All posts by Georgia Whitley

Wardle Academy’s Day of Celebration – Monday 9th July 2018

On Monday 9th July 2018 we held a ‘Celebration Day’ for all of our students to celebrate how well they have done over the academic year. The day included students taking part in a number of different fun indoor and outdoor activities and competitions run by the PE department. The activities included ‘It’s A Knock Out’ and ‘Sports Day’.

‘It’s A Knock Out’ involved a circuit of inflatable games/obstacles in which form groups battled with each other in a number of competitions. We were extremely pleased that all of our students got involved in some sort of way. The atmosphere around the school was incredible and there were lots of spectators cheering on every form. Even our teachers got involved. Mr Hemmings said “I think it’s going well and we are going to smash it.” Deputy Head, Mr Skurr said “Fantastic to see participation from students. This is a great opportunity for students to be in their forms and with tutors and the event was organised brilliantly.”

It wasn’t just ‘It’s A Knock Out’ going on through the day there were tons of other activities going on too. There were a number of fitness activities including rowing, rounders, football, netball, tug of war and dodgeball.  A group of Year 9 students said “It’s a great day, it brings everyone together and builds up teamwork and friendship.” Mr Kelly said: “It’s going very well, very competitive but the students are very well behaved.”

Headteacher, Mrs Fisher said: “This is a wonderfully inclusive event, it is great that everyone can be involved and enjoy themselves. It is lovely to see everyone smiling and enjoying themselves and I would like to say thank you to Miss Shepherd and the PE department for organising such a brilliant event.

The day was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and we are extremely pleased with how our students have acted. We would like to say a massive thank you to all of our students and teachers who were involved in organising the whole day. Here are some photographs from the day.

Year 11 celebrate their time at Wardle Academy with end of year Prom

Year 11 celebrated the end of their time at Wardle Academy on Friday 29th June 2018 with their prom at The Riverside in Whitworth.

During the evening, awards were presented to students for a variety of different achievements including ‘Prom King’ and ‘Prom Queen’ with comical awards such as ‘Class Clown’ also being awarded.

The Year 11 Prom was a great success, thank you to all staff involved and thank you to the staff that attended.

We wish our Year 11 students the best of luck in the future and we will see them on Thursday 23rd August 2018 when they receive their GCSE results. Results will be available for collection from 10.00am onwards.

Team Wardle bring back 33 medals in Rochdale School Athletics Competition

Monday 18th June 2018 our PE department took students from Year 7 – 10 to compete at the annual Rochdale School Athletics Event at Sports City in Manchester. The day started early with our students on the track for 9am warming up and getting a feel for the amazing facility.

With the first event starting at 9:30am our squad listened to instructions given by staff and were ready to go with the track heats starting the day. By 10am we had already qualified for six finals that would take place in the afternoon and pupils were enjoying the competitive atmosphere. Our first lot of medals came from our Year 9 girls who competed in the javelin, discus and shot put and won 2 silver medals and 1 gold medal. This got us off to a great start.

Soon after our Year 8 students went out to compete in the jumping events and returned with 2 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 3 bronze medals. At this point the day was well and truly under way with track and field events taking part at the same time. By dinner time we had 16 medals and had qualified for 10 finals.

After dinner came the finals and the greatly anticipated team relays. With some outstanding performances all round and an amazing personal best from Year 10 student Holly we finished the day off in style with a grand total of 28 individual medals – 8 gold, 12 silver and 8 bronze plus 5 team relay medals.

Miss Shepherd said:

“The pupils were a credit to themselves and the school, watching how they supported each other was fantastic to see. Pupils when not competing were off supporting each other and the team spirit was wonderful to observe. As a PE teacher I love nothing more than bringing back medals however the highlight of the day for me was watching how our pupils encouraged and took care of one another. With a total of 28 individual medals and 5 team relay medals this has been our most successful year! Well done team Wardle.”

Mentoring Programme for KS3 Students

Mrs Slater, KS3 Achievement Co-ordinator, has set up a Mentoring Programme for KS3 students to help them achieve and/or exceed their target levels by the end of the year.  The students met with Mrs Slater on a regular basis and focused on how they could improve and make more progress.  Students were given a mentoring card to record comments from subject teachers about their progress.

Over 70% of the students, across all three-year groups, have increased the number of subjects they are on track or above in and, in particular, 90% of Year 7 and Year 8 students on the programme achieved the same.

70% Students increased the number of subjects they are on track or above in

97% of students found the mentoring programme useful and would recommend to others in their year group.

97% of students found the mentoring programme useful

 

When students were asked why the mentoring had been useful they responded…

  • I was more focused in lessons
  • The targets were useful to keep on track/improve
  • I was encouraged to try even harder
  • I felt I was pushed more

Other comments included:

  • Simple routine to follow
  • Boosted my grades
  • The targets were effective
  • I knew exactly what I needed to do

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Wardle Academy Youth Band are European Brass Band Champions 2018

On Sunday 6th May 2018 Wardle Academy Youth Band competed in the 2018 European Brass Band Championships, just two weeks after becoming National Champions. The band is made up of 45 young musicians aged from 11 to 18 who rehearse once a week after school at Wardle Academy, Rochdale, under the leadership of their conductor, Lee Rigg. 

The European Brass Band Championships were held this year in Utrecht, Netherlands, in which the band performed against several other Youth Bands from around Europe, playing in the TivoliVredenburg Concert Hall. Conducted by Lee Rigg the Youth Band played four songs; Fanfare & Flourishes, Valerius Variations, Lark in the Clear Air and Jubilation.

Wardle Academy competed in the Development Section and came first with 92 points. Winning this competition now means the band have automatic qualification to represent England at next year’s European Championships to be held in Montreux, Switzerland.  

Winning this is a great achievement as the standard is incredibly high and many hours of practice are required to perform at this level are high. This is already turning out to be a great year for Wardle Academy’s music department and they hope to achieve yet more in the coming months. These outstanding achievements show the dedication and passion of our students and the Music department. They represent the school and community brilliantly.

Wardle Academy Bands Retain their National Champion Titles

Wardle Academy Youth Band, Wardle Academy Junior Band and Wardle Junior Blast Retain Their National Champion Titles

Wardle Academy is well known for its success in music, in particular, the achievements of its bands and this year is no different. On Sunday 22nd April 2018, Wardle Academy Youth Band, Wardle Academy Junior Band and Wardle Junior Blast all competed in the National Youth Band Championships, which this year were held in Warwick.

The first band to perform was Wardle Academy Youth Band, competing in the intermediate section with fifteen other bands. Despite the  increased competition, the band performed brilliantly from start to finish with fantastic contributions from former student Emma (soloist) and Year 10 student Emily (principle cornet). Adjudicators: Sandy Smith and Alan Morrison said:

“The standard had been incredibly high but the winners were unanimous between them both.”

Wardle Academy’s Youth Band waited anxiously before receiving the news that they had come first and were National Champions for a second year in a row. With this win the Youth Band will now represent England at the 2019 European Youth Band Championships in Montreux Switzerland. 

The next band to perform was Wardle Academy’s Junior Band in the junior section along with twelve other bands. The Junior Band played a demanding programme, which included ‘The Old 100th’, and they finished with an eight-minute test piece.

The Junior Band had a long wait before it was announced that they too had come first. What a fantastic achievement again, double national champions.

The final band of the day was Wardle’s Junior Blast which includes forty students from our feeder primary schools. The Junior Blast is Wardle’s youngest band and they were hoping to win ‘Band of the Day’ for a fourth year in a row. 

Playing the entire programme from memory, the band played with so much enthusiasm and commitment it would have been hard for any of the other bands to beat them. It was announced that ‘The band of the Day’ was Wardle’s Junior Blast. They have come first at the National Youth Band Championships for four consecutive years.

The bands are continuing to work hard and build on their already impressive success this year. The Youth band are already rehearsing and preparing for the European Youth Brass Band Championships in Utrecht, Holland in a couple of weeks time.

Wardle Academy are extremely proud of all three bands. These outstanding achievements are a credit to the dedication of the young musicians who work so hard and to their musical tutors who give up their time to facilitate these opportunities for success.

Top 10 Revision Apps for Students

Revising isn’t easy. So, how can we help our students in their studies? Revision apps can help students with organisation, investigation and memory. Here are 10 examples of useful revision apps our students could try.

 1. Keep

  • All about organisation: from reminders to checklists –  this app has it covered.
  • Image to Text is a great feature that allows you to grab text from photos. Students can take photos of their notes and revise from them.

    2. Quizlet

  • A study and flashcard app, Quizlet let’s you create quizzes with your own information.
  • There are also 400 million quizzes already available across a wide range of subject areas.

    3. Padlet

  • The easiest and quickest way to collaborate. Students can create a shared space where everyone can share ideas, links, images and tips.
  • The link can be shared with everyone in a class, allowing everyone to add in their information, save as a pdf and send to everyone.

    4. Popplet Lite

  • A beautifully simple way to create mind-maps.

    5. Spark Post

  • Make revision less boring by illustrating important quotes.

   6. Clips

  • On Clips you can create short clips with live annotations.
  • I recommend changing the language of your device; use the videos to test your pronunciation for MFL.

   7. Explain Everything

  • Import a photo, video or popplet, then add your voice explaining what you want to remember: blurt out all the vocabulary, processes and dates you need.

   8. Texting Story

  • A fun little app where you can create a video of a ‘text conversation’.
  • Create common answers to questions in a fun and visual way.

   9. Gojimo

  • Already the UK’s most used revision app. It has over 40,000 practice questions ready to go and free.
  • Focus on the specific areas you need to work, with instant feedback.

  10. Paper by FiftyThree

  • Visually representing your information can save thousands of words.

Mrs Henderson’s Book Review of ‘Beyond the Bright Sea’

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards and often described by authors and illustrators as ‘the one they want to win’.  Mrs Henderson has been enjoying reading her way through some of the final shortlisted books.  Come and borrow one from the library – you might choose the one that wins! Here is Mrs Henderson’s review of one of the shortlisted books: ‘Beyond the Bright Sea’ by Lauren Wolk.

This is a beautiful story. I could not put it down and managed to finish it in one day over Easter!  The book is set in America and tells the story of Crow, who was sent to sea as a baby in an old boat.  She ends up on the shores of an island and begins a new life there, cared for by a painter called Osh who has no family of his own.  Crow doesn’t know where she came from and being treated differently by the other islanders gives her a strong desire to find her roots.  This desire leads to a fast-paced thriller where Crow attempts to solve the mystery of her birth.  I absolutely loved how the author writes and develops the characters and her poetic descriptions of the islands.  Highly recommended for all year groups – 10/10.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Presentations 2018

Congratulations to our Year 10 and Year 11 students who attended the Duke of Edinburgh Award presentation evening on Wednesday 21st March 2018 and received their bronze and silver awards. We know how hard our students work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award and we are extremely proud of all them.

Year 10 students who received their bronze award:

Aimee, Eve, Jake, Emily, Niamh, Charlie, Tom, Alex, Katie, Anthony, Sam, Danyaal, Benjamin, Zac, Sam, Ethan and Michael.

Our bronze award students had four sections to complete. They had to do three months of volunteering, a physical activity and a skill. After all of this they then had to complete a two day (one night) expedition. The expedition really tested them to use their navigation and teamwork skills along with camping and cooking for themselves. Our students have done incredibly well to complete their bronze award.

Year 11 students who received their silver award:

Molly, Jonah, Oliver and Olwen.

For our students who had already completed their bronze award they moved onto their silver award. Our silver award students also had four sections to complete. Six months of volunteering, a physical activity, a skill and a three day (two night) expedition. The silver award was a lot tougher for our students than the bronze however they managed to complete it and enjoy it on the way.

Our students hope to carry on with their awards next year and eventually want to achieve their gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

GM Bee Glitz and Glam Ball and Music for Youth Regional Festival 2018

On Friday 23rd March 2018 Wardle Academy’s Youth Band played at the GM Bee Glitz and Glamour Ball. The event took place at the Emirates Old Trafford and was in aid of those affected by the tragic events at the Manchester Arena in May 2017.

On the 22nd May 2017 Detectives from GMP’s Major Incident Team attended Manchester Arena to respond to the bombing. Due to the impact of the incident the same team of detectives decided to organise a benefit ball.

The night was a success and raised a lot of money to help the survivors and their families to continue with their daily lives and our youth band was invited to play at the event and was the opening act. Our band were very privileged to play at such a prestige event.

Well done to all of our students and thank you to our Music staff for helping make the arrangements and conducting the performances at the event.

On Saturday 24th March 2018 our Music department held the Music for Youth event at school. The event lasted all day and featured seventeen different bands from the Rochdale Borough including High School and Primary School bands. We had five of our bands playing; Wardle Academy School Band, Wardle Academy Guitar Group, Wardle Academy Folk group, Wardle Academy Show Band, Wardle Junior Band.

We had excellent attendance to the event and had some great feedback about the event. Thank you to everyone who attended, helped and participated in the event. Here are some photographs from the Music for Youth Regional Festival.

Oldham Coliseum Performance 2018

Monday 19th March 2018 – Our year 10 drama students performed at the Oldham Coliseum.

On Monday 19th March 2018  our Year 10 drama students put on an excellent performance of “Pack Up Your Troubles” at the Oldham Coliseum. The performance explored themes of evacuation and refugees, and asked the audience to consider the parallels between the modern world and World War Two. The writer of their performance, Rose Sergent made an appearance at the end of the show and met all of our students to congratulate them.

Drama teacher, Mr Brown said: “What we have seen through our partnership with the Coliseum is a culmination of hard work, long rehearsals and dedication. This would not have been possible without all the help and support from everyone involved; both pupils and the Coliseum staff alike, it has been a truly shared effort. Our continued partnership is something I will personally strive to maintain for the wealth of opportunities it presents for our students year on year.”

England Netball PGL Tournament 2018

Wardle Academy Netball teams at the top of the league tables at the England Netball PGL Tournament once again.

Wardle Academy set out on their fifth Netball tour to Borreatton Park in Shrewsbury on Friday 16th March 2018 with the intention, as always, to bring home yet more medals. Year 10 were going for their fourth year and having won this title for three consecutive years they were looking forward to making this a fourth championship. Year 9 were in the same position having been champions the previous two years and with Year 8 finishing runners up last year they were determined to turn the silver from 2017 to gold this year. Year 7 were looking forward to the weekend and getting their first experience of a netball residential underway.

Saturday was an early start with all teams sitting down for breakfast at 7:30am. Year 7 then had the morning off to go and enjoy adventure activities, whilst Years 8, 9 and 10 were straight into early morning fixtures. Throughout the course of the day all four teams fulfilled a number of matches and put in some fantastic performances. Year 10 were unbeaten all day as were Year 8, and Year 7 and Year 9 only suffered one loss each. The weather was against our teams and made play difficult but our students worked hard as a team to bring the ball down court. Defence worked particularly well to turn over the ball and ensure we maintained possession throughout. Temperatures of minus six and playing through blizzards only motivated our teams more and we ended day one in a very dominant position. Years 8, 9 and 10 were in 1st place and Year 7 were sat in 3rd place.

Year 7’s Netball Captain Isobel said: “We arrived at PGL for the first time as we are in Year 7. The whole team were excited and ready to play netball. We were a little bit nervous as we had never been before but it was a good way to bond and have fun with the team. The blizzards and freezing weather didn’t stop us playing our hardest to win our games. The whole team did amazing and worked together really well and came closer as a team. Hopefully we can all come back next year and be a stronger team.”

Sunday morning was a different story the teams woke to 4 inches of snow and Miss Shepherd was informed by England Netball that the tournament would have to be cancelled as the courts were dangerous and the forecast was set to get worse. All students and staff were extremely disappointed in this decision but understood as at this point the weather was getting worse. The team left feeling frustrated and upset that we would not be bringing home another round of trophies. However, after a team talk and a promise from Miss Shepherd that we would return next year the girls were happy to get home safely.

Year 8’s Netball Captain Heather said: “We arrived at PGL again for another year, but this year we were determined to win as we came second last year. This in mind, we spent a lot of time together as a team on the night before the match. Going into the matches, we had a slow start going from a 3-2 win in the first to an 18-0 win in the fourth and final match. We were a little disappointed when the matches on the Sunday were cancelled having been top of the league table as we were excited to work together to try and win the tournament. We will now use the teamwork and skills we used, to try and do well at the PGL tour next year.”

Head of Physical Education, Miss Shepherd said: “As always these students have made me extremely proud, they work hard, they look after each other and they are honest. They have represented our school well and their team spirit and determination amazes me every year. This year it didn’t end the way we wanted it to and we were all disappointed. However, we are already working towards next year and determined to bring home gold again next year. I have to thank the pupils for their fantastic commitment to netball not just for the residential but for the year, they have performed brilliantly in the league and three from four teams are again Rochdale champions. I would also like to thank Miss Ogden and Mrs Edwards for giving up their time to join team PE. The girls are very grateful and you are now part of the Netball team!”

                 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: When Collecting Students

IMPORTANT NOTICE: When Collecting Students

The turning circle is closed during the following times; 8:30 – 8:45am and 2:35 – 3:00pm to ensure safety for our students allowing them to have a safe entry and exit in and out of school. The only vehicles allowed in the turning circle during these times are vehicles for our SEN students for transport purposes. It is important that we respect our community by parking considerately and where the safety of our students is not compromised. It is also vital that we allow for emergency services access, and therefore please also be mindful regarding the entry to the hospital grounds.

Year 8 Chester Zoo Trip

On Thursday 25th January and Friday 26th January 2018 our Science department took their Year 8 students on trips to Chester Zoo. All of our Year 8 students thoroughly enjoyed the trip and we hope to take more students to Chester Zoo in the future. Here are some of the photographs from the trip.

Ofsted praises Wardle Academy as the school is given a grade of ‘Good’ across all inspection areas.

The governors and staff of Wardle Academy are celebrating a ‘Good’ grading from Ofsted inspectors. In February 2016 Wardle Academy was judged as ‘Requires Improvement’ when inspected by Ofsted. Within two years Wardle have proved that they are now a ‘Good’ school which is a wonderful achievement.

On Tuesday 12th December and Wednesday 13th December 2017 five Ofsted inspectors carried out a full inspection of the school. Inspectors observed learning across the school and visited classrooms with senior and middle leaders. They examined pupils’ workbooks across a range of subjects during observations. Meetings were held with the Headteacher, senior and middle leaders, representatives from the governing body and the trust, a group of staff and two parents. Inspectors spoke informally to pupils in classrooms and had meetings with three groups of pupils throughout the two days. The inspectors made special mention of pupils’ behaviour in classrooms and during the day. They are courteous and polite, and are committed to working hard.

Headteacher, Mrs Fisher said: “I am delighted that, together, we have managed to improve all aspects of the school.  There have been a lot of changes over the past two years, all of which have been made with the aim of improving the education and well being of all our students.”

The inspectors noted that, “The strong and ambitious leadership of the Headteacher, supported by leaders, governors and members of the trust, has resulted in a noticeable improvement in behaviour, the quality of teaching and outcomes of students since the last inspection.” The inspectors were particularly impressed with the relationships between staff and pupils, which support good learning. Many pupils told inspectors how much they appreciate the support they receive from their teachers.

The inspectors were very impressed that since the last inspection, leadership at all levels, including governance, has been strengthened. Expectations of staff and pupils have been raised and despite recent and wide-ranging changes, staff morale is high and parents and pupils are very positive about the changes that have taken place.

Mrs Fisher said: “Although we are very pleased with the report we are now determined to continue moving the school forward and will carry on working hard on the areas for improvement identified by Ofsted as these were already included in our whole-school improvement plan. I would like to thank everyone for supporting the school over the past two years when there has been a great deal to do and many people, staff and students, have had to work extremely hard.”

 

Ofsted Report 2018

One of Her Majesty's Inspectors and four additional inspectors carried out the Inspection. Inspectors observed learning across the school and visited classrooms jointly with senior and middle leaders. Documentation was scrutinised including; information related to the tracking of the academic and personal progress of students; detailed analysis of students' attainment and progress; the school's self-evaluation; minutes from meetings of the governing body; and evidence to demonstrate how the school supports students whose circumstances may make them vulnerable. Meetings were held with the Headteacher, senior and middle leaders, and representatives from the governing body and from the trust, a group of staff and two parents. Inspectors spoke informally to pupils in classrooms and around the school over the two days of inspection. They also had meetings with three groups of pupils. Inspectors took account of the views expressed by 58 parents who responded to Parent View, Ofsted's online questionnaire, and the written text comments made by 223 parents.

Christmas Musical Evening 2017

This years musical evening was a sell out with over 240 people coming to watch. The evening was a Christmas celebration that featured all the schools musical groups:  Show band, Wind band, Training band, Junior band, Intermediate band, Youth band, guitar group, Folk group and Wardle voices.  There was also a surprise appearance from our newly formed staff choir. The evening was a huge success, getting everybody into the Christmas spirit. Take a look at our photographs from the evening.

Teacher of PE – Mr Eastham

What is your degree in?
“Strength and Conditioning.”

What sports do you follow?
“Football, rugby league and union, racing and boxing.”

What sports do you play?
“Football and golf.”

What would your advice be to students that want to succeed?
“My advice to pupils is commitment, dedication and hard work all pay off eventually. Just keep going.”

What is your favourite success quote?
“Winning is not everything, but wanting to is.”

Teacher of PE – Mr Blackburn

What is your degree in?
“Physical Education.”

What sports do you follow?
“Football, tennis and athletics.”

What sports do you play?
“I play tennis, table tennis and football.”

What would your advice be to students that want to succeed?
“My advice to pupils would be do your best, work hard and challenge yourself.”

What is your favourite success quote?
“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”

Teacher of PE – Mr Brady

What is your degree in?
“Secondary Physical Education and Sport Development.”

What sports do you follow?
“Rugby league and football are my top two, but I follow most sports.”

What sports do you play?
“Rugby league, football, cycling and golf.”

What would your advice be to students that want to succeed?
“My advice to pupils is hard work beats talent! Put the effort in and you will reap the rewards.”

What is your favourite success quote?
“In the end you will only regret the chances you didn’t take!”

Teacher of PE – Mr Beresford

What is your degree in?
“Sport Science (Bsc Hons).”

What sports do you follow?
“I am interested in all sports particularly football, skiing and F1.”

What sports do you play?
“I got to the gym as often as I can and try to train 2/3 times a week in Muay Thai.”

What would your advice be to students that want to succeed?
“My advice to pupils is work hard and you will see the benefits.”

What is your favourite success quote?
“Treat people as they are and they will remain as they are. Treat people as what they could be and they will become what they should be.”

Head of PE – Miss Shepherd

 What is your degree in?
“Sports Development.”

What sports do you follow?
“I follow most sports but I am a fan of Netball, Football and Athletics.”

What sports do you play?
“I still play Netball, just about.”

What would your advice be to students that want to succeed?
“My advice to pupils would be you get out what you put in.”

What is your favourite success quote?
In order to succeed we must first believe we can achieve.”

Doddle Support

Before the summer holidays Doddle released their new website. Included on the site is a new support area; this area is split into the four Doddle user types:  Parents, Students, Staff and Doddle Admin users. Each section contains user guides and videos to support each user with Doddle. There are also comprehensive troubleshooting documents if users come across any technical issues.

If you require assistance using Doddle or would like to know more about the website please follow this link: https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/support/

A member of the Doddle team are always on hand to assist if you ever need their help.