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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

End of Term Arrangements for Year 11 

21 May 2021

Dear Year 11 Parents/Carers

We are now approaching the end of what we all recognise has been an incredibly gruelling half-term. We have worked hard to support our Year 11 students to the very best and to ensure they are awarded the outcomes they deserve in very challenging circumstances. Please find below the arrangements for the various events that are due to take place over the coming weeks.

Arrangements for next week

On Tuesday afternoon, Year 11 students will be joining their form groups for an end of school quiz along with a mini-interform. On Friday, the last day of half term, Year 11 will be finishing lessons at the later lunchtime of 12:55pm for a ‘pizza party’ and shirt signing. This day is a non-uniform day and so we would ask students to bring in their school shirt in order to have the traditional school souvenir of a signed shirt.

GCSE Grades: TAGs

Students have had an assembly where more details of the TAGs (Teacher Assessed Grades) have been shared and teachers have been clarifying the evidence that will be used in each subject to determine a grade. Students will continue to produce further evidence based on the guidance of their teacher to ensure we can evidence the highest grade possible for each student. The JCQ guidance to schools and to students and parents can be found on our school website.

After half term

Under the same guidance as previous years, Year 11 students cease to be of compulsory school age on the last Friday of June in the year in which they turn 16. That means that those pupils are not required to attend school after this date.

Year 11 students will finish their regular timetabled lessons on Friday 28th May. Where you are concerned that your child may be at home and alone after such a difficult period of repeated national lockdowns, your child does have the option to attend school and participate in other school activities after the half term holidays. These activities will be dependent upon the number of students that take up this offer but could include providing in-class support to Y7 students or faculty admin activities (for instance refreshing displays across a faculty area).

Please complete this permission form to either ask for your daughter to attend school after half term or to confirm that you will take responsibility for them and they are not required to attend school.

Bridging lessons

In order to support the transition to A level for some subjects, we will be running additional bridging lessons running from 10am until 1pm. The e-mail sent to your daughter will have a booking link for the following sessions being offered:

  • Chemistry -Mon 14th June (available staffing -CKE/ SAT/ KBR)
  • Physics - Tues 15th June (available staffing LBE/ COS/ CKE)
  • Biology -Wed 23rd June (available staffing JSU/ SAL-P3)
  • English Literature-Tues 15th June (RSN)
  • Geography -Thurs 17th June AND Tues 22nd June (RST)

Book returns: Friday 11th June

We will be holding our Book Returns Day and would like students to bring into school any school books that were issued at any time in the past 5 years (this includes any books that may have been lent to you informally).

We want to ensure that this process is very safe for both you and the staff managing the returns and so students will be e-mailed a time slot to bring in their books. The e-mail will also include a list of all books issued within each subject! We will be returning the £20 book deposit to students in cash but will make deductions for any books not returned or returned in poor condition. If the losses or damage caused is greater than the cost of the book deposit or the students did not pay a book deposit, the replacement costs will need to be brought into school. Once the books are returned and any outstanding amounts have been paid, students will be issued with a “Leaver’s Day Ticket”.

Any students who borrowed a laptop during lockdown must also return this along with their books.

Leavers’ Day: Friday 25th June

Students are invited back to school for an afternoon of celebrations. Students are expected to arrive from 1:30pm where they will meet with their tutor group before coming together in the Greek Theatre for celebrations and speeches followed by strawberries and cream!

Results Day: Thursday 12th August

We anticipate some colleges running a first come first served registration system on 12th August and do not want to create any barriers to students’ progression. With this in mind, students will be e-mailed their results to their school e-mail address at 8am on 12th August. However, the day before, students will be e-mailed with a time slot so that they can attend on 12th August and meet with a member of staff in case they have any concerns with their results or would like any guidance. Parents are able to attend with their daughter or come in the time slot to take advice. The school is not able to share students’ results with parents without the written permission of the student. Students will also be able to collect a paper copy of their results at their designated time slot.

Staff and students will have a very busy few weeks ahead. We hope next week will see the sunshine and allow a more uplifting end to Year 11’s time at WSfG! Please do contact us if you need any clarification or have any queries.

Kind regards

Ms Kennedy
Associate Headteacher/ Deputy Headteacher

Virtual Work Experience—Wednesday 2nd June  

After our successful Insight Evening with Sky a few weeks ago we have managed to secure a work experience opportunity for students to take part in this summer half term.

This will be one of the only opportunities for students to get involved with over the summer and as such places are very limited. 

Applications for the Sky Virtual Work Experience are now live.

Key Details: 

  • Come behind the scenes at Sky and see what it's like to work at Europe's biggest entertainment brand.
  • An opportunity to see the different departments they have from Tech, to TV Production to Customer Service! 
  • Learn from leading industry professionals and take part in some projects / workshops designed by Sky. 
  • Sky offers top quality shows. Innovative tech. Must-have packages. With 24 million customers across six countries! Be part of it all!
  • Career opportunities nationwide in; Business, Technology, Digital Marketing, Finance, Technical Engineering & Customer Services.
  • Open to all students 16 - 18 (Y11 / S3 & 6th Form).

An opportunity to be fast tracked to an in person event at the Sky offices when the time is right and safe to do so.

Application link.

If you are interested and would like the opportunity please do book on ASAP as we do have very limited spaces. 

Newham Word Festival 

If you are planning to study English Literature at college, you might be interested in attending this free online event:

‘Newham Word Festival’ is celebrating London’s emerging women writers on Friday 25 June, 7pm

Women writers included:

Natasha Brown (Assembly)

Abi Daré (The Girl with The Louding Voice)

Catherine Menon (Fragile Monsters)  

Hafsa Zayyan (We are all Birds of Uganda)  

Please visit the website for more information.

Ms Simpson
English Faculty

 

Year 11 Residentials at Cambridge University 

If you are in Year 11 and interested in Science or Languages, there are some exciting opportunities below, organised by the University of Cambridge:

Year 11 Science Residential at Downing College

Year 11 Science Residential | Downing College Cambridge

Monday 28th June to Friday 2nd July 2021 and Sunday 1st August to Tuesday 3rd August 2021.
Downing College is offering a fantastic opportunity to Year 11 students interested in science. Successful students will take part in online activities, be invited to spend three days in Cambridge and have the opportunity to engage with our student mentor scheme during their Year 12 studies.

This event is for students interested in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences, Material Sciences and who are interested in pursuing science subjects after their GCSEs.

Online Activities

The online event will take place over five days from Monday 28th June to Friday 2nd July and will include:

  • Academic talks 
  • Academic workshops 
  • Thinking about your future workshop
  • Admissions overview 
  • Super-curricular sessions
  • Student life talks
  • The opportunity to meet current students 
  • Society showcases
  • Student and Academic Q&As
  • Interactive activities
  • And more… 

Students will not be expected to be online all day. Live sessions will be spread throughout the week and pre-recorded material will be available to watch in your own time.

After the online event students will be tasked with writing up an essay based on a range of topics around science and what they have learnt during the week. The students will then bring their essays to Cambridge and discuss them with other students and academics.

Residential 

You will be invited to spend three days at Downing to experience student life. Whilst in Cambridge you will take part in:

  • Tour of Downing, Cambridge and Departments
  • Mock supervisions
  • Academic workshops
  • Critical thinking workshop
  • Cambridge excursions
  • Formal dinner
  • And more…

There is no cost to attend this event all travel, accommodation and meals are paid for by the College.

Mentors

If you are successful in obtaining a place at this event you will also be allocated a current undergraduate student as a mentor who will guide you throughout your A levels. You can ask your mentor about any concerns you have about Cambridge, ask for tips & advice for studying and useful tips & help in preparing your UCAS application. 

How to apply

There are only 40 spaces available on this programme and students must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • A current year 11 student in the UK
  • Attend a state school in the UK
  • Academic high achiever and be on track to meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements

Students must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Currently or previously living under local authority care
  • Young carer
  • Eligible for Free School Meals (currently, or in the previous six years)
  • Disability/extenuating circumstances which has affected study
  • Students from underrepresented ethnic groups
  • No parental history of higher education
  • Low School/College progression rates to higher education

Please apply here by midnight on Sunday 6th June.


Year 11 Languages and Culture Residential  - REGISTER by 6th JUNE

Year 11 Languages & Culture Residential | Downing College Cambridge 

Monday 28th June to Friday 2nd July 2021 and Tuesday 3rd August to Thursday 5th August 2021. Downing College is offering a fantastic opportunity to Year 11 students interested in languages and culture. Successful students will take part in online activities, be invited to spend three days in Cambridge and have the opportunity to engage with our student mentor scheme during their Year 12 studies.

This event is for students interested in English, Modern & Medieval Languages, Linguistics, Classics, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and who are interested in pursuing language & culture based subjects after their GCSEs.

You do not need to have studied a foreign language at GCSE to apply for this event.

Online Activities

The online event will take place over five days from Monday 28th June to Friday 2nd July and will include:

  • Academic talks 
  • Academic workshops 
  • Thinking about your future workshop
  • Admissions overview 
  • Super-curricular sessions
  • Student life talks
  • The opportunity to meet current students 
  • Society showcases
  • Student and Academic Q&As
  • Interactive activities
  • And more… 

Students will not be expected to be online all day. Live sessions will be spread throughout the week and pre-recorded material will be available to watch in your own time.

After the online event students will be tasked with writing up an essay based on a range of topics around language & culture and what they have learnt during the week. The students will then bring their essays to Cambridge and discuss them with other students and academics.

Residential 

You will be invited to spend three days at Downing to experience student life. Whilst in Cambridge you will take part in:

  • Tour of Downing, Cambridge and Departments
  • Mock supervisions
  • Academic workshops
  • Critical thinking workshop
  • Cambridge excursions
  • Formal dinner
  • And more…

There is no cost to attend this event all travel, accommodation and meals are paid for by the College.

Mentors

If you are successful in obtaining a place at this event you will also be allocated a current undergraduate student as a mentor who will guide you throughout your A levels. You can ask your mentor about any concerns you have about Cambridge, ask for tips & advice for studying and useful tips & help in preparing your UCAS application. 

How to apply

There are only 40 spaces available on this programme and students must meet the following criteria to apply:

  •  A current year 11 student in the UK
  • Attend a state school in the UK
  • Academic high achiever and be on track to meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements

Students must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Currently or previously living under local authority care
  • Young carer
  • Eligible for Free School Meals (currently, or in the previous six years)
  • Disability/extenuating circumstances which has affected study
  • Students from underrepresented ethnic groups
  • No parental history of higher education
  • Low School/College progression rates to higher education

Please apply here by midnight on Sunday 6 June 2021.


If you have any questions, please see me.

Ms Robinson
Challenge Coordinator

Year 11 Assessments / Eid 

4 May 2021

Dear Year 11 Parent / Carer

Many of our students will be celebrating Eid on Thursday 13th or Friday 14th May. In terms of authorising absence, the guidance remains the same as it has been previously for a day of religious observance (see general guidance below). However, Year 11 students have important assessments taking place currently that will provide essential evidence in the awarding a fair and representative grade to each student. As such, these assessments should be viewed in the same way as GCSE examinations in normal times.

We would therefore strongly urge Year 11 students to attend their assessments on 13th May. In order to support families, those students who have parental permission will be able to leave school following their assessment at 11:30am and will have their absence authorised as religious observance for the afternoon.

If your daughter will be attending her assessment in the morning and you would then like her to return home, please complete this form (you will need to know which subject your daughter will be in on this day). There are no assessments for students who would have Geography and History timetabled on this day:

Please note that no assessments have been scheduled on Friday 14th May and normal school systems should be followed if your daughter will take this day as religious observance.

Authorised time off school for Religious Observance 
We would like to advise our families of the procedure for authorising time off from school for religious observance.
 
If you wish your child to be absent from school for the celebration of a religious festival, please notify our Student Attendance Manager, Ms King in advance of the absence.  Please make sure this information is put in writing.  If you have not notified the school in advance, you will receive an absence enquiry text, following our usual procedure.

Ms Kennedy 
Associate Headteacher/ Deputy Headteacher

Virtual Healthcare Admissions Conference 

Year 11 Assessment 2021 

15 March 2021

Dear Year 11 Parents/ Carers and Students,

I last wrote to you in February, prior to our Year 11 Parents Evening. At that time, we had just received guidance for schools from Ofqual regarding the assessment of students for Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) which are replacing the traditional GCSE examinations this year. I would like to now take the opportunity to share our plans for teaching and learning and managing the assessment of students in each subject.

Firstly, it is very important for both students and parents to understand that the College Forecast Grades provided for students in January were ‘optimistic’. This was made clear at the time of sharing these grades and was intended to allow students to be able to progress in their college applications. Currently, some students are under the impression that their ‘optimistic’ College Forecast Grade will be their awarded grade - this is not the case! It has repeatedly been made clear that teachers will be held to account for any grade that is awarded and that grades must be clearly evidenced through assessments taken through the course.

We have now worked closely with Heads of Faculty in the school and are working with all staff to ensure that we have a robust and equitable approach to the evidencing of TAGs. It is clear that all teachers in all schools will need to be able to evidence any assigned grade and this will be by ensuring that a number of processes are in place to remove any potential bias. We have built into our timeline of actions to support the TAGs a number of robust systems: these will include data analysis of internal data to look at variation between classes studying the same subject within the school and examination of the reasons for this; standardisation within the school and across the borough, with other schools and evidence of the outcomes of this; ‘blind marking’ of substantial assessments to ensure that the teacher marking the student does not know the student; final judgements based on a review of physical evidence as well as data.

The final Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) that are awarded to students will be a professional judgement, balancing different sources of evidence and data.  They will take into account existing records and evidence from assessments already completed over the course of study, as well as the new evidence generated in the upcoming months. More recent evidence is likely to be more representative of student performance, although there may be exceptions to this. Please note, no subject will take an ‘average’ grade approach to assessments but will look to the strongest evidence to support the awarding of a grade.

Given the interruptions to education during the two years of GCSE courses, many subjects have had to reduce course content or even eliminate some elements entirely. We are aware that this may cause concern for students in some subjects in particular, as they may have gaps in their knowledge that may make the transition to A level courses more challenging. For students who are continuing with a subject at A level, and are concerned about gaps in knowledge, we will be offering ‘bridging’ classes to ensure that our students are well prepared to continue higher level studies successfully. These classes will be run in June and will be optional with a sign-up process that will be shared with students nearer the time.

Over the next few weeks until half term, we have generally paused assessments to allow students to be supported by their teachers in preparing for assessments. Following the Easter holidays students will have a four-week assessment window - we will not be holding assessments in an exam hall - they will be held within timetabled lessons and organised by the class teacher. Students will be given advanced notice of the assessment including how long it will be, what format it will take and when in the lesson it will be scheduled. When not completing an assessment, students will be allowed to revise privately for another subject throughout the 4 weeks. These assessments will provide significant evidence in supporting the Teacher Assessed Grade and these will be particularly important to students hoping to achieve the more aspirational College Forecast Grade.

Please see below a summary of key dates relevant for Year 11 students, including their final formal teaching day:

15th-31st March

Lessons focussed on content and revision to prepare for assessment window

Wednesday

17th March

Year 11 students will be given a blank assessment calendar in registration to complete as they meet with teachers over the following 2 weeks. They will note details of assessments planned for after Easter.

Thursday 1st April

Staff INSET for Year 11 standardisation

Easter Holidays

19th April- 14th May (4 weeks)

Assessment window -many subjects will set the exam papers that would previously have been used in the mock exams. There will also be practical assessments taking place.

17th May-28th May

Final 2 weeks to compile evidence, provide additional evidence for areas lacking in strong evidence

Friday 28th May

Last formal day of teaching

Half Term

21st June-9th July

Bridging lessons offered for A level transition

25th June pm

Year 11 Leavers’ Day (weather dependent as this is an outside event!)

12th August

National GCSE Results Day

We will update you next half term with details regarding ‘Bridging Lessons’, Leavers’ Day and Results Day.

Kind regards

Ms Kennedy
Associate Headteacher/ Deputy Headteacher

Ford Apprenticeships 

There are some great apprenticeship opportunities with Ford for those students who are looking to go into STEM related industries. 

We are still taking applications from candidates and the closing date is 12th April for all the schemes.

We have three separate schemes, suited for both GCSE and A Level Students and full details of the schemes and how to apply can be found here.

Ford Motor Company apprenticeships. Driving your career forward with one of the below apprenticeships: Advanced Engineering | Higher IT | Higher Engineering
ourclients.randstad.co.uk

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from your students very soon. 

Kind Regards
 
Ford Recruitment Team
Tel:  03330 146299
 

Fashion Retail Academy Saturday School 

 
 

 

Overview

Age: 13 - 16 Year Olds

Start Date: September 2021

Club Duration: 30 Weeks

Day / Time: Saturday 10am - 2pm

Location: Fashion Retail Academy


Click here for more information!

 

 

Hear from our Previous Club Members!

 

"It's been really fantastic and really helped me decide that this is where I feel happy and what I want to move forward with as a career."

 

"Thank you Silvia and the rest of the FRA for teaching me. I have had the best time and am going to miss it."

 
 

Saturday Club Returns!

A FREE 30 Week Programme for 13 - 16 Year Olds

The Fashion & Business Saturday Club is a 30-week journey for young people to experience the fashion industry and different roles within it. 

Supported by the British Fashion Council, the club is aimed at providing young people with the opportunity to learn new disciplines and skills, whilst gaining important insights into the Industry and further study opportunities. 

We aim to help students to grow in confidence, learn to take calculated risks, and experiment freely under the supervision of our experienced tutors, free from grades or assessment to support creative freedom.  You will also have the chance to make new friends by belonging to a group of people with a shared interest.

 
 
Exciting topics covered are:
  • Inspiration and Research
  • Design Development and Fabric Identification
  • Pattern Development
  • Garment Construction
  • Illustration and Photography
  • Understanding principles of Visual Merchandising        
  • Fashion styling/ Mannequin dressing       
  • Effective marketing strategies                  
  • Inspiration for exhibition theme
  • Preparation for exhibition                        
  • Exhibition preparation              
  • Launch of exhibition space   
 

For more information please email: saturdayclub@fra.ac.uk

Apply Now!

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Browne Jacobson Career Insights
 

Invitation to FAIRE: career insights for 16-19 year olds hosted by Browne Jacobson and Young Professionals UK

Zoom

Tuesday 06 April 09:00 - 16:00

Wednesday 07 April 09:00 - 16:00 

We’re excited to let you know about a free two-day event designed to give 16-19 year-olds a unique look behind the scenes at Browne Jacobson.

The event features a packed programme of interactive talks, questions and answer sessions and practical advice on 06 and 07 April.

FAIRE offers a rare opportunity to explore various careers within a national law firm – covering both legal and other professions. Students will learn about the many different types of roles that make up a law firm and hear diverse and fascinating career stories from colleagues working across our firm.

Whether interested in law or support, marketing, management or finance, the event promises to be a lively and informative two days which will spark inspiration and kickstart young careers. 

The two day programme includes:

  • A day in the life of our newly qualified junior lawyers
  • Barrister or solicitor – what’s the difference?
  • Our Trainees’ advice to their younger selves
  • Insights from one of the UK's most high profile QCs (Queen's Counsel are barristers or solicitor advocates who have been recognised for excellence in advocacy)
  • Tips to help an individual build their personal brand.

You may have already heard of the event via a recent message from Dan Miller of UK Young Professionals. Dan’s been working with us to share news of this invaluable work experience opportunity to students via his extensive networks.

As the UK’s fifth leading employer in the Social Mobility Employer Index 2020, this is the first of a series of events that builds on our ambitions by breaking barriers to accessing careers in professional services, helping people from all backgrounds to get a foot in the door.

Students can sign up to secure a free spot for one or both days by clicking the link below. Please note that they will be taken to a registration page on the Young Professionals UK website.  

Registrations are open until Monday 29th March. Places are limited, so don’t delay!

Student registration link

A Message from Your SPL - 4 March 2021
 

4 March 2021

Dear Year 11 Students, Parents and Carers

We are very much looking forward to students returning to school. We will be welcoming all Year 11 students back to WSFG on Monday 8th March at 09:20. We will continue to make it our main priority to ensure their safety when they are in school and we will continue with the measures we had in place before Christmas.

Please be reminded that on Friday 5th of March Year 11 students are to come into school for their first lateral flow test. Students, parents, and carers have been e-mailed a time at which their child needs to arrive. Students will enter via the gate which leads to the MUGA and will be instructed on what to do next from a member of SLT. Once the test has been completed students will return home. Due to this, students will NOT have a live lesson on Friday, they will be given some independent Maths work to complete and hand in via Teams at 15:30 on Friday.

Please can you also ensure that students click on the link below to watch a video with the full instructions of how to complete the lateral flow test and where they should go before and after the test has been taken.

Student Information Video on Covid Lateral Flow Testing

When the Year 11 students return on Monday 8th March 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. 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 they will be outdoors regardless of the weather.

When students arrive at school on Monday 8th March at 09:20 they will continue to enter the school site via the side gate which leads on to the MUGA, not through the usual student entrance. They will then continue with hand washing and immediately line up on the MUGA in tutor groups in alphabetical order as for a fire drill. They should maintain a distance of at least one metre between themselves and the student in front.

We will continue to ensure we minimise the risk of any members of our school community contracting COVID-19.  We will continue with the same timings of the day we had for Year 11 before Christmas.

Below is a reminder of the timings of the school day for Year 11.

Entry       

9:20 am

Period 1

9:30 am - 10:10 am

Period 2

10:10 am - 11:30 am

Period 3

11:30 am - 1:15 pm

Lunch     

11:50 am - 12:35 pm

Period 4

1:15 pm - 2: 15 pm

Period 5

2:15 pm - 3:20 pm

Tutor time

3:20 pm - 3:40 pm Wednesdays

Friday Week A

FINISH AT 2:15 pm

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

  • We now ask that students wear face masks when in lessons and when moving around the building. Students may remove masks when taking part in PE lessons, when outside, and when seated in the dining room.
  • 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 distance guideline of 1 metre plus with staff at all times.
  • At lunchtimes students will not be allowed inside the building unless the weather is very 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 skirt 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 skirt/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 use them during lesson time to avoid mixing with other year groups.

Thank you very much for continuing to adhere to these slightly amended rules and regulations , I am confident that you will make me very proud and I am looking forward to seeing you all again on Monday 8th March.

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

Yours faithfully

Ms L Wood
Year 11 Student Progress Leader

NHS Cadets 

Good Morning,

I am emailing to let you know that the NHS Cadets advanced programme is launching in East London next week. 

The NHS Cadets Project aims to attract and develop young people, preparing them to sustain themselves in health volunteering opportunities. Through a 36 week programme, we will be helping young people to not only gain new skills and knowledge but to get hands on experience in the NHS through volunteering opportunities. .  

We aim to specifically widen access for 14 to 18-year-olds who come from groups which have not traditionally entered health volunteering.  

On this occasion we are recruiting 16-18 year olds in East London currently we are delivering virtually via MS Teams but we hope that we may return to face to face meeting later this year. 

Young people who are interested in a healthcare career are accepted as long as they fulfill one or more of the criteria below. 

  • Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (we will need to discuss if we have the support network to help them participate) 
  • Young people in Care 
  • Refugee/Asylum Seekers 
  • Young Carers 
  • Homeless Young People 
  • Those previously involved with drugs or alcohol misuse 
  • NEET or Poor results 
  • Mental Health (same principle as anyone with a learning difficult or disability) 
  • LGBTQI 
  • Low income families 
  • Young people in receipt of free school meals 
  • BAME young people whose race/religion could be or has been a barrier to considering a pathway to healthcare 

We don't accept young people who don't have barriers to participation and accessing their own pathway to healthcare volunteering. This includes young people that already know they want to work in Health and can pursue that path. 

If you have any young people that fit into these groups I have included an expression of interest link here for them to complete

 

NHS Cadets expression of interest - London

Thank you for registering your interest for NHS Cadets. Please fill in the form below and a member of the team will be in contact as soon as possible. This programme is aimed at young people 16 - 18 years old who are from marginalised backgrounds; young people who have a barrier to a pathway into healthcare. For example: young people who are not in education, employment or training, a young carer, young people in or have recently left care, young people with low or no grades or from BAME backgrounds which has caused a barrier. If you are unsure if this applies to you, you can email us on nhscadets@sja.org.uk

forms.office.com

Please click here to read more about the programme.   

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 |

Virgin Media Apprenticeships 

Please find attached a short video that gives a friendly overview of our Apprenticeship schemes to share with your students and parents. There is also a link here if this is preferable

Virgin Media Apprenticeships Video Presentation

This is "Virgin Media Apprenticeships Video Presentation" by Virgin Media Creative Services on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who…

vimeo.com

Kind Regards,

Bernadette Doody | Future Careers Outreach Lead
follow our Future Careers Programmes |  @VirginMediaJobs |  @VMFutureCareers |  @VirginMediaJobs
Recruitment  For Apprentice, Intern and Graduate Recruitment click here


Here is the link for the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) that forms part of our recruitment process which can be practiced as many times as the students wish

It would be great to hear your thoughts and feedback on this test. 

Many thanks

Bernadette Doody| Outreach Team
Liberty Global and Virgin Media

Year 11 Forecast Grades 

27 January 2021

Dear Year 11 Parent/ Carer,

As you will be aware, we are holding a half day INSET this Friday to allow Year 11 teachers to produce updated College Reference Forecast Grades and feed back to you more generally regarding attitude to learning and engagement during this period of remote learning. As a school we are determined to support our students in every way we can: we particularly recognise that our current Year 11 students have been significantly disadvantaged by two national lockdowns (in addition to the need to self-isolate for many students last term).

When teachers submit their new grades, they will be erring on the optimistic side when making a forecast. It is important that we ensure students can progress onto the next stage of their education and can apply to the colleges to which they aspire, however it is also important that students are progressing onto courses/colleges that are suitable and where they can thrive. For this reason, it is a fine balance of forecast grades being both optimistic and within the realms of possibility!

It needs to be very clearly understood by parents and students that the forecast grade is not a ‘teacher assessed grade’ and the final GCSE grade awarded could be significantly different to the ‘college forecast grade’. We have only just begun to develop students’ portfolios of evidence in each subject and where this has been assessed it has not yet been moderated. We also await further guidance from Ofqual regarding the assessment of Year 11 students and the awarding of GCSE grades.

Your child’s report including updated ‘college reference grades’ will be available on the SIMs Parent App on Tuesday 2nd February. This will allow students to complete applications for those colleges that have early February deadlines. If you have not yet activated the app, an e-mail with a new activation code has been sent to you (please check your junk mail/ unfocussed inbox). If you are having difficulties accessing the new forecast grades document for your child please e-mail the school and a member of staff will contact you.

Kind regards

Ms Kennedy
Associate Headteacher/ Deputy Headteacher


Dear Year 11 students,

The e-mail above has been sent to your parents today explaining when your updated ‘College Reference Grades’ will be available on the SIMs Parent App. If your parent has not activated the app, please help them to set it up! They will have been sent an e-mail with a new activation code (the previous code will now have expired). It would be a good idea to check before the weekend that your parent can get into the app so that you can check your grades next week when they are issued and complete any college applications that are nearing a deadline.

Please read the e-mail below carefully -your ‘College Forecast Grade’ is NOT the final grade that you will be awarded for your GCSEs. We want you to be able to get offers from colleges but we have not yet been able to look systematically at a portfolio of work for each of you or been able to moderate the work, and we have not been able to complete assessments in exam conditions.

If you have any questions, you can ask your tutor who will pass them to Ms Careless-Pye, Mr Shackson and myself - we can then address them in a year group assembly if they are relevant to everyone.

Kind regards

Ms Kennedy
Associate Headteacher/ Deputy Headteacher

New BAME Student Group
 

Dear Students, 

We would like to set up a BAME group for students of Black, Asian and other Ethnic Minority groups.  

Please complete this Questionnaire so we can make this happen.

The aim of this work is to create a 'safe space' for students to express their views and concerns in a non-judgmental environment where your peers understand and are able to empathise with you.  

We would like to hear your views on how we can make this work so that it is an empowering and impactful group for you to be involved in and to make a difference.

Please do complete the Form.  

Your view is important and change cannot happen unless you get involved.

Best wishes,

Mrs Jean-Baptiste
Associate Assistant Headteacher / Year 7 Student Progress Leader

New Virtual Work Experience Opportunities Recruiting Now 

Wates: Insight Into the Construction Industry – International Women’s Day

  • Date: 8th March 2021.
  • Eligibility: 14 – 19 female students.
  • Application Deadline: 8th February 2021

The NDEC Women in Cyber Virtual Work Experience Day

  • Date: 8th March 2021.
  • Time: 10-14:00
  • Eligibility: 14-19 female students interested in cyber & security.
  • Application Deadline: 17th February 2021

Royal Air Force International Women`s Day Webinar - Meet our Ambassadors - 10am-1pm

  • Date: 8th March
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Eligibility: 15– 19 year olds students interested in hearing some inspiring stories from some of our RAF Female Ambassadors
  • Application Deadline: 8th February 2021

Magazine & Website Article Writing - Add to Your Creative Portfolio - 1 Week Virtual Work Experience

  • Dates: 8th – 12th March 2021.
  • Eligibility: Creative 15 – 19 year olds interested in marketing research, data collection and analysis. – Particularly from the East of England
  • Application Deadline: 18th February 2021

Green Skills in the Construction and Engineering Industry

  • Dates: 6th -9th  April 2021.
  • Eligibility: 14 – 19 year olds interested in the ‘green’ plans for the construction and engineering industry.
  • Application Deadline: 7th March 2021

VWEX: Construct your Career with Kier

  • Dates: 1st – 5th March 2021.
  • Eligibility: 14 – 19 year olds interested in design, finance, Health &  Safety, Sustainability, Planning or Community Engagement
  • Application Deadline: 17th February 2021

East West Railway Company - Building a New Railway

  • Dates: 6th -9th  April 2021.
  • Eligibility: 16 – 19 year olds interested in Technology, Engineering, Planning, Business Studies, Design and/or Customer Services
  • Application Deadline: 28th February 2021

Please encourage your students to apply as soon as possible to have the best chance of success.

For a full list of placements -  sign in here to search and apply.

You can send more opportunities directly to the students you think would benefit the most through our portal by signing in here, or by using our template email (below my signature) to forward the opportunities to students with instructions on how to apply.

If you have any questions about the placements or experience any issues signing into your account, please do not hesitate to contact me at experience@speakersforschools.org.  

Best Wishes

The Experience Team
8-12 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6AL                        
speakersforschools.org   

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

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

What Careers and What University Live Virtual Event 

'What Careers and What University Live' will be holding a virtual event on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 March 2021 between 10am and3pm. 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 

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

Leyton Sixth Form College 

Just a reminder that we have our open day taking place on Saturday from 10:30am – 2pm.

Students will need to book via Eventbrite to attend. 

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me.

Kind regards

Kinza Ali
Marketing and Enrichment Coordinator

Leyton Sixth Form College
Essex Road
London E10 6EQ
Tel: 020 8928 9170

Webwww.leyton.ac.uk

Waltham Forest College 

For our March Open Event, we will be delivering a set of course specific, live Q&A webinars on Monday 22nd - Thursday 25th March4pm – 5pm each day.

Students should register here.

This is an exciting opportunity for students to have all their questions answered about their course for September 2021.

Please see flyer below for more information.

Access Creative College 

As part of Access Creative College’s National Career Week, we have created a College Next Steps Digital ToolkitHere is an interactive poster that can be shared with any creative individual who has shown the desire to embark upon a creative journey for academic study. 

The interactive poster has links to all of the following resources:

One last thing…

Rounding off our National Careers Week we have our Virtual Open Day...Places are still available to book here.



 
Kind Regards

Adrian Merchant
Engagement and Events Manager

Mobile: 07825 003 453
Telephone: 0207 613 8380

 Fashion Retail Academy 

 

 

Let your students know where
they can meet us virtually!

Level 4 Virtual Open Day
16 March, 2021
5:30 - 7:30pm

Level 2/3 Virtual Open Day
18 March, 2021
5:30 - 7:30pm

Click here to register!

 

Our Career of the month is
 

Business Management!

This can span from retail stores to brand management. Key skills needed for this job role are; Leadership, Motivating, Delegation, and Communication.

FRA courses:
Level 3 Fashion Retail
Level 4 Fashion Retail (Marketing & Business)
BA (Hons) Business Management for Fashion

 

 

FRA Updates

We are offering a pre-filmed virtual presentation to support IAG on careers in the Fashion Industry.
This can be used as part of a virtual fair or to accompany a live Q&A which we would be happy to support.
If you would like to request a copy of this presentation or would like to inquire about another kind of collaboration, please reply to this email.

Please let us know as much information as possible such as number of pupils present, year group and preferred type of activity if you do not want the recorded presentation.

As we know this can be a challenging time for students considering their next steps, we have created an online resource that introduces readers to each career opportunity in the fashion industry called the Fashion Retail Academy’s Outreach Hub.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Fashion Retail Academy, 15 Gresse Street, London, W1T 1QL, United Kingdom

Highams Park School Sixth Form 

Students can send an electronic version of their application to this e-mail address

Alternatively they can hand or post a hard copy to their front reception and the reference can be emailed over.

Students should advise us that they have done this, so that we can e-mail your reference direct to the college.

HIGHAMS PARK SCHOOL
HANDSWORTH AVENUE
HIGHAMS PARK
LONDON E4 9PJ

Tel 0208 527 4051 ext 143

Leyton Sixth Form College 

Applications may be submitted directly to the college as hard copies.

Students should advise us that they have done this, so that we can e-mail your reference direct to the college.

Leyton Sixth Form College, Essex Road, Leyton, London, E10 6EQ
020 8928 9000

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 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

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 or Emma Campbell to make your appointment. For admissions related questions, please e-mail the Admissions office.

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

 

 

NewVIc  

 

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
 

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
 
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

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

New City College 

We have our next open day coming up on Saturday 20 March 2021.

Students can register for this event here: www.nccopenevents.co.uk

What to expect at our Online Open Day?  

MY NCC- Join our live interactive student sessions, as they showcase their course areas  

TOUR NCC- Join us as we take a virtual tour of the NCC campuses  

EXPLORE NCC-Watch talks ON DEMAND from our industry expert tutors

ASK NCC- Join the conversation online between 10-2pm with our live Q&A

JOIN NCC- Apply for your chosen course!

Warm Regards  

Amanda Fox
Schools and Community Coordinator
Working days: Monday - Thursday 

New City College | Epping Forest Campus
Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA
Tel: 0208 502 8717


Here are a few things that may help students to decide that New City College is the place for them!

Epping Campus Tour - Our Deputy Principal Phil Hall and two students take you on a tour of the campus answer questions as they go.   

Presentation & talk from DP Phil Hall.

Talks from all curriculum areas that cover NCC.

Students can view all of this at home with parents also. They can sign up to our events site and they will be kept up to date with upcoming events.

It has been a tricky year for Year 11's we just want to make sure they are getting ready for the next year as best they can. Hopefully being back to normal soon!

Please do let me know if there is anything else you need or if students have any questions.

Warm Regards

Amanda Fox 
Schools and Community Coordinator 

New City College | Epping Forest Campus
Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA
Tel: 0208 502 8717


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

Saturday 20th March 2021 

However, I would like to note that although this date is 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 
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

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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