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St Andrews C.E. Primary School

We provide a calm, carefully structured environment which fosters positive attitudes to learning, with children enjoying challenging targets and taking pride in their achievements.

Our school philosophy actively encourages the development of high self-esteem by recognising strengths and encouraging all children to develop into confident, independent learners. The children play an active role in the smooth running of the school.

Parents, governors and staff work closely together in a supportive environment to enable pupils to flourish. Collaborative learning is important to us, and we see our links with the whole school community and professional network partner schools as essential to our future development.

I am extremely proud to be the Head Teacher of St Andrew’s and very fortunate to work with supportive parents and governors, fantastic children and a talented staff. If you would like to learn more about St Andrews’ C.E. Primary school, please contact us here. 

Mrs Judith Rainford, Headteacher, St Andrews' C.E. Primary

St James CofE Primary School

Here at St.James’, we have a clear Mission Statement that underpins all of our work.

We strive to deliver high educational standards, a superb level of care, a strong but sensible moral outlook, an understanding of the modern world and a strong sense of community values echoed by our Christian Ethos: ‘Living the Fruit of The Spirit’ (Galatians 5:22).

St.James’ is a happy, friendly, safe and encouraging place where everyone feels welcome and valued; a place where achievement is expected and is celebrated; a place where all members of the school community care about each other and are kind to each other; a place where behaviour is good and where success of all kinds is noticed so we can take pride in all the work we are doing.

We are very lucky to have an extremely dedicated and supportive staff who work very hard to provide the best opportunities for all our pupils in a safe and happy school environment. We aim to build the skills, knowledge and positive attitudes necessary to help all our pupils become responsible, respectful and tolerant citizens of the future.

The positive support of our parents and the wider community is very important to us all and we maintain an open and welcoming environment where we can work in partnership for the benefit of our pupils.

This website is an important link in the way we communicate all that we do here at St.James’. It provides us with a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate the life and work of our pupils. This can also be seen via our social media networks.

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Mr Robert Andrew, Headteacher, St James' Primary

Meet the Team

The PE team at Wardle Academy offers a wide range of sporting expertise that enables our students to broaden their experiences within PE at secondary school. If you have any questions for the Wardle Academy PE department, contact us and we will forward your query to our Head of PE, Miss Shepherd.

 

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Wardle Trust – Scheme of Delegation

The purpose of the Scheme of Delegation is to identify the responsibilities and delegated authorities for making key decisions in the name of, or on behalf of, the Wardle Academy Trust (‘the Trust”).
Document Version History:
v2: 01/09/2017 Document reviewed and update by Dr G. Wright (Senior Executive Officer) in acknowledgement of the additional academies that joined the Wardle Trust as of Sept 1st 2017.

Pupil Premium Policy

Schools receive additional funding on the basis of the number of students they have who are eligible for Free School Meals or are a Child in Care or a Service child. This additional funding is called the Pupil Premium Grant and is aimed at socially disadvantaged students.

The aforementioned funding is used to fund the programme of interventions planned by our, Key Stage Leaders, Subject Leaders and our Inclusion Team, with the specific focus, to narrowing gaps in progress and attainment for disadvantaged students and where necessary provide a holistic approach to meeting the needs of each of these students.

The Senior Leadership’s long term aim is for all students eligible for Pupil Premium Grant to perform better than non-pupil premium students nationally. In the short term it is to significantly close the gap between pupil premium and non pupil premium students.

Please note, this is Wardle Academy's policy on the appropriate and effective use of Pupil Premium expenditure. To view the expenditure strategy and previous year's impact report, please visit our policies, procedures and reports page.
Document Version History:
v1: 07/11/2017 Policy reviewed by J Skurr (Deputy Headteacher).
Policy due for review: 1/11/2018

Virtuoso, Joshua Batty, Delivers Flute Masterclass

The Wardle Academy Wind Band flutes were very lucky to have had a masterclass delivered by Joshua Batty last Wednesday.

They spent 2 hours together, working on various performing techniques resulting in some excellent tips for the students to use to improve their performance skills. 

 

Joshua began his studies at Chetham’s School of Music during which time he became Principal Flute of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Following this he spent his BMus at both the Royal Academy of Music where he received a full scholarship and the Haute Ecole de Musique, Genève. Whilst a student of these schools, Joshua was accepted into the Aldeburgh World Orchestra and as Principal Flute with Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and won notable prizes such as the Sussex Award in the Royal Overseas League Competition and the LSO Candide Prize.

Exceptional Music Tuition

Professionally Joshua has guested as Principal Flute with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Wilson Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Ensemble 360, Miss Saigon (West End) and was an Emerging Artist with the London Sinfonietta.
 
He has performed in prestigious festivals and international concert series such as Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh International, BBC Proms, Singapore Arts, Royal Concertgebouw, Staatskapelle Dresden and La Scala Milan.
 
Joshua is the Principal Flute of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra with whom he has appeared as a concerto soloist. 
This was an excellent session that offered some exceptional teaching to our young musicians and is a great example of the provision Wardle Academy is delivering in order to nurture the talents of our young people.

 

Visitors in School Policy

At all times legitimate visitors to the school are to be made welcome by staff and students. At the same
time, for reasons of personal and property security, there are now procedures in place which must be
followed:

Visitors here means all parents/carers, former students, governors, agency staff, contractors, officials and
guests which have a staff contact and who are not regular workers at this school.
Document Version History:
v1: 10/10/2016 Due for review: OCT - NOV 2017
Author: Mrs C Fisher. Headteacher.

At all times legitimate visitors to the school are to be made welcome by staff and students. At the same
time, for reasons of personal and property security, there are now procedures in place which must be
followed:

Visitors here means all parents/carers, former students, governors, agency staff, contractors, officials and
guests which have a staff contact and who are not regular workers at this school.

Wardle Trust Freedom of Information Policy

The Trust is committed to transparency in its dealings with the public and fully embraces the
aims of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the access provisions of the Data Protection
Act 1998. The Trust will make every effort to meet its obligations under the respective
legislation and will regularly review procedures to ensure that it is doing so.

The underlying principle of this policy is that the public have a right to access to recorded
information held by the schools and that the schools should seek to promote an open regime
regarding access to information, subject to the exemptions contained within the relevant
legislation.
Document Version History:
v1: 15/01/2015 Due to be reviewed following the implementation of the GDPR (May 2018)
Author: G Wright. Wardle Trust Senior Executive Officer.

SEND Policy, Provision and Local Offer

The following policy includes:

- Wardle Academy's SEND Policy
- School Provision
- Local Offer
- School Information Report

If anyone requires more information regarding Wardle Academy's SEND provision, please contact our SENCO, Mrs S. Taylor by emailing: taylors1@wardleacademy.co.uk
Document Version History:
v1: 17/10/2017 Policy Author - S Taylor (SENCO)
Policy to be reviewed October - November 2018.

Wardle Academy’s Open Evening Sees Its Highest Turnout Ever

Our school Open Evening 2017 saw one of the highest turnouts ever at one of our Open Evening events. This is a credit to how far the school has come in recent months.

The event saw record numbers through the door with over 700 people visiting Wardle Academy to learn more about our ongoing success. Feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive and we are particularly delighted with the responses that our student guides received about their warm welcome and excellent behaviour. Thank you to all the staff and students involved.

Catch up with our Open Evening event by watching the video here:
To learn more about how to apply for a place at Wardle Academy, please click here to be referred to the Rochdale School Admissions page.

Again, thank you to everyone involved and to everyone who attended. Those parent/carers that would like to know more information, ask any questions or would like to organise a school visit are more than welcome. Please contact the school for more information.  

Race Night

Due to unforeseen circumstances we are postponing the Wardle Academy Band Association Race Night which was planned for tomorrow (11/11/2016) evening until the new year.  If you have bought tickets, please return them to the school reception and we will arrange a full refund.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

PTFA – Why?

It was after a discussion with our headteacher about the recent Race for Life and its success, raising over £3600 that she mentioned about fundraising for the Academy.  I suggested to her that we could look into launching a PTA/Friends of the Academy Association.

We currently have a very successful Band Association who raise money for the many difference bands across the academy, following on from its success we want to launch our PTFA which will help raise funds for resources/rewards across the whole academy.

As a school we are looking at ways in which we can raise funds to help refurbish our swimming pool and feel that by establishing a PTA we can work with the school and outside agencies to secure funding.

If you feel like you would like to get involved, please contact Mrs Zoe Long at the school.

We currently have two events planned, one being the Christmas Markets and the other a Year 7 & 8 Christmas Disco.

Car Park and Turning Circle Information

You may have noticed that we have new signs out from 2.30pm informing you that for the safety of your children the car park is closed.  These have been in place from last week and most parent/carers have already stopped parking on the turning circle/car park.  Could all parent/carers please make sure that they do not park on the turning circle/car park as we need to ensure that your children are safe.

Over the course of the next week we will also be having permanent signs erected around the turning circle displaying the following information:

For student safety no vehicle access to this area on Monday to Friday, 8.30 – 8.45am and 2.35 – 2.55pm.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this matter.

Ex-Student GCSE Art Work

Last year’s Year 11 Art exam and coursework is now ready for collection.

It can be collected from school reception by prior arrangement with the Art Department. This can be done either by email – rafteryt@wardleacademy.co.uk or my calling the school.

All work must be collected by Friday 16th December 2016. If this work is not collected by this date unfortunately, due to the lack of storage, the Art Department will have to dispose of any unclaimed work.

Please note that you will need to bring something to transport your work home.

Wardle Academy – Safeguarding / Child Protection Policy

Wardle Academy fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children and support pupils in school.

There are three main elements to our Safeguarding Policy:

1. Prevention - to create a positive school atmosphere where teaching and pastoral staff support pupils in school.
2. Protection - by following agreed procedures, ensuring staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to Child Protection concerns/disclosures).
3. Support - to pupils and school staff and to children who may have been abused or suffering possible harm.

This policy applies to all staff and volunteers in school.
Document Version History:
v3: 13/10/2017 Policy Revised by J Skurr (Deputy Headteacher)
Next SLT review: 10/10/18

Equality Information

This Equality Policy is a public declaration of how the school will meet duties placed upon it by equality legislation (in particular the 2010 Equalities Act) and demonstrate good practice in equality and diversity.
Equality means ensuring that everyone is able to participate in the school’s activities as a student, a member of staff, governor or visitor on an equal footing with their fellows.
Diversity acknowledges that there are differences between people which should be recognised, respected and celebrated. Wardle Academy is proud of its diverse community and is committed to fostering an environment of mutual respect and dignity.
Document Version History:
v2: 04/05/2018

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Wardle Academy E – Safety Policy

The purpose of this policy is to:
- Set out the key principles expected of all members of the school community at Wardle Academy with
respect to the use of ICT-based technologies
- Safeguard and protect the children and staff of Wardle Academy
- Assist school staff working with children to work safely and responsibly with the Internet and other
communication technologies and to monitor their own standards and practice
- Set clear expectations of behaviour and/or codes of practice relevant to responsible use of the Internet
for educational, personal or recreational use
- Have clear structures to deal with online abuse such as cyberbullying which are cross referenced with
other school policies
- Ensure that all members of the school community are aware that unlawful or unsafe behaviour is
unacceptable and that, where appropriate, disciplinary or legal action will be taken
- Minimise the risk of misplaced or malicious allegations made against adults who work with students
Document Version History:
v1: 01/11/2017 Policy Revised by A Shaw (Assistant Headteacher) - 01/11/2017
Next SLT review: 01/11/18
v2: 29/11/2017 Policy updated by A Shaw (Assistant Headteacher) and Z Fleming (Trust IT Manager) - 29/11/2017
Next SLT review: 01/11/18

Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) Policy

Education, in its widest sense, should aim to develop the qualities in young people and allow them to make positive contributions to their local, and wider communities as they enter post-16 education, training or employment. These qualities of confidence, resilience, self-worth and respect for others will stand them in good stead for their own individual, personal and social development as well as academic achievement.
• Under the Education Act 2002/Academies Act 2010 all schools must provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which:

• promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society.
• prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The 2006 Education and Inspections Act which came into effect in September 2007, laid a duty on Governing Bodies ‘to promote the well-being of pupils at the school’.
Document Version History:
v1: 15/10/2016
v2: 30/11/2016 Latest version of SRE policy.
Updated by J Skurr. Wardle Academy Deputy Head

Policy Revised (13/01/17) next SLT review: 01/10/17

Year 8 Students’ Food Collection

Year 8 have been encouraging students, parents and carers to bring in food for the Rochdale Food Bank, helping those in need in the borough. Lots of donations came in and on Friday 21st October Mrs Johnston, Mrs Whitehead and three Year 8 students took the food up to Rochdale Food Bank.

“Thank you to everyone who has donated, it will really make a difference to some families in Rochdale.”Mrs Johnston, Head of Year 8

The Year 8 students, Jack W, Emily B and Elise B impressed the volunteers with their enthusiasm, smartness, questioning and the interest they showed in the workings of the food bank. They were a credit to the school and to their parents/carers.

The Rochdale Food Bank told Mrs Johnston that they are always in need of more volunteers and there are some foodstuffs that they need more than others. Mrs Johnston and the Year 8 students promised to do another collection in November, encouraging students to donate the foodstuffs that they particularly need. This will include products such as small jars of coffee, instant mash and maybe a few treats around Christmas. We’ll keep you updated with more information on this nearer the time.

Wardle Academy becomes the first school in Manchester to achieve ‘School of Sanctuary’ status

During the Summer holidays – Wardle Academy applied to become a School of Sanctuary.

A School of Sanctuary is a school that helps its students, staff and the wider community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community.

Wardle Academy is a school that is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all.

A school of Sanctuary means that Wardle Academy is now part of a movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution.

Wardle Academy works hard to ensure equal opportunities for every student. This means that there is a need for certain provision to be offered to students from diverse backgrounds. One such provision is Wardle Academy’s EAL department. The English as an Additional Language (EAL) department provides support to those students who do not have English as their first language.

The support provided for these students has been exceptional, and it is because of this hard work and dedication that the school is delighted to announce that it has been awarded ‘School of Sanctuary’ Status – the first school in Manchester to do so. The programme began in Yorkshire, England, but there are now Schools of Sanctuary in Wales and Ireland as well.

Wardle Academy’s EAL Co-Ordinator, Jenny Tetlow said:

“Wardle Academy has worked extremely hard over the past 3 years, welcoming refugees and Asylum Seekers from all over the world.

The Accreditation for School of Sanctuary means so much to me personally, as it recognises the excellent practice that goes on within the school, which then reflects in the happiness of all our EAL students.”

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Wardle Academy, EAL coordinator, Ms Tetlow and Director of the City of Sanctuary, Charles Kwaku-Odoi.

Wardle Academy was presented the Award during a school community assembly.

During the Assembly, a group of EAL students spoke of the impact that the EAL provision at the school has had on them and helped to further educate some of the other students by explaining about refugees and their own personal journeys into the UK. The students were then joined on stage by Rebecca Whitehead, local singer/songwriter, who was touched by the student’s personal struggles and composed a song dedicated to them. This was sung live to a rapturous audience, who were moved by the performance.

The award was then presented to Ms Tetlow and Mrs Fisher, Headteacher, by Charles Kwaku-Odoi, Director of the City of Sanctuary, Manchester.

Complaints Procedure Information

Wardle Academy’s complaints procedure is organised into the following 5 stages:
Stage 1. (Informal) – The complaint is heard by a staff member.
Stage 2. (Formal) – The complaint is heard by the Headteacher.
Stage 3. (Formal) – The complaint is heard by the chair of governors.
Stage 4. (Formal) – The complaint is heard by the Senior Executive of the Wardle Trust.
Stage 5. (Formal) – The complaint is heard by a Trustee appointed complaints committee.

 

A complaints form should be completed and returned to Mrs J Ashworth who will issue a formal receipt and explain what action will be taken. To find details of the school’s complaints procedure and the complaints form, please click on the document link below:

Complaints-Procedure

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Ryan achieves in online racing tournament

Year 9 student, Ryan has recently taken part in a world wide, online racing tournament, coming first place in one race and third place in another. The online race competition was tough, with twelve competitors in each race taking part and several popular video bloggers observing the futuristic event.

Online competitions such as this one are becoming more and more popular across the world with thousands of people taking part in events and thousands more observing the competitions as they take part. These competitions can require skills such as hand-eye coordination and quick reactions. Many are calling for the games to be considered for an olympic style recognition.

Ryan said “I am proud of how I have done and hope to take part in more in the future.”

Well done, Ryan! Great work!

Disadvantaged Pupil Funding Strategy (Pupil Premium) 2016 – 2017

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 to provide additional funding to support children who are looked after and those from low income families, including those eligible for Free School Meals. Interventions should have a positive, meaningful impact. It is important to be able to track the spending of the additional funding and also to be in a position to evaluate the effectiveness of measures that have been put in place regarding the improvement of outcomes. We encourage eligible parents to register their child as eligible for Free School Meals so that the maximum Pupil Premium entitlement is correctly allocated. The Pupil Premium, funding for which is additional to main school funding, is a crucial way of addressing inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. Wardle Academy aims to maximise the achievement of vulnerable students in our care.
Document Version History:
v5: 14/10/2016 Latest version updated by Deputy Headteacher (Curriculum).

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Form Tutor Information Evening

We are pleased to inform you that the Year 7 Form Tutor Information Evening takes place on Thursday 20th October 2016 from 5.30pm-8.00pm.

The purpose of this evening is for your child’s Form Tutor to invite parent/carers into school to discuss progress so far this year, with specific reference to attitude to learning and homework.   We can also discuss any issues or concerns that may have arisen from the start of term, along with Nu-Hope, attendance and PRIDE Points.

You can download the information letter by clicking on the link below:

Y7 FT EVENING THURS 20TH OCT 16

Wardle Wise – E-Safety

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Wardle Academy understands the importance of safe online activity. Our school e-safety measures are in place to provide you with the reassurance that we take the safety of your child very seriously, both offline and online.

The school has several online security measures in place which you can review by reading our school e-safety policy. There is a range of e-safety guidance projects within the academy that students can get involved in and further guidance on social media safety available here. For more information, please contact us.

Within this section, you can find a wide selection of resources on internet safety, both for parents and students.

Internet safety has never been more important. If you have any questions or concerns get in touch with key staff by emailing wardlewise@wardleacademy.co.uk

Check out the video below from CEOP:

Pretty shocking? Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon event. What’s crucial is that you know that speaking to people that you do not know online has the same risks as speaking to a stranger in the real world, sometimes the risks of speaking to strangers online are worse than offline. It’s crucial that you are vigilant when using the internet and that you know can and should speak to somebody about this as soon as you feel concerned. Remember, email wardlewise@wardleacademy.co.uk with any concerns you have.

Click here to make a report to CEOP

 

Social media safety

Social media is a great way to keep in touch with friends and keep up to date with everything that is going on in the world. However, like everything, there are risks that we all need to be aware of. Are you Social Media savvy? Have a look at the checklists below to check that your social media channels are up to scratch.

Twitter Checklist

Snapchat Checklist

Instagram Safety

Facebook Checklist

 

 

Wardle Wise – Anti – Bullying

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Anti – Bullying is one of the most important areas of any school. Wardle Academy is proactive in its anti-bullying efforts and ensures that any incidences of bullying are dealt with quickly and effectively. Unfortunately there are times when bullying can still occur, particularly with cyber bullying. It’s not always easy to talk about incidences of bullying, Wardle Academy understands this.

Within this section of Wardle Wise, you can find lots of useful areas for advice and help with bullying issues. Never suffer in silence, if somebody is doing something that makes you feel uncomfortable, then actions can and should be taken to make sure they stop it.

Bullying is never accepted at Wardle Academy in any form. If you need talk about anything that is making you uncomfortable then get in touch with key staff by emailing wardlewise@wardleacademy.co.uk

 

Anti-Bullying Week 2017 is being held between the 13th and 17th November 2017 and is organised by Anti-Bullying Alliance.

As you know the effects of bullying can have a massive impact on all individuals, whether that is at school, work, college or socially. Anti bullying week is a great way to get involved, take a stand against bullying and raise awareness in your school, college or organisation.

We will be holding anti-bullying assemblies with our students all week to express the importance of anti-bullying and who to talk to if they are ever involved in a bullying incident.

 

 

 

Student Safety

Please be aware that there have been a number of sightings within the area of people who are dressed as clowns, presumably with the intention of frightening members of the public. We have made the police and local primary schools aware of this but would also ask that if you see anything suspicious connected with this matter that you contact the police. The safety and well-being of our students is, as always,  of the utmost importance.

Thank you.

Wardle Wise – Mental Health

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Stress is something that affects everyone. There will be times while you are at Wardle Academy when you may become frustrated with yourself or others, you may be feeling the pressure of your subjects or the stress of exams. Stress can make us frustrated with things that we would normally not be bothered about. This is totally understandable. What is crucial is learning to calm yourself down and approach ways to resolve whatever is bothering you.

If you are feeling the pressure, it always helps to speak to somebody about it. Wardle Academy staff are faces that listen. We are here to ensure student well-being and this includes helping you with advice and council when you feel that times may be getting on top of you. Below is a collection of advice columns and ‘go tos’ for when you are feeling stressed or down as well as online advice on what you can do to help you cope when things are tough.

It’s never been more important to talk to somebody when you are feeling frustrated, stressed or upset. Get in touch with key staff discreetly and with confidence by emailing wardlewise@wardleacademy.co.uk

 

 

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who baked and donated at our Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 30th September.

Over £400 was raised at the annual Wardle Academy Macmillan Coffee Morning. A big thank you to everyone for their support, particularly the friends and families who joined us for the morning. An extra thank you to the students who baked at home. Lots of PRIDE Points awarded this weekMrs Holden, Assistant Headteacher

 

Leading Parent Partnership Award

Joint working between the home and the school led to much better outcomes for pupils; in particular, this helped pupils with special educational needs/disabilities, those with low attendance or who were potentially vulnerable in other ways.
School and Parents, Ofsted, April 2011

The Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) is an exciting national award. It provides a framework, which will help to more fully involve parents and carers in every child’s learning experience.

One of the principle criteria of the award is the promotion of and participation in lifelong learning within school for parents and carers. It is vital to a child’s development that his or her parent or carer understands and supports their child’s learning in their education. This can reinforce their relationships with their child and the school as well as developing their own skills and knowledge.

LPPA offers long term benefits such as improved pupil attendance and behaviour and increased involvement and support. We hope to improve communication between school and home and nurture the child / parents relationships by highlighting the benefits of adult learning and the positive impact this can have on a child’s own education.

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Student Charity Work

William K – Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Year 11 student, William K and his dad completed the Anglesey Sandman triathlon on Saturday 17th September. The pair are hoping to raise as much money as possible for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as one of William’s oldest friends, Callum R (former student at Wardle Academy) suffers with this life shortening condition.

The gruelling course included swimming 300m, cycling 5km and running 2km. If you would like to help William and his dad reach their target of £700, then please follow the link below to donate via their JustGiving page.

William’s JustGiving page

Molly A – Mind

On Sunday 18th September, Year 11 Student, Molly A completed the Boston Rowing Marathon. The course starts in Lincoln and covers the exceptionally long distance of 49.2 km (30.6 miles) along the River Witham to Boston. Molly completed the marathon in an amazing time of four hours 46 minutes winning her category and raising just short of £500 pounds for the mental health charity, MIND.

 

Zach Hudson – Macmillian Cancer Support

Year 9 student, Zach Hudson will be ‘braving the shave’ in January in aid of Macmillian Cancer Support. Zach has taken this challenge completely independently and hopes to raise his target of £1,000 by 15th January. If you are interested in supporting Zach and helping him reach his target, please follow the link below.

Zach’s Brave the Shave page

GCSE Results 2016

We are extremely pleased with the progress of our students. There have been many outstanding performances and it has been lovely to see that so many students now have the grades they need to carry on being successful.Mrs Fisher, Headteacher
  • Pupils at Wardle Academy on average made more progress than their national targets as indicated by the P8 score
  • Achievement and attainment in English is significantly above the national averages
  • 30% of students in history achieved the top grades A*/A in a year when this subject has seen a national fall in grades
  • 100% of students achieved A*-C in French
  • 17 subjects increased A*-C (including triple science, RS, Art, technology & MFL)
  • 70% of these subjects attained above the national A*-C figures

Year 11 Welcome Evening

On Thursday 22nd September 2016 from 6.00pm – 7.00pm Year 11 parents/carers are encouraged to attend our ‘Year 11 Welcome Evening’.

The evening will give you information about what you can do to make your child’s final and most important year a successful one. We will be giving you advice, informing you on key dates and providing you with contact information should you have any questions throughout the year.

You will also be given information about post 16 options such as A-levels, apprenticeships and vocational courses and  you will have the opportunity to ask any question you may have regarding your child’s future beyond Wardle Academy.

What is Progress 8? – An explanation of the new school performance measure

The Progress 8 measure is a new secondary school accountability system. It aims to encourage schools to teach a broad curriculum and reward schools that teach all pupils well. It will measure pupils’ progress across 8 subjects from age 11 to 16. This measure will replace the current A* to C system because the new Progress 8 measure counts the progress of all students from all abilities.

This video will help explain more about the Progress 8 measurement system.

In the 2016 GCSE exam results, Wardle Academy achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.13 which is above the government expected average. Wardle Academy also achieve the best progress in the Borough for English and fantastic results within other subjects such as the humanities.

To learn more about the Progress 8 system, view the DfE resources by clicking here.  If you would like to learn more about how Wardle Academy is adapting and achieving under the new Progress 8 measure, contact us here. 

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‘Buttons’ Christmas Pantomime

The Drama and Music Departments are pleased to announce that they will be directing the production of ‘Buttons – the Pantomime’ this Christmas.

Rehearsals are going well and tickets are selling fast.

The auditions went really well, we were overwhelmed, once again, with the amount of students who wanted to get involved with the production and the talent these students have.Mr Brown

The pantomime will take place at Wardle Academy on Monday 12th December and Tuesday 13th December at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children and £15 for a family (2 adults, 2 children). Tickets are on sale at reception.

Disadvantaged Funding Report (Pupil Premium) September update 2016

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 to provide additional funding to support children who are looked after and those from low income families, including those eligible for Free School Meals. Interventions should have a positive, meaningful impact. It is important to be able to track the spending of the additional funding and also to be in a position to evaluate the effectiveness of measures that have been put in place regarding the improvement of outcomes. We encourage eligible parents to register their child as eligible for Free School Meals so that the maximum Pupil Premium entitlement is correctly allocated. The Pupil Premium, funding for which is additional to main school funding, is a crucial way of addressing inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. Wardle Academy aims to maximise the achievement of vulnerable students in our care.
Document Version History:
v4: 13/09/2016 Latest version updated by Deputy Headteacher (Curriculum).

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Melvyn Bragg celebrates the wonderful sound of Wardle Academy’s brass bands

Melvyn Bragg celebrated the wonderful sound of Wardle Academy’s brass bands on his Radio 4 show, ‘The Matter of the North’. Press play and listen from 27:00 minutes to hear a sample of the Wardle Academy Youth Band’s performance and Music Teacher, Mr Lee Rigg, and our students talk about what playing brass music in the North of England means to them.

Start Back Times

The next academic year starts on Monday 5th September 2016. We will be having a staggered start to accommodate the new Year 7 students commencing with us for their first day. Students should arrive at school at the following times:

  • Year 7 (and prefects) – 8.40 am
  • Year 11 – 9.15am
  • Year 8, 9, and 10 – 10.00 am

All students will be with their Form Tutors until 11.00am, following break all lessons will commence at 11.15.

On Monday 5th September school buses (857 and 490) will be running at the normal scheduled times, arriving at school for 8.40am and leaving school 2.55pm. Students who travel to school on these buses and who are unable to make alternative arrangements due to the staggered times are welcome to arrive at school at the usual time where they will be supervised in the Hall until their registration with Form Tutors.

Homework Policy 2016

This policy is designed to provide a coherent framework from which departments can develop a consistent and effective approach to homework taking into consideration pupils of all ages and levels of ability.
At Wardle Academy we believe that homework is important in:

- Developing great learning habits
- Reinforcing positive attitudes to work 

- Encouraging organisation and discipline 

- Reinforcing, broadening and extending the school curriculum 

- Developing home/school partnership 

- Preparing pupils for life opportunities and experiences 

Document Version History:
v1: 13/01/2017 Policy Revised. next SLT review: 01/10/17

Staff Leavers

We are saying farewell to several members of staff this year. Thank you to the following members of staff for their year of service at Wardle Academy:

  • Mr Carroll
  • Mr Mikolajewski
  • Mrs Stevenson
  • Mrs Mellalieu
  • Ms Fletcher
  • Miss Griffiths
  • Mrs Shaw
  • Mrs Gadsby
  • Miss Pender
  • Mr Wales
  • Mrs Mellor
  • Mr Lord
  • Miss Haseldin
  • Miss Jagger
  • Mr Griffiths
  • Miss Robinson
  • Mrs Cleary
  • Mr Wright
  • Mr Gleeson
  • Miss Darnobid

NU-HOPE and PRIDE

Thank you to all the  parents/carers of our Year 7 pupils who attended our launch evening for NU-HOPE and PRIDE and who have provided us with feedback on how the first few weeks have gone. The response from pupils and parents/carers has been very positive but there are always ways to make things better and your feedback will help us make further improvements for September.

Year 8 Volunteering

On Sunday 3rd July Year 8 students Leah F, Leah C, and Beth S volunteered at Hare Hill Park for their British Legion Poppy picnic event. The girls helped to install a 160m Poppy River.

The girls worked hard all afternoon setting up the river, encouraging younger children’s participation and fully contributing to the nature of the day which was a commemoration of 100 years since the Somme and remembering all forces who have ever served.Lisa Burke, Secretary at Hare Hill Park

The three students have also helped Hare Hill Park’s Community Liaison Officer, Gloria Warburton, on a previous event at Woollen Woods.

Well done girls!

Ex Student Achievements

We would like to congratulate two of our ex students who have recently made us aware of their fantastic achievements.

Judith Ngere, who studied at Wardle High Sixth Form in 2010, has graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a First Class Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Science (MSci). Judith is now looking forward to studying for a PhD in Analytical Chemistry. Currently, Judith has taken up full time employment with Agilent Technologies, a global American Enterprise, where she is completing her year in industry.

Abbie-Lee Holister, who studied at Wardle High School between 2005-2010, is also graduating from the University of Huddersfield. Abbie-Lee has gained a first class degree in Business Management, finishing her course with a fantastic 91% overall and being awarded with the Chancellor’s Prize.

Abbie-Lee now plans to study for a PhD in Business and Management, researching women’s self-presentation in the workplace. She is also looking forward to working in a Business Development role at a start-up company distributing cyber security software in Stockport.

We wish both girls the best of luck in their futures!

Enhanced Healthy School Status

Wardle Academy recently achieved the ‘Enhanced Healthy Schools’ award. The aim of the Rochdale Healthy Schools Programme is to improve the health and well-being of children and young people across the borough.

Enhanced healthy schools logo

The Enhanced Healthy School status is awarded to schools who strive for lasting health and well-being behaviour changes in their students, with particular focus on providing targeted support for those who are most at risk.

After being directed by Ofsted in February to ensure that we increase the support available to LGBT representatives within the school, Wardle Academy decided to focus on this when working towards the Enhanced Healthy Schools status.

Wardle Academy achieved the award by doing the following:

  • Organising a number of assemblies which cover topic areas such as human rights, discrimination and cases of violations of civil rights.
  • Made students aware of IDAHO day, a day aiming to challenge Homophobia.
  • A follow up lesson has been completed in RESPECT lessons across the school in order to allow pupils an opportunity to share their views and question anything that they are unsure of.
  • Posters have been displayed around school to support a positive image of all relationships.

London Theatre Trip

On Tuesday 12th July, a group of 32 students made their way down to London to watch two West End shows.

The groups of students, who were made up primarily of the ‘We Will Rock You’ cast, enjoyed a performance of Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ at the Prince Edward Theatre and ‘Wicked’ at the Victoria Apollo.

The staff and students stayed in London overnight and also got the chance to explore Covent Gardens and Leicester Square.

The staff and students thoroughly enjoyed both shows, Wicked was amazing and Aladdin is a brand new, sold out show, so it was a fantastic opportunity for us. I’d like to thank the staff, Mr Brown, Miss Cust and Miss Hynes, who came with us and Mrs Whitehead for the planning and, of course, the students for behaving fantastically throughout the trip.Trip Organiser, Mr Lord

Changes for KS4 for September 2016

As you may be aware, from September 2016 Year 10 and 11 students will have an extra lesson from 2.45 – 3.45pm.

Another significant change to the next academic year is that we will no longer be using the house system. This changes the job roles of Key Stage 4 staff, the list below explains who you should contact regarding issues with your child.

Year 11

  • Mr Khan: Head of Year 11, contact regarding pastoral, attendance and behaviour issues. khanw@wardleacademy.co.uk or extension 1031.
  • Mr Johnson: Pastoral Manager – contact regarding pastoral, attendance and behaviour issues. johnsonl@wardleacademy.co.uk or extension 1056.
  • Mrs Adrio: Academic Support – contact regarding data, curriculum, revision, exams and intervention issues. adrioe@wardleacademy.co.uk or extension 1031.

Year 10

  • Mr Hemmings: Head of Year 10 – contact regarding pastoral, attendance and behaviour issues. hemmingsm@wardleacademy.co.uk or extension 1031.
  • Mrs Bamford: Pastoral Manager – contact regarding pastoral, attendance and behaviour issues. bamfordk@wardleacademy.co.uk or extension 1053.
  • Mrs Adrio: Academic Support – contact regarding data, curriculum, revision, exams and intervention issues. adrioe@wardleacademy.co.uk or extension 1031.

As we will no longer be using the house system, from September all Year 10 students should wear a green tie with a blue design (old Roussin tie) and all Year 11 students should wear a gold tie with a green design (original Year 11 tie). Ties are available from school reception for £5.

Start Back Times

The next academic year starts on Monday 5th September 2016.

  • Year 7 – 8.40 am
  • Year 11 – 9.15am
  • Year 8, 9, and 10 – 10 am

Prefects are also required to be in school from 8.40am.

School buses will be running at the normal schedule times. Students who need to catch these as they are unable to make alternative arrangements due to a later start time must do so and they will be supervised in school until their registration with Form Tutors.

Please note that all students who are eligible to catch the school bus from Todmordon will be issues with a new school bus pass in September. Please can we remind families that bus passes for this bus service are based on living distance from school and we must monitor the number of passes issued due to health and safety on the bus.

GCSE Results Day

GCSE Results Day is Thursday 25th August 2016. Students can collect their results from the Main Hall from 10:00am onwards. If you are unable to collect your results, there are two possibilities:

  1. Before Thursday 25th August 2016, hand in a stamped addressed envelope to reception and we will post your result to you.
  2. Before Thursday 25th August 2016, bring in a letter, addressed to Mr Werth, Exams Manager, nominating the person you would like to collect your results. That person needs to bring a form of ID on results day to prove they are the nominated person stated on the letter.

Good luck!

Start Back Times

The next academic year starts on Monday 5th September 2016.

  • Year 7 – 8.40 am
  • Year 11 – 9.15am
  • Year 8, 9, and 10 – 10 am

Prefects are also required to be in school from 8.40am.

School buses will be running at the normal schedule times. Students who need to catch these as they are unable to make alternative arrangements due to a later start time must do so and they will be supervised in school until their registration with Form Tutors.

Please note that all students who are eligible to catch the school bus from Todmordon will be issues with a new school bus pass in September. Please can we remind families that bus passes for this bus service are based on living distance from school and we must monitor the number of passes issued due to health and safety on the bus.

Bus Timetables from September 2016

Please find updated bus timetables below, available to download below. We would also like to remind the parents/carers of students who travel to and from school on the bus that you must obtain an IGO Pass to be eligible for subsidised fares. Forms for an IGO pass can be obtained through school or via the TFGM travel shops, once they have been completed, they will need a stamp from school to confirm your son/daughter’s attendance at our school. The school will be open from 9.30am – 3.00pm during the summer holidays if you wish to come in for a stamp.

Bus Timetable

 

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are not needed during the school day. Over the past few years there have been many reports in the newspapers of children who have been the victim of cyber-bullying or of the inappropriate use of phones. One of our key values is that we look after each other and everyone is happy and safe. We believe that we can do this most effectively if phones are left at home.

Our reception staff will always help you to make contact with parents/carers for an important reason. Please consider whether you need to bring your mobile phone to school. If you do, then this phone must be out of sight at all times and must never be used during the school day.

If your mobile phone is seen or heard in school it will be confiscated, taken to Pupil Reception and you will be told when to collect it or if you need a parent/carer to collect it. Students have the option of leaving their mobile phones at Pupil Reception at the beginning of each day for safe keeping.

Star of the Week

With the introduction of the NU-HOPE behaviour system comes a new rewards system. ‘Star of the Week’ awards are nominated by every teacher to the Year 7 student they believe have shown great learning habits based on PRIDE.

PRIDE is:

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‘Star of the Week’ awards are given out to selected students every Friday afternoon. As well as receiving a certificate and two PRIDE+ points, ‘Star of the Week’ students will be announced on the school website and on the school Facebook and Twitter page. You will be able to view the ‘Star of the Week’ students by clicking on the ‘Achievement’ tab on the home page.

Well done to the students who have been awarded a ‘Star of the Week’ so far.

From September ‘Star of the Week’ awards will be awarded to Year 7 and 8 students.

Prefects, Head Girl and Head Boy

Mrs Fisher has appointed Head Girl and Head Boy along with the deputies and we are pleased to announce they are:

  • Head Boy: Max N
  • Head Girl: Niamh R
  • Deputy Head Boy: Alfie D
  • Deputy Head Girl: Elizabeth H

We are also proud to announce our Year 11 prefects for next year:

Year 7 Prefects

  • Lauren W
  • Lauren B
  • Chloe P
  • Lucie R
  • Zahraa D
  • Harry T
  • Phillipa L
  • Elizabeth D
  • Freya C

Year 8 Prefects

  • Niamh H
  • Katie H
  • Olivia C
  • Emma C
  • Olivia M
  • Ala S
  • Neela I
  • Megan P
  • Javeria H
  • Jack B

Roussin Prefects

  • Elise M
  • Holly C
  • Chloe D
  • Abbie M
  • Chloe K
  • Max N
  • Jake C
  • Emily C
  • Ellie R

Herdwick Prefects

  • Max C
  • Ellie T
  • Aison A
  • Amelia T
  • Aishah H
  • Katy B
  • Molly B
  • Ali H
  • Freya C

Vendeen Prefects

  • Megan D
  • Bethany R
  • Amy H
  • Elizabeth H
  • Rebecca N
  • Autumn H
  • Alfie D
  • Holly
  • Sadie S
  • Niamh R

Roussin Prefects

  • Elise M
  • Holly C
  • Chloe D
  • Abbie M
  • Chloe K
  • Max N
  • Jake C
  • Emily C
  • Ellie R

Performing Arts Prefects

  • Amelia M
  • Isabelle W
  • Katie Howarth

Reception Prefects

  • Daniel S
  • Sean S

Performing Arts Ambassador

  • Dylan J

End of Year Awards

On Thursday 23rd June Wardle Academy held a graduation ceremony for Year 8 students to celebrate the completion of their Foundation Learning Programme and to recognise their determined hard work to achieve their personal learning targets.

Students arrived at the event looking fantastic in the traditional graduation attire of black caps and gowns. During the evening, students received the Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award, with certificates and lapel badges presented to individuals who had successfully taken part in specific classroom activities and community events.

On Thursday 7th July it was the turn of Year 9 and 10, who attended their Rewards Evening. Prizes for each subject were awarded as well as awards for progress in each subject. Mrs Wright also introduced the new prefects and ambassadors.

On Friday 15th July it was the Year 7 Community Assembly. Family and friends were invited to join the Year 7 students as they put on a presentation reflecting on their first year at Wardle Academy. Certificates were then awarded for each subject and progress in each subject.

We would like to thank all the students and their families who attended the events, making them so memorable. Congratulations to all the young people who graduated and were awarded prizes!

100% Attendance

72 pupils100% Attendance 2015-16

 

Huge congratulations to those who have achieved 100% attendance this academic year at Wardle Academy. There were a fantastic 72 students from Year 7, 8, 9 and 10. Well done to you all!

 

Year 7

  • Callum B
  • Alexander B
  • Brandon B
  • Kieran C
  • Grace H
  • Harry H
  • Liam H
  • Harley H
  • Jimi J
  • Oliver L
  • Courtney M
  • Dervla M
  • Efan M
  • Quinlan O
  • Bailey P
  • Benjamin S
  • Luke S
  • Thomas S
  • Benjamin T
  • Tyler W

Year 8

  • Emma B
  • Connor C
  • Jake D
  • Emily D
  • Jake D
  • Chiamaka E
  • Evie G
  • Lauren H
  • Brandon H
  • Luke H
  • Thomas K
  • Katie M
  • Oliver M
  • Niamh M
  • Holly M
  • Charles R
  • Grace S
  • Henry S
  • Adam T
  • Samuel W
  • Max W
  • Emily W

Year 9

  • Ashlea B
  • James B
  • Ella C
  • Bradley O
  • Matthew F
  • Daizy F
  • Cleo F
  • Owen G
  • Joshua K
  • Erin K
  • Paul K
  • Abbey L
  • Jessica M
  • Jack R
  • Liam R
  • Ethan S

Year 10

  • William B
  • Megan D
  • Katie H
  • Katie H
  • William K
  • Kaydean-Chanel L
  • Bethany M
  • Luke N
  • Benjamin P
  • Daniel S
  • Sean S
  • Cameron W
  • Scarlett W

We would also like to congratulate Year 11 students, Ailsa and Annabel, who both achieved 100% attendance throughout their five years at Wardle Academy – an amazing achievement!

 

 

Teens and Toddlers

A group of Year 9 students have recently completed a work placement at Smithy Bridge Primary School as part of an 18 week ‘Teens and Toddlers’ programme.

The programme offers work experience, a national qualification and the opportunity to mentor children in nurseries.

The students will now continue working with the organisation to achieve a NCFE qualification in community action, self-development, managing social relationships and working as part of a group.

Our children have looked forward to the students’ visit every Thursday afternoon and have loved spending time with them. During their placement, we have seen the group of students develop many new skills, which they have then used in our setting. Their communication skills have really developed and their confidence has grown. They have all been patient, friendly and positive role models for our children. It has been a pleasure to work alongside them and I wish them the best of luck in the future.Miss Copeland, Head of Early Years at Smithy Bridge Primary School

Well done to the students involved:

  • Olivia B
  • Ieesha A
  • Jade S
  • Lucile H
  • Alice G
  • Jessica A
  • Ebony H
  • Molly W

Music for Youth

70 students and staff travelled down to Birmingham on Thursday 7th July to perform at the Music for Youth National Festival at the Symphony Hall.

Wardle Academy’s Brass Band and Wind Band were invited to attend the festival after impressing the mentors in the first series of festivals back in March.

Both bands performed fantastically, impressing the mentors who described the Wind Band as “scintillating” and the Brass Band as “exquisite”.  The bands are now waiting to see if they have been nominated for an award or an invite to perform at the Albert Hall in November.

We are extremely proud of all our musicians and their performances at the Symphony Hall were amazing. We all have our fingers crossed that the bands will get an invite to London in November.Director of Music at Wardle Academy, Mrs Morris

Ellie Signed to Manchester United

Year 7 student at Wardle Academy, Ellie K, has been signed by Manchester United Football Club for the 2016/17 football season.

Ellie, who has been playing football for Manchester United since she was 8 years old, was honoured to be selected as the youngest member of the Girls’ Under 14s team.

I can’t wait to start playing for the Under 14s team. I’m looking forward to travelling across the country to play games against other big clubs.Ellie

Ellie impressed the Manchester United scouts when she was invited to take part in a series of trials. She secured her place at the club in early July and training is due to start in the next few weeks. Ellie already trains three times a week in Eccles and plays a match every Saturday in Parrington.

Manchester United Foundation Girls’ FA Regional Talent Club aims to provide opportunities for girls to play football at the highest standard against other clubs of a similar level, with the view of developing them to international standard. As part of the commitment, Manchester United Foundation will provide the girls with intensive training and games with other Regional Talent Club teams from the North West.

PE Teachers, Mrs Surtees and Miss Bowler supported Ellie’s achievement by attending a presentation at Old Trafford.

We are so proud of Ellie, it was great to celebrate her achievement at Old Trafford and we are looking forward to supporting her throughout her next four years at Wardle Academy.Mrs Surtees and Miss Bowler

Wardle Academy Student excels in work experience at Manchester Piccadilly

Wardle Academy student, Sam George, who has recently completed his GCSE exams, has just completed a fantastic two weeks working with the Virgin trains team at Manchester Piccadilly Station. Sam has a keen interest in trains and the locomotive industry, this work experience was a fantastic opportunity for him to learn more about the details of his passions and discover the specific areas in this field of work that Sam enjoyed the most.

Over the past two weeks, Sam has covered a variety of positions which included, immediate and advanced travel tickets sales or enquiries, floor walking which involves being front of house and potentially the first Virgin representative the customers see. He has helped customers receive information quickly, reducing queue times and also generally being on hand to assist with luggage or directions. Sam has also worked in platform despatch, shadowing staff whilst we despatch our services and understanding the safety aspects and reason for prompt departures and impact that delays have further down the line.

Sam has also worked Onboard trains covering the catering service 1st class and in the shop plus being a Train Manager to and from London which he really loved and excelled in.

 Virgin Trains Customer Experience Turnaround manager, Andy Roberts said;

“Sam has had a very busy two weeks here at Manchester Piccadilly and has thoroughly enjoyed his time here. The team have taken to Sam as he has been an absolute pleasure to have around the business. His attitude has been 100% every day, he is polite, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly and will be valued member of any team in the future.

Sam has asked about doing voluntary work over the summer to keep his skills up and be around Virgin Trains, which from our point of view would be a welcomed addition, if this is an option/opportunity we can arrange with Sam to do ad hoc days.

One final thing from me, Sam has been an absolute star and a total credit to his School, Family and himself. Keep up the good Sam and you will have a great future and hopefully with Virgin Trains.”        

Well done, Sam! Keep up the good work and we hope to hear about more of your success in the future.

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Enhanced Healthy Schools Award

Enhanced Healthy School status has been designed to help schools develop the wider thinking and planning they will need to do in order to achieve better outcomes around health and well-being for children and young people. It has also been designed to help schools to strive for lasting health and well-being behaviour changes in children and young people, with particular focus on providing targeted support for those who are most at risk.

Wardle Academy has achieved this status through its extensive work in raising LGBT awareness among its students. Learn more about the efforts taken by viewing the documents below:

Planning our change – Increasing an awareness of the LGBT community

Wardle Academy – perception evaluation

Wardle Academy –  Healthy Schools Status report

 

 

 

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Graduation and Rewards Evening

On Thursday 23rd June Wardle Academy held a graduation ceremony for Year 8 students to celebrate the completion of their Foundation Learning Programme and to recognise their determined hard work to achieve their personal learning targets.

Students arrived at the event looking fantastic in the traditional graduation attire of black caps and gowns. During the evening students received the Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award, with certificates and lapel badges presented to individuals who had successfully taken part in specific classroom activities and community events.

On Thursday 7th July it was the turn of Year 9 and 10, who attended their Rewards Evening. Prizes for each subject were awarded as well as awards for progress in each subject. Mrs Wright also introduced the new prefects and ambassadors.

We would like to thank all the students and their families who attended the events, making them so memorable. Congratulations to all the young people who graduated and were awarded prizes!

Race for Life raises over £3500

On Friday 8th July, Wardle Academy held its very own ‘Race for Life’ event for Cancer Research UK in memory of Fay Williams. Fay was a much loved and well respected member of staff who fought her battle against cancer with dignity and courage, but above all with a smile on her face, she was a true inspiration to all who knew her.

Students in Year 7 and 8 took part in the event by running laps of the school. Students collected sponsor money prior to the race and donated a pound each on the day. £3507.52 was raised.

A special mention goes to Caitlyn C. who raised a fantastic £180 in sponsorship money, well done!

Our students are the generation that could see ground breaking treatments and cures for cancer in their lifetime.  They are the young warriors who could be the researchers and lifesavers of tomorrow.  By taking part in “Race for Life” and uniting together against cancer, they did something really special.

A massive thank you to everyone who got involved, sponsored our students and donated money. If you haven’t had the chance to sponsor a student but would still like to donate, you can do so via our Just Giving page.

Star of the Week Scheme Begins

At Wardle Academy, Year 7 students have started being rewarded with ‘Star of the Week’ certificates. Teachers chose their ‘Star of the Week’ students based on how well they have been demonstrating good learning habits. Big congratulations go to those who won our first set of certificates. A special mention goes to Declan who won three awards for Maths, Drama and Spanish.

Other awards were presented to:

  • Abbie – Spanish
  • Abigail – Spanish
  • Aminah – Science
  • Ava – English
  • Ben – English
  • Brad – RESPECT
  • Daniel – Technology
  • Declan – Maths, Drama and Spanish
  • Ebony – PE
  • Hannah – English
  • Harry – Music
  • Harvey – PE
  • Lewis – Maths
  • Michael – Foundation Learning
  • Morgan – Maths
  • Niobe – Maths
  • Saqlain – Spanish
  • Thomas – Music

 

 

Year 7 students are presented with the awards by demonstrating the following learning habits:

Pride + award

Well done everyone, keep up the hard work!

Busy Bands – Expert Music Tuition, Musical Evening and Music for Youth!

Recently, students from Wardle Academy’s Performing Arts Groups were given the opportunity to take part in special rehearsals and sectionals lead by leading trombonist and conductor, Brett Baker. Brett Baker is the programme leader for Musical Arts at the University of Salford, a leading Trombone soloist, recording artist for Michael Rath Brass Instruments, and past-Principal Trombone for the Black Dyke Band. Brett is viewed as one of Europe’s leading brass performers and educators.

Students from the school’s performing arts groups were given the expert tuition from Brett on a number of pieces. The group performed both together and in sectionals with Brett providing key advice and instruction to the young performers.

The afternoon was well received and our students were able to showcase what they learnt during the session at Musical Evening on Friday 1st July and whilst performing at the Birmingham Symphony Hall for Music for Youth on Thursday 7th July.

We would also like to say congratulations and a massive thank you to Laura Conway, Skye Wilson and Robin Chicot who received  certificates for seven years’ of service to the Wardle Academy Bands. What a fantastic achievement!

 

Aspiring Athletes Exceed at Rochdale Competition

Approximately 80 students from Wardle Academy represented the school at the annual Rochdale Schools’ Athletics Competition on Tuesday 14th June bringing home over 20 medals.

The students represented the school fantastically, they didn’t let the rain affect their performance and they were a credit to the school!Miss Bowler, PE Teacher

We are very proud of all our students who were involved in the competition, special mentions go to those who won gold medals:

  • Holly M – Year 8 Girls 100m and Long Jump
  • Philippa L – Year 10 Girls 800m
  • Jessica B – Year 10 Girls 1500m
  • Niamh R – Year 10 Girls Triple Jump
  • Mary-Kate P, Lucie-Alice W, Amy P and Courtney M – Year 7 Girls Relay

The girls did fantastically well, the Year 7 team won the competition, and the Year 8s and 10s were placed second. Overall in the girls’ competition, Wardle came second out of eleven – a fantastic achievement.

The PE department have also been awarded the Silver School Games Mark for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

 

Race for Life

Wardle Academy is holding its very own 'Race for Life' event for Cancer Research UK in memory of Fay Williams. Fay was a much loved and well respected member of staff who fought her battle against cancer with dignity and courage, but above all with a smile on her face, she was a true inspiration to all who knew her.

Our Cancer Research Just giving page can be found by clicking here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wardle-academy08-07-2016


High Expectations – No Excuses

Dear Parents/Carers of Year 7 students


Please find enclosed two very important documents which contain details of the changes which will be happening in school from Monday 27th June 2016. One is a letter with details of all the changes and the other is a partnership agreement between home and school. 

Please support us in raising standards by signing and returning the partnership agreement by Monday 27th June. Please do not hesitate to contact school if you have any questions or concerns.

Ex student receives fantastic banding opportunity

Former student of Wardle Academy, Laura Conway is set to join a prestigious one-year specialist brass band course at Manger Folkehogskule in Norway.

Laura applied for a place at the school after meeting the current brass band course students in April, this year, when they visited Wardle Academy. Within two days she had received an offer to start in September 2016.

Laura, who has just completed her A Levels at Rochdale Sixth Form College said: “I was planning on going to university in September but I have deferred my place for one year as I could simply not turn down this offer.”

The Manger Folkehogskule offers 20 hours of music tuition each week as well as lessons in conducting, composition, and working with specialist tutors, there will also be a wide range of non-musical opportunities. The school is approximately an hour from Bergen set in a beautiful area near the fjords.

Currently principle cornet with the Wardle Academy Youth Band and Wardle Anderson Band, Laura has also been offered a place in one of Norway’s top brass bands ‘Manger Mussikklag’. Laura plans to fly out to Bergen on 19th August with her parents, Sean and Jane, and her younger sister, Emma, who is also hoping to enrol at the school next year.

I would like to thank my uncle, Lee Rigg, conductor of the Wardle Academy Youth Band, who has given me so many fantastic opportunities to perform at prestigious concert halls, winning national and European titles. I would also like to thank my family and friends who have always supported and encouraged me to perform and to Wardle Academy Band Association for their continued support and fundraising.Laura Conway

Well done Laura, we wish you all the best for your new chapter in September!

Disadvantaged Funding Report (Pupil Premium) May 2016

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 to provide additional funding to support children who are looked after and those from low income families, including those eligible for Free School Meals. Interventions should have a positive, meaningful impact. It is important to be able to track the spending of the additional funding and also to be in a position to evaluate the effectiveness of measures that have been put in place regarding the improvement of outcomes. We encourage eligible parents to register their child as eligible for Free School Meals so that the maximum Pupil Premium entitlement is correctly allocated. The Pupil Premium, funding for which is additional to main school funding, is a crucial way of addressing inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. Wardle Academy aims to maximise the achievement of vulnerable students in our care.
Document Version History:
v3: 23/05/2016 Latest version updated by Deputy Headteacher (Curriculum).

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Wardle Wise – Coping with stress.

wardle wise logo

We are now well into the GCSE exams. Like all exams and times of pressure, GCSE’s can be stressful. Stress can make us frustrated with things that we would normally not be bothered about. This is totally understandable. What is crucial is learning to calm yourself down and approach ways to resolve whatever is bothering you. 

Check out this useful link for tips to deal with exam stress.

What is stress?

Stress is primarily a physical response. When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action. This causes a number of reactions, from blood being diverted to muscles to shutting down unnecessary bodily functions such as digestion.

Through the release of hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine, the caveman gained a rush of energy, which prepared him to either fight or run away. That heart pounding, fast breathing sensation is the adrenaline; as well as a boost of energy, it enables us to focus our attention so we can quickly respond to the situation.

Feeling sadIn the modern world, the ‘fight or flight’ mode can still help us survive dangerous situations, such as reacting swiftly to a person running in front of our car by slamming on the brakes.

The challenge is when our body goes into a state of stress in inappropriate situations. When blood flow is going only to the most important muscles needed to fight or flee, brain function is minimised. This can lead to an inability to ‘think straight’; a state that is a great hindrance in both our work and home lives. If we are kept in a state of stress for long periods, it can be detrimental to our health.

When your body goes into a state of stress, we may feel agitated and aggressive towards others; this can be due to our bodies’ natural reaction being “fight”. This can be a helpful reaction to ward off predators, but in unnecessary situations, it can negatively affect relationships and ruin reputations. This is why we need to take extra care so we can avoid unnecessary stress.

Everybody can become frustrated at times. It’s not uncommon to lose your patience with other people, especially during stressful times such as exams. What is important is that you understand why it’s crucial to control your temper, both for the benefit of those around you and your own well-being. Stress and anger can make you unwell, it’s important to know how to control this and avoid an escalating situation. Below is a link to some useful tips to help you calm down when you are feeling stressed and angry.

Check out this link for advice on how to deal with situations that make you angry and frustrated. 

 

The main point we all need to know is how beneficial it is to talk about the things that are annoying you. It doesn’t matter how small or ‘silly’ you think they are. Wardle Academy is filled with staff that are here to listen to you and are here to help. If you feel things are getting on top of you, or there is something that is bothering you, you should talk to somebody at the school. Don’t just hide under the covers!! Our pastoral team are here to listen to everything you are concerned about. If you need to talk to somebody, never hesitate to speak to one of the team.

 

 

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Whit Friday

Friday 20th May saw the Wardle Academy Youth Band, Intermediate Band and Junior Blast Band compete in the annual Whit Friday Brass Band competitions.

The Youth Band, directed by Sean Conway, entered six competitions, winning an impressive five first place prizes at Uppermill, Greenfield, Dobcross, Lydgate, Denshaw, and one second place at Diggle. Their impressive performances also secured them the Deportment prize at Lydgate and the best Soprano and Euphonium section prize at Dobcross; resulting in the band retaining their title as Whit Friday Saddleworth Youth Champions.

The Junior Blast band, directed by Lee Rigg and made up of 40 Year 3-6 primary school children, played at four contests – Delph, Denshaw, Dobcross and Uppermill.  This was a great experience for the young band members and they were delighted to return home with the Youth Deportment prize from Uppermill. An on looker described the band as ‘mind blowing’, adding ‘this is an incredible sound for kids so young and the response from the crowd says it all”.

The Intermediate Band also took part in the Whit walks during the morning in Mossley.

We are extremely proud of all the students that took part.  It was a difficult evening due to the heavy rain but the bands continued to perform to the best of their ability.  Junior Blast got a fantastic reception from the crowds and the Youth Band’s achievement over the evening is outstanding!  The band will now have a well-earned rest over half term before they begin working towards their next big competition at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.Julie Morris, Director of Music

IDAHOT Day 2016 at Wardle Academy

Today is #IDAHOT2016

A celebration of LGBT awareness across the globe. IDAHOT is the largest LGBTI solidarity event to take place throughout the globe with over 1,000 events taking place in more than 120 countries worldwide.

Wardle Academy recognises IDAHOT day and the celebration of difference. We are here to support you. You can find information cards about the range of support you can find in and out of school at the Wardle Academy reception and staff are here to listen to any concerns or views you may have.

You can learn more by visiting the IDAHOT2016 website here. 

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Diary Dates

Year 8 Parents Evening Thursday 16th June, 5.30 – 8.00pm

Year 8 Graduation Evening Thursday 23rd June, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Sports Presentation Evening Friday 24th June, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Year 11 Prom Thursday 30th June, 7:00 – 11:00pm

Musical Evening Friday 1st July, 6:30pm – late

Year 7 Parents’ Evening Monday 4th July, 5:30 – 8:00pm

Year 9 & 10 Presentation Evening Thursday 7th July, 7:00 – 10:00pm

Year 7 Community Assembly Friday 8th July, 9:00 – 10:00am

Year 10 Parents’ Evening Thursday 14th July, 5:30 – 8:00pm

School closes for summer Wednesday 20th July, 2.45pm

Year 7 and 8 Charity Work

Year 7 and 8 students have been raising funds for charity to help complete their Archbishop of York Youth Trust Award.

Most recently, Leo and Harry have raised over £126 for Springhill Hospice by doing a sponsored walk around Hollingworth Lake. The boys were commended for their efforts this week when a representative of Springhill Hospice came in to thank them and award them with a certificate and toy mascot.

Maisie and Tyler took part in a sponsored run for Cancer Research. They managed to raise a fantastic total of over £400.

We wanted to raise money for Cancer Research because it’s close to the hearts of a lot of people. We ran from Smithy Bridge Road, down to Hollingworth Lake, around the lake and back up to Smithy Bridge Road.Tyler and Maisie

The girls sprayed their hair pink and wore pink clothes to complete the course which took them just 45 minutes.

Tyler

Well done to all involved!

One Million Pennies Challenge

On Friday 13th May Wardle Academy took part in the Springhill Hospice ‘One Million Pennies Challenge’.

The hospice gave themselves the challenge to raise a million pennies from students across the borough which would raise a sky high total of £10,000!

This is one of the main fundraising events in the Springhill Hospice calendar when schools are invited to help to raise money to support the work of the Hospice.

Students were asked to bring in as many pennies as they could find.

We had a fantastic response and thanks to everyone who got involved, we managed to raise over £230.

A special thanks to Year 11 student, Zak Rodgerson, who donated a bag full of pennies!

 

Thank You

Wardle Academy would like to publically thank Stuart Howarth and Dave Godley, the Casualty Reduction Officers at the Rochdale Highways, Property & Strategic Housing department who have supported us for the last 3 years, to provide information and advice to all our pupils through the RESPECT curriculum, as how to stay safe out and about. Their team are to be disbanded from June, and we wish them all our very best wishes in their future roles. Their support has been invaluable.

Bury College Maths Challenge

On 19th April Mr Pollock took four gifted and talented Year 10 mathematicians to Bury College to take part in the Bury College Maths Challenge.

The students were:

  • Harry Tait
  • Molly Archbold
  • Holly Cassell
  • Adham Al Awari

It was a team challenge against other high schools from Bury, Rochdale and Bolton. The challenge started with four games of countdown, a problem solving round and finally a relay challenge where the teams had to solve each problem before receiving the next problem in a race against time and the other 14 teams.

The students were exceptionally well behaved and represented the academy with distinction.  Wardle Academy came 4th out of 15 schools.

Well done to everyone that took part!

School Band News

Earlier in the month, at the recent Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing Arts all Wardle Academy musical groups were awarded honours. Guitar Group were awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Trophy of Outstanding Performance and were invited to play in the Celebration Concert. Guitar Group members are:  Leo Sheddon, Sam Ewens, Jonah Lockwood, Holly Smith, Olwen Barnes- Archer, Jack Long, Alfie Durkin & Liam Taylor. The Folk Group Trio of Molly Lees, Olwen Barnes-Archer and Georiga Woodhead, won the Halstead Trophy for Folk Instrumental for Year 13 and under.

Youth Band have also had a string of successes, being awarded the following:

  • 2nd place in Championship section at National Youth Brass Band Championships
  • 3rd place in European Brass Band Championships

Junior Blast were the winners of the beginner section at the National Youth Brass Band Championships.

Some band members also enjoyed a weekend away at Lakeside, photos from which can be found below.

Recent PE Success

Over the last few weeks, the PE department have been busy organising teams and taking students to compete in many different sporting activities.

The Year 7 boys and girls and the Year 8 girls represented Rochdale at the Greater Manchester Winter Games Indoor Athletics event. Up against tough competition from the winners in each Greater Manchester Borough, Wardle pupils performed to their best and did us proud.

The Year 7 Quadkids (athletics) team competed against other schools in the borough on Wednesday 11th May. They were very successful, with both the boys and girls teams winning the gold medal. Individual honours went to William Blair (gold), Dervla Moore (gold) and Lucie-Alice Walker (silver). The pupils involved now qualify for the Greater Manchester School Summer Games to take place in July.

The U13 boys’ rugby team competed on Wednesday 11th May at Spotland Stadium in the Rochdale schools’ league final. They had a convincing win (34-24), with Harrison Mills being awarded player of the match.

The U13 girls tag rugby team have been successful and qualified for the Greater Manchester School Summer Games to take place in July.

The Year 7 boys have had a clean sweep in the football this year. They were undefeated all season, winning the league, the cup and the 5 a side tournament.

The Year 10 and Year 11 boys’ football teams came runners up in the Rochdale Schools’ league.

The Under 21s Rugby World Cup also came in to school last week, check out the photos:

 

Wardle Academy Bands, Annual Lakeside Trip 2016

A collection of photos from the recent Wardle Academy School band’s annual Lakeside Trip 2016. The annual Lakeside Trip is a fantastic opportunity for all the members of our school bands and staff to build positive relationships and work on their performance skills in the process. The trip is available to all Wardle Academy students who take part in one of our school musical groups.

Wardle Academy is a partner school of the Wardle Trust. For more information, please visit: http://www.wardletrust.co.uk/

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Year 11 GCSE Information

Year 11 parents,

Our Year 11s have been working their socks off in preparation for their GCSE exams this term. We are all incredibly proud of how well the students have been progressing and wish them the very best of luck in their upcoming exams. If you would like to send a good luck message to our GCSE students then please click here to send us your message and we will deliver them.

Other GCSE Information

Year 11 After School Clubs

Year 11 Blank Revision Timetable

Year 11 Revision, Booster and Exams Timetable

 

Year 9 and 7 Football Success

Wardle Academy’s Year 9 Football Team have been particularly successful recently. Although they missed out on beating Cardinal Langley at an away game (4-3), they have beat Matthew Moss, 2-1, at home and Falinge Park, 5-1, also at home.  Musa Njie is their top scorer, scoring 8 goals in just 3 games!

The Year 7 Wardle Academy Football Team have been equally as successful. They beat Hollingworth Academy 8-1 in the cup final on Wednesday 27th April making them treble champions.

Well done to both teams!

 

Students Perform at Middleton Arena

On 11th May the following students will perform at the Middleton Arena –

  • Zahraa Darwich
  • Ala Saadoon
  • Sara Abdel Latif
  • Arman Farhadi
  • Aliaa Darwich

The performance will be the result of a nine week project that Mrs Tetlow and the students have attended on a weekly basis which has been piloted within Rochdale. The project is about building community resilience and students from Wardle Academy have represented asylum seekers within Rochdale.

Students have worked with actors, song writers, poets and rap artists to enable them to write about their personal journey to the UK. They will perform their stories either by song, rap, animation or by simply speaking. There are other cohorts of young people within Rochdale performing on the night.

Mrs Fisher and the school governors will be in attendance on the night – everyone is welcome!

Amy Smith Represents Rochdale in Riding Championships

Recently Year 8 student, Amy Smith, has competed in the British Riding Club Novice Dressage Championships in Bedford, along with 3 other team members from Rochdale and District Riding Club. The team won the Area 3 Dressage qualifier back in October 2015 which entitled them to compete at the British Riding Club Championship, representing Rochdale and District Riding Club and Area 3, which is the whole of the North West region. The event was open to riders 17 years and under, with 97 competitors representing teams from across the UK.

Amy, who has never competed at this level before, rode Hopwood’s Bailey fantasticly, awards were given to the top ten in the arena, Amy was placed, finishing 10th and overall in her arena and finishing 36 out of 98 and the highest placed north west rider.

Amy’s team finished 15th – which is a great achievement for a 12 year old competing at this level, especially as the majority of competitors where much older. Amy was the only  Rochdale Area 3 team member to come home with a rosette.

Well done Amy!

If you have any student achievement stories you would like to share with us, please email marketing@wardletrust.co.uk. 

Wardle Academy ‘World Book Day’ Winners Announced

Before Easter, Wardle Academy held a ‘WORLD BOOK DAY’ competition, asking pupils to write a 500 word short story. We are now proud to announce our winners!

In 3rd place we had a tie, with Daniel and Sean both winning a £4 book voucher. The boys created lively, exciting and well-written stories that were a pleasure to read.

In 2nd place was Joey Fisher in Year 10 with his story ‘Inferno’. Set in a world of the future, Joey created a real sense of mystery and suspense in his story and thoroughly deserved his £6 gift voucher to spend on a book of his choice.

In 1st place, winning a £10 gift voucher was Rebekah Price in Year 11. Rebekah’s story was crafted beautifully and she created a thrilling atmosphere of tension in her story entitled ‘Rinse and Repeat’. Click below for the winning story, so you can see for yourself why she was voted the winner. Congratulations Rebekah!

‘Rinse and Repeat’ By Rebekah Price

Well done to all pupils who took part!

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Wardle Academy host the Manger Folkehøgskule Brass Band group from Norway.

The new school term at Wardle Academy started with a bang with our award winning school Youth Band hosting the Manger Folkehøgskule Brass Band group on part of their tour from Norway. Manger Folkeøgskule is a secular school with humanistic ideals such as respect for life, consideration for others and responsibility for freedom and justice. The school’s Brass Band group is currently on tour in the North of England and Wardle Academy was proud to work with the band for a day.

The band worked alongside our Youth Band students from Years 7 – 10 for a day on a selection of pieces. The bands rehearsed in sectionals throughout the day and then as the whole band in the afternoon before performing the set to 80 primary school children from some of the local primary schools in the area.

This is the fourth year that the Manger Folkeøgskule Brass Band group has organised a concert tour in Yorkshire and Lancashire and the first time the group have visited Wardle Academy. The tour consists of the group attending concerts, schools and of course doing a bit of sightseeing. They attend rehearsals with the best Brass Bands in Britain, generally soaking up the British Brass Band movement in all its glory. 

Wardle Academy’s musical director, Mrs Julie Morris, said “This has been a fantastic playing experience for our students who have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the Norwegian band.  The day has been a huge success and we are looking at planning a return visit to Norway in the near future”.

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Fundraising raffle for the Wardle Academy Youth band.

On Friday 15th April, alongside the upcoming Jäger Maestros Concert, there will be a Grand Raffle to help raise money for the Wardle Academy Youth Band for the upcoming trip to Lille to defend their European Championship Title.

The Grand Raffle will be drawn on the 15th of April. Prizes include a framed and signed Ryan Giggs football boot and a framed and signed Wayne Rooney photo, plus plenty more. Tickets are £1 each and can be purchased from the school reception. Get your tickets while you can!

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Wardle Wise – Community Cohesion

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We live in a diverse, amazing, multi-cultural society. Everybody is different and we celebrate this difference. There can be times when we may find it difficult to understand certain cultures. What’s important is that we don’t ignore these cultures or the lessons we can learn from them, but instead, learn to tolerate them, even if we find some of them unusual.

By learning about different cultures, life choices and backgrounds, we will become and more accepting community. This will allow us to grow and develop, ready for the challenges that will face us in the future.

LGBTQ

LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning. LGBTQ awareness is all about helping us to have a better understanding of the differing sexualities that exist within our community. Our Easter 2016 Wardle Wise campaign was all about raising awareness of the LGBTQ community within our school.

If you want to express your concerns discreetly, you can email wardlewise@wardleacademy.co.uk at any time.

You can find lots of useful links about LGBTQ awareness below:

Supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender children and young people.
The LGBT foundation website.
LGBT support Northwest.
Link to the Manchester LGBT centre.
Website providing support to parents of LGBT children. 

LGBTQ+ ALLIES

At Wardle Academy we have LGBTQ+ Allies who help our students in any way possible and who believe that everybody should be equal. Here they are talking about why they are an LGBTQ+ Ally and why everyone else should be too.

FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) – Source

FGM is the deliberate mutilation of female genitalia. This is often the removal or cutting of the labia and clitoris. The World Health Organization describes FGM as any procedure that injures the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM has no health benefits and is in fact very harmful to health in many ways.

FGM is illegal. Even if carried out by a healthcare professional or if it takes place outside the UK.  It is a form of gender-based violence, it is a human rights violation and it is a form of child abuse.

FGM is damaging.The lives of women and girls can be ruined by FGM. It causes physical and mental health problems which can go on for all of their lives. It is also extremely distressing and damages women’s relationships and how they feel about themselves.

FGM does not need to happen. No one should be forced to have FGM and the law should protect women and girls who are at risk. If any students or parent/carers have any concerns or questions about FGM they can contact our safeguarding team at any time.

If you want to express your concerns discreetly, you can email wardlewise@wardleacademy.co.uk at any time.

Learn more about FGM on the websites below:

NESTAC – The New Step for African Community is a non-profit organisation (registered charity), established to support Africans and immigrants, particularly those living in the North West of England. 
Support our Sisters (SOS) – A support and wellbeing project, delivered by NESTAC. The project has been created to deliver emotional support for those who have undergone FGM and for those at risk of the practice. 
FORWARD – Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development – A leading African diaspora women’s campaign and support organisation. FORWARD work through partnerships in the UK, Europe and Africa to transform lives, tackling discriminatory practices that affect the dignity and wellbeing of girls and women. Our focus is on female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and obstetric fistula. 

 

 

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A Very Musical Weekend at Wardle Academy

At Wardle Academy, our musical groups like to keep busy, but our recent musical weekend was a real rush around!

On Friday March 18th, Wardle Academy hosted their Easter musical evening. The event was a great success with fantastic performances from nearly all of our musical groups including the Show Band, Folk Group, the cast of ‘We Will Rock You’, the Wind Band, the Wardle Tooters, Intermediate Band and the Wardle Youth Band. Thank you to all the hard work of the staff, volunteers and students who made the night run as well as it did.

On Saturday March 19th, Wardle Academy hosted the regional qualifier for the Music for Youth festival, the largest youth music festival in the world. Musical groups from range of styles enter the competition which is judged to a high standard. Those groups that enter have the opportunity to progress to the next stage. The event was throughout the day with Wardle Academy entering a number of musical groups into the competition. A lot of our Feeder primary schools entered their bands as well, including our partner primary school, Kentmere Academy. The competition was tough and all the groups performed brilliantly. Feedback from the judges has been positive and we eagerly look forward to finding out the results later in the year.

Credit to David Warburton for the photography.

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Latest Band and Music News

Blackpool Entertainment Contest
In February the Wardle Academy Intermediate Band travelled to Blackpool to take part in the Blackpool Entertainment Contest. They performed really well and won three prizes: Fourth Place in Music, Best March and Band with the Most Potential.

Rochdale Music Festival
All of our musical groups performed fantastically at the Rochdale Music Festival at the Town Hall this week. They all received honours and represented the school fantastically.

Musical Evening
On Friday March 18th, Wardle Academy hosted their Easter musical evening. The event was a great success with fantastic performances from nearly all of our musical groups including the Show Band, Folk Group, the cast of ‘We Will Rock You’, the Wind Band, the Wardle Tooters, Intermediate Band and the Wardle Youth Band. Thank you to all the hard work of the staff, volunteers and students who made the night run as well as it did.

Music for Youth
On Saturday March 19th, Wardle Academy hosted the regional qualifier for the Music for Youth festival, the largest youth music festival in the world. Musical groups from range of styles enter the competition which is judged to a high standard. Those groups that enter have the opportunity to progress to the next stage. The event was throughout the day with Wardle Academy entering a number of musical groups into the competition. A lot of our Feeder primary schools entered their bands as well, including our partner primary school, Kentmere Academy. The competition was tough and all the groups performed brilliantly. Feedback from the judges has been positive and we eagerly look forward to finding out the results later in the year.

Credit to David Warburton for the photography.

Greater Manchester School Games Competition

This week, the PE department took the boccia leaders, boccia competitors, the Year 7 Netball Team and the Year 7 and 8 Handball Team to the Greater Manchester School Games competition at Sports City. All the teams went to the opening ceremony together before being taken to their separate venues to compete. The Year 7 Netball Team was placed sixth and the Year 7 and 8 Handball Team and the Boccia Team both came fourth.

Our pupils were fantastic and a credit to the school. They performed very well, with the standard of play being incredibly high. The Boccia leaders were fantastic, and the whole event ran incredibly smoothly due to our ambassadors.Miss Bowler

 

Easter School

To support student attainment are offering Easter School to all Year 11 pupils. The aim is to provide pupils with focused revision and exam preparation. Easter School sessions will take place from Tuesday 29th March – Friday 1st April 2016.

If students are attending morning and afternoon sessions on the same day they will be able to order from the local sandwich shop on the day. Students need to make sure they bring money with them if they wish to order food. Alternatively pupils can bring a packed lunch. If your child is entitled to free school meals then we will provide them with a sandwich and a drink. Students will not be able to leave the premises during the day for Health and Safety reasons.

All parents should have now received a copy of their son/daughter’s summer examination timetable. We ask that you are encouraging your child to revise over the holidays. If they would like any more support in this matter please encourage them to speak to one of the Year 11 team.

Key Dates for Year 10 and 11

  • Monday 11th April 2016 – If your child would like to purchase a leavers hoody or year book the letter and payment must be made by this date (Year 11 only).
  • Monday 18th April 2016 – Year 11 parent drop in session – parents are invited to attend the drop in session to speak to a member of the ‘Raising Standards’ team to discuss any aspect of your child’s progress and any additional support we could put in place.
  • Monday 25th April 2016 – Year 10 parent drop in session (particular focus on the TRIPLE SCIENCE students who will be sitting their GCSE examinations this summer). Parents are invited to attend the drop in session to speak to a member of the ‘Raising Standards’ team to discuss any aspect of your child’s progress and any additional support we could put in place.
  • Wednesday 20th April 2016 – Year 10 & 11 – Cakes and Calculations / Books & Biscuits – we are offering an interactive session to help parents support their child through their English and Maths GCSEs.
  • Friday 22th April 2016 – Year 11 whole school photograph – 9.00am.

RESPECT Trip to Krakow

Over February half term the RESPECT department took a group of students to Krakow, Poland for four days. The group visited Schindler’s Factory, Auschwitz, Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Galicia Jewish Museum where they spoke to a Holocaust survivor. They also had a walking tour of the town of Krakow and the opportunity to do some shopping.

The trip was a great success, we were proud of the pupil’s behaviour, they conducted themselves with respect and maturity through some very sensitive environments.Trip Leader, Mr Hemmings

 

Ofsted Report 2016

The inspection was carried out by one of Her Majesty's Inspectors and four additional inspectors. Inspectors spent the majority of their time visiting 42 lessons observing 41 teachers. They also held meetings with staff, groups of students and the Chair of the Governing Body. 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. Inspectors also examined evaluations undertaken by the school to ensure that it meets statutory requirements with regard to safeguarding. In addition, 179 parental questionnaires were scrutinised along with questionnaires returned by a representative sample of staff and students.

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Wardle Academy’s World Book Day Celebrations

Wardle Academy celebrated World Book Day in style on Thursday 3rd March, with staff fancy dress and several book themed activities in the library.

Over 20 staff from different departments chose characters from famous books and dressed up for the day. To name a few, the English department dressed up as characters from ‘The Great Gatsby’, the Technology department chose ‘Robin Hood’, Science staff came in to school as characters from Roald Dahl’s books and the admin staff picked the theme of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Pupils entered a competition to ‘Spot the Character’ and prizes were awarded for correct entries.

At lunchtime, Year 7 and 8 students took part in a Literary Fiction Quiz in teams of four. After three exciting rounds of questions, the following results were announced and prizes awarded:

Year 7 – 1st Prize

  • Azeem Iqbal
  • Ahmed Khan
  • Michal Wesierski
  • Kieran Carrigan
Year 8 – 1st Prize

  • Eli Ellis-Cullen
  • Connor Clarke
  • Alfie Evans
  • Charles Ridding

After school, six teams of players gathered in the Library for a Literary Treasure Hunt. In teams, pupils had to solve 10 clues and answer three questions attached to each clue. There were 30 points ‘up for grabs’ and after an hour of fun, superb teamwork and intense concentration, three teams tied for 1st place on 27 points. Our winning teams were:

  • Emma Coffey
  • Grace Conway
  • Molly Casey
  • Jorja Barnes
  • Megan Whiteley
  • Olivia Uche-Eze
  • Alfa  Muhktar
  • Rabbani Ahmed
  • Ahmed Khan
  • Azeem Iqbal
  • Michal Wesierski

We also had a large numbers of entries for our ‘Short Story’ and ‘Book Cover Design’ competitions. All entries will be judged over the next few days and results announced this week. Watch this space!

Internet Safety at Wardle Academy

Wardle Academy understands the importance of safe online activity. Our school e-safety measures are in place to provide you with the reassurance that we take the safety of your child very seriously, both offline and online.

The school has several online security measures in place which you can review by reading our school e-safety policy. There are a range of e-safety guidance projects within the academy that students can get involved in and further guidance on social media safety available here. For more information, please contact us.

Wardle Academy staff perform Queen.

To get us in the mood for the Wardle Academy production of ‘We Will Rock You’, the staff at Wardle Academy have performed this rather interesting version of Queen’s ‘We are the Champions’.

Wardle Academy is a Wardle Trust Partner school. For more information visit: http://www.wardletrust.co.uk/

Disclaimer: Wardle Academy does not claim ownership of the audio material in this film. The composition, performance and recording of this audio material belongs to its respective owners.

Important pastoral links for parents and students

Early Break. Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service. Early Break is the Young Person’s Drug and Alcohol Charity for Bury, Rochdale and East Lancashire. We are a unique charity that has been an innovative provider of interventions into young people’s substance related needs since 1994. Click to visit website Rochdale Connections Trust RCT is a leading provider of specialist, accredited mentoring for young people and adults who are finding life difficult in some way. Click to visit website HYPe (Healthy Young People) Service HYPe is an NHS confidential counselling support and advocacy service for young people (aged 14 up to 19) living in Rochdale Heywood & Middleton and registered with a Rochdale Borough GP. Click to visit website Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services   CAMHS are specialist NHS children and young people's mental health services.
Click to visit website
Youth Offending Team The Youth Offending Team's one simple aim is to prevent offending by children and young people. To achieve this aim, there are a number of objectives.
Click to visit website
Support for the parents of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) children Manchester Parents Group is a voluntary organisation which supports families and friends of lesbians, gays and bisexuals. We are all parents of lesbian, gay and bisexual sons and daughters and understand the confusion and questions you may have when you first found out your child is gay. We have accepted our children's sexuality and want to help other parents and family members to do the same. We work to achieve this in various ways. Click to visit website

These website links provide lots of great information for parents and young people on a range of pastoral topics. Our pastoral team is committed to the wellbeing of our students. The information is here for you to access, however if you wish to speak to one of our safeguarding team in confidence then please contact us. 

Magical Night of Spells in the Wardle Academy Library

The second annual Harry Potter Book Night took place on Thursday, February 4 at libraries, schools and book shops up and down the country.

Wardle Academy’s library opened its doors to plenty of young Potter fans from Year 7 and 8 for a magical ‘Night of Spells’.

The evening started with a welcome and ‘Sorting Ceremony’ where pupils were placed into the 4 houses, Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff.  4 members of Staff  – Mrs Travis, Mrs Colley, Miss Crossley and Mrs Arcus took on the role of ‘House Prefects’ and were efficiently supported by a team of  8 ‘helper’ prefects from across Years 10 and 11. Pupils then took part in a variety of events on a rota basis.

Activities included a magnificent magic science show (‘Thank You’ Mr Mikolajewski), a teasingly tantalising Treasure Hunt with ‘rhyming couplet clues (‘Thank You’ Mrs Davies Kenny), crazy craft activities where pupils made a Potter-themed bookmark and ‘Dobby’ door hanger, and a highly competitive  team quiz. The evening ended with a fabulous Fancy Dress competition, whilst pupils supped ‘Butterbeer Ale’ and ate ‘Choc Chip Charms’ biscuits.

A number of staff also contributed to our dynamic display in the Library, incorporating broomsticks purchased from Diagon Alley, a ‘Monster Book of Monsters’, wands made to order (‘Thank You’ Mr Wright in Technology),   a ‘Horcrux brooch’, the ‘Elder Wand’, a ‘Nimbus 2000’, and a Harry Potter Film Studio book.

In 2015 ‘Bloomsbury’ launched the ‘Harry Potter’ book night to encourage young people to read J.K Rowling’s epic stories rather than focusing on the films. This sounded just like the kind of activity we wanted in our new Library. The evening was a great success, with plenty of staff and students getting involved. We are already looking forward to next year’s event!Event Organisers, Mrs Grajczonek and Mrs Davies Kenny

CCTV Policy

The following document contain information regarding Wardle Academy's CCTV policy.
Please note, this document should be read in line with the following Wardle Trust policies:

Freedom of information Policy 2016
Data Protection policy 2016
Document Version History:
v1: 10/02/2016
v2: 22/11/2016 Latest version updated by G Wright (Wardle Trust Senior Executive).

Policy Revised (13/01/17). next SLT review: 01/10/17

PE’s String of Sporting Success

On Tuesday 19th January, a group of Year 7 students took part in the Rochdale Schools’ Games Indoor Athletics Competition. They performed fantastically, with the boys winning Gold and the girls winning Silver.  They will now represent Rochdale at the Level 3 School Games competition in March.

Year 7 student, Elise Bland, and Year 10 student, Beth Roscoe, were awarded Netball Player of the Year for the Rochdale Schools’ Netball League. This is voted for by the opposition players so is a huge accolade. Well done girls!

Year 9 student, Georgia Turner, has recently been selected to play for the North of England in Rugby Union. PE Teacher, Miss Bowler says: “This is a fantastic achievement for her age category, and she was up against very strong competition. Well done Georgia!”

On Monday 25th January, the Year 8 girls won Gold and Year 8 boys won Bronze at the Rochdale Schools’ Sports Hall Athletics Competition. The girls have qualified for the county competition and we are waiting to hear if the boys have too.

The Year 7 Girls’ Football Team came second in the Rochdale Schools’ Super 6’s tournament last week. They played well in very difficult conditions – rain, wind and freezing temperatures – and they only missed out on the first spot by one goal.

All the Wardle Academy Sports Ambassadors officiated the Rochdale Schools’ Boccia Competition in the school’s Sports Hall following the completion of their official qualification in this sport.

Youth Band Bring Home First and Second Place Prizes

This weekend, the Wardle Academy Youth Band brought home a first place and second place prize after competing in the Butlins’ Mineworkers’ Brass Band Contest.

The band made their way to Skegness on the Friday afternoon for the annual event at which they have successfully competed for the past five years. The Youth Band, conducted by Mr Rigg, had the honour of performing in the opening gala performance that evening in front of an audience of around 2000 people.

Band members were able to spend Saturday taking advantage of Butlins’ facilities; swimming, go carting and watching films, before they began their final rehearsal in the evening.

The Youth Section began on Sunday morning with the Junior Ensemble section in which the younger members of the Youth Band, under the direction of Sean Conway, were hoping to retain their first place title for the third year running. The band delivered an impressive programme that included the ‘1914 March’, ‘Prismatic Light’ and ‘Hey Jude’. The adjudicator commented on their “great band sound”.

Next up was the Youth Section in which the older members of the Youth Band, directed by Lee Rigg, competed. Their programme included ‘Dear Lord and Father’, ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ and ‘Borris Godunov’ with the adjudicator commenting, “What a sound! Many senior bands would love to be able to play like this”.

After all the competing bands had performed the results were announced: in the Junior Ensemble Section, Wardle Academy were awarded First Prize, in the Youth Section – Second Prize.

The Youth Band were a credit to the academy, not only in their playing, but in the way they conducted themselves throughout the weekend. On the opening evening they put on a fantastic performance in the Gala Concert to an audience of around 2000 – we had many people approach us about how fantastic they were! The results were an added bonus to a great weekend.Mrs. Morris, Director of Music

Wardle Academy raise money for Syria

In December the EAL ambassadors along with Mrs Tetlow, helped raised money for the Syrian Crisis appeal. Staff at Wardle Academy were asked to donate chocolates and selection boxes over the Christmas period for a raffle.

Raffle tickets were then sold to staff and students by the EAL ambassadors during form time and £138.20 was raised!

Mrs Tetlow said “Our EAL Ambassadors were moved by the current situation in Syria and having experienced very similar issues themselves before they arrived in the UK, they wanted to do something to help. Thank you to everyone for their generosity!”

Thank you to everyone who got involved by either donating a prize or buying a raffle ticket. Funds raised will be going to Save the Children.

Wardle Academy Helps Operation Christmas Child

This week Wardle Academy pupils continued their annual help to Operation Christmas Child by donating 50 shoeboxes to the charity. The majority of the shoeboxes were put together by forms.

Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project, run by the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse. They have been sending gift-filled shoeboxes around the world since 1990, bringing joy to over 100 million underprivileged children. They give shoeboxes to children based on need, regardless of their background or religious beliefs.

Mrs. Julie Holden said: ‘Thanks to everyone who got involved and brought something in for our shoeboxes. We were overwhelmed with the generosity of students and parents.’

Presentation Evening 2015

On Tuesday 17th November, Wardle Academy’s class of 2015 were invited to the Rochdale Town Hall for a Presentation Evening to celebrate the remarkable success of the students who left the school this July.

The past pupils were able to pick up their GCSE certificates whilst having the chance to catch up with their old class mates. Several students were awarded prizes for outstanding work in individual subjects including Joe Whatmough who did particularly well in achieving the awards for Double Science, Geography, Product Design and PE.

Luke Taylor and Martha Southall were awarded the Victor and Victress Ludorem trophies which were originally presented at the very first Wardle High School prize giving event, they are presented to the outstanding boy and girl of the year.

Other success stories include Kyle Rothwell, who achieved the best individual GCSE results at Wardle Academy in 2015 and was awarded the subject prizes for Resistant Materials and Chemistry.

Greer Hatchell was presented with the Rotary Shield by Irene Davidson, President of Rochdale Rotary Club, this award celebrates the most improved pupil in their last year of school.

Dr. G Wright, Headteacher at Wardle Academy said: “It was great to see so many of our past pupils collect their GCSE certificates and well deserved prizes. I’d like to thank them for attending and wish them the best of luck in everything they do in the future”.

Wardle Junior Blast to perform at Royal Albert Hall

Next Wednesday, 25th November, over 170 children from the borough will make their way down to London to perform at the Royal Albert Hall for the final night of the School Proms.

Gwen Smith, Jane Conway and Lee Rigg, the peripatetic music teachers, who teach at Wardle Academy and surrounding primary schools, decided to put all the children they teach into a massed ensemble back in March and were delighted with the success and positive feedback.

The children play under the name of ‘Wardle Junior Blast’ and come from Wardle and Kentmere Academies and St James, Smithy Bridge, St Andrews, Littleborough, Holy Trinity and St Marys Primary Schools. The massed band were given the honour of performing in the Royal Albert Hall at the School Proms after impressing the adjudicators during the Music For Youth festivals which took place at the Rochdale Town Hall in March and the Birmingham Symphony Hall in July.

Gwen, Jane and Lee said: “I’m sure it will be an amazing experience for the children who enjoy coming and playing together at Wardle and meeting up with all the other musicians in the local area. We are so proud of all the children!” with Gwen adding “I feel very privileged to be conducting on this evening”.

Director of Music at Wardle Academy, Mrs Julie Morris said: “I feel very proud to be a part of what is going to be an amazing experience for the children.  This is something they will remember for years to come.  Good luck to each and every one of them.”

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Term-time absences information

Information regarding term time absence requests. It is recommended that parents read this document before requesting for time off from school during in term time.

Information on term time absences.

Changes from September 2017 regarding student absence from school and changes that are now in place, with particular reference to family holidays. The Department for Education issued new statutory guidance to schools. This guidance came into effect from 19th June 2017, but will be applied by Wardle Academy from 6th September 2017, to allow all families to become familiar with the new guidelines.

These guidelines state that ‘Exceptional circumstances’ are described as rare, significant, unavoidable and short and that the leave/absences could not reasonably be scheduled at another time.

Please be aware that family holidays will not qualify as exceptional circumstances.

Our school target for pupil attendance is 96%, any unauthorised absence will count towards the issuing of a penalty notice. Students whose attendance is a concern will attend regular appointments with staff to monitor their attendance and put strategies in place to support them, to get their attendance and, ultimately their learning back on track.

Please be aware that:
  • Unauthorised Absences Penalty Notices (e.g. Late to school or poor attendance) are issued if a minimum of 20 sessions (10 school days) are lost to unauthorised absence by the pupil during the current term or within any 12 week period.
  • Penalty Notices for Unauthorised Leave during Term Time (e.g. Family Holidays or other absences during school time) are issued if a pupil is absent for a minimum of 10 sessions (5 school days) for an absence relating to leave during the term time. A Penalty Notice for Unauthorised Leave during Term Time will be issued without the issue of a warning if a pupil is absent for a period not agreed or authorised by the Head teacher.

A student with attendance below 90% is classified as a ‘Persistent Absentee’, and families will be invited into school to discuss any issues that could lead to under performance due to missed learning.

Please note that the Education Welfare Service issues Penalty Notices on behalf of Rochdale Local Authority and this therefore includes Wardle Academy. The issuing of a penalty notice is considered appropriate in the following circumstances:

  • Overt Truancy
  • Parentally-condoned absences
  • Unauthorised holidays in term time
  • Excessive / Delayed return from an agreed / authorised holiday without prior agreement from the school
  • Persistent late arrival at school (after the register has officially closed)

This is not an exhaustive list. Each case will be considered individually.

If a parent/carer believes that their request for leave of absence is exceptional

Youth Band perform at Lord Mayor’s Show in London

This Saturday, 14th November, the Wardle Academy Youth Band performed at the 800th Lord Mayor’s Show in London.

The annual event which takes over the streets of London features a parade of over 6,000 people, military marching bands, Chinese acrobats, a procession of decorated floats and a gilded State Coach that the Lord Mayor travels in.

The band were invited to perform at the Lord Mayor’s Show after impressing the organisers with a series of videos of them marching. The band performed five marches through the streets of London, including Slaidburn, The Standard of St. George and 1914. The band were seen on the televised set of the show on BBC1.

Mr Lee Rigg, conductor of the Youth Band said: “We had a fantastic time marching at the Lord Mayor’s Show, especially the moment we were cheered by our fantastic supporters. It was a very overwhelming experience that we will all never forget.”

The Lord Mayor’s show came just days after Lee was presented with the Mortimer Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall, also in London. Lee received the award in recognition of his services for the teaching of young people in the brass band movement, through his inspirational work with Wardle Academy.

Tickets for Wardle Academy’s Christmas Musical Evening will go on sale on Monday 23rd November, tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children and are available to buy from school reception.

Emily and Amy’s Poppy Success

Well done to Year 9 student, Emily Fino and Year 8 student, Amy Smith who have raised £68.50 for the Royal British Legion by making and selling acrylic poppies using the laser cutter in technology.

After the success of the poppies, the girls have decided to make similar products with a Christmas theme. They are hoping to raise money to buy a 3D maker pen for the technology department as well as raising money for charity.

Look out for the girls selling Christmas baubles soon!

Wardle Academy opens its new Library

Wardle Academy is pleased to announce the opening of its brand new library facility for students. The facility allows access to a number of resources for all years and is an exceptional learning environment where students are encouraged to invest in independent study skills and discover the world of a good book!

Wardle Academy Youth Band Fundraise Their Way to London

On Saturday 17th October, Wardle Academy Youth Band joined forces with Wardle Anderson Brass, Wardle Community Band and Wardle Junior Blast to raise over £2,000 for their travel and accommodation to the Lord Mayor’s show where they have been invited to perform.

Special appearances were made by the Mayor of Rochdale, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, the Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham and the Mayor of Whitworth – all of whom enjoyed the programme of music performed by each band. The evening also consisted of a raffle and auction.

The Wardle Academy Youth Band will perform at the Lord Mayor’s Show in London on Saturday 14th November. The show will feature a parade around central London with around half a million people expected to turn out to watch, it will also be televised by the BBC.

After much generosity and hard work fundraising, the band have now raised enough money to cover the costs of travel and accommodation for each band member.

Lee Rigg, conductor of the Wardle Academy Youth Band said: “We would like to thank everyone who has put their hands in their pockets and donated, no matter how big or small. We really appreciate everyone’s generosity, it has given us the chance to carry out this brilliant opportunity that we have been given. We are now looking forward to going down to London!”

Wardle Academy Students Complete D of E Expedition

A group of Year 10 and 11 Wardle Academy students have recently completed the final expedition of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

The students travelled the distance of 33km, having walked for up to 6 hours over the two days. Starting from Whitworth Cemetery on Saturday morning, the group walked to Ashworth Valley Scout Camp where they stayed overnight. They then walked back to Watergrove reservoir on the Sunday, finishing the expedition at 4.00pm.

Team Leader, Emma Hynes said: “The two groups navigated the whole way from a route card which they created and wrote themselves. They all carried a 65 litre rucksack which included everything on the kit list including a tent, clothes, compass, map, first aid kit, food and water. They did really well to complete the exhibition – it’s a fantastic achievement!”

All the students in the two groups completed the expedition and are yet to do a presentation before they complete the full award.

The four sections of the Duke of Edinburgh Award are: volunteering, physical activity, skill and practice and the final expedition.

Year 9 Girls Can!

Year 9 girls at Wardle Academy have been promoting positive body image and trying to tackle the many issues that drive females away from sport with the help of the Sky Sports Living for Sports project.

Miss Shepherd, PE Teacher at Wardle Academy, applied to the project, with the support of Headteacher Dr. Wright, after noticing a significant drop in the Year 9 girls’ participation in extracurricular clubs and declining determination displayed within PE lessons.

A group of 15 girls, named the ‘This Girl Can Team’, was formed to discuss the issue and it became clear that the problem amongst the girls was the attitudes towards their bodies. With the help of Miss Shepherd the girls came up with a variety of ideas to improve the atmosphere in the changing rooms and to encourage girls to have a more positive approach to their bodies and physical activity.

Music in the changing rooms was one of the first things put into place by the ‘This Girl Can Team’, aiming to encourage a positive atmosphere as the girls change into their kit, rather than them being conscious of their bodies. The PE corridors were also filled with positive image quotes and posters to help improve self-esteem and confidence.

Throughout the team meetings, the girls identified that bringing something new and challenging to PE lessons would help them enjoy and engage in physical activity. Zumba was the most popular choice of activity among the team so the PE department agreed to arrange for a local Zumba instructor to deliver and introduction session to the Year 9 girls.

On Monday 19th October, all the girls in the year group experienced an enjoyable 40 minute session of Zumba. Several members of staff including Mrs Fisher, Mrs Hope and Mr Johnson joined in with the girls and Mr Beresford, Head of PE, proved just how uncoordinated he was!

After the success of the Zumba session the ‘This Girl Can Team’ went to Headteacher, Dr Wright, to present to him their ideas for the future of the project. Dr Wright was really impressed with the girls and congratulated them on their work so far. He also agreed to provide Zumba within the curriculum for a block of 6 weeks so the Year 9 girls could continue to enjoy the sessions during lessons.

Miss Shepherd, PE Teacher and Co-ordinator of the project said:

“I started the project with the idea that the girls were embarrassed about the boys seeing them exercise, but after the first meeting the girls showed me that in fact the real issue was low self-esteem and low confidence in themselves. So along with the girls’ help we set about changing the attitudes and the atmosphere particularly within the girls’ changing rooms.

“It has been an absolute pleasure helping the girls put their ideas into action and I really feel that they have made a difference in the 6 weeks they have been working together, the plan is to keep moving forwards with the project and show that the girls at Wardle Academy can!”

Art & Design Beyond Y11

Art is an essential area of study for a number of careers as diverse as architecture or film and any form of design from fashion to aeronautics to every day household product design. Art GCSE is highly sort after by employers within all creative industries.

 

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REAL Trust

Rochdale Education and Learning (REAL) Trust is an award winning limited company and charitable trust, established in 2001 for schools, to provide them with a “one stop shop” and brokerage service for their staff’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs. Along with identifying and sharing best practice, the REAL Trust aims to advance education by providing education professionals with the opportunity to access high quality training courses, conferences, curriculum development and collaborative learning groups.

The programme that we deliver is developed in response to consultation with our members – we aim to provide the opportunities that they need and value the most, saving them the time and high cost of locating and funding these courses independently. Everything that we do is informed and shaped by our members and that has contributed to our success – we see schools as partners in, not recipients of, delivery. Resources are focused on targeted programmes with real impact.

Art & Design GCSE

  • 1 GCSE
  • 3 Lessons
  • Contact – Miss Kendell, Head of Art and Design
About the courseWhat will it be like?Areas of studyAssessment

About the course

Art and Design is intended to introduce pupils to a variety of experiences exploring two and three dimensional media, techniques and processes. This will include both traditional and new technologies. Students will develop a sound foundation of skills.

What will it be like?

  • All pupils are following the AQA Art & Design GCSE syllabus.
  • Each pupil is expected to produce at least 1 unit of coursework, with supporting experimental work. Pupils work to design briefs provided by the department.
  • Students will experience creative and design processes through project work to develop a portfolio. Each project is a response to a brief set by the teacher.
  • Students will also complete an externally set task and sit a practical exam in Year 11.

Areas of study will include:

  • Drawing, painting and mixed media
  • Printmaking
  • Constructed textiles

Assessment

60% Coursework
40% External Assignment

Art & Design in KS3

Year 7Year 8Year 9

Y7 Schemes

In Year 7, pupils spend the first term experimenting with new techniques, materials and creative ideas. Pupils learn through a series of experimental workshops, they are encouraged to explore and make mistakes. These skills will form the foundation for the following three years.

The second scheme is a sculpture project based on the artist Niki de St Phalle.

Y8 Schemes

In Year 8, pupils start to embed the skills taught the previous year.

Pupils explore Installation Art through a group project based on the artist Robin Rhode. In the second term they are introduced to print making though a popular project based on the work of Pop Artist Andy Warhol.

Y9 Schemes

In Year 9, pupils extend their skills in print making to develop an understanding of how to create a repeat print. This is based on the Titanic.

The second scheme is a sculpture project based on artist Giacometti. Pupils consider proportion, developing 2d drawing into a 3 dimensional object and working in the style of an artist.

Art & Design Overview

The Art Department at Wardle Academy is a dynamic and stimulating environment where pupils learn an extensive and diverse curriculum. Achievement is encouraged through an engaging programme of high quality teaching and learning. Students receive a high level of support from a skilled team of teachers and support staff. This provision extends outside the classroom with our fun range of extra-curricular activities for all year groups.

Over their time working with the department, pupils will have the opportunity to explore and create a diverse range of art ranging from studies of cultural tribes to contemporary installation art.

Students will be given the opportunity to develop skills in drawing, painting, print making, sculpture, textiles, design and construction. Students are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively through independent learning, practical application, teamwork and reflection. We also prepare our students for the future by addressing issues relevant to their personal, social and moral development.

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Core PE

  • 1 Lesson per week
  • Contact – Miss L Shepherd, Head of Physical Education
About the course

About the course

Should pupils choose not to select PE as an option for key stage 4 then they will have one core PE lesson factored into their timetable. Core PE is an opportunity for learners to enjoy physical activity and continue to develop a healthy active lifestyle. Core PE follows a structured path giving pupils the opportunity to take part in a range of different activities from Zumba and Gym to Badminton and Trampolining.

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