them.
  • On days when students have PE, they must wear PE kit to school in the morning as there are no changing room facilities. Students must wear their blazer over their PE polo shirt. If wearing a skort or shorts students should wear black jogging bottoms on top of them. If students do not own black jogging bottoms, they can wear their school skirt or school trousers over the skort/shorts.
  • Students will not have lockers this year and so it is very important they all have an appropriate school bag to carry their books and belongings.
  • Students will need to use specific toilets if they need to go during lesson time to avoid mixing with other year groups. For year 10s this will be F42 or G55 (whichever toilet is on the same floor as the lesson). Students in music or PE lessons will use W16. There are signs on the door of all toilets to state how many people are allowed in the toilet at one time and this number must not be exceeded.

Finally, here is the equipment list stating items all students will need when they return to school.

Equipment needed by all students  

Students will be expected to have their OWN equipment in school each day. This is to remove the need to borrow equipment. They should all have:  

  • Alcohol gel/hand sanitiser  
  • Pen, pencil, ruler and eraser  
  • Calculator  
  • Glue stick  
  • Small paper cutting scissors (with rounded safety blades)  
  • Colouring pencils  
  • Warm waterproof outerwear and/or an umbrella
  • A water bottle (that can be re filled at school)  
  • A face mask (not a scarf, bandana or niqab) for use in school communal areas and on public transport.

Obviously it is going to take some time for us all to get used to these new rules and arrangements, but I know how flexible and resilient our students are and I am confident they will adapt to this quickly. I am really looking forward to seeing all Year 11s again on Tuesday 8th September!

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Careless-Pye
Year 11 Student Progress Leader

Exam Anxiety - Supporting at Home 

Please click here for helpful advice on supporting your daughter through her exams. 

A Reminder for all Year 11 Students  

Important Reminder 

All Year 11 students need to regularly check their school e-mails for important information that is sometimes sent to them. 

If they are unsure of their email addresses, please speak to one of the IT Technicians in F15. 

Many thanks 

Ms Brickett 
Exams & Assessment Manager 

College/Sixth Form Lunchtime Assemblies 

We currently have no college/sixth form assemblies scheduled. 

College/Sixth Form Open Days/Evenings 

Please note students are NOT ALLOWED to attend Open Days during the normal school day!

College References 

If you require a college reference you need to hand in your completed application form to Student Services in the morning, before registration.  You will then be able to collect it after school that day. 

Any applications/requests received after break may not be completed until the following day. 

We have to adopt this procedure as hundreds of requests come in each year and they all need to be logged and completed. 

For on-line applications, where a contact e-mail address is requested, you should use the following address: 

info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk

If you have any questions, please see Ms Careless-Pye or Ms Jolliffe. 

Tips for College Interviews  

Tips to make your interview a success are: 

  • Have a conversation.  The most successful applicants are those who are themselves 

  • Ask questions.  Do express your interest in why you want to study the subject(s) you have applied for and the College 

  • Be yourself. Don’t try to answer questions based on what you think your interviewer wants to hear 

  • Prepare.  Find out about the course(s) you’ve applied for.  Find out about the career paths or further study options.  Find out about the College.  Have a look through the website. 

  • Be ready.  Always arrive at least 15 minutes early. 

Chemistry Revision   

Great summary sheets for all Chemistry topics: 

Find these summary sheets for all AQA GCSE Chemistry / Trilogy topics here at  

OR 

I have also saved the relevant sections in Student resources/ Science/ 0 new AQA /Chem revise summary sheets (YouTube) 

Ms Brunas 

Year 11 English Workbooks 

Workbooks for ‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ are available at Student Services at a reduced cost of £4 each. Please see student services before or after school if you would like to purchase these workbooks. 

Ms Schaber 
Head of English Faculty 

Year 11 Geography Revision   

In preparation for the GCSEs, Mr Sterlini has created a revision list for the Year 11 Geography paper which can be found here 

Lunch Money Loans  

The number of students borrowing money for lunch increased dramatically last school year.  Lunch money loans should be for emergency purposes only.  

Walthamstow School for Girls offers a  Top-Up facility via sQuid enabling both students and parents to check balances, top-up lunch money, pay for trips and other sundry items at their own convenience.  

An automatic Top-Up can also be activated ensuring your daughter never runs out of money.  

A reminder to parents/carers that if you wish to pay for your daughter’s school meals by cheque, please make the cheque payable to ‘Olive Dining Ltd’. 

All students have also been given usernames and passwords to enable payments to be made online via our sQuid system. If you would like a reminder of your daughter’s username and password, please contact Student Services. 

Ms Jolliffe 
Student Services 

GCSE PE   

GCSE PE revision guides are for sale from the PA office for £2.50 each.  

Please see Ms Wood or Ms Warren if you would like to buy one. 

PSHE in Year 11  

 

 

 

 


2019-2020 

 

Key Dates for Year 10  2019-20 

Date Event
10 October Early Closure at 14.30 for Open Evening
11 October School Closure for Staff Training
15 October Parent Information Evening
9 December School Closure
10 December Early Closure at 14.30 for Community Party
12 December Christmas Concert
20 December End of Autumn Term, Early Closure at 13.00
6 March International Women's Day
26 March Parents' Evening
8 May Bank Holiday (Friday)
13 May Early Closure at 14.30 for Staff Training
1-26 June Year 10 Exams
22-26 June MFL Oral Exams
10 June Early Closure at 14.30 for Staff Training
29 June - 10 July Work Experience Fortnight
15 July Exam Results Event
17 July End of Summer Term, Early Closure at 13.00

Worried or Anxious? 

Here is a booklet full of information that we hope will help our students and parents/carers during this uncertain time ...

A Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty

A Message from your SPL - 14 July 2020 

14 July 2020

Dear students, parent and carers of Year 10

I hope you had a lovely weekend and you are well? Welcome to Week 12 of online learning, who would have thought that we would have arrived here? We are in the last week of the summer term and edging nearer to that well-deserved summer break.

Please use the summer to relax, see friends and family and have an enjoyable time. But please do remember to follow government guidelines. You need to use this time to recharge and get ready for September and the start of Year 11. School will be organised very differently when we do come back in September so please check your e-mails for details of your return to school date. The week before we return, you will also be asked to complete an electronic home-school agreement before you come back to school so that we are confident that everyone understands the systems and expectations to ensure that everyone is safe so please check your e-mails for this towards the end of the holidays!

If you wish to do a little work, please use the time to do revision. Use GCSEPod to go over topics already covered and to check understanding and to get your notes in place for year 11.

Remember to keep the momentum going with your work right until the end of the summer term! Complete and submit all your assignments by Friday and use the summer break to catch up and revise so you are up to date and ready for the next academic year. If you have any general school issues or you are having problems with Teams, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  

Most of you have now received a personalised phone call from your tutor. We want ALL of you to have had a positive conversation before the end of the school year so you should have the opportunity to speak to your tutor this week if you have not done so already. 

Here is the link for this week’s full VTALK ScheduleI encourage you to join a particularly interesting talk on Wednesday at 10am when Paralympian Anna Turney will be reflecting on her own journey and sharing life lessons with young people including the importance of goal setting, working hard and developing resilience.

I hope you all have a fantastic summer break and get the opportunity to meet up with friends and family and enjoy your holiday. I can't wait to see you all again in September to start Year 11 and your GCSEs!

Have a great last week and I will catch up with you all during tutor time on Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Stay well see you all in September

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 6 July 2020 

6 July 2020

Dear Year 10  students, parents and carers

Welcome to week 11 of online learning, we have two weeks of this school year left, let’s make sure we finish on a high note with all work completed. The next two weeks are going to see more of you in school for longer, getting to spend time in your options subjects and getting time with those teachers. We have had a very successful 3 weeks in your core subjects, with lots of happy faces leaving. I hope to see more of you in person. 

Saturday 4 July saw the easing of many lockdown restrictions and I hope you all remained safe and alert whilst enjoying the return to a slightly more normal way of life. Social distancing has now become part of daily life for us all but the re-opening of many restaurants, cinemas, theme parks and hairdressers will hopefully provide more opportunities for us to venture out and enjoy ourselves!! I hope you all managed to have a wonderful weekend, maybe getting your hair cut or having a milkshake with friends. We had more freedom to see family and friends from Saturday, keeping a
1 metre plus distance at all times of course. I know many of you have been finding lockdown difficult over the past couple of weeks and so hopefully the relaxation of the restrictions will allow you to have a bit more fun! 

Here is this week’s Speakers for Schools programme.  Please do sign up to watch some of these inspiring virtual talks if you get the chance. 

Upcoming Vtalks - Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools are excited to present our weekly VTalks schedule! This schedule will be updated weekly and talks will be targeted to different age groups and is accessible via the links below. To view anonymously, click the on Vtalk link in the schedule below and select: (Watch on the web instead > Join anonymously). Watch how to join the VTALK

www.speakersforschools.org

Remember we are here to support you if you need us. We only want you to spend one hour completing your work for each subject. If you have any questions about your assignments, please post a message on the chat to your teacher who will get back to you when they can. 

It is really important to us that you have the opportunity to stay connected with school, your tutor and your friends, which is why we have Tutor Time every Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. In addition to this you will all receive a call from your form tutor over the final few weeks of term to check how you are, how you have coped with lockdown, and have a chat about what you may have planned for the summer holidays. Your tutor will contact your parent or carer and request to speak to you, so I really hope you enjoy these conversations and the chance to catch up with your form tutor. 

I hope you all have a great week, please keep up the fantastic work!

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 29 June 202029 June 2020

Dear Students, parent/carers of Year 10

Welcome to week 10 of online learning, I hope you are all well and had a lovely weekend. I would like to say well done to you all for working so hard and showing real independence and resilience. It was wonderful to see so many of you in school for Maths last week, all leaving with big smiles. This week we have Science. Please remember to bring your CALCULATOR. We are making plans for the final two weeks of school and Ms Kennedy will be writing to you and your families later this week to update you once our plans are finalised.

Saturday 4th July sees the easing of many lockdown restrictions and I hope you will all remain safe and alert whilst enjoying the return to a slightly more normal way of life. Social distancing has now become part of daily life for us all but the re-opening of many restaurants, cinemas, theme parks and hairdressers will hopefully provide more opportunities for us to venture out, enjoy ourselves!! We will have more freedom to see family and friends from Saturday and will be able to spend time indoors or outdoors with people, keeping a 1 metre plus distance at all times of course. I know many of you have been finding lockdown difficult over the past couple of weeks and so hopefully the relaxation of the restrictions will allow you to have a bit more fun! 

The Speakers for Schools programme this week includes talks from Mark Maciver, the barber responsible for styling the hair of Stormzy and Anthony Joshua, authors Marlon James and Ekow Eshun, and an event celebrating women in engineering who work for Thames Water. Please do sign up to watch some of these inspiring virtual talks if you get the chance.

Upcoming Vtalks - Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools are excited to present our weekly VTalks schedule! This schedule will be updated weekly and talks will be targeted to different age groups and is accessible via the links below. To view anonymously, click the on Vtalk link in the schedule below and select: (Watch on the web instead > Join anonymously). Watch how to join the VTALK

www.speakersforschools.org

Remember we are here to support you if you need us. We only want you to spend one hour completing your work for each subject. If you have any questions about your assignments, please post a message on the chat to your teacher who will get back to you when they can. 

It is really important to us that you have the opportunity to stay connected with school, your tutor and your friends which is why we have Tutor Time every Wednesday and Friday at
1:30 p.m.  In addition to this you will all receive a call from your form tutor over the final few weeks of term to check how you are, how you have coped with lockdown, and have a chat about what you may have planned for the summer holidays. Your tutor will contact your parent or carer and request to speak to you, so I really hope you enjoy these conversations and the chance to catch up with your form tutor. 

I hope you all have a great week, please keep up the fantastic work!

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 22 June 2020 

22 June 2020

Dear Year 10 students, parents and carers

I hope you had a lovely weekend, welcome to week nine of online learning. I'm so impressed with the way you are independently managing your learning and completing your assignments. We understand it can be difficult to stay motivated after many weeks away from school but I'm very proud of your hard work. 

It was so lovely to see so many of you in school last week, it feels like a very long time since everyone was in green and in school. Even though school wasn't quite the same and we had a new way of working, the students on site all left with smiles and a sense of achievement. I look forward to seeing more student this week for Maths week. Can you all please remember to bring your CALCULATORS.

We are always here to support you if you need us, whether that is to complete your work or to discuss your wellbeing. Although the lockdown is easing and we can start to interact more with family and friends, we fully appreciate this is still a very difficult time and we understand you may need some guidance. Please post a message on the Team chat if you need any help from your subject teacher to complete your assignments. If you feel you are struggling with any aspect of your mental wellbeing please email info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk and we will contact you to offer support.

The Government announced last week that they want all students in all schools to return in September. It seems a very long way off, but I am looking forward to welcoming you back after the summer holidays. The Government also announced a £1 billion catch up package which will go to schools in England to help with extra resources and tutoring so that no students fall behind. I know many of you are concerned about the time that you have missed, and the impact this may have on your future education, but we will do everything we can to ensure that you are fully prepared for your GCSEs. The Middle Leaders in school have begun planning for September, to ensure that we can cover all the work that we would have covered in normal times: it will be a year of hard work and focus from everyone!

Here is the Speakers for School schedule this week VTALK Schedule  Speakers include a top celebrity hair stylist, an Oscar nominated writer and director, and the UK/EU General Manager of TikTok. Please consider taking the time to watch some of these if you can. The WOW Global 24 Online Festival is taking place this weekend. WOW is 'Women of the World', a charity working to build a global movement celebrating women and girls, exploring obstacles they face and discussing solutions for change. The worldwide online festival this weekend has been created in response to the deprivation and inequalities brought about and exacerbated by Covid 19.

The WOW Foundation – Women of the World

The WOW Foundation. The WOW Foundation is a charity working to build a global movement celebrating women and girls, taking a frank look at the obstacles they face and discussing solutions for change. Its WOW Festivals and events take place year-round across around the world.

thewowfoundation.com

I hope you have a great week and enjoy the beautiful weather we are going to have. I will catch up with you all at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday for our weekly Tutor Time. 

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 15 June 2020 

15 June 2020

Dear Year 10 students, parents and carers

I hope you and your families are well? I hope you had a nice, restful weekend enjoying the sunshine. I also hope that the easing of some of the lockdown rules today will allow many of you to start seeing extended family and friends again, even if it is outdoors and at a distance. Welcome back to school to a new exciting week of learning. This week is the 1st week since March that we will be seeing each other in person and entering the school. 

A few things before tomorrow - everyone needs to have filled in the forms sent out. Parents/carers have one form and students you have another to complete. If we haven't received these, you won't be allowed to enter school and will be sent home. You need to have watched the YouTube video made by Mr Shackson. This is very useful and shows all the new changes to expect. Please arrive on time, at the specified time on your personalised schedule. If you are late you won't be allowed in. REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR WATER BOTTLE AND SNACK (all water fountains are turned off). 

When you are not in school for your session you are still expected to complete your assignments via TEAMS. Please make sure that you log in on Monday morning at 10 a.m. to see assignments that have been set for the week. Make sure that they are completed and submitted on Friday. If students are having issue with work, please speak to staff via Teams. Work from the on-site sessions will be posted after they have taken place, for those of you not able to join us in school this week.

If there are other issues with illness, or personal circumstances could you please email info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk. If we were expecting you in school and you are unable to attend, please ask your parent/carer to contact the school to let us know.

Work for each subject should take 1 hour. Once completed submit straight away so you can tick it off the list. Making yourself a timetable with allocated times for each of your 7 subjects, exercise and extra activities makes it easier to stay motivated.

Please remember to make time to spend with family and friends, in person or via phone, face time, zoom. Do some physical activity, walk, run - yoga this has been proven to increase concentration and motivation levels - and try and do something you really enjoy, read a book, paint, draw, listen to music.

Have a lovely week

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

 

A Message to Students about Returning to School 

10 June 2020

Dear Year 10 Students,

As you will be aware, secondary schools have been asked to open to Year 10 students, offering some form of 'face-to-face' time, from June 15th. We have been considering a number of possible models for our students and would now like to share with you our plan to work with Year 10 students face-to-face from next week. I have e-mailed your parents/ carers today also, so please encourage them to check their e-mails as they need to complete a form to let us know if you will be attending face-to-face sessions.

IN ORDER TO ATTEND, YOU MUST COMPLETE THIS AGREEMENT AND YOUR PARENTS MUST COMPLETE THE AGREEMENT SENT TO THEM BY E-MAIL

Year 10 Plan

Our plan is based on what we think we can structure clearly and so manage safely for staff and students as well as what will be of most benefit to you.

In summary, students will be timetabled to come into school for one morning (a 3-hour session) each week, which initially will focus on one core subject. So, for instance, all Year 10 students will have a 3-hour English Lesson in week one, a 3-hour maths lesson in week two and a 3-hour Science lesson in week three.

How will students be managed on site to ensure their safety?

  •  45 students are allocated to attend school each day (Tuesday-Friday). This is 25% of the year group each day as set out by the Government.
  • Each teaching group will have a staggered entry time and will be entering through the Muga Gate (playground gate) and entrance (met by a member of the Leadership Team).
  • Students will be asked to wait, spaced in the Muga, until their entry time is called (they should arrive 5 minutes before their entry time)
  • Students who are late will not be admitted to the session.
  • Students will be directed to their designated toilet to wash hands and then on to their teaching room. 
  • The rooms have been set up to ensure social distancing and students will be allocated a desk on entry by their teacher. 
  • Students will remain in these seats for the session. 
  • The groups will have a staggered break where a member of the Leadership Team will relieve the teacher for 10 minutes and students can eat a snack/ have a drink in their seat and can talk to each other from their seats.
  • Students will be allowed to go, one at a time, to their designated toilet during their break-time only.
  • Students will be dismissed from their teaching session on a staggered system 3 hours after their entry time, at the end of the session.

The advantages of this plan are:

  • we have 4 groups of a maximum of 14 students in a group, working in 4 large English rooms (i.e. one central area) and so can minimise movement on corridors and can maintain the building ensuring thorough cleaning of areas that have been used at the end of each day.
  • movement is minimal and so again reduces any risks.
  • we would require small staff numbers each week (4 teachers per day plus supporting Leadership Team and support staff); a safety briefing can be held at the beginning of each week for the relevant staff, so all are confident about protocols for managing students safely. 
  • the face-to-face time with curriculum teachers will support students and allow for discussion of any areas of concern for them.
  • teachers can set future work; provide input into future learning; distribute resources.

Following the 3 weeks of core teaching, we will have 2 remaining weeks of school. We will be reviewing the core teaching sessions before committing to plans for the final two weeks of term.

What next?

It is our hope that parents/ carers will feel confident with our plans and that the majority of you will be able to attend the taught sessions as, apart from anything, being in the school environment again for a short time will be good for us all! Work will continue to be set for the other subjects through the week and you will be expected to complete this when you are not in school. For those students unable to attend, you should continue with the set work however the work in taught sessions will particularly focus on activities that have not been as possible through remote teaching.

  • We need all parents/carers to complete the form in their e-mail to let us know if you are planning to attend. 
  • Within this form are some basic safety guidelines that we will need all students to agree to and so we would also like your agreement in order to assure everyone's safety.
  • There is also a form below that sets out the expectations and rules that you will need to complete.
  • Individual Personalised Schedules will be e-mailed to students and parent/ carers on Friday. The schedule sets out which day of the week they are to attend (this will be the same day each week) and their allocated entry time/ classroom/ designated toilet for the session.
  • You will not be allowed entry if you have not completed the on-line agreement forms.

Please watch this video to be clear about where to come into school and what to do when you arrive:

Kind regards

Ms Kennedy
Deputy Headteacher (Key Stage 4) / Interim Associate Headteacher

A Message from your SPL - 8 June 2020 

8 June 2020

Dear year 10 students, parents and carers,  

I hope you and your family are well and had a good week? Firstly, I want to say congratulations on your efforts last week completing your online learning, you are all doing incredibly well at this difficult time. 

We have been confined for many weeks but the last few have been particularly difficult following the killing of George Floyd, making things even more emotional and upsetting. Protests have been taking place in London, across the UK, and all around the world. The key message of these protests is that racism in all its forms must end. We all have a part to play in helping towards a more equal world.

While the events that have played out on the nightly news since the death of George Floyd, and the subsequent violent response by some has been scary, in so many ways they have been inspiring. Never before in my life have I seen such a mass movement of people over a single issue: Racial Justice. All over the world people marched to show their leaders that they would not support violence, brutality or discrimination because of the colour of someone’s skin.

In our school, Equal Opportunities and Diversity are key, and we aim to inspire a genuine respect for all members of our multi-cultural, multi-faith community. We ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with the respect they are entitled to. 

We have been working hard on plans to have some face-to-face time with you and hope to be starting this next week. Ms Kennedy will be e-mailing you and your families later this week to give you the details of this and it is important that you complete the forms that you are sent in order that you can be given an invitation to attend school. We are very excited at the prospect of seeing you face-to-face, even though it will be in a very different manner from normal school: in order that this is successful it is essential that you read and follow all of the rules set out, so that we can all remain safe.

As I tell you every week, please remember to do something you enjoy every day. You could phone a family member or a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while, go for a walk, go for a bike ride, watch a film, watch an episode of your favourite series, listen to music, play an instrument, play a game with your family, draw, paint, bake, craft, knit, complete a workout or do some yoga. These are activities that will make your day more ‘normal’ and make you feel more positive.  

There have still been a few issues regarding assignment submissions and so I am attaching a document to help you, and your parents and carers fully understand this process. It shows screenshots of exactly how to complete assignments, upload documents and 'hand in' your work using O365 Teams. It will also hopefully make it clear for your parents and carers how to check if you have completed work for each subject.

Finally, here is the schedule for the Speakers for Schools talks over the next few days. VTALK ScheduleThis week includes virtual talks from a diversity campaigner, a television and radio presenter, a vocal coach to the stars, an economist and a film director. 

Thank you to those of you who completed the Online Learning Survey last week, we will be analysing the results and using these to improve your online experience further. I hope you all have a fantastic week and look forward to catching up with you at tutor time on Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Take care

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10


Dear all,

There have still been a few issues regarding assignment submissions and so I am attaching below a document to help you, and your parents and carers to fully understand this process. It shows screenshots of exactly how to complete assignments, upload documents and 'hand in' your work using O365 Teams. It will also hopefully make it clear for your parents and carers how to check if you have completed work for each subject.

Take care, Ms Careless-Pye

How to check if assignments have been handed in

A Message from your SPL - 1 June 2020 

1 June 2020

Dear Year 10 Parents and Carers, 

You may well have seen the recent government announcement about secondary schools being asked to provide some face-to-face provision for students in Year 10 from June 15th . The government has made it clear that secondary school opening is a very complex issue and that there are a number of challenges, including concerns around travel and the sociability of teenage students outside of school. To help manage the risks, schools have been asked to plan around keeping the numbers of Year 10 students in the building at any one time to at or below 25% of the cohort and to only plan for limited face-to-face activity. 

We are currently considering a range of models to ensure that what we offer is both safe and purposeful for Year 10 students at this important stage of their education. In line with the guidance from the Department of Education, any structured group sessions will take place in “bubble groups”. Each “bubble group” will comprise a maximum of 15 students to minimise additional contacts outside of the home. The school day will be organised to ensure social distancing and narrow the number of students and staff in contact with each other. There will be rules in place to help promote social distancing which we will expect all students to follow and we would ask for your support in ensuring this is the case. 

We are now working on planning the provision for Year 10 to begin no sooner than 15th June: our plans will remain cautious, and will depend upon the following factors:

  • Decisions made at a national level
  • Local and national infection rates
  • The approval of plans by the school governors and Local Authority in the week beginning 8th June

When your child is invited to join the in-school provision, no sooner than 15th June, you will receive an e-mail informing you of this, by the Friday prior to opening to Year 10 students. The letter will provide you with details of what this involves and a copy of a new home/school agreement that you will be asked to read and sign that relates to social distancing and staying safe in school. We would also like to reassure parents in shielding families that all of the work that is essential for the progress of students will continue to be delivered by TEAMS and that this will remain the main learning platform for all students at this time​. 

Kind regards

Ms Kennedy
Deputy Headteacher

A Message from your SPL - 1 June 2020 

1 June 2020

Dear Year 10 students, parents and carers

I hope you and your families are well? I hope you had a nice, restful half term break and you had the chance to enjoy the sunshine. I also hope that the easing of some of the lockdown rules today will allow many of you to start seeing extended family and friends again, even if it is outdoors and at a distance. Welcome back to school, I hope you are feeling rested and ready to continue your online learning for the remainder of this term.

Please make sure that students log in on Monday morning at 10 a.m. to see assignments that have been set for the week. Make sure that they are completed and submitted on Friday. If students are having issue with work, please speak to staff via Teams. 

Tutor time will still be on Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m., students must log on to Teams, SPL- F Careless-Pye, tutor group and say Hi. This is compulsory and all students must log on. 

If there are other issues with illness, or personal circumstances could you please email info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk.

Work for each subject should take 1 hour. Once completed submit straight away so you can tick it off the list. Making yourself a timetable with allocated times for each of your 7 subjects, exercise and extra activities makes it easier to stay motivated.

I know many of you are keen to get back to WSFG and will have seen the news that the Government have said that secondary schools can make plans for Year 10 students to have 'face-to-face' time in their schools from June 15th but we are waiting for further guidance, talking with other local schools and planning with staff.  We are making plans to ensure that the school is safe for students and staff when we do return -but any time we have with you in school this term will be a very different format to our normal school days: we are looking at how you would be able to have some time with your teachers before the summer holidays. Please check your e-mails regularly as we will of course keep you posted on any updated plans.

Remember that you can watch BBC iPlayer, All4 and other streaming services for great documentaries on lots of topic areas. Use this time to research something that you are passionate about, learn a new skill, set yourself an exercise target e.g. Couch to 5k

Here is the link to the Speakers for Schools programme this week, the virtual talks include top tips and advice for future careers and speeches from the Chair of the British Science Association and a top Sports Marketing Executive VTALK Schedule

Upcoming Vtalks - Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools are excited to present our weekly VTalks schedule! This schedule will be updated weekly and talks will be targeted to different age groups and is accessible via the links below. To view anonymously, click the on Vtalk link in the schedule below and select: (Watch on the web instead > Join anonymously). View tips on participating in the Vtalk live stream

www.speakersforschools.org


Here is the link again for the online survey about remote learning, as there were some issues with Office 365 Forms before half term. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Friday 5th June so we can look at ways to further improve your online learning experience. 

Have a lovely week, stay safe

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 18 May 2020 

18 May 2020

Dear Year 10 students, parents and carers, 

I hope you and your families are well and you enjoyed the lovely weather this weekend. Welcome to week five of online learning, I hope you are now feeling more confident using Teams and GCSEPod. I am still extremely proud of the way you are dealing with online learning and how hard you are working. Our message remains the same and you can only do what you can with the resources and abilities available to you.  

We recommend you spend approximately three hours a day on schoolwork with one hour on each subject. Please try not to worry about your work and remember staff are here to support you. Many of you have contacted me saying you are feeling a bit overwhelmed and unmotivated. I find sticking to a routine really helps with motivation and managing stress. I suggest that you make a timetable that you can stick to with breaks and time for other activities. 

Simple steps to getting it right:

  • on Monday morning, log on and write down each subject and the work that has been set for you.
  • remember that most of the work can be completed on paper and a photo be submitted.
  • if you need to use a device to do a piece of work, do this straight away so that its completed and others can use the device.
  • set a timetable, two subjects a day.
  • once you have completed the task, submit the work straight away and tick/cross off your list.

Here is an example of a simple timetable you may wish to use. You can of course change the times and the subjects you do each day.

Day

10:00-11:00

11:30-12:30

1:30-1:45

1:45-2:45

Monday

Making week plan

English

Reading

Option

Tuesday

Maths

Option

Exercise

Revision

Wednesday

Science

Family time

Tutor time

Revision

Thursday

Option

Revision

Exercise

Family time

Friday

Catch up time

Catch up time

Tutor time

Work submission

If you have subject specific questions or need any help with your assignments, please use the Teams chat to ask your teacher. If you have any general school issues, ​are not well or you are having problems with Teams or GCSEPod, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  We want you to feel supported and we will do whatever we can to help you at this difficult time.

Remember if you are wanting to extend learning but in a less formal way – I suggest that you look at documentaries on BBC iPlayer, All 4, Ted Talks on YouTube, reviewing work that you have already covered​. It's also a great time to be making your revision cards ​and mind maps. But please be assured that we are preparing for your return and we are ready to make sure that you will be fully ready for your GCSE exams in June 2021.

We also have access to Speakers for Schools, please see this week’s schedule below and how to access them.

WEEK STARTING MONDAY 18th MAY 2020

DATE

SPEAKER

INFO

Mon 18th May 10 a.m.

Add to calendar

Aleida Rios, Group Head of Engineering, BP.

 

Why choose Engineering as a career? John, a graduate who works at BP, interviews BP's Group Head of Engineering, Aleida Rios on how she got into Engineering and how students can build a career they enjoy.

Mon 18th May p.m.

Add to calendar

Penguin VTalk Featuring: Malcolm Gladwell, journalist, author, and public speaker

How to Talk to Strangers

Author of five international bestsellers, Malcolm Gladwell, joins academic and author of Don’t Touch My Hair, Emma Dabiri, to discuss the consequences of miscommunication, how to interview others and the art of storytelling.

Tues 19th May 10 a.m.

Add to calendar

Robert Peston, Political Editor, ITV

Join Robert Peston, Political Editor, ITV and Founder, Speakers for Schools in his very own Virtual Talk!

Tues 19th May p.m.

Add to calendar

Kathrina Mannion, Director of Environmental Policy, BP

Kathrina will discuss her career and current role in Environment and Policy. She will also discuss her motivations and career progressions. Kathrina used to be a Senior Advisor for the government so has a really interesting career story.

Wed 20th May 10 a.m.

Add to calendar

Dr. Maria Faraone, Director of the RIBA Studio, Royal Institution of British Architects

What does an Architect do? Dr Maria Faraone will explore with students more about the career, what it might entail and how students can pursue the career.

Wed 20th May p.m.

Add to calendar

David Dein, Former Chairman of Arsenal and the Football Association

David's presentation is aimed at 15-18 year olds and features the phenomenal success of the Premier League since its inception. David will also impart inspirational messages about how to be successful.

Thu 21st May p.m.

Add to calendar

Peter Mather, Group Regional Vice President, Europe & Head of Country, UK, BP

Carbon emissions need to fall fast to meet the Paris climate goals. At the same time, the global population continues to grow – and demand more energy. By 2040, another 2 billion people are expected to be in the world, while energy demand is projected to rise by around a third, equivalent to adding another new China and EU’s worth of energy demand on top of what’s required today. How can we tackle this dual challenge?

Fri 22nd May 10 a.m.

Add to calendar

Tom Dore, Head of Education, British E-Sports Association

Tom's session will talk about the transferable skills that can be gained from playing e-sports, Tom's session will aim to demystify the
e-sports sector and let students know about the opportunities that exist.

HOW TO JOIN THE VTALKS

  • Join 10 minutes before the VTALK to be ready
  • You can join without needing an account – Watch how here
  • For full speaker descriptions visit the VTALK Schedule here

VTALK LIBRARY & MORE

Remember to do something you enjoy every day if you possibly can. You could phone a family member or a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while, go for a walk, go for a bike ride, watch a film, watch an episode of your favourite series, listen to music, play an instrument, play a game with your family, draw, paint, bake, craft, knit, complete a workout or do some yoga. These are activities that will make your day more ‘normal’ and make you feel more positive.  

Please remember our Tutor Time on Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. which gives you the opportunity to catch up with your tutor and stay connected with friends within your form class.

Hope you have a lovely week and stay safe,

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 11 May 2020 

11 May 2020

Dear Year 10 students, parents and carers, 

I hope you and your families are well and you enjoyed the bank holiday weekend. Welcome to week four of online learning, I hope you are now feeling more confident using GCSEPod and Teams. I am still extremely proud of the way you are dealing with online learning and how hard you are working. Our message remains the same and you can only do what you can with the resources and abilities available to you. 

We recommend you spend approximately three hours a day on schoolwork with one hour on each subject. Please try not to worry about your work and remember staff are here to support you. Many of you have contacted me saying you are feeling a bit overwhelmed and unmotivated. I find sticking to a routine really helps with motivation and managing stress. I suggest that you make a timetable that you can stick to with breaks and time for other activities. 

Here is an example of a simple timetable you may wish to use. You can of course change the times and the subjects you do each day. 

Day

10-11

11:30-12:30

1:30-1:45

1:45-2:45

Monday

Making a plan for the week

English

Reading

Option

Tuesday

Maths

Option

Exercise

Revision

Wednesday

Science

Family time

Tutor time

Revision

Thursday

Option

Revision

Exercise

Family time

Friday

Catch up time

Catch up time

Tutor time

Work submission

If you have subject specific questions or need any help with your assignments, please use the Team chat to ask your teacher. If you have any general school issues or you are having problems with Teams or GCSEPod please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  We want you to feel supported and we will do whatever we can to help you at this difficult time.  

Remember if you are wanting to extend learning but in a less formal way, may I suggest that you look at documentaries on BBC iPlayer, All 4. Ted Talks on YouTube, reviewing work that you have already covered, great time to be making your revision cards, mind maps. But please be assured that we are preparing for your return and we are ready to make sure that you will be fully ready for your GCSE exams in June 2021.

Remember to do something you enjoy every day if you possibly can. You could phone a family member or a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while, go for a walk, go for a bike ride, watch a film, watch an episode of your favourite series, listen to music, play an instrument, play a game with your family, draw, paint, bake, craft, knit, complete a workout or do some yoga. These are activities that will make your day more ‘normal’ and make you feel more positive.  

Please remember our Tutor Time on Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. which gives you the opportunity to catch up with your tutor and stay connected with friends within your form class.

Hope you have a lovely week and stay safe,

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 4 May 2020 

4 May 2020

Message for year 10 students, parents and carers

Dear Year 10 students, parents and carers, 

I hope you are all well and had a restful weekend? 

Welcome to week three of online learning. I hope you are now feeling more confident using Teams and GCSEPod, but that you are still ensuring you balance work with rest. I am extremely proud of how well you have adapted to this way of learning and how hard you are all working. Let me remind you that we would like you to spend no more than three hours completing schoolwork each day and approximately one hour on each subject. 

If you are wanting to extend learning but in a less formal way, may I suggest that you look at documentaries on BBC iPlayer, All 4, Ted talks on YouTube, or spend time reviewing work that you have already covered – this is a great time to be making your revision cards and mind maps. But please be assured that we are preparing for your return and we are ready to make sure that you will be fully ready for your GCSE exams in June 2021.

It remains vitally important that you do not worry about your work or get anxious about your assignments. Staff are here to support you so please post a message on your subject Team if you need any help or guidance from your teacher and we will get back to you when we can. If you have any general issues with Teams or GCSEPod please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk 

I hope you enjoyed your Tutor Time last week and the opportunity to reconnect with your Form Tutor and members of your form class. It was lovely to see the supportive messages you were sending each other and to hear about the things you are most excited to do after confinement. Tutor Time will be every Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. so please make sure you log in to the
SPL - F CARELESS PYE Team and then your Tutor Team and give your Form Tutor’s first post a “Hello” when they say Hello. There will be no Tutor Time on Friday 8th May as this is a Bank Holiday. 

Although I think that phone calls and ‘real’ conversations are the best ways to talk to those we care about, I’m aware that many of you will be using social media to communicate with friends and family. Please remember to be kind when using any form of social media and that your message may have a significant impact on someone and their mental wellbeing. We all have times when we find the current restrictions difficult to cope with, but please continue to follow the online communication guidelines and expectations that we have always had as a school and be respectful to others.  

Please spend time doing activities that make you feel happy and positive every day whether that be physical exercise, going for a walk, drawing, talking to friends, playing games with your family, watching a film or listening to music.  These are the things that keep us that keep us going and make our lives feel slightly more ‘normal’.  I am attaching a document Ms Robinson sent me with links to some challenge ideas that you may wish to try over the next couple of weeks if you have the time.

I hope you all have a good week. Please take care of yourselves and your family and I hope to see you soon.  

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL re Tutor Time - 29 April 2020 

29 April 2020

Message for Year 10 Students, Parents and Carers:

Dear students, parents and carers,

Here are some further explanations and a useful FAQ document to help you with Teams.

Students at 1.30 p.m. today will need to log in to Teams and go to their Tutor Room in their SPL folder to be registered by their tutors and access their tutor time activity. 

They will be expected to log on to Teams at 1.30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays every week so they can be registered with their form tutors and catch up with their classmates.

All students MUST check-in with a HELLO in the chat box for a compulsory registration.

They need to:

1. log into Teams 
2. click on SPL- FCARELESS-PYE
3. click on their tutor room (W, S, F, G, C or H)
4. register with a HELLO in the chat box when their tutor(s) say hello

Now if they still don't see the Teams, it means Teams and O356 are not synchronised on their computer / device.

Therefore, they need to:

1. sign out from Teams and O365 
2. close their browser and Teams
3. sign in again

I hope this is clear. Take care and stay safe.

Kind regards

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message About Work Experience and Careers - 28 April 2020 

28 April 2020

Dear Year 10 Students, Parents and Carers,

I very much hope that this email finds you well and healthy. I have been so proud to see all of the work that has been taking place online and how our students are building on and drawing on their independence, resilience and energy.

I'd like to talk briefly about two important areas for Year 10; Work Experience and Careers.

Work Experience

Well done to all of you who have worked so hard to secure placements. Of course, we couldn't foresee any of this happening! I have spoken to the Leadership Team about work experience and we very much want to try and give you the opportunity if possible. 

We will definitely not be able to complete Work Experience this summer. If school does return, we want you to have the time to catch up with your work and to get into the best possible position for
Year 11. 

We are likely to postpone your Work Experience until a bit later in Year 11 and will let you know what this will look like nearer the time. I will be sending your placements an email to let them know this but please do also get in touch with them to let them know.

Please also remember that we are doing our best, but there are no guarantees at the moment!

Careers

This is a fantastic time and opportunity to start to research your Post-16 options. Remember that you can log on to your Start profile and find lots of information and activities on post-16 options, universities, careers and skills. 

If you are a student: remember to register your school email so that you can resent your passwords. 

If you are a parent/carer: you can register following the instructions here and access lots of careers related information and activities. 

I hope this is helpful. Remember that knowledge is power. Be curious and explore your options. The more you know, the better the decisions you will make for your future.

Look after yourselves both mentally and physically. You are a wonderful Year Group and I know that you will make the absolute best of this situation.

All the best

Ms Philippou
Assistant Headteacher

A Message from your SPL - 24 April 2020 

24 April 2020

Message for Year 10 Students, Parents and Carers:

Dear students, parents and carers,

I hope you and your family are well and successfully managing the new online way of learning that we started this week.

I would like to say how fantastically you are adapting to the new way of learning. We are all on a steep learning curve, getting our heads around this new normal. If you are having issues with the online platform, please let me know by emailing info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk. I know that Mr Shackson has sent out some more tips on how to use the Team app on your mobile phones. 

As you know we are expecting you to upload your work for each subject by 3:30 p.m. on Friday in Assignments so we can see you have completed it. Staff will contact you if you have not completed your work as we do not want you to fall behind in your learning and parents will also be contacted so they are aware if you are falling behind. We would also appreciate parents letting us know if their daughter is unwell and cannot complete work or cannot complete work for any other reason so that we know all students are safe. Students can e-mail me or their tutor if they are not managing the work expectations - we really want to know most of all that you are keeping safe. We realise that the workload this week has been difficult for some of you to manage and teachers are also looking to adjust this to ensure that it is manageable. Do e-mail your teacher, tutor or me if you are struggling with the work.

We are all living through times that we have never seen and need to take time to relax and enjoy family time. This can only be achieved through a good work/life balance. 

Please try not to get stressed and anxious about schoolwork, do the best you can with the resources and abilities you have. Your teachers are here to support you so please ask if you need any help or guidance with the work that is set for you. You can do this via the chat feature in Teams. To make the workload and pressure less, we have made the decision to cancel the Year 10 Mock Exams. 

So as to keep in touch with school on a regular basis, we will be having tutor time, via Teams, twice a week, starting week commencing 27th April. Tutor time will be on Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. for 10 minutes. THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL FOR STUDENTS.

Ms Philippou will be contacting you next week about work experience and careers advice.

It is very important you take care of your physical and mental health at this time.  Here are some ideas that can help with this:

  • PE with Joe Wicks (or any of the activities your PE teachers have suggested)
  • Meditation there are loads of free apps and sessions on YouTube.
  • Approximately 3 hours of schoolwork throughout the day
  • Get some fresh air - the weather is beautiful at the moment so please try to enjoy it
  • Read a book or watch a movie
  • Talk/FaceTime/Skype/WhatsApp to friends and relatives to support each other

Then here are some other ideas and projects you could try:

  • Paint or draw (I'm enjoying colouring in the sunshine)
  • Make something out of things you would usually throw away
  • Bake 
  • Read a book 
  • Keep a diary, write a story/poem
  • Play cards with your family
  • Clear out your bedroom and make a charity box to donate when we return to school
  • Do some crosswords or word/number games
  • Play board games with your family. If you don't have any, you can make lots or adapt them. Google “how to make board games at home”.
  • Do a jigsaw

It is really important that you make yourself a routine that works for you. This will help you stay focused on work and really enjoy the fun time. 

Things to remember 

  1. Year 10 Mock Exams are cancelled
  2. Spend 3 Hours a day on schoolwork - no more than that
  3. Tutor time Wednesday and Friday 1:30 p.m. MUST BE ATTENDED BY ALL STUDENTS
  4. Take time to relax
  5. Do daily exercise

This is a time when we are being asked to stay our distance from each other, but we are all here for each other. We are just communicating in a new way.

Stay safe and look after those you care about and for those celebrating Ramadan in these challenging times, Ramadan Mubarak.

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 1 April 2020 

Dear Year 10

I am now back from maternity leave and here to help you.  If you have any issues or questions, please send me a message.  I would like to thank Ms Wood for doing a great job in my absence.

Since school has been shut you have been working on Teams, this will continue.

Things to remember

  • Please make sure that you are logging in and completing work set every day.
  • Please put a ‘like’ emoji in the lesson chat, so that teachers know you have seen the work and know what you are doing.

There will also be work set through GCSEPod.  You will need to submit assignments that have been set, so we can see that you are on track. 

Things to remember 

  • If you have forgotten your log-in details, your teachers and form tutor can help you with this.
  • We will be monitoring those accessing work and if we have any concerns, we will be contacting parents/carers.
  • We are setting this work so that you don't fall behind in your studies (all students across the country are working online).

Please remember to stay safe and stay home. When you do go out for your daily exercise, please remember to stay 2 metres apart and don't meet up with friends. 

Over the coming weeks I will be setting little challenges that we all can try and join in with. 

Stay safe 

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

Parent Information Evening - Tuesday 15th October 2019 

On Tuesday 15th October we will be holding a Year 10 Parents Information Evening in the Hewett Hall.  The doors will open at 5:45 pm for a prompt 6:00 pm start.  The aim of this Information Evening is to provide you with details on key events your daughter will need to prepare for this year including:

  • New GCSE curriculum/Measuring progress
  • GCSE Expectations and Revision techniques (English, Maths and Science)
  • E-Safety awareness for KS4 students
  • Work Experience

We would like all students to be supported at this meeting by an adult and so no student will be allowed to attend without a parent or carer present.  The event will finish at approximately 7:00 pm.

If you have any further questions regarding the Year 10 Parent Information Evening please do not hesitate to contact Ms Kennedy, Deputy Headteacher responsible for Key Stage 4 or Mrs Jean-Baptiste, Year 10 Student Progress Leader.

Ms L Wood
Year 10 Student Progress Leader

If you were unable to attend, the information given can be found here

Key Stage 4 Book Deposits - important information!
 

On Tuesday morning all students who have paid a book deposit will be issued with a receipt.

You must keep this card in your conduct card wallet so that teachers can issue you your books.

At the end of a lesson, you will be required to show the card when books are being collected in from those students who have not yet paid their deposit.

For those students who have not yet paid their book deposit, once it has been paid on sQuid you should go to student services where payment will be checked and a receipt issued.

For Year 11 students who have not paid by October half term, you will be required to return books that have so far be loaned to you.

If your parents are having difficulty paying on sQuid, please see Ms Jolliffe at Student Services who will be able to issue instructions and guidance.

Ms Kennedy
Deputy Headteacher

Sketch Books

Please note all Sketchbook purchases MUST be made via sQuid.

Many thanks

Mrs R Jolliffe
Student Services

Chemistry Revision 

Great summary sheets for all Chemistry topics:

Find these summary sheets for all AQA GCSE Chemistry / Trilogy topics here at 

OR

I have also saved the relevant sections in Student resources/ Science/ 0 new AQA /Chem revise summary sheets (You tube)

Ms Brunas

Violence Against Women and Girls Project (VAWG) 

Dear Parents and Carers

WSFG is working in partnership with various organisations in the Borough to raise awareness of violence against women and girls in Waltham Forest.

As a girl's school, we are a hub for young women to learn about this external challenge that can affect the well being of all. This project is aimed at Years 8-10 in particular.

The main focus of the project is building support in preventing and offering early help in relation to VAWG.

WSFG is one of a few secondary schools in Waltham Forest to embrace this whole school approach to this issue.

Ms Pratt
Assistant Headteacher

Lunch Money Loans 

The number of students borrowing money for lunch increased dramatically last school year.  Lunch money loans should be for emergency purposes only. 

Walthamstow School for Girls offers a  Top-Up facility via sQuid enabling both students and parents to check balances, top-up lunch money, pay for trips and other sundry items at their own convenience. 

An automatic Top-Up can also be activated ensuring your daughter never runs out of money. 

A reminder to parents/carers that if you wish to pay for your daughter’s school meals by cheque, please make the cheque payable to ‘Olive Dining Ltd’.

All students have also been given usernames and passwords to enable payments to be made online via our sQuid system. If you would like a reminder of your daughter’s username and password please contact Student Services.

Ms Jolliffe
Student Services

GCSE Science Revision Guides 

Science GCSE Revision Guides

The Science Department will be selling AQA GCSE Science Revision Guides to Years 9 & 10 from Student Services at a much reduced price.

You are able to buy them from Student Services for the following prices:

 Combined Science (Higher or Foundation) £8.00 (list price £16.99)

  Triple (Higher tier only - for students taking separate science) £11.00 for all 3 books (list price £32.97)

 We would like to encourage all students to purchase the guide(s) as they will be a great aid to revision and learning.

 Students entitled to Free School meals are able to purchase the books at half the price, £4 for combined, £5.50 for triple.

Mr Kerr
Head of Science 

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